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Unique Community Service Opportunities for DC Residents

Unique Community Service Opportunities for DC Residents

As the nation’s capital, Washington, DC, teems with diverse, dynamic, and often under-the-radar opportunities for individuals interested in giving back to their community. Community service in DC goes beyond traditional volunteering roles. It presents unique opportunities for residents to make a meaningful impact and connect with others in their city. In this article, we’ll look at unique community service and volunteering opportunities for DC residents.

Embrace the Unexpected: Unique Volunteering Opportunities in DC

1. Volunteer at the National Mall

The National Mall is one of the most iconic symbols of our nation’s history and it relies on volunteers to keep it beautiful and accessible to the public. From assisting with special events to participating in grounds maintenance, your contribution here will be part of preserving a crucial piece of American heritage.

2. DC Central Kitchen

For those passionate about food justice and security, volunteering at DC Central Kitchen provides a unique way to contribute. This organization combats hunger and creates opportunities for job training in the culinary industry, making it an inspiring community service organization in DC.

3. The DC Public Library

Book lovers can find a rewarding community service opportunity at the DC Public Library. From teaching digital literacy skills to organizing book sales, volunteers play an essential role in making knowledge accessible to all DC residents.

4. Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution provides an unparalleled opportunity for volunteers interested in art, history, and culture. With 19 museums and the National Zoo, the Smithsonian offers a variety of roles for volunteers, from docents to behind-the-scenes helpers.

5. Martha’s Table

If you’re interested in addressing poverty and improving access to quality education and healthy food, Martha’s Table could be the perfect place for you. This community service organization in DC provides comprehensive support to children, families, and communities to build stronger futures. Volunteers can get involved in a variety of ways, from tutoring children and supporting educational programs to preparing and distributing healthy food to those in need.

6. Casey Trees

For those with a green thumb and a passion for the environment, Casey Trees offers a unique way to contribute. This organization is committed to restoring and preserving DC’s tree canopy. As a volunteer, you could be planting trees, conducting tree care, or even helping with tree inventory and monitoring efforts.

7. Miriam’s Kitchen

Miriam’s Kitchen is a critical organization in the fight against chronic homelessness in DC. Volunteers can contribute by preparing and serving meals, assisting with case management, or contributing to advocacy efforts. This is an impactful way to directly address one of the city’s most pressing social issues.

8. Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC

Join the effort to provide affordable housing in the DC area with Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers can participate in construction projects, assist in home repairs for elderly residents, or support the organization through fundraising and administrative tasks.

9. Capital Area Food Bank

Help fight hunger in the DC area by volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank. Here, volunteers sort and pack food, assist with mobile market distributions, and even help with cooking demonstrations.

10. Bread for the City

Bread for the City provides vulnerable residents of DC with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services. As a volunteer, you could be packing grocery bags, assisting in the rooftop garden, providing medical or legal services, or lending a hand in many other ways.

These unique community service opportunities in DC offer diverse ways to give back to your community. Whether you’re passionate about the environment, social justice, education, food security, or cultural preservation, you’ll find an organization that aligns with your interests. Remember, meeting new people in a new city is easier when you’re working together toward a common goal. Volunteering not only benefits your community, but it also enriches your own life in countless ways.

By participating in community service in DC, you’ll be playing an active role in shaping the city’s future and creating a stronger, more vibrant community for everyone. No effort is too small, and every volunteer is a testament to the spirit of civic engagement that makes Washington, DC, a city like no other.


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.