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Community of Hope--Mentor and Play with Children in Homeless Shelters

Community of Hope creates opportunities for low-income families in Washington, DC, including those experiencing homelessness, to achieve good health, a stable home, family-sustaining income, and hope.

Volunteer opportunities throughout DC include:

  • Mentoring:  Volunteer mentors are adults 21+ who commit to a minimum of one year to be paired with a formerly homeless young person. Mentoring pairs explore the city together, work on achieving goals, and enjoy spending quality time together.
  • Kids Club:  Volunteers 15 years and older are needed to spend time with children at Community of Hope’s Girard Street Family Shelter, an emergency shelter in Columbia Heights.  Kids Club is an after-school program currently meeting 2x/month on Thursdays. Programming may expand to weekly
  • Play Night at Hope:  Volunteers 15 years and older spend time doing art, playing, and reading with children in a family shelter while their parents are in a workshop.  Play Night is at Community of Hope’s Hope Apartments in Southeast DC and meets Tuesday evenings 6:30-8pm.
  • Birthday Parties:  Small groups of family members, friends, coworkers, etc., host a birthday party at either Girard Street Family Shelter or Hope Apartments to celebrate that month’s children’s birthdays.  Hosts bring snacks, games, crafts.
  • The Commons:  Join COH at our newest location!  Volunteer as a receptionist or as a childcare provider at The Commons in Anacostia.

    Contact: Lauren Cranman; Volunteer and Mentor Coordinator, 202.407.7757 /