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How to Get Involved in Community Service in the DMV Area

How to Get Involved in Community Service in the DMV Area

Getting involved in community service in the DMV area offers a wealth of opportunities for residents and newcomers alike. The region — encompassing Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia — is bursting with organizations and initiatives that welcome helping hands. Here’s a step-by-step guide to diving into community service in DC and its neighboring states.

Understanding the Importance of Community Service in DC

Before diving into the how-to, it’s essential to understand why giving back matters. Building a stronger community through volunteering has shown that community service not only benefits those in need but also bolsters the entire region.

Steps to Getting Involved

  • Research Local Non-Profits: The Washington, DC, area is home to a plethora of nonprofits that cater to various causes, from environmental conservation to youth mentorship. To find a perfect fit, dedicate some time to exploring these local organizations. Understand their mission statements, ongoing projects, and the impact they’ve made in the community. This will help you align with a nonprofit that resonates with your values and passions.
  • Attend Community Meetings: Regularly joining community meetings provides firsthand insight into the immediate needs of the neighborhood. These gatherings often present community service opportunities in the DMV area that might not be widely advertised. By actively participating and networking in these meetings, you can identify areas where your skills and time can be most effectively utilized.
  • Engage With Online Platforms: In today’s digital age, many volunteer opportunities are listed online. Regularly check websites dedicated to community service in the DMV area. Additionally, follow local nonprofits on social media platforms like Facebook, X, and Instagram. These channels often post about upcoming events, fundraisers, and volunteer requirements, allowing you to stay updated and quickly jump in when opportunities arise.
  • Seek Unique Opportunities: Beyond traditional volunteering roles, the DC region offers a plethora of distinctive community service experiences. From art-based initiatives to tech-driven community projects, there’s always something different to explore. Such unique roles not only let you contribute but also offer a fresh perspective on community service.
  • Develop Your Skills Through Volunteering: Volunteering isn’t just about giving back — it’s also a platform for personal and professional growth. Whether you’re looking to hone your leadership skills, improve communication, or learn a new trade, community service offers myriad avenues. For instance, managing a community event can enhance project management abilities. To further understand this facet, delve into how volunteering can equip you with invaluable skills.
  • Visit Local Colleges and Universities: Many educational institutions in the DMV area have community outreach programs and clubs dedicated to service. By collaborating with these institutions or joining their initiatives, you can tap into a vast network of resources and opportunities.
  • Consult With Local Libraries: Libraries often act as community hubs and frequently host or are aware of local service initiatives. Visit or call your nearest library to gather information on ongoing and upcoming community projects.
  • Start Your Own Initiative: If you identify a need in the community that hasn’t been addressed, consider spearheading your own service project. Rally like-minded individuals, leverage online platforms to spread the word, and create a positive change tailored to your community’s specific needs.

The DMV community service scene is vibrant and varied. By taking the steps mentioned above, anyone can find their niche and start making a tangible difference in their community. Remember, every act of service, no matter how small, contributes to the larger goal of building a better, more connected, and more compassionate DMV area.


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.