Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved with Our Grantees

In June and July 2020, COVID-19 Relief collection drives were held to provide needed supplies and non-perishable food to eight of our grantees.

Our November fundraiser responded to the urgent need for food in our community. Our campaign, “A Different Season of Giving,” supported four grantees that address Hunger Relief in our community. The response exceeded our expectations and together we raised the extraordinary amount of $10,000 which has been distributed to our grantees Crossroads Community Food Network, Food for Others, Nourish Now and We Are Family. 

Meet Grantees Ongoing Needs 

 

During the pandemic, all of our grantees continue to collect and need a variety of things like gift cards, cleaning supplies, nonperishable food, computers, etc. Many of them also need online help with job searches, computer classes, etc.  You can read more about this on our grantees’ websites. 

If you have any questions, please email or call one of us anytime. If you’d like to buy or collect something for one of the programs but aren’t able to do the drop off yourself please let us know and we’ll help with the logistics.

 

GT Community Service Co-Chairs

Pam Feinstein (feinstep@gmail.com / 301-332-7859

Harriet Shugerman (hshugerman08@gmail.com / 301-229-4088 

Liaisons Are Needed for:

 

Career Catchers

Crossroads Community Food Network

George B. Thomas Saturday School

Healthy Babies, Project

Urban Alliance 

Please contact Pam Feinstein (feinstep@gmail.com) or Harriet Shugerman (hshugerman08@gmail.com) if interested.

A Wider Circle

awidercircle.org

 

The mission of A Wider Circle is simple: to help one individual and one family after another rise out of poverty. A Wider Circle works in partnership with those they serve and with those seeking to help to ensure that every child and adult has the chance to succeed and the opportunity to live well. A Wider Circle is based in Silver Spring and serves the entire DC Area.  ​

  • Donate Items - professional clothing, kitchen supplies, furniture, etc.

  • Mentoring or Coaching - via Zoom

  • Host a Non-perishable Food Drive - especially healthy soups, canned fruit (in fruit juice), canned vegetables (low-sodium), spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, shelf-stable milks (rice, almond, regular milk, for example), healthy cereals, and oatmeal. 

  • Host a Coat and Winter Accessories Drive - all sizes (including children) and all items in dignity condition-- no rips, tears, or stains and with working buttons and zippers.

  • Host An Essential Items Drive - including new and unopened bottles of items like laundry detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, and more.

  • Create Care Packages - oral care kits, job-seeker supplies and essential items.

  • Pick up Donations to Sort Remotely - Volunteers can remotely sort donated items, such as baby clothes and linens, and prepare bundles of items for AWC clients. 

  • Volunteer in Person to Sort Donated Items -  at the Silver Spring Center

General questions about volunteering: please contact volunteer@awidercircle.org.   

GT Co-Liaisons: Kim Schifrin (kdschifrin@gmail.com or (301)520-6228 (c) or (301)365-0008 (h) and Wendy Yaross (wyaross@gmail.com) or 301-351-2613 (c). 

Aspire Counseling

www.we-aspire.org

 

Aspire Counseling is a mental health nonprofit based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, providing mental health and wellness services to Montgomery County's diverse residents.

Giving Together funded Aspire's Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program, which provides in-home therapy to low-income, uninsured and underinsured pregnant women and new mothers.

Update during coronavirus outbreak

They are most in need of the following items:

  • Diapers, especially newborn, 1, 2 and wipes

  • General hygiene items

  • Infant and small sizes of clothes especially for baby boys

  • Gift cards for grocery stores (Giant, Safeway, etc.)

  • Gift cards for Target, Walmart, CVS, will be greatly appreciated

Volunteer opportunities include helping with annual springtime projects such as a Mother's Day Spa for their "Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies" clients, and their Market for Moms.

Interested in helping out? Contact GT Liaison Nancy Ebb (ebbford@verizon.net) 301-538-1624 

Career Catchers

www.careercatchers.org

 

Career Catchers, based in Montgomery County (Silver Spring and Gaithersburg), works to promote career stability and self-sufficiency for every client through individualized counseling, training and support.  Since 2007, CareerCatchers has provided one-on-one sustained guidance for some 2,000+ low-income and otherwise disadvantaged local residents.  Services are provided through the efforts of staff, board of directors, volunteers and partners.


