Following is a list of some Washington organizations in need of volunteers, clothes, food, money and other items during the holidays.

The Arc of D.C. Inc.


This advocacy group for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities needs gifts of gloves, hats, socks, sweat shirts, sweaters, wallets, watches, cassettes, portable radios or any clothing item. Gifts may be wrapped or unwrapped. If wrapped, attach a note indicating what the gift is and whether it is for male or female. It also needs volunteers to help prepare meals for holiday parties, put up Christmas trees and take clients holiday shopping. Take donations to the Arc offices, 900 Varnum St. NE, during business hours Monday-Friday.

Arthritis Foundation

202-537-6800, Ext. 3023

The foundation needs about 300 volunteers to help with its Dec. 7 Jingle Bell Fun Run/Walk for Arthritis. Duties include setting up, greeting participants, cleaning up and other activities. Individuals are also needed to help with the Dec. 14 holiday party.

Associates for Renewal in Education


This nonprofit organization needs toys, games and clothing for infants, toddlers and school-age children in about 30 city centers and for neglected boys 14-18 who reside in group homes. Donations accepted 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday at 45 P St. NW.

Bread for the City

202-265-2400 (NW) or 202-561-8587 (SE)

This organization, which provides food, clothing, medical care, legal and social services to more than 8,000 low-income people each month, needs food for holiday meals, monetary donations and new toys before Dec. 12. A donation of $26 will cover the cost of a holiday dinner for a family of four. Items accepted 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays at 1525 Seventh St. NW, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1640 Good Hope Rd. SE.

Bright Beginnings Inc.


This Head Start program for homeless children needs clothing, winter coats, blankets, toys, books, traditional and pull-up diapers, baby wipes and gifts for children 6 weeks-5 years old. Gift certificates for area grocery stores also are needed. Items accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 128 M St. NW.

Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center


New or clean used coats, scarves, hats, gloves, socks and books are needed for children 2-14. Items accepted 7 a.m.-6 p.m. until Dec. 16 at 1420 Columbia Rd. NW. Contact is Gabby Chavez.

Calvary Women's Shelter


The shelter seeks new socks, pantyhose, underwear, bras and toiletries.

Central Union Mission

202-MISSION (202-647-7466)

This organization provides food, clothing and shelter to area men, women and children. New clothes, toys, books are among items needed for its annual Toy Distribution Dec. 17. Gifts may be dropped off at the mission, 1350 R St. NW (intersection of 14th and R streets). Go to the Web site at for more information.

Coalition for the Homeless


The coalition needs sheets, towels, toiletries, blankets, pots and pans, pillows, diapers, children's toys, books, food, clothing items for men, women and children, especially coats and shoes of all sizes. Items accepted 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday at Spring Road Family Apartments, 1433 Spring Rd. NW. Arrangements can be made for Saturday deliveries. Contact is Patricia Ouzts or Ethel Lee.

Columbia Heights Village Together Inc.


This organization serves low-income families and needs food, toys and clothing, as well as 10 volunteer tutors 3:30-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Community of Hope


This organization's emergency shelter program needs food voucher certificates, twin- and full-size bed sheet sets, pillowcases, pillows, blankets and mattress covers, towels and washcloths, pots and pans, dishes and silverware, a van, coats, hats, gloves and thermal clothing. Financial donations, as well as donations of Christmas gifts are also greatly appreciated. Items accepted 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1417 Belmont St. NW. Contact Leigh Bailey or Rodaisha Phoenix at 202-232-9091.

Covenant House Washington


This child-care organization needs volunteers to serve refreshments, distribute flashlights, direct groups of youths and help with cleanup at its Dec. 5 Candlelight Vigil. Christmas gifts are needed for children 6 months-5 years and 16-21. Contact Bonita Singletary.

Creative Child Development Center


The Creative Child Development Center is a nonprofit organization in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh St. SW, Room B-278. It is accepting donations of educational CDs for ages 18 months-5 years, children's videos, CDs, cassettes, books, toys, musical instruments, costumes, toddler 10-inch chairs and portable tape recorders. Donations accepted 7:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Contact director Sonia Pinder for more information.

Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries

202-636-4225, Ext. 1257

In addition to accepting donations, Goodwill needs volunteers to receive and sort donations during the holidays and to work at one of six Goodwill stores. Duties include stocking merchandise and assisting holiday shoppers.

Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center


This nonprofit organization needs diapers, children's (6 weeks-5 years) new or used clothing, children's coats, sweaters and gloves, baby formula and baby food, breast pumps, car seats, cribs, strollers, food, computers, new or used women and men's clothing and coats, children's toys and books, pots, pans and utensils, sheets, bedspreads, beds and other household furniture, towels, shower curtains and bath rugs, and monetary donations.



