Social Service

Directory of Approved Social Service Agencies

Adas Israel Congregation Lunch Program
2850 Quebec Street
Washington, D.C. 20015
Contact: 202-363-7530
Do you play an instrument? Write poetry? Have a slide show about a terrific trip you have taken? Share all of your talents with elderly citizens who would love to hear you. Or just drop by for some small talk and help to serve the kosher lunch. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

ALIVE Child Development Center
2723 King Street
Alexandria, VA
Contact: 703-836-2723
To help those faced with emergency situations. Daycare center for preschool children.

Arc of Montgomery County
11600 Nebel Street
Rockville, Maryland 20852
Contact: 301- 984-5792, Ext.245
Provides summer camp activities for children with mental retardation. Assistant counselors are needed weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. A 2-4 week commitment is expected from volunteers.

The Arlington and Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless
3103 N. 9th Rd., Arlington, VA
Contact: 703-522-1373 x23.
Provides support for homeless families in Northern Virginia. They offer a variety of volunteer positions. Minimum age:16.

Bethesda Cares
Volunteers needed year round to help serve at this meal program for local homeless men and women. Look at their website to learn more. Sign up for volunteers happens via email.

Bread for the City
1305 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Contact: 202-386-7606
Provides free clothing and emergency food assistance to D.C. residents. Volunteers are needed to assemble food bags, sort clothing, and serve food to clients. Access: Farragut North or McPherson Square Metro & 50, 52, G4 buses

Brentwood Recreation Center, DC Parks & Recreation
2311 14th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20018
Contact: 202-576-6667
Volunteers are needed to assist with youth recreation activities during July and August. Activities include sports, dance and indoor games.

Brethren Soup Kitchen
337 N. Carolina Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Contact: 202-547-5924
Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve a noon meal to the hungry, and are encouraged to eat with the guests. Lunch is served only on weekdays.
Access: 50's and 30's buses on Independence Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue

Bright Beginnings Child Development Center
128 M St. NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20001
Contact: 202-842-9090
Volunteers are needed in this day-care center to assist teachers in the classroom, and help with activities involving toddlers. Bright Beginnings provides no-cost services for homeless pre-school children, ages 1 and 1/2 to 5, and their families.

Camp Littlefoot Treatment and Learning Centers
9975 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, Md. 20850 (next to Shady Grove Hospital)
Contact: 301-424-5200 x164.
Work with kids this summer at Camp Littlefoot! In partnership with special needs teacher, assist with classroom and out door activities at summer camp for children ages 3-12 with speech and language developmental delays and learning disabilities. At least 6 hours per week is required. Although you must commit to a set schedule, there are very flexible hours. For example you could work from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. two or three days per week. Great internship opportunity for students interested in special education. Prior experience working with children is preferred.

Children's National Medical Center
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Contact: Katie Ahrens 202- 476- 2624
Visit to learn more about applying for the Summer High School Volunteer Program. Applications for the program are available March 1. Volunteers organize activities for patients and assist with special events at the hospital. Volunteers are expected to complete 60 hours during the course of an 8 week program. Volunteers do not need to work 8 consecutive weeks. Access: H2, H4 bus lines.

Children's Inn at NIH
7 West Drive,
Bethesda MD 20814                                    
Contact: 301-496-5672 or visit

Christ House
1717 Columbia Road, N.W.
Washington, DC
Contact: 202-328-1100
Christ House is a residential center for homeless men who have been discharged from a hospital, but are too sick to live on their own. Volunteer opportunities include serving Friday evening meals, the friendly visitor program, or nursing station assistant.
Access: L2 to 42

Christ House
131 South West St.
Alexandria, Va. 22314
Contact: Cassandra Lee 703-549-8644
Metro/bus King Street (Yellow/Blue lines)
Serve meals to the homeless Mon-Fri. 5-6. Minimum age: 16

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
1421 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 2005
Contact: Jocelyn Hunter 202-454-6422 or by email:
The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind needs volunteers for its annual Summer Day Program for school age visually impaired children. The camp has been held in various locations around Washington most recently at Sidwell Friends School. Volunteers assist the staff with a variety of activities, including sports, swimming, field trips and arts and crafts. Volunteers must attend an orientation before camp begins. The Lighthouse also needs volunteers to read mail to workers at their headquarters on I Street. Many students from STA and NCS have enjoyed working for the Lighthouse. Minimum age: 16

Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place
4713 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Contact: 202-364-1419
Located on the streets of upper northeast Washington, the Community Council provides healthcare, substance abuse counseling, job referrals and housing to homeless men and women. Limited volunteer spaces are available for van runs to deliver food and blankets but you must commit for one semester. Juniors and seniors only.

