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Building a Stronger Community: The Social Impact of Volunteering

Building a Stronger Community: The Social Impact of Volunteering

Volunteering has a profound impact on individuals and communities alike. In this article, we will explore the importance of volunteering and how it can lead to building stronger communities, providing a range of social benefits for the community and the individual volunteering.

The Social Benefits of Volunteering

The social benefits of volunteering are manifold. By participating in volunteer activities, individuals can develop meaningful connections, strengthen their communities, and improve the quality of life for those around them. Some of the key benefits of volunteering include:

  • Enhanced social connections: Volunteering helps people forge new friendships and expand their social networks. This can be especially valuable for those looking to meet new people in a new city.
  • Increased community engagement: Volunteers become more aware of the needs of their community and can work together to address issues and create positive change.
  • Improved mental health: Engaging in volunteer activities can lead to a sense of purpose and belonging, which can have a positive impact on mental health and overall well-being.

The Power of Volunteering in Strengthening Communities

The benefits of volunteering go beyond the individual, as they can also have a significant impact on the communities they serve. By contributing their time and skills, volunteers can:

  1. Build community resilience: Volunteers play a crucial role in responding to disasters and other crises, providing essential support to those affected and helping to rebuild communities.
  2. Enhance local resources: By offering their services, volunteers can supplement the work of paid professionals and help fill gaps in community services.
  3. Foster social cohesion: Volunteering can help bridge divides between different groups within a community, fostering a sense of unity and understanding.

Embracing the Importance of Volunteering: What Can You Do?

Volunteering is a powerful way to make a positive impact on the world around you. If you’re interested in reaping the rewards of volunteer work, consider the following steps:

  1. Identify your passions and skills: Think about what causes you care about and how your unique talents can contribute.
  2. Research local organizations: Look for organizations that align with your interests and inquire about volunteer opportunities.
  3. Start small: Don’t be afraid to start with a small commitment—even a few hours a week can make a difference.

The reasons why volunteering is important can be seen through its numerous social benefits and its power to build stronger, more resilient communities. By embracing the importance of volunteering, you can help create a better world for yourself and those around you.


Thompson-Markward Hall’s Impact

Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of young women. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, TMH offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. Included in the room and board rates are utilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, and a diverse, welcoming community.

In addition to offering a wonderful place to call home in DC, we provide useful information to residents and prospective applicants as a resource to help them become familiar with DC and be successful in all of their endeavors. Whether you’re currently looking for a place to stay in DC, planning for a potential future here, or simply looking to learn more about the DC area, TMH is here to help!

Learn more about our accommodations or to submit an application today to start enjoying all of the benefits of living at TMH! You can also make a donation to support the crucial work we do!

Resident Resources

Room and board is due on the first of every month. TMH does not issue payment notices. A $20.00 late fee is charged everyday beginning at 9:00 pm on the 5th day of the month until the room and board payment is received. If you are unable to make your monthly payment for any reason, please speak to management immediately.

Room and board includes the first day of the month until the morning of the last day of the month or until the morning of the day of check-out, whichever day comes first.

In the event that a resident does not stay the entire month, rent will be prorated within the same month. To view the pro-rated fee schedule and a list of other fees—click here: TMH Pro-Rated Fee Schedule 6-1-2022


Each resident is asked to abide by the TMH House Rules and Regulations stipulated here: House Rules and ProceduresRule-packet-Emergency-Procedures-Updated-12-2019. Please read this document to become familiar with TMH policies and procedures such as guest policies, meal times, smoking areas, printer and copier use, Internet and telephone use, damage charges, and much more.

Monday-Friday hours / breakfast 7:00am-9:30am dinner 5:45pm – 8:00pm sat hours / breakfast 8:00 – 11:00am sun hours / brunch 8:00 – 11:00am dinner 5:00pm-7:00pm

Weekly Menu

Commuting: Metro stops within walking distance are Union Station, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. Refillable SMARTRIP cards are available for purchase at all metro stops. For more information on public transportation visit WMATA.

Parking: TMH does not offer parking and street parking is limited. Most areas offer 2 hour parking from 7:00am-8:30pm and unlimited overnight parking without a permit. However, if you do not have a Residential Parking Permit and your car is seen in the area repeatedly within a 30-day period you may be ticketed for not obtaining proper tags.

Union Station is the nearest public parking garage. There is generally a wait list for obtaining a parking space. Click here to visit their website to obtain up-to-date information.

Temporary Parking Permits: DC offers Reciprocity Parking Permits in special situations. Click here to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, you can obtain a Proof of Residency form from the front office.

Registering Your Vehicle in DC: If you do not meet the requirements for a temporary parking permit, you may choose to register your vehicle in DC. Click here for specific instructions.

Other Transportation Information:

  • Voting: To become a registered voter in the DC area, visit the Board of Elections & Ethics. Please note that you must unregister from your current voting state in order to register as a voter in DC.
  • DC One Card: DC has a new initiative to incorporate multiple cards into one all-inclusive card. The DCOne Card is a library card, Metro card, and can grant access to Public Parks programs. Click here to register or get more information.
  • DC Plastic Bag Policy: Washington DC’s Skip the Bag, Save the River Initiative requires a $0.05 fee per bag from businesses selling food and alcohol. Be sure to take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid the fee.
  • DC Emergency Alerts: The DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response has an alert system to notify residents of severe weather, police activity, road closures, and school and government closings. Notifications can be received via email or text message and can be specified to neighborhoods or work areas. For text alerts sign up here.
  • DC Metropolitan Police Resources: DC Metro PD offers several resources as well as an anonymous tip line for security concerns. You can find the tip line number as well as other important emergency phone numbers here.