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MLK Day 2013
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Volunteer Opportunities: January 19-26, 2013

Help Make a Neighbor's Temporary New Home Sparkle with Community of Hopehope

Saturday, January 19, 2013; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; Girard Street Apartments, 1413 Girard Street, NW

 

Help Community of Hope get their Girard Street transitional housing facility into tip-top shape! Volunteers will deep clean and organize at the Girard Street, NW shelter location. This opportunity is open to individuals or groups ages 14 years or older. For more than 30 years, Community of Hope has provided hope and stability to low-income and homeless adults and children in DC through its wide-ranging programs, which include federally qualified health centers, housing and education programs, and job referrals and counseling.

 

For more information or to register, visit the event page or contact Ashley Sumpter at asumpter@cohdc.org.

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Restore Native Lands with DC Cooperative Weed Management Area & DC DDOEdcweed


Saturday, January 19, 2013; 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; Various locations

 

In partnership with the National Park Service, the National Arboretum, the University of the District of Columbia's College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, the Student Conservation Association, Rock Creek Conservancy and Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, the DC Cooperative Weed Management Area and DC Department of the Environment (DDOE) will host service projects where volunteers will conduct invasive plant removal and environmental restoration at various sites, including the National Arboretum, Kingman Island and Rock Creek Park. Training and tools will be provided.

 

For more information or to register, please visit the project page online or contact Laura Washington, Wildlife Biologist and DC CWMA Coordinator, at (202) 727-8705 or Laura.Washington@dc.gov.

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Support & Empower Homeless LGBT Youth with the Human Rights Campaignlgbt


Saturday, January 19, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm; Transgender Health Empowerment, 1414 N. Capitol Street, NW

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth account for approximately 40 percent of homeless and at-risk youth. In partnership with the Mayor's Office of GLBT Affairs and the Transgender Health Empowerment's Wanda Alston House, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is hosting service project to support and improve the safety and well-being of local LGBT youth. HRC needs volunteers to assemble care kits for homeless LGBT youth. Volunteer training and orientation, food, and beverages will be provided. Interested individual can also support this project by donating care kit items, including winter accessories (hats, gloves, etc.), new and unused socks and unisex underwear, and school supplies, especially calculators and notebooks. 

 

For more information or to register, visit the event page online or contact Roxanne Goldberg, Co-Chair of the HRC Greater Washington DC Steering Committee at (480) 313-7886 or rgold@gwmail.gwu.edu.

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Preserve a Local & National Treasure with Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardenkennilw


Saturday, January 19, 2013; 9:00 am to 11:00 am; Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE

 

In partnership with the National Park Service, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Garden invite volunteers to join them to propagate new seedlings and transplant plants in the greenhouse, remove invasive plants and pick up litter. Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Garden is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the staff at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, a unit of the National Park Service, to protect, restore, and promote Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and to ensure that the park's natural, historical, and recreational potential is fully realized.

 

For more information or to register, please visit their volunteer page online or contact Tina O'Connell, Volunteer Coordinator, at (202) 494-0456 or tina@friendsofkenilworthgardens.org.

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Honor Service Members, Veterans & First Responders at Unite America in Serviceunite


Saturday, January 19, 2013; 9:00 am to 4:45 pm; DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street, SE  

 

Points of Light and Target, in partnership with Operation Gratitude, the Corporation for National and Community Service, Community Blueprint, Serve DC, HandsOn Greater DC Cares, Volunteer Fairfax and the George Washington University invite you to attend the signature national service project. Volunteers will pack 100,000 care kits filled with necessities for deployed service members, wounded warriors, veterans and first responders. Volunteer shifts are 2.5 hours each. Volunteers ages 12 to 17 years are welcome with parents or legal guardians. Large groups are also welcome to join.

 

For more information or to register, visit Unite America in Service online. 

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Protect & Restore Rock Creek Park's Natural Beauty with Rock Creek Conservancyrockcreek


Saturday, January 19, 2013; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; Rock Creek Park, two locations

 

Celebrate the MLK Day of Service with Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service by removing English Ivy from the trees at two locations in Rock Creek Park. Volunteers will cut ivy from tree trunks using hand tools. Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut English ivy will be provided. If you have hand clippers or loppers, feel free to bring them. 

 

For more information or to register, please visit the project page online or contact Karen Zeiter, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer, at (202) 237-8866 or kzeiter@rockcreekconservancy.org.

