In the Nov. 24 District Extra, a list of organizations in need of volunteers had a wrong date for the Candlelight Vigil for Kids, to be held at Covenant House Washington's community service center. It is Dec. 7. (Published 12/1/2005)
Following is a list of some of the District organizations in need of volunteers, clothes, food, money and other items during the holidays and into January.
Associates for Renewal in Education, 202-483-9424
Age-appropriate toys, games, books and clothing are needed for infants, toddlers and school-age children in centers throughout the city and for abused and neglected teenagers 13 to 19 years old who live in group homes. Donations should be taken to 45 P St. NW from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. To have donations picked up, call A. Chapman or P. Share.
The Arc of D.C. Inc., 202-636-2950
Arc, which operates group homes and employment programs for people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, needs items and gifts for holiday events. Volunteers are needed to help prepare meals for parties, put up decorations, take people shopping and other activities. Monetary donations also are welcome. Take donations to the Arc office, 817 Varnum St. NE, Suite 229, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (Hermanos y Hermanas Mayores), 202-783-5585
This organization is seeking bilingual volunteer mentors for Latino children between 8 and 15 years old. Volunteers should be at least 21 and able to commit at least four hours per week for a year. The group also needs a 15-passenger van to transport groups for educational and cultural trips throughout the year. The office is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1750 K Street NW. To donate or volunteer, contact Jorge Bustios at the above number or 202-222-0100, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bread for the City, 202-265-2400 (NW center) or 202-561-8587 (SE center)
This organization provides food, clothing, medical care, social services, and legal aid for low-income District residents. It needs monetary donations and food for holiday meals. A gift of $26 covers the cost of a holiday dinner for a family. Make checks payable to Bread for the City and mail them to 1640 Good Hope Rd. SE, Washington, D.C. 20020. Take nonperishable food items to 1525 Seventh St. NW and 1640 Good Hope Rd. SE from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit www.breadforthecity.org.
Bright Beginnings Inc., 202-842-9090
This Head Start/Early Head Start program for homeless children needs clothing, winter coats, blankets, toys, books and gifts for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Gift certificates for area grocery stores are also needed, as well as Metro tokens and Farecards. Traditional and pull-up diapers are needed, as are baby wipe. Take items to 128 M St. NW from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Calvary Women's Shelter, 202-783-6651
Calvary Women's Services seeks new socks and underwear, nightgowns, feminine products, toiletries, art supplies, board games and gift certificates. Ongoing volunteer opportunities to serve homeless women are available. Call the volunteer coordinator or e-mail email@example.com about volunteering.
This nonprofit organization needs educational books, videos, DVDs and toys for more than 900 children, from infants to teenagers, for its learning center. Children's clothes and shoes, household items, school supplies and gift certificates for food stores and bookstores are also needed. All gifts should be new. Items are being accepted from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Dec. 16 at 1420 Columbia Rd. NW. Call Jennifer Brower or Enrique Torrico.
Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative, 202-518-6737
This organization's Christmas project requires donations of food, new toys and gift certificates, as well as volunteer drivers to pick up and deliver food and toys. Items can be taken to 1816 12th St. NW. Monetary donations are also accepted. Make checks payable to Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative, with the note "Christmas project." Mail checks to the above address, Zip code 20009.
Community Family Life Services, 202-347-0511
This organization seeks volunteers for its Adopt-A-Family program, which provides a low- income or homeless family with clothing, toys, basic entertainment and a variety of other things. Children's toys for infants to 18-year-olds are also needed for the Give-A-Gift program. There is a special need for gifts for boys and girls ages 12-18 and for nearly new, warm winter clothing, new underwear and bras (especially plus sizes), toothpaste, deodorant and toiletries. Donations will be accepted 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment at 305 E St. NW. Call Joayne Larson at Ext. 415.
Covenant House Washington, 202-610-6501
This youth services organization needs volunteers to assist with the 2005 Candlelight Vigil for Kids, to be held at its community service center, 2001 Mississippi Ave. SE on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Volunteers will serve refreshments and distribute vigil flashlights in an effort to help the nonprofit agency raise awareness about the plight of homeless, runaway, abused and disadvantaged children. To participate, contact Demetria Savoy.
D.C. Habitat for Humanity, 202-882-4600
Habitat works to help families own affordable homes and thereby break the cycle of poverty. Since 1988, D.C. Habitat has provided simple, decent homes for nearly 300 Washingtonians and is striving to finish six homes this winter as part of a 53-home development. To donate or volunteer, visit www.dchabitat.org.