Update during coronavirus outbreak 
During this downtime, many of our clients are doing online training in subjects such as Microsoft Office, health and allied sciences, and business. We need volunteers to help with both basic setup, general support and in specialty areas - how you can help: 

  • Via ZOOM: Help teach classes for their Job Club and Empowerment "Workshops" to help clients with Job prep, networking, Test prep (GED, TES, etc.)

  • If the client has a problem getting started, use a combination of phone calls, screenshots and FaceTime to walk them through it.

  • Contact them once a week to check in.

  • Encourage them to move on to new classes once they’ve finished the first ones.

  • Help clients to prepare to take special tests like the RN-NCLEX, Project Management, TEAS Exam, Financial skills, Language skills.

  • Career Catchers has a volunteer opportunity (5-10 hrs /week) for someone who has experience working on databases.

 

CareerCatchers will provide detailed instructions, Zoom training, and backup.
Volunteer requirements: basic Web understanding, good communications skills, and a willingness to help.

If you are interested in helping from a distance, please contact Emma@careercatchers.org


On an ongoing basis volunteers are needed to offer tutoring support for English, Math and certification classes, to teach classes on computer basics, research government and non-profit resources, and to research grants and grant writing. 

Gift cards would be much appreciated.

Interested in helping out? Contact GT Liaison Pam Feinstein (feinstep@gmail.com

 

Casa works to create a just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working class and immigrant communities. They work to organize, advocate for, and expand opportunities for Latino and the immigrant population in the state of Maryland.

Update during coronavirus outbreak

CASA is launching a contact-less food distribution program out of CASA’s Silver Spring Center so that they can provide groceries for people in need in both Montgomery County and Prince Georges County.  They need support.  
 

To help click on the highlighted link -

 

 

Many of the people you will be helping are immigrant families facing extreme hardships.    

Volunteer opportunities include helping in the ESOL Department with administrative tasks in the office and reminder phone calls to potential students. Volunteers for the reminder phone calls need to be bilingual.  Casa also needs one or two volunteers in their legal department helping with administrative tasks. Casa also seeks potential volunteers for tutoring high school students after school at 3:00 p.m.

Citizenship Clinics: Casa's team of 13 AmeriCorps members, together with dozens of community volunteers helps more than 1,000 people on the path to U.S. citizenship every year through this program. In addition to regular business hours, Casa provides weekend services at our monthly Citizenship Clinics. Casa counts on volunteers like us to help manage the flow of 40-60 applicants or more. They have offices in Hyattsville, Rockville and Baltimore that host events routinely.  Other clinics are held occasionally in Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland. Their clinics are generally held on Saturdays, beginning at 9:30 a.m., with a mandatory 8:30 a.m. training session for new volunteers.  Please expect to be at the clinic until about 3:00 p.m.

Interested in volunteering? Please refer to CASA's website or contact GT Liaison Leah Steinberg (leahgsteinberg@gmail.com).

Computer C.O.R.E.

computercore.org

 

Computer C.O.R.E.  is a 501 c(3) nonprofit, community-based organization located in northern Virginia whose mission is to help low-income adults acquire the technological and life skills they need to pursue their career aspirations.  CORE is about jobs and self-sufficiency for their clients and their families.  Six-month workforce development training programs at six sites are offered throughout northern Virginia:  Alexandria, Falls Church, western Fairfax, Herndon, Reston and down the Route 1 corridor in Fairfax County. 


Computer C.O.R.E. also offers on-site shorter six-week training programs to clients at Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, Volunteers of America Chesapeake RTC (transitional shelter), Together We Bake (serving female ex-offenders), and Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque (serving women).

Computer CORE is recruiting virtual volunteers to teach online classes in Google G-Suite, Office 365, Word and Excel, Virtual Interviewing, Career Development and other subjects.  Please indicate your interest here and they will get back to you to discuss your interest and our openings.

