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Volunteer Opportunities for the WMC

CHIME (Community Help In Music Education)

Contact Information:
Dorothy Marschak, Founder and President, CHIME
Ph: 202-232-2731
dmarschak@chime-dc.org
http://www.chime-dc.org

Type of volunteering opportunities available:
We are a volunteer organization whose mission is to mobilize community resources to promote and provide music education for DC public school children, during and outside school. A list of volunteer opportunities and a volunteer form can be found on the CHIME web page. We can use organizational help as well as music performance and instructional volunteers.

WE ARE FAMILY

Contact Information:
Sangha contact person:
Joseph Byrne
josa33@yahoo.com
202-722-1911

Organization contact person:
Mark Andersen
wearefamilydc@aol.com
202-487-8698

Type of Volunteering Opportunities Available:
We Are Family serves senior citizens in the Washington DC/North Capitol neighborhood. It is a new organization that needs volunteers to visit and spend time with senior citizens and provide advocacy assistance in a variety of ways.

Seeds of Peace

Contact Information:
Kate Turner
803 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-460-4649
http://www.seedsofpeace.org

Type of Volunteering Opportunities Available:
Seeds of Peace brings together youth from regions of conflict for a summer camp experience in Maine, where the teenagers come to know the human face of those they have been taught to hate. Seeds was founded about 11 years ago and first addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but has expanded to include youth from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Balkans, Greek/Turkish Cyprus, and other regions. The Young Leadership Council (YLC) holds an annual fundraiser - the Gala - as well as a few educational/outreach events throughout the yea in support of Seeds of Peach. Membership is loosely in the 20s-40s range. Volunteering might include soliciting food donations from local restaurants for an event, helping set up for an event, or helping organize a chance for Seeds kids to meet a small group of interested people in DC.

Rhythm Workers Union

Contact Information:
Kristen Arant
1395 Sheridan St NW
Washington, DC 20011
202-213-7810
info@rhythmworkersunion.org
http://www.rhythmworkersunion.org

Type of Volunteering Opportunities Available:
The Rhythm Workers Union uses music, rhythm and song to promote peace, justice and unity and to aid in the creation of a culture that respects and celebrates life. We always need volunteers to help us organize our participation in area events including marches, benefit concerts, rallies, community drum circles, folk festivals and more. We also need someone to help guide us on our path to becoming a 501C3.

PANORAMA - A DC Community Arts Initiative

Contact Information:
Alexandra Silverthorne
3138 Highland Pl NW
Washington, DC 20008
202-431-4840
alexandra@panoramacommunityarts.org
http://www.panoramacommunityarts.org

Type of Volunteering Opportunities Available:
The Mission of PANORAMA - A DC Community Arts Initiative is to:
- ensure all residents have consistent opportunities to participate in & appreciate the arts.
-To increase awareness and visibility of art & activism in the District of Columbia.
-To bring people together through community arts.
-To preserve & celebrate our cultural diversity.

The type of volunteer opportunities available include: organizing events, outreach to organizations, and assisting with fundraising.

Food and Friends

Contact Information:
Sangha Contact: Mary Hillebrand
141 12th Street NE, #9, Washington, DC, 20002
202-547-3041
http://www.foodandfriends.org

Food and Friends Contact:
Sarah Wagner, volunteer coordinator
202-269-6835
swagner@foodandfriends.org

Type of Volunteering Opportunities Available:
- help prepare meals for homebound people with serious health conditions such as HIV/AIDS, and cancer.
- help deliver meals.
- other various volunteer opportunities.

Higher Achievement Program

Sangha Contact Information:
Sangha Contact: Mary Hillebrand
141 12th Street NE, #9, Washington, DC, 20002
202-547-3041
http://www.higherachievement.org

Higher Achievement Program Contact:
202-842-5116
volunteer@higherachievement.org

Type of volunteering opportunities available:
Teach literature, technology (computers), or math to small groups of one to four students in either 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade at one of four HAP centers in D.C. (Wards 1, 4, 6, and 7 have HAP centers based in public schools).

Montgomery Blair High School

Contact Information:
Joann Malone
Montgomery Blair HS
(301) 649-2851 or main number (301) 649-2800
School email: Joann_Malone@fc.mcps.k12.md.us
http://www.mbhs.edu

Type of Volunteering Opportunities Available:
Montgomery Blair High School is bursting at the seams with 3600 students in a space built for 2700. They need lots of volunteers to help in ESOL, working with individual students who are new to the country. Teachers can also use help correcting papers, being in the classroom to talk to students who are having difficulties, etc. They do not have a formal volunteer system in place, but Joann will help direct people to the appropriate individuals who need assistance.

Transitional Housing Corporation (THC)

Contact Information:
Sangha Contact: Lisa F.
(202) 607-3788


THC Contact:
Nikki Smith
(202) 291-5535
nsmith@thcdc.org
http://www.thcdc.org

Type of Volunteering Opportunities Available:
THC provides housing and comprehensive support services to homeless and at-risk families so that they can make transformational changes in their lives. Volunteer activities include quarterly workdays to help maintain the buildings and yards, transporting furniture, mentoring children and families, and engaging THC children in fun and educational activities such as reading clubs and other enrichment activities.

Companion Pet Project

Contact Information:
Sangha Contact: Lisa F.
(202) 607-3788


CPP Contacts:
Jim Sollo GJSoll@aol.com or
Debbie Gattuso dga2so@cox.net

Type of Volunteering Opportunities Available:
Bring pets to visit residents of the Washington Center for the Aging. Ownership of a pet is not required to volunteer. However, for those with pets, a training session is required prior to volunteering.

Individuals & Groups Offering Volunteer Services

Volunteer Service: Yoga/meditation activities for kids, adolescents, or the elderly.

Contact Information:
Brigitte Pichot
FrenchYogaDC@gmail.com

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