Community of Hope
Educational Enrichment Program
1417 Belmont Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Contact: Kelly McShane
The Community of Hope provides an after-school tutoring and recreational program for low-income students. Volunteers are needed to work with children in grades K-8 throughout the school year or during the summer as a camp counselor.

Crossway Community

3015 Upton Drive
Kensington, Md. 20895
Contact: 301-929-2505
Crossway is a comprehensive family support center in Kensington, which offers education and job training opportunities to the 44 families living in this renovated school. Additionally, the center provides a summer camp for its children and the children living in the surrounding community. Assistant counselors are needed during the months of June and July.

DC Special Olympics
300 I Street, NE, Suite 102
Washington DC 20002
The District of Columbia Special Olympics offers training and competition in 13 sports. Volunteer opportunities exist in special events planning and implementation. 

The Family Place
3309 16th Street, NW,
Washington DC 20010
Contact: 202-265-0149 x 110
Volunteers need to be proficient in Spanish to help with their literacy program. There is also child care center for children ages 0-5 where volunteers are needed. 

For the Love of Children
1711 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Contact: Amelie Smith 202-349-3512
FLOC is a nonprofit organization that strives to eliminate child abuse and neglect. Volunteers are needed to tutor neglected and at-risk children in a structured reading and math program from 6 to 8pm Tuesdays and 10am to noon Saturdays at schools in the Washington area for the entire school year. Training will be provided. Juniors and Seniors only.

Friendship Terrace Retirement Community
4201 Butterworth Place, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Volunteers are needed as friendly visitors who can assist with simple tasks such as shopping, laundry, straightening up an apartment or a walk around the garden. Run a "Game Hour" for seniors which could include Name That Tune, Bingo or trivia games. To volunteer, call the Volunteer Coordinator at 202-244-7400.

Fort Dupont Ice Arena
Contact: Will Polak 202-626-5990
Volunteers can help with instruction in ice-skating and ice hockey. Those activities at Fort Dupont involving the students from the surrounding area will be given service credit.

Georgetown Senior Center
St. John's Episcopal Church
3240 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Contact: Virginia Allen Office: 202-338-3323
Friendly visitor, serve meals, arts and crafts, field trips. Summer opportunity, open weekdays.
Access: 30, 32, 34, D4, D2 buses

Georgetown University Hospital
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Contact: Volunteer Office 202-444-5546
Work in the Volunteer Program which will assign you to either the therapy rooms, front desk, or nurses' stations. Georgetown requires a 100-hour commitment. Please go to their web page to fill out the form:
Minimum age: 15.
Access: D2, D4 bus

George Washington University Hospital
901 23rd St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Contact: 202- 994-1013
Volunteers are needed in this large University hospital to transport patients, deliver flowers and mail, and assist at the nurses' stations. Must commit to 50 hours. A training session is required and the minimum age is 15. During school year and in the summer months, volunteers must be able to work during business hours Mon. through Friday. Evening and weekend positions are not available. Shifts generally last four hours.

Greentree Shelter
6301 Greentree Road
Bethesda, Md.
Contact: 301-365-2190
Greentree Shelter provides on-site day care and after-school care for all of its residents. Anyone over 14 who enjoys working with children will enjoy being a childcare volunteer. The time commitment is for at least once a week for a minimum of four weeks.

Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat Street
Americus, Georgia 31709
Contact: Prince Georges County Office: 301-779-1912
Montgomery County Office: 301-990-0014
DC Office: 202-882-4600 x224 Nancy

H.A.P. (Higher Achievement Program)
19 Eye Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Contact: 202-842-5116
HAP works with gifted inner-city students in the District of Columbia. Volunteers are needed to tutor a group of 3-5 students one evening a week for a 12-week session. Tutors are given a choice of centers, subject (math or verbal skills), and grade level (5-9). Juniors or seniors only.
Access: Woodley Road and Wisconsin Avenue bus

Hospital for Sick Children
1731 Bunker Hill Road NE
Washington, DC
Contact: 202-832-4400
Volunteers are needed are recreational aides to work with children who have a variety of illnesses. They may also serve as an individual companion or a bedtime story reader. Volunteers are needed during weekdays, on weekends and in the evening. Must be at least 15 years of age.

