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The Capital Area Food Bank, located in the Michigan Park neighborhood, hosts dozens of volunteer opportunities each month.
Give back to the DC community this holiday season by volunteering at local organizations before you leave town for winter vacation.
With the end of the semester in sight, you might find yourself with extra time to be able to give back to the community before you return home for the holidays. Consider devoting your time and energy to some of these organizations during the holiday season.
Charlie’s Place – Cercle Dupont
Founded in 1990, Charlie’s Place works year round to provide services such as free hot and bagged meals, distribution of clothing, medical care and haircuts to homeless people in DC Charlie’s Place accepts volunteers , especially for early morning shifts, to help distribute and serve food to guests, and to help collect and sort donated clothing. A site supervisor will explain everything he needs that day to you.
Food and Friends – Queens Chapel
As a non-profit social service organization, Food and Friends delivers thousands of meals each week to DMV residents living with chronic illnesses that make it difficult to access the nutritious meals they need. From December 18 to January 8, Food and Friends is looking for volunteers to help prepare and package meals for distribution. If you have access to a car or even a bicycle, you can also volunteer to deliver meals to customers through the DMV, with an average delivery route comprising six to 10 households.
A Wider Circle – Silver Spring, Maryland.
This non-profit organization focuses on supporting people coming out of homeless shelters or domestic violence situations by donating household items and furniture. A Wider Circle also works to alleviate poverty in low-income neighborhoods by providing financial management counseling, employment mentoring, and assistance with finding housing. If you are looking to volunteer in person, you can help sort out furniture and household items for distribution.
Students with expertise in job hunting might consider volunteering virtually in group counseling workshops to guide job seekers through topics such as networking. You can also make a volunteer impact remotely by encouraging your peers to collectively participate in the toy drive by simply ordering items from the nonprofit Amazon’s Wish List and having them delivered to A Wider Circle, who have them delivered. will distribute to low income children.
Capital Region Food Bank – Fort Totten
From direct food distribution and nutrition education resources to growing gardens and mitigating the effects of food deserts in Washington, the Capital Region Food Bank works to create equitable food access in the city. The association is always looking for vaccinated volunteers to help in its food distribution centers, gardens and through its grocery delivery system. Check out her calendar for a full list of upcoming volunteer opportunities this month.