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
Gift amount: $20,000

Contact: Catherine Marquardt
Website: www.bishopwalkerschool.org

Founded in 2008, the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys (BWS) provides a supportive community in which students gain a solid educational, social, and spiritual foundation for the future. BWS is committed to equipping boys with the resources and skills they need in order to break a cycle of underachievement and reach their full potential. Students receive three meals a day, health and dental screenings, counseling, before and after school care, and are eligible to participate in summer programs. Volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Lunch Buddies: Male volunteers spend one hour a month with a class, providing a positive role model.
  • Amazon Wish List Book Donations: The list is compiled by teachers and gleaned from the students' wishes. To contribute, visit the Wish List page on www.amazon.com.
  • Library Assistance: Weekly help with reading and research; quarterly help to process donations, shelve books, and assemble book bags.
  • Handy Person/Grounds Work: Help with minor projects and grounds maintenance.

 

BUILD METRO DC
Gift amount: $3,000
Contact: Scott Plumridge 
Website: www.build.org

Located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, BUILD Metro DC engages students from under-resourced communities with an interactive four-year entrepreneurship program – acceptance to college being the goal. In partnership with DC public and charter schools, BUILD Metro DC serves more than 350 students at seven high schools and operates school-based business incubators through which more than 40 student business teams launch and run their own start-ups. Students meet weekly with mentors to advance their business ideas. Staff and volunteers cultivate the students' business, academic, and life skills to prepare them for high school, college, and career success. Volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Team Mentors: Meet one evening a week with a team of students to help them launch and run a business.
  • Pitch Event Judges: Listen to students pitch ideas, provide feedback and score the teams on content and presentation.
  • Job Shadow Days: Volunteers take one or two students to their place of work.

 

Chess Challenge in DC
Gift amount: $3,000
Contact: Derek Leebaert
Website: www.chesschallengeindc.org

Chess Challenge in DC seeks to promote the academic, social, and leadership development of underserved youth in Washington, DC. Using the game of chess, the youth learn to think strategically, develop self-discipline, and acquire positive social skills. Christ Church's gift will go to help cover the costs of the program at a Ward 6 Elementary School.
 

FRESHFARM
Gift: $2,500
Contact: Liza Ballantine
Website: www.freshfarm.org

FRESHFARM is a leading voice for farmers and farmers' markets in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, seeking to make fresh, local, and healthy food more readily available for low-income individuals and families. Christ Church's gift will be used to help support the overall mission and the establishing of new programs.
 

Friends of St. Benedict, Washington, D.C.
Gift amount: $4,000
Contact: Merrill Carrington or Friends of St. Benedict
Website: www.benedictfriend.org

Friends of St. Benedict promotes and fosters Benedictine spirituality through Benedictine Experience retreats, education, ecumenical programs, lectures, study groups, and pilgrimages for those who seek to explore and incorporate The Rule of St. Benedict into their lives. There is an annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. and an annual retreat (Bishop's Ranch in California in even-numbered years and Canterbury Cathedral in odd-numbered years). For more information, visit the Friends website. Volunteers help out part-time in the office with mailings, communications and event planning.
 

Georgetown Ministry Center, Washington D.C.
Gift amount: $15,000
Contact: Richard Johnson or John Lange
Website: www.gmcgt.org

Founded by the Georgetown Clergy Association and Georgetown University, Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) offers important services to the homeless. Christ Church has been a mission partner with GMC since its inception. GMC operates a clubhouse drop-in center for the homeless that provides meals, internet service, laundry, showers, and other important services, and operates a proactive street outreach program to help the homeless find housing, critical medical help, and healthcare. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Winter Homeless Shelter: Hosted at Christ Church in November and February - assist with meals, sleep over, and other tasks. Click here for more on the shelter.
  • Drop-in center: Assist staff with programs/administration and manage the clothes closet
  • Fundraising: Assist by attending local events, including the Taste of Georgetown, the Spirit of Georgetown, and the Georgetown 5K Race for the Homeless.