Want to volunteer? They have a particular need for:

  • Gently used laptops

  • On-line/Distance Learning Instructors (i.e. teaching a Zoom class on MS Word or Excel)

  • Lead Computer Instructors (Microsoft Office)

  • Teaching Assistants

  • Career Coaches

  • On-line Tutors via ZOOM: Help clients learn various computer and office skills

 

Update during coronavirus outbreak

1) Please continue to make individual donations at this difficult time, so that they are ready to bounce back and deliver classes as soon as they reopen.
 
2) Reach out to any business you know that can donate computers in quantity. Computer CORE is a qualified refurbisher of donated computers. They will ensure donated machines are wiped clean and are loaded with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office Suite. They are seeking laptops in good working order with 8GB hard drives or better, power cords, and which can run Windows 10.
 
3) Donate Chromebooks or other web-only devices - they have curriculum for cloud-based solutions. 

They also have an ongoing need for used computers (desktops or laptops, which they refurbish and give to their students to keep), binders, and flash drives. They welcome help with organizing computer equipment.

Questions? Check out the Volunteer Opportunities page, or contact GT Liaison Lynn O'Connell (lynnoconnell.va@gmail.com).

Crossroads Community Food Network

crossroadscommunityfoodnetwork.org

 

CCFN is dedicated to promoting food access, food entrepreneurship, and healthy food choices in Maryland’s Takoma/Langley Crossroads, a vibrant immigrant community with disproportionate rates of poverty and food insecurity.

Key programs are: Fresh Checks nutrition incentive program, which matches SNAP benefits dollar for dollar, Healthy Eating Program, which lays the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating for students and families, Microenterprise training for Low-income food entrepreneurs who are shifting focus and resources to stay in business, and the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Community Kitchen, which GT helped furnish.

End-of-Year wishlist during coronavirus outbreak:

It's been a year of tremendous challenge, especially so for our neighbors in the Takoma/Langley Crossroads. They need help to mitigate the disastrous impacts that COVID-19 is having on our neighbors' lives with support in three key ways:

 

  • Too many neighbors are struggling to put food on the table because of the pandemic. SNAP usage at Crossroads Farmers Market increased 154% this season. We can help by supporting their Fresh Checks nutrition incentive program, which matches SNAP dollar-for-dollar so people can buy twice as much fresh fruits and vegetables at Crossroads Farmers Market:

--$40 provides 2 families with a week's worth of Fresh Checks
--$80 provides 1 family with a month's worth of Fresh Checks

 

  • Or support low-income food entrepreneurs who are shifting focus and resources to stay in business during the pandemic. It’s a time of profound uncertainty, but also opportunity. Food businesses that can successfully adapt can also thrive:

--$75 supports 15 hours of community kitchen use for a food entrepreneur
--$120 supports 1:1 technical assistance (e.g., developing new products or online ordering systems) to help a food business pivot

 

  • Or support their Healthy Eating Program, which lays the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating for students and families:

--$150 covers the cost of supplies for 3 socially distanced workdays for families at school and community gardens
--$225 covers the cost of plants, seedlings, and seed kits for windowsill gardens distributed to families at Crossroads Farmers Market

 

They have implemented a new fresh produce delivery program to get healthy food to senior shoppers who are staying away from the market due to COVID-19. Each week, they deliver to two low-income senior apartment buildings. 85 people receive weekly deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables. 

ONSITE OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITY (April through November in Takoma Park): Box up food that others will deliver to Senior Facilities on Wed Mornings 9:30-10:30 am - outdoors in tents

 

More ways to support CCFN:

  • Patronize the Farmers Market in Takoma Park on Wednesdays between 11 am and 3 pm through November 25 (Anne Street between University Blvd. & Hammond Avenue).

  • Help community kitchen applicants with obtaining food management licenses, making business plans, or otherwise mentoring their start-up food businesses.

 

For more information, go to their website for quarterly updates

To Share, Volunteer or Donate, click HERE

For more information, contact Liaison GT Liaison (temporary) Pam Feinstein (feinstep@gmail.com).

