Community Service Resources


To read the latest Community Service Newsletter, click here [PDF].

Wreaths Across America 2011 Arlington Cemetery Campaign
The Capital Alumni Network (CAN) is working with Wreaths Across America to help place more than 20,000 wreaths on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery. CAN chapters and participants are joining together to buy wreaths and place them on gravesites on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

Click here
for details about Dec. 10 and here for a map of Arlington for the day of the event.

Partnership with Higher Achievement

We are looking for volunteers to help out wth Higher Achievement's two new initiatives:
1. Sports Clinic for one week (5pm – 6pm); 2. Speaker Series on colleges or professions
If you are interested in helping out with either, please email Amy and Melissa at

Higher Achievement is a four-year, year-round academic enrichment program that extends learning opportunities for middle school youth, guaranteeing underserved students equal access to success in both school and life. The organization’s mission is to develop academic skills, behaviors, and attitudes in underserved middle school youth to improve their grades, test scores, attendance, and opportunities.

School Supply Drive During the 2011 CAN Softball Tournament A Huge Success! 

We had an amazing response to this year’s school supply drive during the 2011 CAN Softball Tournament. You donated more than $1100 and 3500 individual items this year! Thank you for making this effort such a huge success. It was so successful that we were able to add a third school this year. The schools that benefited from your generosity this year were DC Prep, Ketchum Middle School and Anacostia High School. Also, congrats to PITT for topping the list of schools that donated this year!

In fact, Anacostia invited CAN to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly renovated gym on Monday, August 16. Amy Landry (Alabama), Community Service Committee co-chair, attended the event. See coverage here (Amy can be seen standing behind DC Councilman Kwame Brown in the photo).  

For pictures from some of our events, click here or find our albums on Facebook.


Adams Morgan Main Street Group’s goal is to enhance the local business area and preserve its multicultural dynamism.  Strategies include coordinated design elements and beautification, targeted promotional activities, transportation improvements, and advertising to capitalize on the area’s singular eclectic, ethnic small business vitality. For more information or contact Janet Lugo, Executive Director: 202-232-1960. 

Alexandria Mentoring Partnership (AMP) is dedicated to strategically expanding quality youth mentoring in Alexandria, Virginia. Operated through the Alexandria juvenile courts, AMP acts as an umbrella organization for nine mentoring programs throughout the city. AMP is a clearinghouse for mentor referrals and provides our partner programs with opportunities to collaborate and share best practices on mentor recruitment, training, and support through networking and advocacy. Contact: Loralei Coyle,; (703) 746-4506; or visit

Founded in 1985, The Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (AACH) is a private non-profit organization that provides transitional housing and support services to homeless families and women in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria in Virginia. AACH is looking for volunteers for various events and initiatives. For more information, visit: or contact Katie Tressel, AACH's Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator at Also be sure to look for AACH on Facebook.

Arlington Jaycees provides young adults the tools they need to succeed in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections. Through the Jaycees, members have the opportunity to meet and learn from other creative young adults and expand their creativity skill-set by leading projects. For more information, click here

As a branch of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, the mission of
YMCA Arlington is to foster the mental, spiritual and physical development of children, adults, families, seniors and communities according to the ideals of inclusiveness, equality and mutual respect for all. A trusted community partner for more than 65 years, YMCA Arlington has a strong reputation for offering high quality, outcome-driven programs and services. Current offerings include preschool enrichment, school-age childcare, summer day camp, aquatics, tennis, gymnastics, and specialized wellness classes.  Guided by its mission, YMCA Arlington makes it a priority to serve children and families who are most fragile and in need. In 2010, despite a very difficult fundraising environment, the branch awarded more than $85,000 in tuition subsidies and scholarships for school-age childcare, summer day camp, and adult memberships. Click the link below for a calendar of events for which volunteers are needed. YMCA Arlington Volunteer Opportunities (2010-2011) [Excel doc]. Contacts: Lamar Braithwaite and Maxie Sprott; (703) 525-5420.

