by Tim Regan October 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

The organizers behind the annual Little Goblins Parade in Logan Circle are again on the hunt for some volunteer “goblin wranglers.”

Little Goblins event flyerThis year’s march will begin at Logan Circle on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 12:45 p.m. This is the sixth year that costumed little ones have paraded through the neighborhood.

“Neighborhood little goblins, spooky and sweet, will take over the streets Saturday, October 29, and we could use a few pairs of hands to assist with passing out treats, street safety (MPD will also be on hand), and post-parade festivities,” said Joelle Myers, a co-founder of the parade.

The parade needs about 20 volunteers to hand out candy and help keep things in order.

Princesses, superheroes and even a little Kim Jong Un descended on Logan Circle in search of candy during last year’s event.

Locals who want to help out can contact Myers by email.

by Tim Regan March 30, 2016 at 3:50 pm 1 Comment

RaiseRaze, photo via Dupont UndergroundDupont Underground’s first exhibit won’t build itself. In fact, the underground art space was kind of hoping you would.

The organization has put out the call for volunteers to help construct its very first exhibit, Raze/Raise. The exhibit, described by CityLab writer Kriston Capps as a “kind of live-action ‘Minecraft installation” is composed of cubes made from plastic balls harvested from National Building Museum’s “The BEACH.”

“We need to build about 18 thousand cubes composed of 27 balls each,” reads an Eventbrite page the organization put up earlier this week. “It’s pretty simple really, we will be making an assembly line to transform balls into bricks as efficiently as possible. Our goal is to make about 1000 blocks in a day.”


by Tim Regan December 2, 2015 at 4:40 pm 0

publictrashcan15thStreetThe ANC that represents parts of Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park, Pleasant Plains, Shaw and U Street is looking for volunteers to help clean up the community this weekend.

Volunteers and ANC 1B commissioners will gather at Saint-Ex (1847 14th Street NW) this Sunday at 9 a.m. for the commission’s first annual volunteer clean up day.

After meeting at the restaurant, the crowd of clean-uppers will move along 14th St. and Florida Ave. NW, 14th and V streets NW and between 8th and 9th and T streets NW to help beautify the surrounding areas.

D.C.’s Department of Public Works (DPW) will provide brooms, rakes, shovels and bags, but volunteers are encouraged to bring along an old pair of gloves and wear an outfit they don’t mind getting a little dirty.

by Tim Regan October 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

HIPS volunteers, photo courtesy of HIPSVolunteers from a D.C. nonprofit will visit homes throughout the District to collect candy this Halloween.

Workers with HIPS, an organization that advocates for sex workers and intravenous drug users, will travel to donors’ homes as requested to pick up the leftover treats as part of its yearly Halloween candy drive.

HIPS volunteer Emily Hammell said the nonprofit’s army of candy collectors are usually able to nab dozens of pounds of donated candy.

“The volunteer community of HIPS is really active,” Hammell said. “I’ll probably spend Saturday and Sunday with my old lady grocery cart and a backpack collecting candy.”

The organization, located at 906 H Street NE, hordes the candy to distribute to its clients throughout the year. Though Hammell said the organization will take almost any kind of candy, lollipops and Jolly Ranchers are usually clients’ favorites.

“The candy is used for when staff or volunteers are out in the van doing outreach,” Hammell said. “Also, people are sometimes hesitant to approach the van for the first time.

“If you can come away with a piece of candy, then perhaps your friends or your peers don’t have to know that you went and got condoms or had questions about HIV testing or needed help filing your employment or health paperwork,” Hammell added. “And most people love candy.”

To donate leftover candy, D.C. residents can e-mail HIPS or swing by the nonprofit’s headquarters on H Street. The organization will also welcome candy donations during its happy hour at Asia Nine (915 E Street NW) at 6 p.m. tonight.

Photo courtesy of HIPS

by Tim Regan October 7, 2015 at 2:50 pm 0

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Sonny Bono Park needs work.

That’s why its across-the-street neighbor, Heurich House Museum, set out over the summer to raise money for the public space named for the famous singer and congressman. Next Saturday, the museum will put some of that money to work during a volunteer-led beautification day.

During the cleanup — which takes place at the intersection of New Hampshire Ave., 20th St. and O St. NW and lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — volunteers will meet with professional gardener and artist Kellie Cox to rip out dead plants, scoop out excess soil and plant new flowers.

Though volunteers are encouraged to bring gardening gloves, tools and bottled water will be provided.

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by Sean Meehan September 25, 2015 at 3:10 pm 0

Meridian Park

Washington Parks and People is looking for volunteers to help spruce up Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X park tomorrow morning.

Volunteers will help park staff remove invasive plant species, clean up litter and trim trees at the popular park near Adams Morgan from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow.


Organizers have asked volunteers to RSVP via e-mail. Washington Parks and People personnel will meet volunteers at the statue of Joan of Arc inside the park tomorrow morning.

The cleanup event is part of National Public Lands Day. This year’s Public Lands Day includes cleanup projects at more than 2,500 parks across the country.

by Tim Regan August 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

Graffiti in Georgetown, photo via

Volunteers are being sought to help clean up graffiti along the lower part of Georgia Avenue NW.

Those interested should meet at Torrie’s Restaurant (700 V Street NW) next Saturday at 10 a.m. to pick up supplies and receive training.

Cleaners will then break into teams and remove graffiti at 18 businesses and public spaces in an area that stretches from the intersection of Georgia and Florida avenues NW to Georgia Avenue and Upshur Street NW.

