Get Involved

If you would like to get involved with the community this winter there are various volunteer opportunities 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. 


Calvary Women’s Services

Contact: Sandrine Uwerasuwera@calvaryservices.org

Volunteer Needs: Calvary is currently looking for overnight volunteers to spend one night a month 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

In Kind Needs: Donating new and unused supplies and goods helps Calvary meet some basic needs of the women in their programs. If you would like to donate items, their needs are displayed in the Amazon Wish Lists linked below.  


CABHI Library Peers

Drop off location: 1990 K St NW, 5th floor
Drop off hours: Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30
Contact: Jean Badalamenti: jean.balalamenti@dc.gov; O: 202-727-1107 C: 202-631-9258
  • Qty. 50 - Hats
  • Qty. 50 - Gloves

Capitol Hill Group Ministry

Drop off Location: Shirley's Place, 1338 G Street SE
Drop off hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 4:00 pm
Contact: Abby Sypek: sypek@chgm.net; 202-320-7702

Capitol Hill Group Ministry operates a street outreach team and drop-in center serving homeless families and individuals, as well as low-income households from across the District of Columbia.  CHGM is always seeking donations of common household items, non-perishable food, and clothing.   

Urgent supply needs: 

  • Qty. 10 - Cold Weather Adult Sleeping Bag
  • Qty. 10 - 2X Men's Thermal Sets
  • Qty. 10 - 3X Men's Thermal Sets
Capitol Hill Group Ministry also accepts donations from their Amazon Wish List, linked here

Volunteer Needs: CHGM relies on the support of over 800 volunteers each year to “Serve the Community, One Neighbor at a Time”. Opportunities include helping to distribute bottled waters & healthy snacks to our chronically homeless neighbors, assisting the guests at Shirley’s Place Day Center, being a part of their Hypothermia Emergency Response Team (HERT), organizing weekly produce pick-ups, and being a mentor. 
For more information on volunteering with CHGM, click here or email volunteer@chgm.net

Charlie's Place

Drop off location: 1830 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Drop off times: 6am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday
Contact: Molly Vetter: mvetter@stmargaretsdc.org; 202-744-5184
Supply Needs: 
  • Men's coats size M, L, XL
  • Men's gloves
  • Adult winter hats
  • Adult scarves
  • Cold weather adult sleeping bag 

Christ House

For a detailed list of Christ House DC's current volunteer and donation needs, please refer to the list linked below:


For the most up to date donation needs year round, see Christ House DC's Amazon Wish List

Volunteer Opportunities:

contactvolunteers@christhouse.org ,202-328-1100 ext. 232

  • 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

Drop off : Due to limited storage space donations are accepted by appointment only.  

Contact: development@cohdc.org, 202-407-7747 ext. 162; volunteer@cohdc.org, 202-407-7757

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.

For a full list of donation needs, click here.
To purchase and ship items directly, make a donation from Community of Hope's  Amazon Wish List

Community Connections

Drop off location: 801 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Drop off hours: Between 9am-3pm
Contact: Sara Varnado: svarnado@ccdc1.org; 240-221-1760
Supply needs: 
  • Qty. 10 - Cold Weather Adult Sleeping Bag
  • Qty. 10 - XL Men's Winter Coats
  • Qty. 10 - XXL Men's Winter Coats
  • Qty. 20 - Adult Winter Hats
  • Qty. 40 - Handwarmers

D.C. Central Kitchen

Contact: Amy Bachman

202-400-2806abachman@dccentralkitchen.org

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

ekoppel@housingup.org, (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: srivers@jobshavepriority.org; 202-575-2903

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

For a full list of items needed, click here

Miriam's Kitchen

Drop off location: 2401 Virginia Ave, NW
Drop off hours: Monday-Friday 6:30am-5:45pm
Contact: Lindsay Curtin: Lindsay.curtin@miriamskitchen.org; 202-809-2431
Supply Needs: 
  • Qty. 10 - Cold Weather Adult Sleeping Bag
  • Qty. 5 - XL Men's Winter Coats
  • Qty. 5- XXL Men's Winter Coats
  • Qty. 10 - Men's Waterproof Winter Gloves
  • Qty. 15 - Adult Winter Hats

N Street Village

N Street Village accepts fully functioning, gently used, and new in-kind gifts based on the needs of our community. We are not able to accept in-kind gifts without first contacting the in-kind gifts office. 