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Preserve Local History with the Woodlawn Cemetery Perpetual Care Associationwoodlawn


Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Woodlawn Cemetery, 4611 Benning Road, SE

 

Join the Woodlawn Cemetery Perpetual Care Association and volunteers to carry out landscaping and beautification work on the grounds of the historic Woodlawn Cemetery. Nestled in the heart of Ward 7, Woodlawn Cemetery sits on 22.5 acres, serving as the final resting place for more than 36,000 individuals. Woodlawn Cemetery has not been an active cemetery since 1970 and, over the years, the site has eroded, filled with overgrowth and headstones have been damaged or sunk. By volunteering at Woodlawn Cemetery you help to restore and preserve historic records and ensure Woodlawn history can be seen and explored by generations to come.  

 

For more information or to register, contact Mr. General at (301) 613-6002 or papageneral@comcast.net. 

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Help Neighbors-in-Need at the Meridian International Center Knit-In & Clothing Driveknit


Sunday, January 20, 2013; 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm; The School Without Walls, 2130 G Street, NW

 

 

The DC Knit-In & Clothing Drive is a family-friendly, multi-generational service event organized by Meridian International Center in partnership with Global Service Leaders, The School Without Walls, Looped Yarn Works, The Emergence Community Arts Collective, and Solitude Wool. Join fellow fiber-arts enthusiasts and community members for an afternoon of knitting, crocheting, cultural enrichment, and warming refreshments to benefit local homeless shelters. No experience is necessary. Donations of gently used clothing and materials, especially worsted weight yarn and circular 16 in. knitting needles, size 10, are welcome.

 

For more information or to register, please visit the event page on Facebook or contact Nafisa Isa, Program Associate & Volunteer Coordinator, at (202) 478-6907 or nisa@meridian.org.

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Paint & Restore Affordable Housing in the U Street Neighborhood with Yachadyachad


Sunday, January 20, 2013; 10:00 am to 4:30 pm; U Street Corridor, NW, Specific Location TBD

 

 

Help Yachad paint the common spaces of one of the only remaining affordable cooperatives in the U Street Corridor. Work side-by-side with the co-op owners to give their home a fresh start. Work in the morning, afternoon or both. Individual sign-ups only. Must be 13 or older. Community service hours are granted. Yachad, which means "together" in Hebrew,  is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes skilled and unskilled volunteers to repair homes and community buildings throughout the DC Metro area.

 

For more information or to register, please visit the event page or contact Kendra Rubinfeld, Program Director, at (202) 296-8563 or Kendra@yachad-dc.org.

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Support Local Families in Crisis by Painting with the DCJCC & Behrend Buildersdcjcc


Monday, January 21, 2013; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; TERRIFIC, Inc., 1222 T Street, NW  

 

The Washington DC Jewish Community Center's Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service and Behrend Builders invite you to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by joining volunteers of all backgrounds to paint at TERRIFIC, Inc. (Temporary Emergency Residential Resource Institute for Families in Crisis), an action-oriented, nonprofit housing and human service organization whose primary goal is to respond to families in crises. This project is supported in part by a grant from Service For Peace in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more than 20 years, the Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service (MCCCS) has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and organized high-impact community service and volunteer projects and events that address unmet needs in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. 

 

For more information or to register, please visit the project page online or contact Laura Schapiro, Behrend Builders Program Coordinator, at (202) 777-3245 or volunteer@washingtondcjcc.org.

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Keep Local Waterways Vibrant with the Pope Branch Park Restoration Alliancesierra

Monday, January 21, 2013; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; Pope Branch Park, M Place & Fairlawn Avenue, SE  

 

For the seventh consecutive year, the Pope Branch Park Restoration Alliance and DC Chapter of the Sierra Club invite you to come out in the spirit of Dr. King and join your neighbors to make a difference at Pope Branch Park. Pope Branch Park surrounds a creek by the same name that is a tributary to the Anacostia River. Debris and litter flush collects in the park and along creek, finding its way into the river. Event is rain, snow or shine. Dress appropriately. Gloves, tools and refreshments will be provided.

 

For more information or to register, contact Irv Sheffey at (202) 299-6503 or irv.sheffey@sierraclub.org.

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Create Safer Communities with American Red Cross of the National Capital Regionredcross

Saturday, January 26, 2013; 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; Southeast location TBD

 

Red Cross of the National Capital Region invites you to help create safer communities by connecting with residents in a high-fire neighborhood to raise the awareness about fire safety and smoke detector registration and installation. Volunteers will canvass door-to-door to talk with community residents about fire safety and distribute door hangers, which include information about installing smoke alarms, creating an escape plan and how to safely cook and heat a home during the winter. Since 2008, American Red Cross volunteers have celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. holidays by reaching more than 300,000 households across the United States, holding conversations about fire safety and providing bilingual fire-safety information.

 

For more information or to register, please contact Lisa McGee, Emergency Services Coordinator, at 202-243-7211 or lisa.mcgee@redcross.org.

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