Local Community

For nearly 200 years, parishioners of Christ Church, Georgetown, have reached out into the wider community to serve those in need, focusing primarily on children/youth, homeless individuals, and those who are transitioning from life on the street to a safer, more stable existence. Although the parish provides funding to a number of local and regional mission partners, the bulk of this vital work is undertaken by members and friends of the parish, who offer their time and talent in service to others. 

We invite you to explore the many volunteer opportunities that exist and discern how, when, and where you might become involved. The parish's local mission partners are listed below in alphabetical order.
 

Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys
Contact: David Shepard
Website: www.bishopwalkerschool.org

The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys (“BJTWSB”) is a tuition-free Episcopal school for children from traditionally underserved communities, located in Washington, DC’s Ward 8 Anacostia neighborhood. The School nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, social-emotional, artistic, and physical development of its students in a Christian community of learners which welcomes boys of all faiths and beliefs. BJTWSB seeks to foster a love of learning, intellectual curiosity, spiritual foundation, and moral character that each boy will need as a student, as a citizen and as a child of God.

Christ Church Georgetown has provided operational support since the school opened in 2008, and gifts in past years have funded classroom and curricular materials, summer enrichment programming, free morning and after care, and full meal service. Volunteer opportunities include helping the Lunch Buddy and Library Assistant Programs, purchasing items from their Amazon Wish List linked on the site and attending the School’s weekly chapel service on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15 am.

 

Boy Scouts of America, Washington, DC District, National Capital Area Council
Contact: Max Wang
Website: www.ncacbsa.org

The Boy Scouts of America is an organization focused on the character development of young men and women. Through the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, active outdoor activities,  and volunteer service the Scouting movement has a  demonstrated record of successfully building the character, integrity, and potential of American youth. Urban youth yearn for and deserve experiences affording them the opportunities to succeed. As in previous years, the funding from Christ Church Georgetown will be used to enable certain DC area youth with limited means to participate in BSA trek to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for physical, mental, and spiritual growth. This troop support was a project dear to Chris Lucander of Christ Church Georgetown, and the Mission Fund contributes funds this year in his memory. Volunteer opportunities include assisting leaders and offering expertise as a subject matter expert.

 

BUILD Metro DC
Contact: Mary Margaret and Scott Plumridge
Website: build.org/where-we-work/metro-dc

BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college and career success. BUILD envisions an educational system in which all students, regardless of background, are engaged and prepared for their personal and professional success. The goal is to influence school culture so that every student, regardless of their background, has access to entrepreneurial experiences and the opportunity to learn 21st century skills at the schools they attend, which research has shown helps prepare students for success in college and beyond.

By empowering students to develop and run their own small businesses, BUILD supplements traditional classroom instruction with real-world business experiences and critical skill-building for the future. Volunteer opportunities include coaching student business teams as they design, launch, and manage their businesses and mentoring students in The Youth Entrepreneurship Program with the BUILD Business Plan Competition, as well as providing feedback on student business plans and preparation for their "Shark Tank" pitches for venture capital. 

 

Downtown Cluster of Congregations
Gift amount: $2,500
Website: www.downtowncluster.org

Churches are often the first place in our neighbors to find help with paying bills, resolving housing issues, and meeting health care needs. Because, parish priest are ill-equipped to handle the very real and pressing problems of those who require direct social services. DC offers a social worker to assist Christ Church in getting those who need financial, social, or medical services the help need quickly. 

 

Free Minds Book Club and Writing Program
Contact: Marlin Dohlman
Website: freemindsbookclub.org

Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to new possibilities for their futures. Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community. The Free Minds program works across three phases: book clubs and writing workshops at the DC Jail and New Beginnings Youth Development Center (juvenile detention facility), a long-distance book club and writing workshop with its members in the federal prison system, and a reentry book club, job readiness, and community outreach program with members home from jail or prison. Free Minds is unique not only in its innovative program model that uses the literary arts as tools for rehabilitation and transformation, but also in its long-term relationship with members from the time of arrest into reentry. Free Minds welcomes visitors at its drop-in community Write Nights once a month, where reentering members bring poems written by members still inside and collect written comments to take back to the authors. Free Minds also has volunteer opportunities at its office in the Thurgood Marshall Building off U Street NW, where people can type up written poems received from members, write letters responding to members, and support the staff. 

 

Friends of St. Benedict, Washington, D.C.
Contact: Merrill Carrington or Bill Burns
Website: www.benedictfriend.org

The Friends of St. Benedict (“FSB”) is an intentional community discovering the balanced life ​of prayer, work, study, and rest. The mission is to make the ancient wisdom and practice of Benedictine spirituality accessible to modern people in their daily lives. With a chapter in DC, FSB builds a community dedicated to following the monastic Rule of St. Benedict, published 1500 years ago, which cultivates the practices of humility, patience, simplicity, solitude, caring for others, and living in community. The Rule offers people a plan for living a balanced, simple, and prayerful life.  FSB meets for prayer and study, hosts an annual symposium on Benedictine spirituality, and sponsors retreats.