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project

www.dcvlp.org

 

The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project was founded in 2008 to create, support and utilize a network of volunteer lawyers to provide high-quality, pro bono legal services to domestic violence victims and at-risk children in DC.  Today, volunteers help victims obtain civil protection orders against their abusers as well as child custody and financial support. With the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) and My Sister's Place, DCVLP sponsors a weekly Domestic Violence Resource Clinic where victims easily access legal advice, housing assistance and counseling in a community-based location. Their court-appointed volunteer lawyers also represent the best interests of children who are living with abuse, neglect, domestic violence, parental substance abuse and mental illness. To help ensure that each client has the tools necessary to start a new life, their Clients Advocate provides crisis intervention, safety planning and access to comprehensive social services.

Update during coronavirus outbreak

Domestic violence victims and at-risk children are facing new challenges during this crisis — increased financial stress, social distancing from support networks, quarantine with an abuser, and restless children stuck inside a home that may not be safe.

Please consider making an important donation to ensure clients may continue to get the support they need during this unprecedented time. Click here to make your tax-deductible donation today. They need your support now more than ever.

Items needed for the Teens At‐Risk: Growing, Engaging & Thriving (TARGET) program:

Gently used ipads, lap desks, actual desks, noise blocking earphones, graphing calculators, toiletries, non perishable grocery items

Gift cards
Prepaid phones 
Toiletries
Nonperishable grocery items
Distance learning items:

  • iPads/tablets

  • Lap desks or actual desks

  • Noise blocking earphones

  • Calculators, including graphing calculators

There are opportunities for individual lawyers to volunteer in the areas of Civil Protection Orders, Family Law (Custody & Divorce), ad Child Advocacy (Guardians ad litem). DCVLP provides training, guidance and support to volunteer lawyers.

 

Interested in helping out? Fill out their volunteer registration form, or contact GT Liaison Christine Kessides (ckessides@gmail.com)

Food for Others

foodforothers.org

 

The mission of Food for Others is to distribute free food to our neighbors in need, in partnership with their Northern Virginia community, and to provide opportunities for people to volunteer their resources. Food for Others is the largest provider of free groceries directly to people in need in our area, operating as a safety net for those needing food in an emergency, and for the growing number of working poor struggling to make ends meet.

Update during coronavirus outbreak

Food for Others remains committed to serving our neighbors in need. Last week they served 811 households at the warehouse and Annandale pop-up site, distributing over 51,000 lbs of food. (For comparison, last year during the same week they served 282 families at the warehouse.) Power Pack volunteers delivered packs to eight partner schools where children are able to receive meals from Fairfax County Public Schools.
 

Their biggest needs are:
 

  • Help organize snack packs for students and/or deliver to distribution sites - must wear masks and maintain social distancing

  • Canned meats (particularly chicken), canned chili, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruit, produce

  • Medium sized boxes (banker sized, printer paper sized)

If you’re a Fairfax County resident, write/email/phone your Supervisor and Jeff McKay to advocate for the increased funding for Human Services to remain in next year’s budget.
 

Financial support is also always appreciated.

 

The food insecurity rate in Fairfax County is 5.3% with nearly 60,000 people facing uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life. Nationally, 1 in 8 people struggle with hunger while 376,000 live in poverty in Northern Virginia. 1 in 17 Fairfax County residents live in poverty, including 1 in 14 children. Lacking an adequate income, families are often forced to choose between spending money for food, or on other basic needs such as housing, utilities, health care, and transportation. Food for Others is dedicated to fighting hunger and food insecurity in our community through four key program areas:

  • Emergency Food operations at their warehouse provide 3-5 days’ worth of non-perishables as well as milk, eggs and other fresh food to individuals and families referred to Food for Others by Fairfax County CSP and various social service providers.

  • Clients who qualify based on income eligibility may also receive monthly food supplements via the USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Neighborhood Site distributions provide food to individuals and families via volunteers who pick up food at their warehouse and deliver groceries to low-income neighborhoods. This occurs every evening, Monday through Friday, serving 17 sites in Fairfax County.

