Getting involved in your home area can make a huge difference in how connected you are. There’s something special about being able to feel like you’re truly a part of a community, and there are plenty of ways you can start to do so in the Mount Pleasant area.
Whether you’re looking for a one-time or long-term volunteering opportunity, hoping to hit the D.C. streets to raise money as part of a charity fun run, participating in area cleanup efforts, or looking for other ways to get involved, this guide will help you dive in.
With a mission “to empower low-income families and to foster the optimal development of their young children through educational and support services,” The Family Place has helped “promote stability and well-being for low-income families in Washington D.C. by offering critical resources and social support for more than 30 years.” Volunteers assist educators in early childhood education classes, clerical and reception support, with social media efforts, and in ESL learning opportunities, among others.
Dedicated to helping children who are trauma survivors, The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project believes “that play is a human right that all children deserve, regardless of housing status.” Volunteers can lead playtimes as Play Rangers, adopt a playroom as part of a volunteer group, host a birthday or holiday party, coordinate donation drives, and more.
Founded in 1979 to serve dinner to homeless women, Thrive DC’s mission is “to prevent and end homelessness in Washington, D.C., by providing vulnerable people with a wide range of services to help stabilize their lives.” It has grown to be a “comprehensive, professionally staffed, bilingual organization serving more than 2,000 men, women, and children each year…a safety net for people experiencing homelessness, unemployment, housing instability, and food insecurity.” Volunteers provide administrative support, serve meals in the kitchen, provide groceries, help with the free farmer’s market, and help clients find employment.
Run in or Volunteer At a Charity Race
Inspiring girls to be “joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running,” Girls on the Run is looking for “amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of thousands of girls each year.”
The 9/11 Heroes Run “unites communities internationally with the goal to never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of September 11th and the wars since: veteran, first responder, civilian and military." A relatively comprehensive list of other running events and charity races can be found on Run Washington’s website.
Other Volunteering Opportunities
Keep an eye out for opportunities to volunteer on the cleanup committee for Washington, D.C.’s largest urban park.
Make Capitol Hill sparkle alongside a long list of Capitol Hill businesses on the first Saturday of every month.
“Get your feet wet and your hands dirty by spending a few hours helping with the restoration of the Turtle Beach Wetland at Diamond Teague Park” with the Earth Conservation Corps.
Join DARO in Supporting these Local Organizations
The team at DARO Apartments is committed to supporting local community outreach and social responsibility missions. As a part of our passion for improving our community both at home and around the globe, we have partnered with the following organizations, and we encourage our residents and visitors to join us.
Project Knapsack connects elementary and secondary students from Francis C. Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, VA, to students in Africa. The students become pen pals, and each receives a backpack outfitted with school supplies and other educational materials. The organization’s goal is to promote cultural awareness and remove barriers that affect student learning in Africa. Learn how you can get involved.
This organization equips DC youth with tools for success through job training and experiential education. They believe that bicycles create positive opportunities for local youth while expanding their horizons. You can contribute by donating your time, old bikes, or money.
Earlier this year, we hosted an adoption event for this wonderful non-profit right here at The Vintage. This local organization rescues adoptable cats and dogs from overcrowded, high-kill shelters and works to find them loving homes. In five years, they have found safe, caring homes for over 3,000 DC animals.
Together, We Can Build a Better Community
One of the most beloved parts of our city is the number of organizations and residents who are willing to volunteer their time and money to improve the District and the globe. We encourage you to get out and do your part whether that’s volunteering with a local non-profit, donating an old bicycle, or participating in a race.