Employment for Former Offenders Receiving Treatment Services needs donations of food, coats, undergarments, dresses, skirts, sweaters, pants, and shoes for men, women and children. Donations of money, computers and word processing materials are needed for computer literacy classes. Items accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 1603 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

Family and Child Services Inc.


The organization needs Christmas gifts for children, teenagers and elderly homebound residents in the city. The organization, at 929 L St. NW, will provide names, sizes and suggestions for individuals or families. Contact Sherrill P. Taylor.

Food & Friends


Food & Friends, which provides home-delivered meals and groceries to people with HIV or AIDS and other illnesses, needs volunteers to prepare and package meals and groceries and deliver meals. To volunteer for holiday help, call or e-mail Food & Friends is at 58 L St. SE.

Friends of Tyler School


FOTS needs volunteer tutors 6:30-8:30 p.m four evenings a week to instruct children 5-17. Volunteers will commit to tutoring one night a week for at least one year.

Hannah House


Hannah House is a transitional residence for homeless women and their children. Needs include plus-size clothing, plastic storage bins, children's games and videos and video games, house plants and a new computer. Donations accepted 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday at 612 M St. NW.

Healthy Babies Project


Donations needed of unwrapped disposable diapers, maternity clothes, infant formula, infant and toddler clothes and toys, play pens, strollers, and child and adult winter coats.

Hermanos y Hermanas Mayores/Big Brothers-Big Sisters


This organization is seeking one-on-one mentors for Latino children 8-15. Volunteers should be at least 21 years old and able to commit to at least four hours a week for a year.

Higher Achievement Program:

United Way/CFC No.



The program, which assists fifth- through eighth-graders, needs academic mentors and other volunteers, and items such as school and recreational supplies for children, computers for students and office furniture. Call Isadora Carreras at 202-842-5116 for information on donations, or see

Hope Manna


The organization, which provides educational programs, job and housing referrals and substance abuse counseling, needs nonperishable and canned food, clothes for all ages, coats, boots, skull caps, socks, undergarments and diapers and monetary donations. Items accepted 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday at 2001 Benning Rd. NE. Contact Rev. Joyce M. Brooks.

House of Imagene


This shelter for the homeless and victims of domestic violence needs Christmas toys for children of all ages, cash donations and food to cook for Christmas dinner. Turkeys are also needed. Donations accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the shelter at 214 P. St. NW.

Icon Chess Foundation


This nonprofit educational and chess organization, geared toward disadvantaged and at-risk youth, needs volunteers, clothing, food items, office space, office equipment and a vehicle. Items accepted 7-9 p.m. daily at 613 Oneida Pl. NW. Contact is Malik Johnson.

Kids' Konnection


The Kids' Konnection seeks new toys and clothing for the holidays. Volunteers also are needed to make and prepare Christmas stockings. Collection of the stockings will continue until Dec. 10, and distribution will be Dec. 21. Contact is Theresa Mullen.

Latin American Youth Center


This nonprofit youth and family center needs gifts for elementary school-age children; $20 gift certificates for places such as movies, music stores, clothing stores, etc.; and supermarket food certificates for a holiday dinner. Also needed are snacks for after-school program and art supplies including canvas, oil paints and acrylics. Donations accepted 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, at 1419 Columbia Rd. NW. Contact Millie Perez.

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area

202-723-3000, Ext. 291

Lutheran's mental health program needs winter clothing, toiletries, gift certificates to pharmacies and supermarkets. Donations accepted 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 4406 Georgia Ave. NW.

Martha's Table


Martha's Table distributes meals to Washington's homeless and will be accepting donations of canned goods and other nonperishable items. Donations accepted 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at 2114 14th St. NW.

Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care

202-483-8319, Ext. 306

Mary's Center needs new toys for kids up to age 18 to distribute at a holiday party for pregnant women. About 25 rolls of wrapping paper, ribbon and tape are also needed, as well as volunteers to wrap the toys noon-5 p.m. Dec. 13, 16 and 17. Donations accepted at 2333 Ontario Rd. NW. Winter coats for children and monetary donations are also welcome. Contact Lyda Vanegas 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.



M.O.M.S. needs several volunteers to help serve food baskets with turkeys, men and women's clothing, toiletries, hats, gloves, socks, blankets and other gifts for adults and children. Donations accepted 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1401 V St. SE.

Multicultural Career Intern Program

202-483-6235 or 202-483-6237

This nonprofit agency serving immigrant and refugee students at Bell Multicultural High School needs clothes, books and toys for infants, coats, sweaters, scarves, gloves, hats for all ages and canned food. Volunteers are also needed for child care, tutoring, mentoring and chaperoning. Financial donations are being accepted as well. Contact Kate Perryman, Robin Winer or Kapindi Kroma.

National Center for Children and Families

202-396-9330, Ext. 24

This organization needs unwrapped gifts including such items as bicycles, wristwatches, board games, hair accessories, perfumes and colognes, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, towels, dishes, sheets and much more. Gifts accepted 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 603 50th St. NE.