House of Ruth
501 H Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator 202-547-6173
System of shelters for women including HerSpace and KidSpace. Includes programs for abused women and their children. KidSpace is a daycare facility for toddlers. Volunteers are needed to play with, read to, and hug the children.
Access: X2, X4 buses

3050 Military Road, N.W.
Washington, DC 20015
Contact: 202-363-8310
Min. hours: 2 per week. Visit elderly residents, help with recreational activities.

Iona House Senior Services
4200 Butterworth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator 202-895-9425 or        
The center provides lunch and activities for seniors who come for the day. Volunteers can help in the day health center visiting and doing activities with the seniors. On Saturday mornings from 10-12 volunteers can help with meal deliveries to seniors' homes. During the summer volunteers are needed in the day health center between 8:30-5pm. Volunteers are asked to spend at least two hours a week at Iona. Access: Tenleytown Metro, 30s buses.

Ivymount School Summer Program
Rockville, Md.
Contact: 301-469-0223
Assist special needs children with daily activities: art, swimming, music, computer.

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (K.E.E.N.)
Bethesda, Md.
Contact: Beata Bokulaska 301-770-3200 or visit the website at
Volunteers need to coach sports (tennis, soccer, basketball, track, and basic ball skills) with children with mental and physical disabilities. Sunday afternoons. Training provided. Min. age 15.

Kingsbury Day School
1809 Phelps Place, NW
Washington, DC 20008
The Kingsbury Day School, a division of the Kingsbury Center, needs counselors each summer in their summer camp, Mondays through Thursdays. Volunteers must participate for at least three weeks. The campers, ranging in age from 5 to 11, have some learning disabilities. Dates of camp will be announced in the mid-year opportunities list. Contact: 202-232-1702.

The Lab School
4759 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Contact: 202-965-6600
Must work whole summer session (one or two days per week in June and July). Teachers assistant working with learning disable students.

Latin American Youth Center

1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Contact: 202-319-2225
After Care Summer Camp (Ages 6-13): The Latin American Youth Center is a non-profit youth and family development center serving at-risk immigrant Latino youth. In the summer months volunteers are need for the After Care Summer Camp. Hours of operation are 9-6 Monday through Friday. Responsibilities including classroom assistance, chaperoning afternoon field trips around DC, assist with supplies, lunch and snack, communicate any behavioral problems or issues amongst the group to the Program Coordinator. Volunteers must be punctual and have a pleasant manner with the children.

Latino Student Fund

NCS Cafeteria
Tutoring and Mentoring Program for elementary and high school students will run every Saturday morning from 9am to 11:30 in the cafeteria of Hearst Hall at NCS. Volunteers are needed to help with math and English. If you are unable to meet every Saturday, partnerships are available. Please call 202-244-3438.

Lewinsville Day Health Care Center for Older Adults
1609 Great Falls St.
McLean, Va. 22101
Contact: 703-734-1718
Assist with daily activities for impaired elderly citizens. Work includes arts and crafts, games, nature walks, reading aloud and friendly visits.

Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen
St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church
1525 Newton Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
Contact: 202-232-0900
Loaves and Fishes provides hot lunches on weekends only to any person in need. Young people are needed to work as a team in preparing, serving, and cleaning up meals on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lombardi Cancer Center
Georgetown University Hospital
Monday through Friday, help entertain children (read, arts and crafts etc.) who are undergoing cancer treatment at the Lombardi Clinic. Orientation and health certificates required.

Louise Lisner Retirement Home

5425 Western Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20015
Friendly visitor; pet visiting available. Flexible hours.
Access: Friendship Heights Metro, Wisconsin Avenue buses

Martha's Table
2114 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Contact: 202-328-6608
Martha's provides food, clothing, tutoring and day care for the homeless. Volunteers are needed to prepare food, sort clothing and care for small children while their mothers shop at Marth's Closet. Tutors are needed during the summer months for elementary school children however, you must commit to a regular schedule.
Access: 90s buses

Medlantic Manor
6000 New Hampshire Ave., NE
Washington, DC
Nursing home for the elderly. Read, help with recreational activities, or just visit with the residents.