 

  • The Community Partners program provides bulk food items to 14 community partners on a regular basis. This includes faith-based organizations, homeless shelters and other groups serving at-risk residents facing food insecurity in Northern Virginia.

  • The Power Pack Program (P3) provides weekend backpack food to Fairfax County public elementary school students identified by school social workers and teachers as in need of supplemental food. Food for Others received the 2017 FCPS Community Partner of the Year Award in recognition of this effort. www.foodforothers.org/p3/

They welcome help with conducting a food drive, assembling power packs, helping in the warehouse stocking shelves, bagging food for distribution, etc.

Interested in volunteering? Visit their websiteFacebook, or Twitter pages, or contact GT Liaison Lynn O'Connell (lynnoconnell.va@gmail.com) for more details. 

George B. Thomas Saturday School

www.saturdayschool.org

Saturday School provides affordable academic support and tutoring for students Grades K-12 in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Extra help is offered to help children stay on track with their schoolwork. Specialized programs and SAT/ACT preparation are also available to help accelerate and encourage learning for all students.

Update during coronavirus outbreak

Most needed are:

  • Grocery gift cards in any amount - trying to give families $50-100.

  • Chrome books (gently used) for students. At least one is needed at each of five schools they serve. Raising funds to purchase new Chrome Books, and/or used Chromebooks in good working condition. 

Volunteers are needed to help support staff and teachers in a variety of tasks or in mentoring students in specific subjects.

To Volunteer: Check out their Volunteer Opportunities page or contact GT Liaison Pam Feinstein (feinstep@gmail.com)

Healthy Babies Project

healthybabiesproject.org

 

Healthy Babies Project, Inc. (HBP) is a 2017 Giving Together Grant recipient. HBP is located in Washington DC to connect high-risk, underserved pregnant D.C. women and families to health care, social services, and educational opportunities.  Some of these mothers and babies are in residence. They are provided up to five years of support because HBP understands that changing behaviors takes time and nurturing. Residents in the program may stay in the transitional house for up to 90 days, yet there are some exceptions. See this Washington Post article (published Jan. 1, 2019)

Update during coronavirus outbreak

They are requesting:

  • Financial support

  • Safeway, Giant, CVS Gift Cards   

  • Lysol wipes and sprays

  • Pots and pan sets, kitchen utensils, oven mitts, sheets and comforters for twin beds, towels, wash cloths, clothing for Moms and infants

  • board books (English and/or Spanish) including Good Night Moon, Guess How Much I Love You, Pat the Bunny

  • toys for infants, toddlers, pre-school and elementary school children

  • infant and toddler clothes

  • child and adult size hats and mittens/gloves

 

Opportunities to lend support for a few hours a day, week or month can be accessed by submitting a volunteer profile. Volunteers are needed for: redecorating rooms in transitional housing; providing Welcome Bags for new residents; creating basic baby care packages, emergency food baskets, and emergency clothes (e.g. underclothes, pjs); collecting cleaning supplies and paper goods. Volunteers are invited to adopt a family for the Holidays or at Easter.

Want to get involved? Email Jazmine Brazier at jbrazier@healthybabiesproject.org for specific opportunities, or contact GT Liaison (temporary) Pam Feinstein (feinstep@gmail.com

Identity creates opportunities for Latino and other historically underserved youth to realize their highest potential and work towards a successful transition into adulthood. Each year, they assist more than 3,000 in-school and out-of-school youth and their families who live in high-poverty areas of Montgomery County and who are most at-risk for poor academic and economic life outcomes.

Identity is currently building long-term capacity as a trauma-informed organization to address trauma-related needs among immigrants and refugee women and girls.

Update during coronavirus outbreak

They need help restocking their stash of shelf-stable individually wrapped healthy snacks. The snacks will be dropped off with program supply packets to the homes of clients as long as in-person programming is curtailed.

