It’s fall! We’re pretending it’s cold enough to wear sweaters! We’re pretending it’s cold enough to drink hot coffee! We’re pretending it’s cold enough to buy new coats! But we’re not pretending to volunteer, because that’s good for the soul all year long.
If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the fall weather (haha) or just want to do something good for your city, look no further. You’re in the right place.
Casey Trees is an organization determined to restore and protect the tree canopy of D.C. lost to centuries of urban development. Every fall and spring they reach out to volunteers to plant trees. You can look on their calendar for when they’re in need of volunteers and where they’ll be for the week.
As the District gets colder, it’s more important than ever for families to have warm food and clothes and access to medical services. Bread for the City has a ton of volunteering and donation opportunities. Donate food and clothing, take up a shift at the pantry or help sort clothes. If you’re a professional, you can also volunteer your medical and legal services to people, or any other skillset you might want to offer.
Fall is one of the best seasons to be outdoors, and with the National Park Service, you can help hikers and visitors plan their trips around the parks and update park maps. There are opportunities everywhere to contribute, so take a look!
Rosh Hashanah, one of the biggest holiday in Judaism, began this week. You can celebrate the new year with the DC Jewish Community Center by volunteering with them at kitchens and river clean-ups. They welcome people of all backgrounds, as long as you want to help.
City schools are always looking for volunteers, and as students go back to school this fall, you can sign up to support their learning. You can coach for schools, help with one-time events or see what individual schools might need from you and your skills personally.