Back on My Feet Back on My Feet is a non-profit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of those experiencing homelessness by engaging them in a running program as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Back on My Feet focuses on helping our members find a road of happiness, hope and opportunity, which includes a stable job and a place to live. This is our goal and we will get there one step at a time. Back on My Feet does not provide food nor does it provide shelter, but instead provides a community that embraces equality, respect, discipline, teamwork and leadership. There are no labels, no stigmas and no stereotypes. At Back on My Feet, all members – regardless of race, education or socioeconomic status – join together to move their own lives forward as well as the lives of their teammates. Contact Autumn Campbell, Executive Director,  (215) 821-5680 (c) or

Best Buddies
is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 chapters worldwide.  Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world.  Best Buddies’ seven formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Jobs and Ambassadors – positively impact nearly 700,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide. Contact Claire Duffy (609-304-7086, or Kym Jordan (661-478-1111,

The Boys and Girls Club of DC is in need of mentors (preferably male) and basketball coaches at Orr Elementary in DC. Initial mentoring activities will be at the Club, 2200 Minnesota Ave, SE, with weekends or evenings optional in the future.  Coaches are needed any weekday evening from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Games are usually played on Saturdays. Parking is available at the school.  Contact Club Director Marquitta Johnson at for both opportunities.

Founded in 1980
Capital Area Food Bank is the largest, nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington Metropolitan area.  They are committed to uplifting those in need, providing the best services possible and helping those who are without the means to help themselves. Info on Food Drives contact the Food Resources department at and for info on volunteering or to sign up to be a volunteer contact or 202-526-5344.

Become a volunteer Mentor! 
College Bound works with students in grades 8-12 in Washington, DC who are interested in attending College. Each student is matched with a volunteer mentor, who works with him/her for two hours a week at one of our four community based sites. We are seeking volunteer mentors who can volunteer during this school year, from Sept. until May. If you are interested in working with one of our promising youth, please see our website for an application ( or contact Ebony Lea at 202-842-0858 or

College Success Foundation is a nonprofit that opened its doors in 2007 to serve low-income students and students of color in Wards 7 and 8 in our nation's capital. CSF – DC is a subsidiary of the College Success Foundation. With a significant grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, it assists students in six high schools by providing scholarships, support and mentoring to help them earn a college degree. Visit for more information. Or contact Brett Lowitz (, (501) 960-9552), Angela Bugayong(, (323) 369-9864) or Elena Jessup (, (202)207-1811.

DC Central Kitchen began its first phase of operations on January 20, 1989, redistributing the excess food from the Presidential inauguration. The Kitchen is founded on the premise that when fighting poverty, one must fight to win by using every resource available. Be it food, money, or people, we at the Kitchen hate to see wasted potential. Since its inception, DC Central Kitchen has used the kitchen as a central location to recover unused food, prepare and deliver meals to partner social service agencies, train and employ homeless men and women for the food service industry, and intellectually engage volunteers.  

DC Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement, involving young professionals across the country raising money for their local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. We are proud to announce that Dance Marathon is coming to the Nation’s Capital Fall 2011!  Join DC*DM as we party with a purpose for Children's National Medical Center. We will challenge you (and your friends!) to raise funds to benefit our local children's hospital- Children's National Medical Center. Your efforts will culminate with a 13.1 hour celebration where you'll stay on our feet dancing, playing games, and channeling your inner child! "We dance for those who can't." It is this solidarity and connection with the cause that makes Dance Marathon an event unlike any other. For more information,

Food & Friends provides nutrition counseling and prepares, packages and delivers meals and groceries to more than 1,400 people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses throughout Washington, DC, seven counties of Maryland and seven counties and six independent cities in Virginia. Food & Friends' services are made possible with the help of more than 11,000 volunteers annually who have fun while giving just a few hours on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. For more information about volunteering you time, visit Food & Friends. or contact Abe Saffer

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is the dedicated partner of the National Zoological Park.  FONZ provides exciting and enriching experiences to connect people with wildlife.  Together with the Zoo, FONZ is building a society committed to restoring an endangered natural world.  Volunteers offer invaluable support at the Zoo and at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA.  We offer individual and group volunteer opportunities.  Our volunteers enjoy unique learning experiences while helping the Zoo with education and conservation activities. 

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For information about individual volunteer opportunities, contact Lee Hanley at or at 202-633-3025. For information about group volunteer opportunities, contact Caroline Winslow at or at 202-633-3057.

