Lend a Hand and Make Some Friends
So you want to volunteer, but you're loath to commit to something that will require your elbow grease every single weekend. We've got a solution for you: One Brick, a nonprofit gateway for volunteering. The D.C. chapter is celebrating its one-year anniversary Saturday with a picnic at the National Zoo and a scavenger hunt.
In its first year, One Brick D.C. has amassed 2,500 people on its e-mail list and has poured roughly 600 hours of community service into the city per month. Volunteering through One Brick is almost too easy: Visit http:/
"It has a great appeal to a lot of busy working professionals," says D.C. chapter founder Lindsay Reishman, 30. "There's that social component. We gather for a drink afterward and have happy hours once a month. It's a good way to meet like-minded people if you're just out of school."
Saturday's event is a potluck picnic, though you can chip in a few bucks if you don't have food or drink to bring. You can also join a citywide scavenger hunt earlier in the day for a $10 donation to One Brick. The hunt, which starts at 12:45 p.m. at Union Station, will traverse the area between Chinatown, the Mall and Dupont Circle, and will conclude at the zoo in time for the picnic. RSVP on the group's Web site.
-- Dan Zak