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.

Liaisons Are Needed for:

 

Career Catchers

Crossroads Community Food Network

George B. Thomas Saturday School

Healthy Babies, Project

Sasha Bruce Youthworks

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.  

Update during coronavirus outbreak

1) Attend the Virtual Community Ball – September 26, 7:00-8:00 pm 
Learn about the successes of families AWC has supported, appearances from special guests, and AWC’s 
National Plan to End Poverty.  To purchase a ticket or learn more, visit AWC’s Community Ball webpage
 
2) Deliver Care Packages – August 25 and 27 in the morning (other dates available throughout the fall) .
Pick up items at A Wider Circle in Silver Spring and drop them off at the doorstep of homes in Washington 
Highlands in SE DC, thus allowing you to stay a safe distance from others. Volunteers will need to wear masks. 
If you’d like to participate, sign up here.
 
3) Volunteering In-person in Silver Spring – Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm, Sundays 12-3pm
For its Essential Support program, AWC seeks volunteers to help sort donations and pack individual boxes for families. 
Volunteers work indoors with limited numbers of volunteers to ensure social distancing. All volunteers wear masks. 
If you’d like to participate, sign up here
  
4) Donate Items - click HERE to schedule a time to drop off your items. Curbside pickups are being done on a very 
limited basis. 

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

  • 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)

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: 

  • 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.

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 -
Can you be a driver for CASA’s new food delivery program and deliver weekly groceries to 5 to 10 families?

You can also help by donating to the CASA Solidarity Fund.  
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).

 

Want to volunteer? They have a particular need for:

  • 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

 

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 the weekly Farmers Market (three-quarters of producers and vendors are immigrants), Fresh Checks (matching SNAP benefits up to $50/week at the Market), Healthy Eating Program (cooking and nutrition lessons for students and families), Microenterprise training, and the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Community Kitchen, which GT helped furnish.

 

Update during coronavirus outbreak

Here's how we're responding and how you can help:


Typically we match up to $20 of SNAP purchases dollar for dollar with Fresh Checks each week at the Farmers Market. Now we're raising money to be able to offer $50 SNAP matching through November 25.

We also 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, we deliver to two low-income senior apartment buildings. 85 people receive weekly deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables. With your help, we can deliver through November 25.

 

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.

 

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:
 

  • Food- 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.

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, at least one to 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

 

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

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. See this link for list of items they need urgently to ensure the staff and those in their care remain safe and healthy, including:

 

  • Women's underwear

  • Face masks

  • Hand sanitizer, soap

  • Disinfectant spray, wipes, surface cleaners with bleach

  • Bath tissue, paper towels

  • Snack bars and water bottles

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).

 

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.

Please watch for a list of ways to help. Want to volunteer? Please contact GT Liaison Renee Licht (renee.licht@gmail.com)

John H. Bayne

PG County Elementary School

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.

COVID 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 is feeding nearly 7,000 Montgomery County residents weekly through its Multi-Cultural Mobile Food Assistance Program, a 7-fold increase compared to its normal deliveries to 1,000 people each week prior to the crisis. During the past 4 weeks alone (May 2020), Nourish Now has served more than 28,000 individuals across their 10 distribution sites.
 
CURRENT TOP NEEDS:
 

  • VOLUNTEER: Nourish Now welcomes volunteers to help unpack food donations. They are taking Covid-related precautions and limit the number of volunteers at a given time. They especially need people to volunteer every Tuesday-Friday from around 12 noon-3:00 at distribution sites located at various churches and elementary schools in Montgomery County.  These volunteers will help NN staff 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, contact Brian Naves.

 

  • FUNDS FOR A WALK IN REFRIGERATOR: A walk-in refrigerator is urgently needed to store the tremendous increase in donations of perishable items. If Nourish Now can raise $10,000, 2 anonymous donors have pledged $5000 to enable them to purchase this badly needed item. If you would like to donate please use the following link, and mention that you are with Giving Together:  https://nourish-now.networkforgood.com/projects/98061-feeding-families-in-our-communities

 

  • CANNED FOOD DRIVE: Please consider hosting a canned food drive for Nourish Now. While they collect a variety of perishable and non-perishables items from their food recovery partners, they are in need of canned and dry goods to fill the gap. It is important that families receive ready-to-eat prepared meals and fresh produce, as well as food items that will last much longer. 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.  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 Co-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:

  • Client essentials, like: T-Shirts, Socks, and Underwear.

  • 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.

  • Sponsor a Birthday: 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.

  • 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).

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 (temporary) Pam Feinstein (feinstep@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

Last month 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

  • 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)