In the Community

Service Opportunities for Students

Check back regularly for updated information on community service opportunities for DC-area students .

Capitol Hill Village supports seniors in the Capitol Hill neighborhood so they can “age in place” in their own homes.  Through its volunteer program, Capitol Hill Village provides quality services to clients, a rewarding service experience for volunteers, and opportunities for new friendships to develop as volunteers and members share experiences and discover mutual interests.  Volunteers, including high school students, may serve on a regular or periodic basis, depending on their preferences and schedules.  Assignments may include assisting clients in their homes, light home maintenance projects, running errands, help with electronics and technology, gardening projects, planning social or educational events, assisting in the organization’s office and meeting other needs of the members.  Volunteers must complete an application and interview and pass a background check.  To learn more, call (202) 543-1778.

Casey Trees works to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. Volunteers may participate in plantings, which are held every Saturday in the spring and fall.  They may also help from April to October with inventories to assess the health of trees, or pruning, which takes place in the summer.  There is no minimum age to volunteer, but students must register in advance, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult (with a ratio of one adult per three minors) and must have a signed parental consent form.  For more information contact Chelsea MacCormack, Volunteer Coordinator, at[email protected] or (202) 349-1907.

Jan’s Tutoring House provides educational and enrichment activities for inner-city Washington, DC school-age children and youth through one-on-one mentoring and tutoring.  Volunteers 14 and older may tutor elementary school children who participate in the program.  A weekly commitment for one year is requested. For more information, click here or call 202-547-1345.

Reading Partners provides tutoring and mentoring to elementary school children in cities around the country.  Volunteers age 14 and over work one-on-one with students who are reading below grade level.  A background check is required and a commitment of at least one hour a week is requested. Click here to learn more about volunteering in Washington, DC and here to serve in other locations.

Serve Your City creates essential learning opportunities for at-risk DC students through academic support, community engagement, and athletics.  Volunteers 15 and older can provide tutoring and homework help to middle school students, and participate in service projects and other special events.  Volunteers with expertise in swimming and rowing can also serve as assistant coaches. Click here to learn more.