Get Involved

If you would like to get involved with the community this winter there are various volunteer opportunties outlined below. You can also donate items to service providers in the community such as toiletries and non-perishable foods. Items needed by specific providers are outlined below. For a complete list of items to donate and providers to donate to, please click the following link:

Donate

Access Housing

Contact: Gregory Crawford at crawfordgh@aol.com or 202.561.8387 ext. 108

Access Housing provides transitional hhousing for veterans and empowers veterans to find employment and stable, permanent housing in order to improve their quality of life.

  • Commercial Size Toilet Paper*
  • Bathroom Napkins
  • Paper Plates
  • Light Bulbs
  • Coats**
  • Twin Blankets and Sheets*
  • Comforters*
  • Socks*

*Items should be purchased new and still in the package. This is for sanitation/health reasons.
**Other items should be sanitized, washed and in good condition. Thanks!

Bethany

Contact: Andrea Parker at aparker@bethanyinc.org or 202.678.4084

Bethany provides affordable transitional housing and support services for women and their children experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia.
Check back later for a list of donations for Bethany


Calvary Women's Services

Contact: Arielle Baker at abaker@calvaryservices.org or 202.678.2341 ext. 233

Calvary Women’s Services offers transitional housing, health, employment and education programs that empower homeless women in Washington, DC to change their lives. Founded in 1983, our programs carry out our mission to offer "a safe, caring place for tonight; support, hope and change for tomorrow."

  • Twin-sized fleece throw blankets*
  • Pajamas (sizes: S-3X)**
  • Bath robes (sizes: S-3X)**
  • Bath slippers**

  • Gift cards to CVS, Target, Walmart or grocery stores

*Items should be purchased new and still in the package. This is for sanitation/health reasons.
**Other items should be sanitized, washed and in good condition. Thanks!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Overnight volunteers pair up with a Calvary staff member to guarantee a smooth and quiet night. Volunteers arrive at 9 pm and are responsible for setting out breakfast, welcoming residents arriving late from work or school, and doing a final walk-through of the facility. In the morning, volunteers facilitate breakfast for residents and make sure clients are up and ready for the day before heading out at 7 am. This is a great opportunity for volunteers to serve in an essential role while still keeping business hours.

Meal Prep Volunteers bring meals to help us prepare for the winter! Each evening the residents enjoy a hot meal prepared by our chef or volunteers. On inclement weather days when it is too hard to get on site, we want to make sure we still provide a delicious meal. We're looking for volunteers to drop off meals that can be frozen and then re-heated on an as-needed basis.


Capitol Hill Group Ministry

Contact: William Kelly at kelly@chgm.net or 202.544.3150

Capitol Hill Group Ministry performs street outreach and serves homeless families and individuals, as well as low-income households from across the District of Columbia

  • Toiletries
  • Socks*
  • Underwear (men & women)*
  • T-shirts (large size)*
  • Hats**
  • Gloves**
  • Scarves**

  • Blankets (Indoor & Outdoor)*
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Coats**

*Items should be purchased new and still in the package. This is for sanitation/health reasons.
**Other items should be sanitized, washed and in good condition. Thanks!


Catholic Charities

Contact: Maximo Chate at Maximo.Chate@CatholicCharitiesDC.org or 202.481.1365

Catholic Charities assists individuals and families in need, especially those who are most vulnerable. We believe in helping people develop the skills and strength to move from crisis or isolation to stability and growth. We focus on prevention when possible, intervention when needed and advocacy when resources or opportunities are either inadequate or unfair.

  • Blankets*
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Clothing**
  • Shoes**
  • Hygiene Items

*Items should be purchased new and still in the package. This is for sanitation/health reasons.
**Other items should be sanitized, washed and in good condition. Thanks!


Christ House

Contact: David Long at david.long@christhouse.org or 202.328.1100

Christ House provides comprehensive and compassionate health care to sick, homeless men and women in the District of Columbia, and assists them in addressing critical issues to help break the cycle of homelessness. The various Christ house programs all benefit from generous donations of clothing, toiletry items, food and other necessities.
For a list of items to donate to Christ House click here


Community of Hope

Contact: development@cohdc.org or 202-407-7747, ext. 162

Adopt A Family: Each December, Community of Hope collects gift cards for the homeless families in our housing programs. The Adopt-A-Family program allows you to bring holiday spirit directly to the children and families that we serve. You can help them celebrate a joyful holiday season by providing them with gift cards to purchase gifts and food for their families. The gift card provides parents with the power of choice, a basic need we believe is critical to helping our clients get back on their feet. It’s fundamental in every aspect of our program. To participate in the Adopt-A-Family program, you may make an online donation here, send a check and indicate “Adopt-A-Family" to Community of Hope, 4 Atlantic Street, SW, Washington DC 20032, or you can donate Target gift cards in increments of $25 and mail them to the same address.
  • Housing Essentials Welcome Kits (for new residents at our short-term programs):
  • Full and twin sheet sets*
  • Full and twin blankets*
  • Bath towels and washcloths*
  • Dishes (plates, bowls, cups…plastic preferred because of kids)
  • Silverware (new or gently used and clean)
  • Toiletries as needed
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Small box of powdered laundry detergent

*Items should be purchased new and still in the package. This is for sanitation/health reasons.
Other items should be sanitized, washed and in good condition. Thanks!