Dinner Program for Homeless Women, 202-737-9311
This nonprofit organization needs travel-size toiletries, new socks, bras and underwear, first-aid items, cough drops, nonalcoholic cold medicine, pain relievers, towels and washcloths, backpacks, duffel bags and hand carts, rain ponchos and umbrellas, bus tokens and Metro Farecards, books and magazines, bingo prizes and coffee. It also needs five to 10 volunteers from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Donations should be taken to 945 G St. NW from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Call Christine Moore.
District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, 202-518-9400
The Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center is seeking 1,000 volunteers for its 19th annual December 25th Community Service Day. Volunteers will entertain the elderly, paint a shelter, serve a meal, give blood, play with homeless or sick children in hospitals, or help the needy in many other ways. Volunteers are needed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. To meet the center's social service needs, it is collecting donations of new hats, gloves, socks and toiletries to give to 5,000 needy adults and children as holiday presents. Starting Dec. 6, items as well as unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the center's Q Street entrance (1529 16th St. NW). To volunteer, register online at www.dcjcc.org. Call Ext. 565 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, 202-462-3375
This organization needs diapers, new or used clothing for infants and children up to age 5, children's winter clothing, breast pumps, cribs, strollers, food, new or used women's and men's clothing, children's toys and books, kitchen utensils, furniture, towels, shower curtains, bath rugs and monetary donations. Call Debra Byrd at Ext. 246.
Employment for Former Offenders Receiving Treatment Services needs donations of thermal underwear and coats for children ages 2 to 16, men's sizes 32-48 and women's sizes 7-22; socks, hats and caps, gloves and scarves for children ages 2 to 16 and men and women sizes 9-11; toys for children up to age 16; and personal hygiene products. Take items to 1653 Franklin St. NE from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call Rachel L. Morrison, Patricia E. Conway or Sister Bugg-Bey to have items picked up.
Family and Child Services of Washington, D.C. Inc., 202-289-1510
Family and Child Services needs new toys, clothing and food supplies for its "adopt a family, child or senior" program. The organization will provide names, ages and sizes of individuals or families benefiting from the program. Call Sherrill Taylor at Ext. 150.
Food & Friends, 202-582-3463
Food & Friends provides home-delivered meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to people with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Food & Friends is recruiting volunteers to deliver meals and friendship to local residents. Meal delivery and kitchen volunteers are needed through Dec. 31, Monday through Saturday. To sign up, e-mail email@example.com or call and leave a message.
The Father McKenna Center, 202-842-1112
The center serves more than 250 lunches a week to homeless men. Donations needed include commercial pots and pans with lids, 10 bottles of dishwashing liquid, 500 plastic foam cups, 75 pairs of socks, boots and gloves, 75 scarves, 100 razors and combs, 100 toothbrushes plus toothpaste, 75 washcloths and bars of soap, 50 bottles of acetaminophen, 50 bottles of cough syrup, six cots or air mattresses, 100 packs of laundry soap and two computers. Donations can be taken to the center at 19 I St. NW from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Ron Rogers.
Greater Washington Urban League, 202-265-8200
The Urban League needs items for the holidays for children and adults. Children's items include coats, clothes, books, learning games and toys. Adult men and women need toiletries, brushes, combs, gloves and socks. The league will be sponsoring two holiday parties for children where toys will be distributed. Items can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. by Dec. 15 at the Greater Washington Urban League headquarters, 2901 14th St. NW. Call Tracey Jones at 202-265-8200, Ext. 238.
Hannah House, 202-289-4840, Ext. 102
Hannah House is a transitional living facility for homeless women and their children. Current needs include used furniture, plastic storage bins, winter coats and shoes, pots and pans, glasses, kitchen utensils, children's games and videos, houseplants, single-bed sheets and comforters, towels and washcloths, toiletries, televisions, and a new computer and printer. Donations will be accepted at 612 M St. NW Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hope Manna Inc., 202-388-0062
This faith-based nonprofit organization needs blankets, coats, gloves, skullcaps, socks, thermal underclothes and toys, as well as canned goods and other nonperishable items. Five volunteers are also needed.
House of Imagene Shelter, 202-518-8488
This shelter for homeless people and victims of domestic violence needs a vehicle to collect donations throughout the year. Christmas toys for children of all ages, cash donations and food to be cooked for Christmas dinner, including turkeys and hams, are also needed. The shelter is at 214 P. St. NW. Donations are accepted daily, 24 hours.
Inner City-Inner Child, 202-965-2000
This organization brings arts and literacy programs to nonprofit day care centers in the inner city. It needs new toys for children 3 to 6 years old. Donations can be dropped off at its office in Dumbarton Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. Contact Billie Schaffer at Ext. 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids' Konnection, 202-563-1720
This program provides job training for youths ages 12 to 18 in public housing. The organization is also seeking new toys and new clothing for low-income children ages 4 to 12 for the holidays. Volunteers are needed to make and prepare Christmas stockings. Collections will continue until Dec. 10. Call Theresa Mullen.
