Basic Needs Nonprofits
Capital Area Food Bank www.capitalareafoodbank.org
Feeds the hungry in the Washington metropolitan area through a network of feeding programs.
DC Central Kitchen www.dccentralkitchen.org
Safely recovers un-served food from food service businesses to feed children and
adults at social service agencies throughout the metro DC area.
DC Habitat for Humanity www.dchabitat.org
Helps low-income families buy homes through innovative financing programs.
Food and Friends www.foodandfriends.org
Prepares, packages, and delivers meals and groceries to more than 1,100 people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses, such as breast, lung, and colon cancer.
Manna DC www.mannadc.org
Builds affordable housing and prepares low- to moderate-income individuals for home ownership.
Martha's Table, Inc. www.marthastable.org
Provides nutritious meals and supervised learning and literacy activities to low-income and
homeless children, families, and individuals.
Miriam's Kitchen www.miriamskitchen.org
Serves a hot, nutritious breakfast each weekday morning to 150 men and women.
Salvation Army DC Metro Area www.salvationarmydcmetro.org
Offers worship centers, transitional houses, a shelter, Harbor Light Drug Rehabilitation Center,
a day care facility, homeless feeding programs, mobile canteens, and Adult Rehabilitation Centers.
Academy of Hope www.aohdc.org
Offers low-cost GED and computer classes for adults.
Byte Back www.byteback.org/
Provides computer training to under-employed and unemployed adults, and at-risk youth.
Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Promotes cultural experiences as central to the education of children.
Volunteers are needed for the commission's programs and events.
DC Learns/Literacy Resource Center dclearns.org
Offers students and professionals access to literacy resources in the District and on the web.
Volunteers are needed to tutor and serve on the Center's board of directors.
DC Web Women www.dcwebwomen.org
Supports women in technology and provides role models for young women and girls.
The group offers opportunities to teach, learn, network, and serve the DC community.
Hands on DC www.handsondc.org
Promotes better schools and brighter futures for District students. Thousands of volunteers join together annually for a one-day work-a-thon to improve conditions in the public schools and raise money for college scholarships.
Spanish Education Development Center
Offers free or low-cost English-as-a-second-language (ESL), Spanish, and computer classes.
Washington Literacy Council www.washingtonliteracycouncil.org/
Teaches adults who are illiterate or low-literate how to read.
=The council recruits and trains volunteers to provide free one-on-one tutoring.
Kitchens, Inc. www.dccentralkitchen.org
DC Central Kitchen's fight against hunger involves both recycling food and operating a job training program.
Its community-kitchens venture, Kitchens, INC (Kitchens, In National Cooperation) is a national
resource center for training kitchens everywhere.
Meals on Wheels www.projectmeal.org
The Meals On Wheels Association of America represents local groups that provide
congregate and home-delivered meal services to people in need.
People with Disabilities
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing www.agbell.org
Provides international leadership on issues related to children with hearing loss and ongoing support and advocacy for parents, deaf adults, and professionals.
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind www.clb.org
Helps people who are blind or visually impaired achieve independence
at home, school, work, and in the community.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) www.dav.org
Operates a nationwide network of services for veterans including initiatives for the homeless, advocacy
to remove barriers for the handicapped, assistance for the elderly, and transportation for the severely disabled.
A community of faith that creates an environment where people with and without mental handicaps
live together, work together, play together, and share friendships.
Metropolitan Washington Ear www.washear.org
Offers free services in the Washington area for the blind, visually impaired,
and the physically disabled who cannot effectively read print.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society www.msandyou.org
Provides help and services to people with MS and their families.
Services for the Visually Impaired www.servicesvi.org
Equips the visually impaired with the personalized support services, independent living skills,
and employment assistance needed to enhance quality of life.
VSA Arts www.vsarts.org
Offers creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts programs for people with disabilities.
