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Creating Meaningful Connections Through Community Service and Helping Others

Creating Meaningful Connections Through Community Service and Helping Others

Community service and volunteering are not just about lending a helping hand to those in need, they’re also about forging bonds and creating lasting relationships. Here, we dive into how helping others can inspire meaningful connections and the social benefits of volunteering.

Volunteering: More Than Just Work

Volunteering is more than just dedicating your time and energy to a cause. It’s about fostering a volunteer connection with the individuals you assist, the fellow volunteers you work alongside, and the community you serve. These connections can yield emotional, mental, and social benefits, enriching your life in ways you may not have anticipated.

Volunteering can also be a great way to meet people in a new city, as it not only gives you a common cause to rally around, but also provides an organic setting for forming deep relationships.

The Social Benefits of Volunteering

The social benefits of volunteering are numerous. Here are a few key examples:

  • Improving Communication Skills: Volunteering often involves working in a team, which can help improve your communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Building Empathy: Being directly involved in helping others in need can foster a deep sense of empathy, which can improve your relationships in all aspects of life.
  • Expanding Your Social Circle: Through volunteering, you meet people from different walks of life, expanding your social circle and enriching your understanding of the world.

Building a stronger community is not just about the tangible impact of the work done, but also about the social connections formed.

Why Helping Others Matters

There are many different reasons to help others in need, but one of the most compelling is the opportunity to create meaningful connections. As humans, we thrive on connection and interaction. Helping others gives us a sense of purpose and fulfillment, and in return, we often receive gratitude and friendship.

In addition, helping others can lead to a ripple effect. As the saying goes, “kindness begets kindness.” By lending a hand, you’re not just assisting someone in the immediate term, but you’re also inspiring them to help others, creating a cycle of goodwill.

Create Meaningful Connections by Helping Others

Through community service and volunteering, you can create lasting, meaningful connections that enrich your life and the lives of those around you. So, if you’re looking for a way to make a difference and forge new relationships, consider volunteering. It’s about more than just work—it’s about people helping each other, forming meaningful volunteer connections, and reaping the social benefits of volunteering.

In a world that can often feel disconnected, your decision to help others can be a powerful force for community cohesion and personal fulfillment. You’re not just making a difference in the lives of those you help, you’re also fostering a sense of togetherness, creating a stronger and more empathetic community.

So, don’t wait. Seek out opportunities, lend a hand, and watch as the power of people helping others transforms your community and your relationships. The connections you’ll make and the bonds you’ll form may just surprise you.

Remember, every act of kindness, no matter how small, can create a ripple of positive change. And who knows, your act of volunteering today might inspire someone else to do the same tomorrow. That’s the real power of community service—its capacity to inspire, connect, and uplift, all at once.

For those interested in making a difference, there are countless opportunities to volunteer. Local nonprofits are often in need of volunteers and offer a multitude of ways to get involved. For instance, you can explore local nonprofits making a difference in the Washington D.C. area and find a cause that resonates with 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.