Contact: Donna Marie Thompson: dthompson@nstreetvillage.org; 202-939-2076

Drop off times: Monday-Friday 9:30 am- 4:30 pm, By appointment only 

Top 10 Needs:

  • Deodorant
  • Washcloths (new)
  • Bath towels (new)
  • New sneakers (Size 8-12)
  • All-purpose cleaning spray
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Full Size body Wash
  • Standard Size Pillow (new)
  • Twin sized comforter (new)
  • Women's underwear (sizes 11-14, new)
For information on N Street's 2018 Coat Drive click here

To purchase and ship items directly, donate items on the Amazon Wish Lists linked below: 


For detailed lists of N Street Village's In-Kind needs click here

Volunteer Needs: By volunteering at N Street Village, you can play an essential role in improving the lives of homeless and low-income women in our community.  N Street Village hosts more than 400 volunteers annually who donate more than 12,000 hours of service to our community.  There are a variety of individual and group volunteer opportunities. 
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at N Street Village, click here

Pathways to Housing DC

Drop off location: 101 Q Street NE, Suite G
Drop off hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
Contact: Ami Angell: aangel@pathwaysdc.org

Supply needs: 
  • Qty. 10- L Men's Winter Coats
  •   Qty. 10 - XL Men’s Winter Coats
  •   Qty. 10 - XXL Men’s Winter Coats
  •   5 Boxes of Hand Warmers
  •   5 Boxes of Toe Warmers
  •   5 Boxes of Body Warmers
  •   20  Size Small Women's Underwear
  •   20 Size Medium Women's Underwear
  •   20 Size Large Women's Underwear
  •   Qty. 15- M Men's Sweat Pants
  •   Qty. 15- L Mens Sweat Pants
  •   Qty. 15- XL Men's Sweat Pants
  •   Qty. 15- XXL Men's Sweat Pants

Street Sense

Drop off location: 1317 G St NW
Drop off hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, except federal holidays
Contact: Colleen Cosgriff: colleen@streetsensemedia.org, 202-347-2006 ex. 14
  • Qty. 1- Men's XL Winter Coat
  • Qty. 15 - Men's Waterproof Winter Gloves
  • Qty. 15 Adult Winter Hats

Thrive D.C.

Drop off location: 1525 Newton Street NW, G1

Drop off hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Call ahead to schedule drop off

Contact: Jack Read: jack@thrivedc.org; 202-503-1533

Winter needs: 

  • Coats (Especially men's XL and up) 
  • Blankets
  • Hats, Scarves, Gloves
Always needed:
  • Brand-new socks
  • Brand-new men's boxers and women's underwear and bras (especially in large sizes) 
  • Toiletries (especially travel sized)
Soap & Shampoo
Lotion
Deodorant
Gold Bond
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Men's & women's razors
  • Sewing Kits 
  • Bulk Coffee
  • Hospital Scrubs & Sweat Pants
  • Maxipads & Tampons
If you would like to purchase and ship items directly, donate from Thrive DC's Amazon Wish List linked here.  For a full list of donation needs, click here.

Wanda Alston Foundation

Contact: Keith Pollard: kpollard@wandaalstonfoundation.org; 202-733-3642

Seasonal Needs: 

  • Winter coats & jackets
  • Hats, scarves, gloves
  • Thermal underwear
Year-round needs: 
  • Non-perishable foods
  • male and female hygiene products
  • cleaning supplies
  • office supplies
  • computers
  • full sheet sets
  • towels and washcloths
  • Clothing:hats, socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc. 
  • School supplies and book bags
  • gift card
*The Wanda Alston Foundation cannot accept furniture or used clothing