In-person opportunities to volunteer are on hold due to Covid-19 safety concerns. When it is safe, they may need volunteers to help in picking up food at one of the Hubs and dropping it off for community food distributions where students and parent promotoras are assisting in hard-hit neighborhoods of Gaithersburg.  Looking ahead to a more normal time, they will welcome volunteers to help with group activities such as their annual Futsal tournament. 

Want to get involved? Contact GT Liaison Christine Kessides (kessides@gmail.com

Interfaith Works

iworksmc.org

Interfaith Works’ Mission is to join forces with the communities of Montgomery County to serve our neighbors in need and advocate for an end to poverty. Their programs provide services to help neighbors lift themselves out of poverty. 

Update during coronavirus outbreak 

 

With all of the adversity this public health crisis has brought on, the needs are staggering.

DONATE: Clothes, personal care and small household items;

PROVIDE: Bagged lunches,  meals or snacks for the women's center or older women residences. (approx 8-10 residents)

These are the items they need urgently to ensure the staff and those in their care remain safe and healthy:

 

  • Women's underwear

  • Face masks

  • Hand sanitizer, soap

  • Disinfectant spray, wipes, surface cleaners with bleach

  • Bath tissue, paper towels

  • Snack bars and water bottles

  • for the holiday season, Interfaith Works is collecting $25 gift cards for their clients. They prefer cards from Target, Kohl's, Giant or Safeway. The idea is to afford dignity and normalcy to their clients by letting them choose the food or gift items they prefer for the holiday season.  

Interfaith Works runs several programs:

  • Women's Center (Rockville) - provides emergency shelter, meals, vocational services and case management to more than 250 women annually.

  • Interfaith Homes - houses 31 chronically homeless, disabled men and women annually in permanent supportive housing in several locations in Montgomery County.

  • Housing Initiative Program  - provides service coordination services to 66 formerly homeless individuals, including 30 families, who are now in permanent housing. 

  • Becky’s House (Rockville) and Priscilla's House (Gaithersburg) - provide permanent supportive housing in eight-bed homes for older women who previously have experienced homelessness. 

  • Interfaith Works Residences (Silver Spring) - provides individual residential units to 21 men and women who have experienced homelessness, and services to support their successful transition to housing. 

  • Interfaith Works Overflow - provides shelter for clients during extreme cold and hot weather.  

  • Interfaith Works Empowerment Center (Silver Spring) - runs a day program that engages over 800 individuals experiencing homelessness annually with services, meals and shelter, including shelter in weather extremes. 

 

There are numerous ways to volunteer, including by sorting and organizing donated clothes at the clothing center, hosting a drive for travel-size toiletries, providing bagged lunches, and donating items on their wish list.

 

Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve food to groups of 8-35 at their facilities; organize and lead activities with guests, such as bingo, board games, arts & crafts, knitting, afternoon tea, a "spa day." They also welcome help sorting and organizing donated clothes and household goods.

Interested in volunteering? Contact GT Liaison Gail Dratch (gaildratch@gmail.com). To contact Interfaith Works directly, Suzane Lofhjelm (slofhjelm@iworksmc.org)

 

John H. Bayne is a public school in Capitol Heights, Maryland serving approximately 500 students in grades Pre-K through Fifth Grade. Its mission is to provide a quality education to its students through a well-organized and structured academic program, with full participation and collaboration between the school, community, parents, teachers, students and administrators.


As a special 10th-anniversary project in 2019, Giving Together partnered with the John H. Bayne community and KaBOOM! to build a state-of-the-art multi-sport play space for students that includes basketball hoops, nets for volleyball and futsal, four square, hopscotch, large scale maps of the US and the world, and an outdoor musical instrument center.

 

They are requesting help with: 

  • Grocery Gift Cards

  • School Supplies

  • Enrichment opportunities for students, including mentors, chess clubs, opportunities for exposure to cultural and other resources

  • Parent university, to help instruct parents and caregivers on how to use school-related technology and to provide emotional/social support

Want to volunteer? Please contact GT Liaison Renee Licht (renee.licht@gmail.com)

John H. Bayne

PG County Elementary School

 

Mercy Health Clinic, an organization of largely volunteer doctors and nurses, that provides free health care to needy adults in Montgomery County. Our funding will enable Mercy to permanently expand their medical and counseling services to  adolescents age 13-17 from low income and immigrant households and add more specialized services for clients age 18-22, vulnerable groups that currently lack access to most health care systems in the County.