Girl Scouts (Arlington County and City of Alexandria)
On March 12, 2012, the Girl Scout movement celebrates 100 years of building girls of courage, confidence and character. While most notably our cookies have kept our name strong, the woman, men, and girls that make up the Girl Scout movement are truly changing the world.  Membership consists of 63,000 girl members and 27,000 adult members. We serve girls through wide ranging activities in 4,900 troops with the help of dedicated volunteers- women and men who give their time, talent and energy to Girl Scouting.  Volunteer Opportunities are available at every level. Whatever level of commitment you can offer we have a place for you!  To view current volunteer postings, or post your availability (similar to Craigslist) visit: Contact: Paula Kennedy, Membership Development Specialist at 301-638-5373 ext., 4060 or

Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, character development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grades.  The mission is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Girls on the Run® combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) event with healthy living education. They use exercise, positive reinforcement, and encouraging role models to help girls discover the confidence they need in the critical pre-teen years and beyond. Girls on the Run teams are located throughout all eight wards of the District in public and charter schools, independent schools and community centers.  In 2010-2011, Girls on the Run DC serves approximately 1,300 girls. For more information, visit:  Contacts: Program Director, Kristen Komlosy:; Executive Director, Elizabeth Hammond-Chambers:

Honor Flight
is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, more specifically to support American Veterans on their arrival and tour to Washington DC, to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. Our mission is to ensure our Nation’s Heroes receive the Heroes' Welcome that they so strongly deserve and are provided with all that they need to make their trip to the Nation’s Capital an unforgettable day in their lives.  Honor Flight (DCA)'s mission is to ensure our Nations Heroes receive the Hero’s Welcome at REAGAN AIRPORT that they deserve and receive all they need to make their trip to our nation’s capital an unforgettable day! Please help out by coming to Reagan Airport for an hour to give them a big warm surprise welcome to DC! Additional volunteer opportunities are available as guardians, tour guides or greeters at the WWII Memorial. Learn more by joining our yahoo group:; Facebook: or sending an email to dca.honorflight@gmail. Contacts:  Nancy Griffith,, (703-589-4639); Joseph Fowler, hckyfan1982@gmail; Maggie Heimann, and Alaina Carter, or visit

KEEN Greater DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) is the Washington, DC, area affiliate of a national, nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals. What makes KEEN unique: 1. We accept every child regardless of his/her ability or disability; 2. All KEEN programs are run and managed by committed volunteers; and 3. Our programs are completely free of charge to the athletes and their families. Contact: Beth Wenger, KEEN DC Programs Manager at or (301) 461-2278. More information can be found at:; or on Twitter: @KEENGreaterDC and Facebook:!/pages/KEEN-Greater-DC/122541731111480.

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) seeks volunteers to teach adults to read, write and speak English. LCMC offers two programs: (1) Basic Literacy, for adults who already speak English; (2) English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), which offers conversational help as well as reading and writing instruction. The number of students receiving our services is directly dependent on the number of volunteers willing to serve as tutors. Currently, over 200 adults are waiting for a tutor; most will wait 6-12 months to get one. Our tutors provide free one-on-one or small group tutoring to adults who live or work in Montgomery County. No foreign language skills are necessary. Tutors complete an orientation session and a training workshop, where they learn a proven, easy-to-use teaching method. For more information, please call 301-610-0030, email, or visit our website at

Make a Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic is a  nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Foundation serves children who reside in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia.  A wish fulfilled creates a memorable experience for a child fighting a life-threatening medical condition and gives him or her something positive to think about instead of medical treatments and hospital visits.  Please note, to be a Wish-granting Volunteer, you must be 21 years of age and submit a signed Conflict of Interest/Ethics Agreement (annual) and have a cleared Background Check.  To learn more about volunteering for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc., please contact or 571-323-2117.