 

Georgetown Ministry Center, Washington D.C.
Contact: Richard Riddell
Website: www.gmcgt.org

Georgetown Ministry Center (“GMC”) guides service-resistant, chronically homeless individuals towards stability and housing through aggressive street outreach, provision of a safe and welcoming environment where everyone is treated with respect, and advocacy for the homeless. GMC seeks lasting solutions to homelessness one person at a time. Currently, GMC operates the GMC Day Center, a clubhouse drop-in center for the homeless that provides counseling, internet, laundry, showers, and other services. During the winter months, GMC operates a winter shelter for homeless residents that rotates among various congregations. Winter Shelter guests sleep in a safe, warm environment and are provided hot meals by parish volunteers. GMC also provides case management services by collaborating with other social service providers in Washington, DC to assist clients obtaining identification cards and benefits. GMC engages the consulting services of a psychiatrist and a general practitioner who see patients and assist clients with searching for permanent housing.

As a founding member, Christ Church Georgetown has supported GMC since its inception in 1987. Funds provide crucial operating support. Volunteer opportunities include helping with client intake and laundry at the GMC Day Center, participating in the winter shelter at  Christ Church Georgetown, and donating toiletries, food, drinks, and gently used adult clothing.

 

Humane Rescue Alliance
Contact: Sheila Ward
Website: www.humanerescuealliance.org

In 2016, Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League merged, forming Humane Rescue Alliance (“HRA”), placing all DC animal protection programs and services under one roof. HRA protects and advocates for DC’s animals and supports and celebrates people’s love and compassion for them. HRA programs include sheltering and adoption of homeless DC animals; low- to no-cost veterinary and other services for low-income pet guardians; behavior classes to help animals succeed in their homes; humane education; and help from officers for lost, injured, and abused animals. HRA serves DC residents and 60,000+ animals per year. HRA never turns a DC animal away and is open 24/7/365. HRA seeks to create a city where there is a loving home for every unwanted animal, affordable medical care for every sick or injured animal, an end to animal abuse and cruelty, and a stronger bond between animals and their guardians.

HRA is sponsored by the St. Francis Guild of Christ Church Georgetown. Funding from Christ Church Georgetown will be applied to HRA’s HOPE program, which removes financial challenges as a barrier for families and individuals who are struggling to care for their pets. Launched in 2015, HRA expanded access in 2018 to residents across the city, nearly doubling free spay/neuter and vaccines (from 260 to 427 and 650 to 1,000) and launching a multi-location Pet Pantry, providing essential food and supplies on a regular basis to pet owners. The grant from Christ Church Georgetown will support no-cost veterinary services, including vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries, and provide basic pet supplies (food, litter, leashes, toys, etc.) for low-income pet owners. Volunteer opportunities include HRA education and outreach programs in the community, including “pet service deserts."

 

Joseph's House
Contact: Bill Burns
Website: www.josephshouse.org

Opened in 1990 in response to the AIDS crisis in Washington, DC, Joseph’s House offers a welcoming community and comprehensive nursing and support services to homeless men and women with late-stage and end-stage AIDS and terminal cancer. Year after year, Joseph's House has continued to serve homeless men and women who have been referred by hospitals because they were considered to be near the end of life. Miraculously,  dedicated nurses, nurses' assistants, and other staff have often been able to provide the treatment that has allowed individuals to recover, to stabilize their medical conditions, and to continue their lives with dignity. Working with Jubilee Housing, Joseph’s House now has eight apartments where it is able to house survivors. Funds from Christ Church Georgetown provide critical operating support as Joseph’s House has no endowment and runs on annual grants and gifts.
 

Jubilee Jobs
Contact: Nora Cameron
Website: www.jubileejobs.org

Jubilee Jobs (“JJ”) is a faith-based community organization connecting unemployed but ready-to-work persons in Washington, DC with marketplace jobs as a step toward career success. JJ is one of the longest-serving and best non-profit workforce development providers in the Greater Washington Region.  At JJ, every applicant is encouraged throughout the entire job process, which begins with initial meetings with job counselors, moves to workshops (interviewing skills, conflict resolution, goal-setting) and ends with the individual obtaining a job. The vision of the Next Step program helps currently employed clients move towards stabilization and greater economic self-sufficiency.

With funds from CCG, JJ has committed two bright new staff members to its Emerging Leaders Program. It has been able to host its important community event, Job Friends Dinner, and it has been able to sharpen the focus of the workshops that help give our applicants a firm footing. Some 311 people were placed in jobs in 2019. Volunteer opportunities include helping with the annual benefit dinner.

 

National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Gift: $1,200
Contact: Chris Lucander
Website: www.ncacbsa.org

The National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) delivers the promise of scouting to youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, including 16 counties in Maryland and Virginia, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and U.S. citizens abroad. Programs teach young people to “be prepared” for adventure, education, service, and leadership. Christ Church’s gift will enable three deserving boys from the Washington, DC area to attend a week-long summer camp.