 


D.C. Central Kitchen

Contact: Andrew Finke at afinke@dccentralkitchen.org or 202.400.2818

D.C. Central Kitchen provides meals for the various men and women’s shelter sites throughout the District of Columbia.

  • Non-Perishable Food

D.C. General Family Shelter

Contact: Jessica Thomas
jthomas@community-partnership.org

DC General Family Shelter is always in need of personal care products, as well as clothing and other goods. Below, please find a list of items.

  • Strollers
  • Diapers (all sizes)*
  • Sanitary Pads*
  • Pack & Plays
  • Baby Tubs**
  • Wipes*
  • Baby Food*
  • Baby Formula
  • Bottles**
  • Teething Rings*
  • Pacifiers*
  • Blankets*
  • Sheets*
  • Towels*
  • Wash cloths*
  • Bibs**
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Bottle Cleaner
  • Baby Socks
  • Baby Hats
  • Baby Clothing (newborn-4T)
  • Children's Underwear*
  • Men's Jeans/Slacks
  • Men/Women's Clothing (3X or larger)
  • Baby Wash/Lotion
  • Diaper Rash Ointment
  • Shoes (all sizes)

*Items should be purchased new and still in the package. This is for sanitation/health reasons. **Other items should be sanitized, washed and in good condition. Thanks!

 

Echelon Community Services

Contact: Mariama Diawara at mdiawara.ecs@comcast.net or 202.388.9400

Echelon Community Services provides case management and housing to families and youth experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia.
Check back later for a list of donations for Echelon


Green Door

Contact: Lee Granados at lee.granados@greendoor.org or 202.464.9200, ext. 328

Green Door provides housing and various other services for men and women experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia. Green Door's clientel is in great need of winter coats, larger sizes would be most needed

  • Larger Sized Coats**
  • Toiletries

*Items should be purchased new and still in the package. This is for sanitation/health reasons.
**Other items should be sanitized, washed and in good condition. Thanks!


Jobs Have Priority

Contact: Yolanda Bailey at ybailey@jobshavepriority.org or 202.544.9128, ext. 328

Jobs Have Priority provides housing and case management for families experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to become a contributing member of society. Helping someone find and keep a job provides them with a steady paycheck and is a significant source of self-esteem. A job also helps provide a sense of community, camaraderie and self-identification – something we all want. Job's Have Priority's clients primarily need non-perishable food items as well as toiletries.

  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Toiletries

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)

Contact: John Van Zandt at johnvz@layc-dc.org

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) provides services to a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs.

  • Hygiene Supplies
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Children's Clothing**

*Items should be purchased new and still in the package. This is for sanitation/health reasons.
**Other items should be sanitized, washed and in good condition. Thanks!


Miriam's Kitchen

Contact: Amalya Lewin at amalya.lewin@miriamskitchen.org or 202-452-8926, ext. 1
Location: 2401 Virginia Ave. NW, basement of Western Presbyterian Church
Hours of Donation: 6am-6pm

Miriam's Kitchen provides meals and case management services.

  • Sleeping bags*
  • Heavy blankets (Outdoor)*
  • Hats**
  • Gloves**

*Items should be purchased new and still in the package. This is for sanitation/health reasons.
**Other items should be sanitized, washed and in good condition. Thanks!


National Center for Children and Families

Contact: Jermaine Lemons at JLemons@nccf-cares.org or 301.365.4480 ext. 109

National Center for Children and Families provides services that empower families to positively transform their lives, which is cultivated by our work with at-risk populations. Our programs provide wraparound services to help ensure that our clients become self-sufficient and do not return to dependency and poverty.

  • Toiletries
  • Cleaning Products
  • Infant/Toddler Essentials
  • Coats**

*Items should be purchased new and still in the package. This is for sanitation/health reasons.
**Other items should be sanitized, washed and in good condition. Thanks!


Pathways to Housing

Contact: Hannah Zollman at hzollman@pathwaysdc.org or 202.529.2972 ext. 130

Pathways to Housing provides housing and case management services to individuals experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia.

  • Unisex Shirts and Pants of All Sizes**
  • Hats**
  • Scarves**
  • Gloves**
  • Socks*
  • Underwear for Men and Women*
  • Ponchos**
  • Handwarmers*
  • Toiletries

*Items should be purchased new and still in the package. This is for sanitation/health reasons.
**Other items should be sanitized, washed and in good condition. Thanks!

For a complete list of items to donate, click here

Sasha Bruce

Contact: Katie McCann at kmccann@sashabruce.org or 202.675.9340 ext. 120

Sasha Bruce helps young people find safe homes, achieve and maintain good health and mental health, create and strengthen supportive and stable families, explore opportunities in education and careers, and become tomorrow’s leaders.
Check back later for a list of donations for Sasha Bruce


Thrive D.C.

Contact: Greg Rockwell at greg@thrivedc.org or 202.503.1528

Thrive D.C. works to prevent and end homelessness in Washington, DC by providing vulnerable men and women with a wide range of services to help stabilize their lives. We are a safety net for people experiencing homelessness, unemployment, housing instability, and food insecurity. With our help, our clients take the first steps toward independence and self-sufficiency.

  • Winter Coats**
  • Hats**
  • Scarves**
  • Gloves**
  • Sample Size Toiletries
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Socks*
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Underwear*

*Items should be purchased new and still in the package. This is for sanitation/health reasons.
**Other items should be sanitized, washed and in good condition. Thanks!