Event organizer and economic development consultant Jon Stover says a power washer and 25 graffiti cleanup kits were purchased to aid with the project.

“We’re going to train community members on the appropriate process for removing graffiti,” says Stover. “There’s so many big large tags along Georgia Avenue. Having a power washer is a great tool to address that.”

Artistic graffiti and murals will not be removed during the cleanup, adds Stover.

“Right now, none of the graffiti [we’re targeting] can be construed as art,” adds Stover.

The effort, funded by a grant from the Department of Public Works, is meant in part to study the feasibility of a Main Street organization along Georgia Avenue. The idea goes that if the community can coalesce around certain issues, conditions may be right to start a Main Street organization.

If all goes well and a Georgia Avenue Main Street organization is founded, Stover says the goal is to make the cleanup a regular event.

“We’re hoping the community to take ownership of it and it will be up to the community to develop it themselves,” he says.

Image via Flickr/Perspective

by June 18, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]


Martha’s Table on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

There’s a lot to be thankful for in our community. Borderstan is home to some wonderful development projects, from new condos and apartment buildings to new supermarkets to a seemingly unending supply of new restaurants, bars and cafes.

There are a lot things being offered in the neighborhood, so why not carve a little time out of your day to give something back?

Along with all those great things mentioned above in the neighborhood, there are some great venues for volunteering here in Borderstan.

N Street Village

N Street Village, located on N Street between 14th Street and Vermont Avenue, is a facility designed to help homeless and low-income women in our neighborhood through supportive services and housing. NSV takes a broad, holistic approach in assisting these women as they face a number of challenges that vary from individual to individual, including homelessness, addiction, mental illness and more.

A selection of the volunteer opportunities at NSV includes: tutoring, preparing and serving meals, maintaining the courtyard garden, helping with fundraising and much more. To find out more about these opportunities and to apply to volunteer, head over to the NSV Volunteer page.

Common Good City Farm

Since there’s no better way to state it than what’s already on their website, Common Good City Farm’s mission “is to grow food, educate, and help low-income DC community members meet their food needs.” Located just outside the Borderstan area near V and 4th Streets, CGCF is exactly what it sounds like: a small farm in the middle of the city that teaches residents and students about food production, healthy eating and environmental sustainability.

Just last year, they CGCF “provided over 6,300 pounds of fresh vegetables to low-income families.” There are many ways to help, including donations, dropping off scraps for composting and volunteering on the farm itself. See their Get Involved page as well as their Volunteer page for more information.

Martha’s Table

Located on 14th Street between V and W Streets, Martha’s Table uses education, nutrition and family support services to address poverty and issues stemming from poverty. Some of their volunteering opportunities include preparing food, tutoring children and staffing their mobile soup kitchen. You can find out more about these opportunities and fill out a volunteer application on their Volunteer Opportunities page.

Other Organizations

  • Bread for the City – “The mission of Bread for the City is to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC, with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.”
  • SOME (So Others Might Eat) – “An interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. We meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing, and health care.”
  • DC Central Kitchen – “Through job training, healthy food distribution, and local farm partnerships, DC Central Kitchen offers path-breaking solutions to poverty, hunger, and poor health.”
  • Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes – A local church, located on Massachusetts Avenue between 13th and 12th Streets, with a handful of programs that reach out to the neighborhood through blood drives, partnering with other institutions (like NSV), working with local seniors and the disabled, and more.

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by January 29, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

The Wilson Building is home to the D.C. City Council. (Photo from D.C. Council Web site.)

The Wilson Building. (Photo from D.C. Council Web site.)

Serve DC, the DC Government agency for the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, will host a winter open house on Wednesday, January 30 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. At the open house, attendees can meet with the Serve DC staff and learn about its efforts to promote service and volunteerism throughout the city.

Some of the services Serve DC provides include AmeriCorps in DC, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training, DC Public Schools Beautification Day and Neighborhood Corps, among many others.

Serve DC is located at 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 101.

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by December 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,688 2 Comments


1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: A nice walk from  Bordertan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

The 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee is currently seeking those interested in volunteering for this year’s Inauguration activities, including crowd control and providing visitors with directions at the swearing-in ceremonies, parade and inaugural balls.

Interested volunteers can register online —  registration does not guarantee selection. The 57th Presidential Inauguration will take place on Monday, January 21.

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by April 20, 2009 at 9:10 am 1,507 0

Join the ANC 2B/Dupont Circle team for the Greater DC Cares Servathon 2009.

Join the ANC 2B/Dupont Circle team for the Greater DC Cares Servathon 2009. (Image: Greater DC Cares Web site.)

From Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle:

Hello, Dupont neighbors: Please join the Dupont Circle ANC for a day of community service in and around our neighborhood on Saturday, May 2. We have created a Dupont Circle Neighborhood team for the 2009 Servathon, hosted by Greater DC Cares. Through the Servathon, Greater DC Cares connects willing volunteers to much-needed community projects around the city and metro area. Please join our Servathon team by following this online link.

by December 28, 2008 at 8:05 am 2,004 0

Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Barack Obama and Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20 on the west side of the Capitol, facing the National Mall. This photo taken during 2008 National Kite Festival. (Image: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Washington, DC, needs volunteers to help provide information and support to the huge number of visitors expected for Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on January 20. There is a call for volunteers from Serve DC, whose “mission is to strengthen and promote the District of Columbia’s spirit of service through partnerships, national service and volunteerism.” The following info is from the Dupont Forum listserv on Yahoo! Groups: (more…)


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