The Methodist Home
4901 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20852
Contact: 202-966-9729
Long-term care facility for the elderly. Sing, play the piano or other instruments, lead arts and crafts activities, read to residents, write letters, or just be a friendly visitor.

Miriam's Kitchen for the Homeless
2401 Virginia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Contact: 202-452-8927
Miriam's provides various economic services and breakfast to the hungry and homeless. Young people are needed to assist in preparing and serving food and beverages.
Minimum age: 15
Access: Foggy Bottom Metro, 30s buses

Montgomery County Department of Recreation--Therapeutics Section
2210 Bushey Drive
Silver Spring, Maryland 20902-1099
Contact: 301-217-6890 or 301-217-6891
Work in special summer day camps in Rockville, Silver Spring, or Potomac as a recreation assistant or a mainstreaming companion for children with disabilities. As a mainstreaming companion you will be placed in a location near your home and will work to integrate one child who is disabled into the camp. The Therapeutics Sections for Prince Georges County is 301-454-1480, and in Fairfax County it is 703- 324-5532.

New Hope Housing Inc.
8407-E Richmond Highway
Alexandria, Va. 22309
Contact: 703-799-2293
Founded as Route One Corridor Housing in l977, New Hope Housing provided homeless families and individuals shelter and opportunities to seek a better life.

Northwest Health Care Center
3333 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator 202-362-5500, ext. 225
Volunteer in the activity therapy section of this nursing care facility.
Access: 30s buses

Oyster School
Volunteers needed to tutor elementary school students in math and English on Saturday mornings. Please contact Mrs. Rivera at 202-537- 5244 for more details. A regular commitment is expected from volunteer tutors.

Powhatan Nursing Home
2100 Powhatan Street
Falls Church, VA 22305
Contact: 703-538-2400
Visit with residents, help run recreational activities.
Access: East Falls Church Metro

Ronald McDonald House                                                                
Contact: 202-529-8204 or visit for more information

Rosemont Center                                                       
Contact: 202-265-7053 or visit                
Volunteers needed to be classroom aides with young children at this Head Start institution. Volunteers are asked to make a 2 hour commitment, once a week for 12 weeks. Volunteers are also needed to tutor parents especially with English and computer skills. Volunteers are wanted to teach a particular skill or expertise through a workshop - short term or one day format.

St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home
4901 Eastern Avenue
Hyattsville, Md. 20782
Contact: 301-559-5500
Emergency residential care for neglected, abused, abandoned infants and children. Day-care and after--school volunteers are needed. Group volunteer activities are also available--Halloween parties, Christmas parties etc. Health certificates and applications are required.

Sasha Bruce House
1022 Maryland Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Contact: 202-675-9340
An advocacy network for young people all over Washington. Outreach programs include a residence for teen-age mothers, a crisis intervention telephone hotline, a run-away shelter and neighborhood "safe houses." There are many opportunities available, including: Tutoring, peer counseling, hotline attendant. This program involves considerable training. Minimum age of 16 years old. Access: Union Station Metro, 90s bus lines

Sarah's Circle
2551 17th Street, N.W., Rm. 103
Washington, DC 20009
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, 202-332-1400
Sarah's Circle Senior Center provides activities and housing for low-income elderly. Summer interns are needed on Tuesdays and Fridays to help operate the lunch program, health center, shopping trips, and recreational activities.
Access: 42, H2, H4 busses

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
9901 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Contact: 301-279-6111
Must buy a uniform ($15), have a PPD test (free) and go to orientation training. Must be 15 years old. Minimum hours accepted: 100, 4 per shift.

Sibley Hospital Volunteer Corps
5255 Loughboro Road, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Contact: 202-537-4485 or 202-537-4486
Join the Sibley Volunteer Program. Deliver mail and transport patients throughout the hospital. A $5 deposit is required for uniform and medical test.
Minimum age 15 Access: D4, D8 bus lines.

Sitar Center for the Arts                                                                    
1700 Kalorama Rd. NW Suite 101
Washington DC 20009                     
Contact: 202-797-2145

Volunteers needed to work with DC school children in music, dance, and the visual arts. Visit for more information.