Since October 1983, Miriam's Kitchen has been serving people who are homeless in the District of Columbia.  Every weekday morning from 6:30 to 8:00am Miriam's Kitchen opens for breakfast. Their clients receive a breakfast Monday-Friday including holidays and despite weather conditions. Miriam's has over five hundred volunteers that come in as individuals or groups, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly. Volunteers cook and serve breakfast in the morning, sort food at the Capitol Area Food Bank, and help with special projects as well.  If your chapter is interested in volunteering, visit and select the "How You Can Help" link to download the Volunteer Application Form. If you have any questions about volunteering, contact Steve Badt at 202-452-8927 or email him at

N Street Village, Inc. is a  non-profit social services community founded in 1973 by Luther Place Memorial Church in response to the explosion of the homeless population after the de-institutionalization of chronically mentally ill patients. N Street Village is a caring community that provides a spectrum of services to meet the needs of homeless and extremely low-income women as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency. To learn how your chapter can help this great cause, visit the website at

Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County, Inc, (OAR) is a private nonprofit organization, has been assisting incarcerated individuals and ex-offenders since 1974. OAR offers community-managed programs in Arlington County, the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church as well as Washington DC, aimed at restoring offenders to the community as productive and responsible citizens. OAR's Community Service Program for Youth works with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to offer a number of services, including the supervision and placement of community service hours, a community-based, one-on-one mentoring program, and a homework drop-in night. We pair our youths with organizations where they will be connected with a strong sense of mission, inspiring people, and different issues and world views than they might otherwise come across.  Contacts: Lindsay Caldwell, Volunteer and Mentoring Coordinator, DC Programs, (202) 545-7923 ext. 11,; Nikki Marquez, Coordinator of Volunteer and Intern Services, Arlington Programs, (703) 228-7031,

The Pro Bono Consultant Program of the Montgomery County Volunteer Center gives professionals like you the opportunity to give back to your community by volunteering your professional services to complete short-term projects with local non-profits & government agencies.  Are you searching for a way to contribute to your community in a meaningful and challenging way?  Are you looking for a way to help out local non-profits or government agencies without a long-term commitment?  Are you retired or semi-retired or just have some free time on your hands?  Are you out of work, looking for a way to keep your skills up-to-date?  If so, this program is for you!  We have projects in marketing, accounting, finance, HR, web design, database management, and strategic planning ... just to name a few.  We'll help you find projects that best fit your skills & you decide which projects you want to work on.  If interested, contact the Pro Bono Consultant Program at 240.777.2605 or  You can also visit the website at for more information.

Share Our Strength® is a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America and its goal is to do so by 2015. It’s not enough to make sure America’s children have enough to eat; we must make sure they are getting the nutrition they need to live healthy, active lives.  That is why Share Our Strength’s highest priority is to make sure that every child in America gets the nutritious food he or she needs to learn, grow and thrive. We are doing this by improving the access that families all across the country have to healthy, affordable food and by working at the state and city level. This is our No Kid Hungry strategy, and it has four key components that, together, provide children with the nutritious food they need where they live, learn and play. Visit for more information.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing ongoing help, hope and healing to anyone grieving the death of a loved one in military service to our country. Visit or contact Heather Campagna ( or Vanessa Gabrielson ( or call either one at (800) 959-8277.

For more than 25 years, Volunteer Fairfax has been the heart of volunteering in Fairfax County. With a personal touch, we match the skills and interests of volunteers and donors to the needs of local nonprofit organizations, helping to build a better community through service. As a respected leader of community volunteerism, Volunteer Fairfax works to connect volunteers with more than 700 organizations.  Opportunities are available year round but CAN officially participates in the annual Volunteer Fest in October. Visit: for more or contact Emily at 703-246-3809.

Volunteer Arlington promotes civic engagement and active volunteer participation to meet local needs and enrich the lives of Arlingtonians. We welcome the opportunity to help you or your organization become more involved in the Arlington community.  For more information contact 703-228-1760 or emailvolunteer (at) 

Youth Leadership Foundation’s (YLF) programs are founded on Four Pillars of Success: Challenging Academics, Character Formation, Personal Mentoring and Parental Involvement. The goal of each of these pillars, through YLFs well- rounded academic and character programs, is to teach our students the basic virtues that will guide them on a stable moral path. YLF's mission is to hone basic reading, writing, and comprehension skills to enable students to perform at grade-level or better. YLF's programs also stress the importance of character development so students can take what they have learned in the classroom and become future leaders who do their work with a spirit of service toward others. For more information, visit or contact Alejandro Berthe-Suarez at


Together we CAN make a difference!

We are working to update the CAN web site with a variety of resources, both small and large, for your chapters to reference should you need help finding a community service project or group to work with in the coming year. But we cannot do it alone. If you are interested in joining the CSC or have suggestions for organizations to add to the web site, we welcome you and your ideas! Please contact us at



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