 

The Clinic, with more than 150 dedicated volunteers, is committed to continually seek ways to improve and expand the quality primary medical care, educational support and pharmaceuticals it provides free of charge to people who might otherwise not receive health care.

Currently in need of the following items -  
Anti-pyretics, such as Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen - can make use of bottles of all sizes
Over the counter creams, such as 1% Hydrocortisone or Clotrimazole

Want to get involved? Please contact GT Liaison Marea Hatziolos (marea.hatziolos@gmail.com)

Nourish Now

nourishnow.org

 

Nourish Now's mission is to solve two major social issues: food waste and hunger. Fresh food is recovered from area restaurants, caterers, bakeries, grocers, farms and other food donor partners throughout the Montgomery County and DC metropolitan area. Food is then distributed directly to families in need, and to partner organizations to help support their food distribution efforts.

PANDEMIC UPDATE:

Nourish Now has significantly expanded food distribution directly to families, seniors and emergency homeless shelters in dire need during the COVID-19 crisis. At present, Nourish Now feeds nearly 7,000 Montgomery County residents weekly through its Multi-Cultural Mobile Food Assistance Program, a 7-fold increase compared to its normal deliveries prior to the crisis. At the same time, food recovered from restaurants, caterers and others has decreased and they continue to need more revenue and food donations to expand their outreach. 
 
CURRENT TOP NEEDS:

 

  • ONSITE FOOD SORT (Rockville): help sort and organize groceries – must follow guidelines - wear masks and maintain social distance

 

  • VOLUNTEER: Nourish Now needs volunteers on Tuesday-Friday from around 12 noon-3:00 at their food distribution sites, and two Saturdays per month from 10 am-1:00 at their Rockville warehouse.  Volunteers will help NN staff sort food, unload food from trucks and distribute it into family cars, as well as help staff keep track of how many families NN is feeding. If you’d like to help, email volunteer@nourishnow.org

 

  • CANNED FOOD DRIVE: Please consider hosting a long shelf life food drive for Nourish Now. Among the recommended food items to donate are canned vegetables/fruit, canned tuna/chicken, bread, peanut butter, jelly and jam, granola bars, shelf stable milk, canned beans, dried beans, rice, pasta.  If you are interested in hosting a canned food drive, please contact volunteer@nourishnow.org. Nourish Now also will accept gift cards to purchase these items.
     

Location: 1111 Taft Street, Rockville 20850 

Tel. 301-330-0222

 

Want to help out? Visit Nourish Now's website, or contact GT Liaison Susan Alberts at (susanalberts@gmail.com)

Sasha Bruce

sashabruce.org

 

The mission of Sasha Bruce Youthwork is to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, abused, and neglected at-risk youth and their families in the Washington area. They achieve this by providing shelter, counseling, life skills training and positive youth development activities to approximately 1,500 youth and 5,000 family members each year.

Update during coronavirus outbreak

Sasha Bruce emergency shelters and drop-in centers remain open during the pandemic, providing survival services for homeless youth. Thanks to the support of our donors, we have not had a single COVID infection at our facilities!

 

However, as eviction moratoriums are lifted and enhanced unemployment ends, we are expecting a surge in youth homelessness. To help us meet this surge, we could use:

  • BAKE & DELIVER: A Birthday cake and card to a client who is celebrating their Birthday - near yours or anytime you feel like baking a cake. Many of the youth in our care have not had a formal birthday. By providing a cake and a small gift card you can help brighten someone's day.

 

  • DONATE: Client essentials, like: T-Shirts, Socks, and Toiletries

  • ZOOM: tutoring and mentoring​. Share your knowledge! we have several opportunities to share your skills to help us keep our sites operational and to support youth with distance learning. Positions are updated regularly based on need (www.sashabruce.org/volunteer).