S.O.M.E. (So Others May Eat)
71 O Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Contact: 202-797-8806
Serve breakfast or lunch to the homeless. Breakfast is served between 7:30 and 8:30. Lunch is served between 11:30 and 1:00. Volunteers are also needed to prepare the food.

Spanish Education Development Center
4110 Kansas Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20011

SED provides education programs for children, ages 2-4, primarily in the Latin American immigrant community. Classroom assistants are needed from 7am to 6pm Mon.-Fri. Also, adult computer classes need volunteers with basic computer knowledge to help with computer instruction twice a week in the evenings or on Sunday from 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm. Call Doris Ruano if you would like to volunteer at 202-722-4404

Summer Adventure Camp
Lynn Israel Associates
4400 Jennifer St. NW Suite 280
Washington, DC
Contact: 202-244-8089, ext. 19
If you are interested in an experience working with children with special needs. The daily summer camp routine includes tactile activities, fine and gross motor activities, sports skills, swimming instruction, creative play and music.

Tenley Achievement Program
Tenley Study Center
4300 Garrison St., NW
Washington, DC 20016
Contact: 202-362-2419.
During the summer months and on Saturdays throughout the year, the Tenley Achievement Programs offers tutoring and sports programs to inner-city elementary students. Volunteers are needed as teachers' assistants in math and reading classes or as coaches for football, baseball, and basketball. Camp is located at Catholic University.

United Cerebral Palsy of Washington
3135 8th St. NE
Washington, DC 20017
Contact: 202-269-1500
UCP's mission is to advance the independence and quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families. Volunteers are needed to accompany clients on field trips, help teach basic computer skills, arts and crafts, gardening and cooking.

United States Soldier's and Airmen's Home
3700 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 20317
Contact: Carol Driscol
Summer opportunities available.

Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Red Cross Office
Georgia Avenue
Washington, DC 220307-50001
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, 202-782-2070
Walter Reed has recently established a youth volunteer program. The Red Cross Office needs students to work directly with the patients. If you are interested in working in this military facility which provides a support system not only for service men and women but also for their dependents, please contact the Red Cross.
Access: Takoma Park Metro Station

The Washington Home
3720 Upton Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator 202-966-3720
Visit elderly residents, read aloud, help with recreational activities on Friday afternoons and weekends, bring your pet for a visit.
Access: Tenleytown Metro, 30s buses

Washington Adventist Hospital

7600 Carroll Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator 301-291-5444
Deliver mail, transport patients, or assist at the nurses' stations. Must be at least 15 years of age.

Washington Latin School - (5-minute walk from STA on Mass Ave)
3855 Mass. Ave, NW 
Contact: Bill Clausen - STA class of 2001 at 202-223-1111

Volunteers are needed to help tutor middle school students in Math, English, and Latin. Tutors are needed every weekday from 2:30-4:30pm. Volunteers are asked to commit at least one hour per week. Tutors are also needed when STA is on break from school.

A Wider Circle
9159-C Brookville Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Contact: Jessica Doran - 301-608-3504
A Wider Circle seeks to "help children and adults lift themselves out of poverty." The organization furnishes the homes of those moving out of shelters. It also leads educational workshops at low-income schools.

Yachad, Inc.
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 810
Washington, DC 20036
Contact: Jayme Epstein 202-296-8563
Yachad, the Jewish Housing and Community Development Corporation of Greater Washington, is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes the resources of the Washington metropolitan area Jewish community to support the restoration of urban D.C. neighborhoods. "Ramp it Up! -- with Yachad" is our week long summer program for teens ages 15 and up. The students spend the week building an access ramp at the home of a lower-income Washington-area homeowner with disabilities. Lunchtime discussions include the opportunity to meet and talk to the homeowner and to engage in learning about affordable housing, living with disabilities, and exploring the Jewish community's commitment to community service. By week's end, the homeowner has new-found independence and the students are rewarded with new carpentry skills, a sense of accomplishment and pride in a job well done, a deeper understanding of the need for affordable, accessible housing, and a new vision of their place in the Jewish community and the importance of participating in that community's service initiatives.

Zacchaeus Soup Kitchen

First Congregational Church
10th and G Streets, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Contact: 202-393-9144
Help prepare and serve lunch to the homeless. Volunteers are needed between 9:30 and 11:30 AM.
Access: Metro Center, Gallery Place stations

St. Albans School, Mount St. Alban, Washington, DC 20016, 202-537-6435