DC Rape Crisis Center www.dcrcc.org/home.htm
Operates a 24-hour hotline; counseling services for rape and incest survivors and their families and friends;
a program to accompany women to hospitals, courts and police proceedings; low-cost self-defense classes;
a library, and a wide array of community education programs.
District of Columbia Coalition Against Domestic Violence www.dccadv.org/
Provides education and training within the community, performs individual and systems advocacy, conducts research, and serves as a local and national resource on domestic violence.
My Sister's Place www.mysistersplacedc.org
Seeks to eradicate domestic violence and empower women to take control of their lives. The organization provides safe, confidential shelter, programs, education, and advocacy for battered women and their children.
American Red Cross - National Capital Chapter www.redcrossdc.org
Helps prevent, prepare for, and respond to local, national, or international emergencies.
Volunteers tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks
and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters.
Catholic Charities www.ccda.net
Offers parenting education, employment training, transitional housing, legal services, adoption and counseling, immigrant services, substance abuse counseling, and teen programs.
Community Family Life Services www.cflsdc.org
Targets the root causes of poverty through programs focused on housing,
community organizing, community services, employment, and youth services.
DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence www.dccadv.org
Provides education and training within the community, performs advocacy initiatives, conducts research, and serves as a local and national resource on domestic violence.
Greater DC Cares www.dc-cares.org
Sponsors volunteer projects in seven areas: children and families, elderly, hunger and homelessness, affordable housing, environment, people living with disabilities, and people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Lutheran Social Services www.lssnca.org
Fosters the well-being of residents through adoption, counseling, immigrant services, emergency financial aid, Youth Corps, and services for the homeless and domestic abuse victims.
Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service www.washingtondcjcc.org
Collects and distributes necessities, provides companionship to those in need, helps people become independent, and physically repairs the community.
Whitman-Walker Clinic www.wwc.org
Offers primary medical, mental health, and other supportive services to the community,
and especially to those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS
Anacostia Watershed Society www.anacostiaws.org/
Protects and restores the Anacostia River and its watershed.
Clean City Initiative
This DC program involves residents in keeping the capital clean. The Initiative focuses on everything involving cleanliness, including unsightly properties, litter, abandoned vehicles and illegal posters.
DC Department of Parks and Recreation
Offers programs and services for children, teenagers, senior citizens, mentally and
physically challenged individuals, and at-risk youth.
National Arboretum www.usna.usda.gov/Support/volunteer.html
Serves as a living museum where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants
are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes.
National Mall www.nps.gov/nama/index.htm
Presents the ideal stage for national expressions of remembrance, observance and protest, and serves as one of the most heavily visited and photographed places in the world. View the "Volunteer" link on the National Mall's website.
Potomac Conservancy www.potomac.org/join/volunteer.html
Protects and enhances the natural, scenic, recreational, and historical qualities
of the Potomac River and its watershed lands.
Rock Creek Park www.nps.gov/archive/rocr/volunteer/
Provides a place to play soccer, tennis, picnic, hike, bike, in-line skate, fish,
horseback ride, listen to a concert, or attend programs hosted by park rangers.
Christmas in April www.christmasinaprildc.org
Rehabilitates homes for low-income elderly and disabled homeowners and
families with children; also rehabilitates some nonprofit facilities.
Clean City Initiative http://occc.eom.dc.gov/occc/site/default.asp
Gives residents an opportunity to help keep their city clean. The initiative seeks volunteers for a variety of positions to help promote a broad-based, visible, and constant "clean city" message.
Guardian Angels: DC Metro Area Chapter www.guardianangels.org/
Deters crime by patrolling Metro, concerts, street fairs, block parties, and public parks. The nonprofit, all-volunteer organization also trains members in self-defense, provides escort services, and distributes food to the homeless.
Network for Good www.networkforgood.org
Fosters the informed use of the Internet for civic participation and philanthropy. The organization's easy-to-use Philanthropy portal includes a comprehensive listing of volunteer opportunities.
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