  • Facility Essentials: Twin-sized comforter and sheets, pillows, and other "welcome items" for youth arriving at our emergency shelter.

  • Notes of Encouragement: Help us keep our youth motivated by writing small notes of encouragement to be included with each meal distribution.

Volunteering at Sasha Bruce provides groups and individuals the opportunity to have a powerful and positive impact on the lives of young people and families in the District. Both one-time experiences and ongoing positions are available. Examples include gardening, helping with holiday drives, and facilitating group discussions about career planning strategies. For more information about volunteering with Sasha Bruce, visit their website

Want to get involved? Contact GT Liaison Paula Norwood (PN1153@gmail.com)

Urban Alliance

urbanalliance.org

Urban Alliance serves high school youth from under-resourced communities who are at risk of disconnecting from pathways to economic self-sufficiency and lack the skills, experience, and networks needed for success. Urban Alliance provides professional or “soft” skills training, access and exposure to direct work experience, and meaningful adult relationships to help young people connect to pathways leading to self-sufficiency.

Update during coronavirus outbreak

Their students rely on their paychecks coming regularly. They have launched a Student Support Fund to help Urban Alliance youth navigate this new reality. 

  • 80% of interns contribute to household expenses.

  • 91% of interns qualify for free or reduced-priced meals, and with schools closed, may not be receiving three meals a day.

  • With colleges and universities closing their doors, some alumni are also losing access to on-campus jobs and housing.

  • Most interns come from low-income communities, those hardest-hit by the spread of COVID-19.  

One of our most popular annual community service activities takes place during the summer, when we volunteer as judges for a culminating "Urban Alliance Public Speaking Challenge" for 150 high school interns. These students from Washington DC, Montgomery County and Prince George's County make presentations to showcase the skills that they have gained during their internships. 

In addition, volunteers are invited to help with their spring Career Day, Networking Day, and Mock Interviews.

 

Become a Job Partner - Hosting a high school intern allows you to observe how much potential a young person has while concurrently developing their skills. You can evaluate skills and work ethic while helping to build company loyalty for your future employees. The program allows you to invest in a young person, your community, and your business all at once. For more information contact premy@theurbanalliance.org.  

 

For other ways to get involved, contact GT Liaison (temporary) Harriet Shugerman (hshugerman08@gmail.com)

We Are Family

wearefamilydc.org

 

Grounded in grassroots senior leadership, We Are Family mobilizes a committed corps of volunteers to reach out to isolated inner-city seniors with free services, advocacy, and companionship, building a network of caring eyes and ears that enables at-risk seniors to age in place. More than simply a social service provider, We Are Family is a bold experiment in building a caring, just and inclusive community.

Update during coronavirus outbreak

In September 2020 they delivered 933 bags of food and supplies to seniors in the areas they serve. They need paper towels, latex gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, rubbing alcohol, and financial donations.   

 

During the pandemic, their services currently include:

 

  • Free monthly grocery delivery

  • Shopping and delivery assistance

  • Regular telephone reassurance - make calls from home to seniors who are isolated during this time.

  • Referrals to other agencies or services

 

We Are Family provides organizing and leadership training assistance, bringing seniors to participate in community meetings, protests, and city council hearings. 


Their model is grounded in the power of volunteers – especially their senior leaders – in their work. They rely on volunteers to provide services, advocacy and beyond. They also purposefully draw on a diverse range of such workers to achieve their deeper aim of building a caring, just, and inclusive community, to help them get to know one another past boundaries like race, class, religion, sexual orientation and language. 

 

Volunteer opportunities (in North Capitol, Shaw, Columbia Heights) include Saturday morning grocery deliveries and shopping and delivery assistance throughout the month.  Help is welcome anytime with these activities. You can sign up to help out with the Saturday morning grocery deliveries here: www.wearefamilydc.org/events. To inquire about providing shopping assistance for our seniors, email Tulin at tulino@wearefamilydc.org.

Interested in volunteering? Please visit the website or contact GT Liaison Harriet Shugerman (hshugerman08@gmail.com)