 

Humane Rescue Alliance
Gift amount: $5,000
Contact: Sheila Ward`
Website: www.humanerescuealliance.org

The Humane Rescue Alliance, the District of Columbia's open-access shelter, is required to accept all animals relinquished to it. HRA cares for over 50,000 animals each year and sponsors a broad range of programs, including adoption, low/no-cost spay/neuter, an educational program for children, and community events. The Pets for Life program provides free vaccinations, spay/neuter services, and pet supplies to Washington, DC residents who cannot afford regular veterinary care. Volunteer opportunities include fostering animals, behavioral and socialization work, transportation, walking shelter dogs, assisting with community events, and office assistance.
 

Joseph's House
Gift Amount: $5,000
Contact: Merrill Carrington or Bill Burns
Website: www.josephshouse.org

Joseph's House serves formerly homeless men and women with late-stage and end-stage AIDS and cancer by providing physical nurturing, spiritual companionship, and the restoration of dignity. Residents receive 24-hour nursing, personal care, and medical case management. The program fosters a shared community life with family-style meals and the companionship of residents, staff and volunteers, and practices the values of unreserved love and friendship. Together, the residents and staff nurture the living and accompany the dying. Members of the community keep vigil with residents who are dying.
 

Jubilee Youth & Family Services
Gift amount: $1,500
Contact: Tim Carrington 
Website: www.jubileehousing.org

Founded in 1973, Jubilee Housing provides affordable housing in the heart of D.C. The organization has ten buildings in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, serving nearly 800 individuals and families annually. Jubilee's model of affordable housing and services has been used by its national partner, Enterprise Community Partners, across the country. Jubilee aims to build diverse, compassionate communities enabling everyone to thrive, with access to basic resources and opportunities that they can live out in a supportive community.
 

Jubilee Jobs
Gift amount: $8,000

Contact: Kitty Hempstone 
Website: www.jubileejobs.org

Christ Church’s oldest outreach partner, Jubilee Jobs’ primary goal is to help less advantaged members of the community find work and strengthen their ability to rise up the economic ladder through skills training, interview practice, and on-going support once they secure a job. Support includes helping clients move up with their current employer and obtain further education to expand their employment opportunities. Jubilee Jobs has a list of employers to whom clients can be directed. Volunteer opportunities (weekdays and weekends) include resume writing, interview assistance, professional mentoring, and serving at monthly dinners, at which clients share experiences.
 

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 underprivileged boys from the Washington, DC area to attend a week-long summer camp.
 

Pets with Disabilities
Gift amount: $3,000
Contact: Millie Coleman
Website: www.petswithdisabilities.org

Pets with Disabilities is dedicated to the rescue and care of dogs and cats with severe physical problems resulting from accidents, abuse, or congenital issues, and the adoption of these animals. PWD is located in Prince Frederick, Maryland. Visitors are welcome at the facility to interact with the animals.
 

St. Philip's Child Development Center
Gift amount: $3,000
Contact: Taylor Cortright
Website: www.stphilipscdc.org

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, St. Philip’s provides infant, pre-k, and early childhood education to low income children in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC. The Center's mission is to offer a safe, positive learning environment for the children, to nurture their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth with a curriculum of excellence, and to support and strengthen families. Volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Center clean-up day: Once a year, volunteers spruce up the center, learn about services, and enjoy fellowship.
  • Classroom reader: Volunteers with specific skills - artists, photographers, seamstresses, gardeners, etc. - offer weekly or monthly activities in an effort to build relationships with the Center and to engage directly with children and staff.
  • Board of Directors: The Center seeks qualified individuals for its Board of Directors, particularly those skilled in finance and/or human resources.

 

Washington School for Girls
Gift amount: $3,000
Contact: Kitty Hempstone
Website: www.washingtonmiddleschoolforgirls.org

The Washington School for Girls educates young women in grades 3 - 8, whose socio-economic and personal circumstances present barriers to their academic and social development. Students participate in service-learning projects that promote understanding and development of solutions to real world problems. Graduates have a 98% high school completion rate and over 80% go on to enroll in post-secondary programs, including college, vocational schools, and the military. Christ Church has supported the school since 2005, with recent funding going to the third grade year-round program designed to keep students in school during the summer and other enriching programs. Volunteers are invited to tutor/mentor the 8th grade girls as they prepare for graduation.