Northwestern Human Services


This organization for Washington's homeless mentally ill needs toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, soap and shampoo, socks, gloves and hats, jackets and coats, thermal underwear and other clothing. Donations accepted 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1905 Ninth St. NE, Unit I. Contact Kathy McWilliams-Roth.

Perry School Community Services Center, Inc.


Beginning Monday, donations, including items such as cars and trucks, dolls, board and video games, books, balls and new clothes, accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 128 M St. NW, Suite 318.

Progressive Life Center


This nonprofit provider of mental health and family and child welfare services needs donations of nonperishable food items, baby products, toiletries, household cleaning supplies, new or like-new toys, games and clothing for school-aged children and school supplies. Items can be taken between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to 1123 11th St. NW. Contact Karen Sai at 202-842-4040, Ext. 11, or e-mail for pickup.

Project CHAMP


This pediatric HIV and AIDS organization at Children's Hospital needs volunteers to donate school supplies for children between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 15. Adult volunteers also are needed during the year to serve as big brothers and big sisters to children with HIV. Contact Phyllis George.

Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April of Washington, D.C.


This all-volunteer organization that rehabilitates homes of low-income elderly, families with children and disabled homeowners needs free warehouse space to store large items used for repair work. It also needs volunteers, cash donations and such supplies as electric space heaters, extension cords, grab bars, portable toilet chairs, canned foods, new toys, paint (preferably white), ladders and boxes of nails and screws.

RISE, Inc.


This nonprofit serving children ages 5 to 13 needs gifts for 40 children, children's gloves and hats, umbrellas, books, sweaters and board games. Donations accepted 3-6 p.m. daily at 5725 East Capitol St. SE.

Safe at Home


The home safety and fall-prevention program needs grab bars (12, 14 or 16 inches), shower chairs, tub transfer benches and hand-held showers. Volunteers needed to install donated items at seniors' homes in Washington. Items accepted 6-8 p.m. daily, Dec. 9-14, at 4416 Edmunds St. NW. Contact is Jan.

The Salvation Army

202-756-3918 or 202-756-3916

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to participate in its Angel Tree Program, which receives and distributes toys to families. Volunteers are needed at the old Hechinger building, 4500 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, on the following dates: Dec. 4-7, Dec. 9-14, Dec. 16-20 and Dec. 23-24.

Salvation Army Southeast Corps


Bell ringers needed to collect contributions for the annual Red Kettle Campaign to help the poor. Contact Capt. Mark Banks, kettle coordinator, for more information, or stop by the office at 1211 G St. SE.

Southwest Community House Association Inc.


The association distributes more than 200 food baskets during the holidays and needs canned goods, frozen turkeys and money. Items accepted 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 156 Q St. SW. Contact Delores Mack or David Brewer.

Suited for Change


This nonprofit providing professional clothing and career education to low-income women needs new or gently worn professional shoes in wide sizes; volunteers to assist with a seasonal clothing drive from 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 14; new or gently worn suits in sizes 16 and larger; and unused pantyhose.



This international nonprofit is in need of a computer, either desktop or laptop, relatively new with an adequate amount of memory.

Terrific Inc.'s Grandma's Houses


This 24-hour residential program for abused and abandoned children needs children's clothes, dishes, dish towels, glassware, utensils and shower curtains. Volunteers are needed to work with special needs children and provide administrative and professional services support. Donations accepted 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1222 T St. NW.

Washington Tennis & Education Foundation


This area youth organization is currently accepting donations of old or new child and adult tennis rackets, tennis nets for indoor short courts, educational CD-ROMs for students in grades 3 to 9, office furniture, water bottles, movie passes, book or clothing store gift certificates and more. Donations accepted 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m Monday-Friday at WTEF's office in the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, 16th and Kennedy streets NW. Contact is Maria O'Donnell.



The nonprofit arts organization working with at-risk youth needs many art supplies. Needed donations include pastel watercolor kits, acrylic paints, paint brushes, No. 2 pencils, ballpoint pens, electric pencil sharpeners and much more. Items accepted 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1100 16th St. NW. Contact Karen Providenti at Ext. 308 or e-mail

Washington Animal Rescue League


The WARL is collecting food, toys and blankets to benefit the animals of low-income households. Donations accepted noon-3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 15 at 71 Oglethorpe St. NW, or the Kathleen Ewing Gallery, 1609 Connecticut Ave. NW. Directions are available on

YWCA of the National Capital Area

202-626-0700, Ext. 22

The YWCA is in need of volunteer tutors and mentors to help adult women with English, math and study skills to prepare for various exams. Volunteers will be trained. Contact is Lilian Yip.

-- Compiled by Bruce Wright

Students at McLean High School prepare sandwiches for Martha's Table.A homeless male kitten at the Washington Animal Rescue League looks out of his cage.