‘Tis the season for paying it forward, so we decided to put together a list of 15 ways to give back to the DC community year-round. Our handpicked list is chock-full of unique organizations eager to put new volunteers’ hands and minds to novel uses. Read on for a list of creative ways you can give more of yourself to those in need around the District.
Restore the Anacostia Watershed
Eco-minded folks can help restore wetlands, plant native plants, collect seeds and much more, all while learning about the watershed and its ecosystem.
Put Down Roots with Casey Trees
Channel your inner tree-hugger through a variety of opportunities, from tree planting and tree care to advocacy.
Get Your Hands Dirty with Columbia Heights Green
Put your green thumb to good use at Columbia Heights Green, one of many participating parks and gardens in the Community Harvest Program at Washington Parks & People.
Show Compassion & Offer Advocacy through HIPS
Donate to and/or volunteer with HIPS (Harm Reduction Experts Improving Lives Since 1993), offering compassionate harm reduction services and advocacy to people who engage in sex work or drug use in the DC area.
Expand Your Practice with Yoga Activist
Are you a yoga teacher who wants to take the practice outside of the confines of traditional studio spaces? Yoga Activist is the place to do it.
Knit It Forward in the District
Do you stay calm and knit on? Join one of many knitting meetups held at DC Public Library locations and/or donate your handknitted items to a variety of charities.
www.dclibrary.org // www.lionbrand.com/blog/10-charities-for-knitters-and-crocheters
Feed the Hungry with So Others Might Eat
Help provide nourishing breakfasts for those in need. They use real eggs, too – none of that powder stuff.
Provide a Fitness Framework for Girls on the Run
Volunteer with the DC chapter of this national nonprofit dedicated to making a world where every girl is free to boldly pursue her dreams through running. Support students during a 10-week program to help them establish an appreciation for health and fitness.
Dress to Impress with Suited for Change
Help local women entering the job market dress to impress through a variety of volunteering and donating options, including leading a styling workshop.
Support Senior Citizens at We Are Family
Help isolated senior citizens with groceries, cleaning, transportation or just a friendly visit. Make a new friend this season by joining We Are Family.
Save the Felines with Alley Cat Rescue
The trap-neuter-return program at Alley Cat can make life on the streets a little more bearable for our furry friends. Donate to the rescue or adopt one of their many cuddle bugs.
Be a Classroom Volunteer at Carlos Rosario International
Volunteer in adult ESL, culinary, IT and health classes and programs at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, and/or join as a mentor through the Impact Mentorship Program.
Mentor Families with Northstar Tutoring
Tutor, mentor and help support members of low-income families in DC through Northstar Tutoring.
Help the Homeless at Friendship Place
Help people in need transition out of homelessness at Friendship Place through a variety of volunteer roles, from mentoring to cleaning.
Go Pro Bono with the D.C. Bar
If you’re a DC lawyer, you can give back by providing a variety of pro bono legal services.
Coach Soccer with DC Scores
Score a winning goal by helping coach and referee soccer games.