Martha's Table, 202-328-6608
Martha's Table, which distributes meals to the District's homeless, is accepting donations of canned goods and other nonperishable items. Martha's Table also needs donations of turkeys and hams for its annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Bring donations to 2114 14th St. NW from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, 202-420-7052
Mary's Center needs new toys for infants and children up to age 18 to distribute at a holiday party, as well as gifts for pregnant women. About 25 rolls of wrapping paper, ribbon and tape are needed, as well as volunteers to wrap toys. Winter coats for children and monetary donations are also welcome. Donations can be delivered at 2333 Ontario Rd. NW. Call
Perry School Community Services Center Inc., 202-312-2440
This organization provides social services to low-income residents of Ward 6. Donations are being accepted, including such items as children's toys and books, balls and new clothes. Donations should be taken to 128 M St. NW, Suite 318, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Montana Terrace Resident Council Inc., 202-832-3552
Montana Terrace is a low-income housing project with 65 family homes. Residents need clothes, shoes, umbrellas and toys for children ages 2 to 16 years old as well as children's books and educational software to be used in the Resident Council Office. Turkeys, fruit, vegetables and other food items are needed to complete Thanksgiving baskets. Also needed are small gifts for low-income parents. Donations can be taken to 1617 Montana Ave. NE between 10 a.m. and 2:30 pm. E-mail email@example.com.
Progressive Life Center, 202-842-4570
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-age children, and school supplies. Items can be taken to 1704 17th St. NE between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Donald French or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org about gifts that need to be picked up. Volunteers are also needed.
Project CHAMP, 202-884-4250
This pediatric HIV and AIDS organization at Children's Hospital needs donations of school supplies for children and is accepting them between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Adult volunteers also are needed during the year to serve as big brothers and sisters to children with HIV. E-mail Phyllis George at email@example.com.
RISE Inc., 202-561-3440
Reaching Inside for Self-Esteem Inc. (RISE) is a nonprofit organization serving children ages 5 to 13. Gifts are needed for 40 children, including gloves and hats, umbrellas, books, sweaters and board games. Donations are being accepted from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3219 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. Call Anna Coston.
Salvation Army Southeast Corps, 202-543-9030
Bell ringers are needed to collect contributions in the annual Red Kettle Campaign to help the poor. Canned goods are also needed. Call Capt. Cedric Middleton, kettle coordinator, or stop by the office at 1211 G St. SE.
Southwest Community House Association Inc., 202-488-7210
This association distributes more than 200 food baskets during the holidays and needs canned goods, frozen turkeys and monetary donations. Items may be taken to 156 Q St. SW from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Delores Mack.
STRIVE DC., 202-484-1264
STRIVE DC provides job readiness training and placement services with two years of follow-up support. It needs donations of business attire, including shoes, for men and women. Volunteers are needed to make follow-up calls to recent graduates of the program. Donations should be taken to 715 I St. NE from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Chris Hart-Wright or go to www.strivedc.org.
Thomas and Birdie C. Smith Foundation, 202-387-7530
The foundation, which gives art, ballet and music lessons in the D.C. public schools, needs donations of leotards, tights and other ballet wear in all sizes for children ages 7 to 11. Call Therrell C. Smith.
Washington Animal Rescue League, 202-726-2556
The league is collecting food, toys and blankets to benefit the animals of low-income households through its Presents for Paws program. Donations may be brought to 71 Oglethorpe St. NW or to the Kathleen Ewing Gallery, 1609 Connecticut Ave. NW, from 12 to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. On Dec. 10, dogs and cats available for adoption will also be present at the Ewing Gallery from noon to 3 p.m. Directions are available at www.warl.org.
Washington Humane Society, 202-723-5730, Ext. 252
The oldest animal protection agency in the District needs blankets, towels, fleece cat beds, washable cat balls with bells, 10-gallon aquariums with screen lids, aquarium heaters, heat pads and lamps, tennis balls, Kong dog toys, "gentle leader" dog collars, martingale dog collars and catnip. Volunteers are needed to walk dogs, show animals to potential adopters and to foster animals in their homes. Donations are also welcome to help purchase more animal supplies and provide veterinary care. Donations can be brought to 7319 Georgia Ave. NW between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Call Adam Parascandola.
Washington Hospital Center, 202-877-6287
The hospital's social work department needs new men's and women's underwear (especially extra-large sizes) and socks, as well as men's used trousers, sweat pants and jeans in extra-large sizes (36-inch or larger waist) for patients being discharged whose clothing was soiled or discarded when they came through the emergency room. E-mail Jane Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Compiled by TERENCE MCARDLE