 

New Futures
Contact: Derek Leebaert
Website: www.newfuturesdc.org

New Futures (“NF”) is grounded by a mission to provide educational opportunities for rewarding careers. New Futures believes that shorter-term credentials like community college degrees can be an invaluable launching pad to careers, further education, and financial security. NF is one of the only college success organizations in our region supporting underserved young people on this non-traditional path. By investing in underserved young people, New Futures Scholars,  with a deliberate combination of financial scholarships, academic advising, career resources, and a lot of heart, all with an eye toward success in Washington, DC’s in-demand career fields.

NF is in a period of significant transformation  and focused on growing their base of Scholars, expanding their career resources, and building the professional networks to support NF graduates as they enter family-sustaining careers.

Support from Christ Church Georgetown has supported the New Futures Career Launch Workshop  which assists member close to graduating to hone resume-writing, interviewing, and networking skills. The grant also propelled the roll-out of their Career Pathways model, which includes programming in IT/Cybersecurity, Hospitality, Construction, and Health Sciences opportunities. Volunteer opportunities include attending or helping with the New Futures Scholar Award Dinners and annual New Futures, Bright Futures Benefit.

 

Pets with Disabilities
Contact: Sheila Ward
Website: www.petswithdisabilities.org

Pets With Disabilities (“PWD”) promotes the rescue and adoption of dogs and cats with disabilities. The disabilities include being unable to walk, missing limbs, blindness, deafness, and combinations thereof. The rescue property includes the home of  Joyce and Michael Darrell, and three outbuildings on the three acres of land in Prince Frederick, Maryland. It currently houses 26 dogs, 11 of whom are available for adoption, and 4 cats, all of whom are available for adoption. PWD is also sponsored by the St. Francis Guild. Funds from Christ Church Georgetown will be used to help pay veterinary expenses, which run into tens of thousands of dollars each year.

 

Seabury Resources for Aging
Contact: Vicki Campbell

Seabury Resources for Aging's (“SRA”) mission is to provide personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older adults in the Greater DC area live with independence and dignity. SRA helps older adults meet their basic needs and to engage with the community. SRA serves meals at dining sites in Wards 5 and 6, and delivers meals to homebound older adults throughout the District. SRA connector transports older adults to senior wellness and day care centers, as well as grocery stores. SRA provides recreational and educational activities at the Model Cities Senior Wellness Center. SRA also provides free yard work and house cleaning through its Age-in-Place program and is home to 346 older adults at Friendship Terrace, Springvale Terrace and the Home First Residences. SRA’s also has a team of licensed experienced social workers in its Care Management program that work with older adults and care partners to address the challenges sometimes associated with aging.

SRA’s Care Management program is highly regarded in the area as handling some of the more complex and sensitive cases, especially involving mental illness, elder abuse , hording, and clients who are "resistant to accepting services." Funds from Christ Church Georgetown support the SRA’s services. Volunteer opportunities include going with small SRA teams to clients living in place to help them with house work and yard work.

 

St. Philip’s Child Development Center
Contact: Taylor Cortright
Website: stphilipscdc.org

St. Phillip’s Child Development Center (“SPCDC”) is a vibrant, growing, NAEYC-accredited child development center that serves 70 children and their families in Washington, DC's Ward 8 Anacostia neighborhood. Located in St. Philip the Evangelist Episcopal Church, the Center supports and strengthens families by providing a safe, positive learning environment for the youngest children of the Anacostia community. SPCDC seeks to nurture their spiritual, physical, social, emotional,  and cognitive growth with a curriculum of excellence focused on school readiness.

DC Government recently approved funding to enable SPCDC to add a pre-kindergarten level to its infant and toddler programs. The Center operates full day, from 7:00am until 6:00pm, five days a week, year round. Two hot meals and snacks are served daily. Children participate in daily activities including art, music, story-time, math, outdoor play and field trips.

Support from Christ Church Georgetown has helped SPCDC with its physical plant and ongoing maintenance and repairs, which include a recent a kitchen upgrade and renovation of a playground. Volunteer opportunities include Board membership, grant writing, annual paint days and spring cleaning at the facility, semi-annual planting and pruning, reading to students, and volunteering during lunch hour.

 

Washington School for Girls
Contact: Susan  Rao
Website: www.washingtonmiddleschoolforgirls.org

The Washington School for Girls (“WSG”) is a year-round, tuition-free, all girls Catholic day school  in Washington, DC’s Ward 8 Anacostia neighborhood. The School’s mission is to close the educational gap and broaden the educational opportunities for girls from economically disadvantaged communities in grades 3-8. WSG aims to provide an excellent academic program and supportive environment which engages families and the community in the social, emotional, and spiritual growth of its students. The School also provides after-school and Saturday tutoring, a summer enrichment program, and continuing support for its graduates. The School seeks funds from Christ Church Georgetown to meet its operational needs.