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:


Bright Beginnings Inc.

Contact: LeNesha Brown

Calvary Women’s Services

Contact: Arielle Baker ,202-678-2341 ext 233

In Kind Needs: 
  • Gift cards to CVS, Target, Walmart or local grocery stores Movie passes
  • Weekly and monthly planners
  • Watches
  • Umbrellas
  • Flip-flop sandals
  • Bathrobes (S-3X)
  • Slippers
  • Pajamas (S-XL)
  • Pillowcases
  • Twin and full-sized comforters
  • Twin sized bed-in-a-bag sets
  • Twin and full-sized sheet sets
  • Washcloths
  • Full sized body wash, lotion, toothpaste and deodorant
Volunteer Needs: 

Calvary is currently looking for overnight volunteers to spend one month a night ensuring women on site have a safe and secure night. Volunteers arrive at 9 pm, leave at 7 am, and are given a separate room to sleep. It is a perfect opportunity for volunteers who aren't available during business hours but still want to serve in an essential capacity.

Interested volunteers can read more about the opportunity and start the application process here

Capitol Hill Group Ministry

Contact: Abby Sypek ,202.544.3150 ext. 200

Capitol Hill Group Ministry operates a street outreach team and drop-in center and serves homeless families and individuals, as well as low-income households from across the District of Columbia.

Items requested:

  • 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.

Christ House

Contact: Lydia Olsen ,202-328-1100 ext. 232


  • Men’s Sweat pants (sizes M-3XL)
  • Men’s Sweat shirts (sizes M, XL & 2XL, no hoodies)
  • Winter-weight men’s socks
  • Slip-on shower shoes (sizes 10-13, no flip flops)
  • Men’s Sneakers (sizes 9-14; especially 11-14)
  • Men’s Jeans (waist 32-48)
  • Men’s Sweat pants (sizes M-3XL)
  • Men’s Sweat shirts (sizes M-3XL, no hoodies)
  • Men’s Lightweight jackets (sizes M-3XL)
  • Men’s Underwear (sizes M-2XL, white briefs only)
  • Men’s Undershirts (sizes M-2XL, white only)
  • Men’s Long-sleeve t-shirts (M-3XL)
  • Men’s Shaving cream
  • Men’s Deodorant
  • Body lotion (Aquaphor or similar, unisex or men’s)
  • Vaseline
  • Chapstick

Food/Kitchen Supplies:

  • Coffee
  • Brown rice
  • 25-pound bags of sugar
  • Tea bags
  • Costco gift cards
  • Frozen concentrated orange juice
  • Sugar substitute packets
  • Bottled water
  • Sugar-free jelly/jam
  • Oatmeal
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables

Activities Related Items:

  • Bingo prizes, about $3-5 value (team logo items, etc.)
  • Tickets to local events (theater, Redskins, Wizards, etc.)
  • Gift certificates to Safeway, Target, Five Below, CVS, or Starbucks
  • Coloring books for adults (Mandala coloring books)
  • Colored pencils
  • Word search books
  • Decks of playing cards
  • DVDs (especially action/adventure)

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Assist with meal preparation, serving, and clean up on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day
  • Sponsor the purchase of holiday decorations (such as Christmas trees, wreaths, etc.)
  • Donate or sponsor special holiday dinners (turkey, trimmings, etc.) for 60 people
  • Sort and wrap Christmas gifts for patients
  • Help to host a New Year’s Eve party for patients
  • Bring a musical or theatrical group to perform
  • Answer the phone at the nurses’ station (specifi¬≠cally on holidays, evenings, and weekends)

Community of Hope

Contact: Jonathan Kidwell


Requested items:

  • Full and twin sheets and blankets*
  • Bath towels and wash cloths*
  • Toiletries*
  • Infant or toddler winter clothing
  • Baby blankets*
*Items must be new.

D.C. Central Kitchen

Contact: Amy Bachman

As a meal producing organization, D.C. Central Kitchen’s biggest needs are staple food items such as:

  • Brown Rice
  • Cans of Diced Tomatoes
  • Canned chicken or Tuna
  • D.C. Central Kitchen asks that groups DO NOT collect mixed cans but rather focus on 1 of the above items to collect a large amount of one type of item. 

Housing Up

Contact: Emily Koppel, (202) 291-5535 x 412

  • Diapers
  • Soap (hand and dish)
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Non-perishable food
  • Pre-loaded Metro cards
  • Gift cards to places such as Target, Safeway, Giant, CVS, and Walmart

Jobs Have Priority/Naylor Road

Contact: Sonja Rivers, (202) 575-2903

Jobs Have Priority would benefit greatly from receiving nonperishable food and toiletry donations during the hypothermia months.

N Street Village

Contact: Adam Brunell



(1) Cleaning Supplies (for Permanent Supportive Housing Residents)

For women in the Village family who are just moving into housing, having cleaning supplies is essential to making their new place feel like home.  Below is a list of items needed.  N Street Village is requesting at least 13 of each item for each of the 13 apartments in the program.  An example of each item is included.

  • Multipurpose spray (prime pantry), kitchen cleaner spray
  • Bathroom cleaner spray (with bleach)
  • Dish detergent liquid 
  • Clorox wipes
  • Paper towels (24), Paper towels (6)
  • Comet powder
  • Sponges
  • Magic eraser sponges
  • Toilet paper (individually wrapped)

(2) Giant gift cards:  $25 gift cards to Giant, which will enable the women to buy ingredients for preparing Thanksgiving meals of their choosing and to make sure their holidays are special ones.

(3) Plus-size coats: Women who wear plus sizes are often left out ideal options during coat drives, so a great option is to keep a woman at the Village warm this winter by purchasing these coats: coat (1x-3x sizes!)coat 2 (sizes 1x-3x!).

(4) Toiletries: All toiletries, especially Depends in all-sizes and travel-size soap and body wash for clients with incontinence issues who can be empowered to take care of their hygiene and improve their standard of living.

Pathways to Housing DC

Contact: Genesis Lazo, 202-674-8307

Pathways to Housing needs are coats, especially in large sizes, socks, gloves, and long johns/leggings. 

Thrive D.C.

Contact: Spencer Baldacci

Thrive DC would like to receive new women's and men's underwear, new/used winter coats, unopened toiletries, adult diapers, and liquid laundry detergent (pods or regular liquid). 

Wanda Alston Foundation

Contact: Keith Pollard, 202-733-3642

Wanda Alston Foundation is always in need of metro cards, non-perishable food, new sheets and blankets for full size beds and cleaning supplies.