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.

DC Diaper Bank provides diapers and other baby items to needy families. Volunteers work primarily at the organization’s warehouse in Silver Spring to sort and pack diapers and other materials for distribution. All ages are welcome; volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, with each adult assigned no more than four students.  To learn more, click here.

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.

Martha’s Table provides access to quality education, healthy food, and family support. Volunteers 12 and older can help families shop at the organization’s no-cost pop-up food markets and thrift store, prepare and serve meals with the organization’s food truck, and assist teachers and students in education programs.  Students ages 12-14 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, click here or email [email protected].

People Animals Love (PAL) operates a Pet Visit Program, which brings dogs to provide comfort and companionship to individuals in nursing homes, hospice, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, schools and libraries. Dogs and their owners must complete a certification process that includes fees, training, and evaluation visits.  Once certified, volunteers can schedule visits with their dogs at locations around the DC region.  To learn more, click here or call (202) 966-2171.

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.