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Volunteer and Take me with you! - February 28, 2011, 10:58 AM

Hello! I would like to volunteer to feed the homeless, but am not having luck finding a place. Do you have experience doing this? As I walk to work downtown I am usually asked for money, but I think food and time would be better to give. So I was thinking, if you have experience volunteering....you should bring a friend! I could be that friend! If not, do you have a suggestion on how I can get started. I prefer DC or Arlington if possible.

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February 28, 2011, 11:15 AM

As opposed to walking the streets feeding the homeless, I suggest volunteering your time at a local Food Program in the area.

The process is easier and more organized as opposed to roaming the street and less dangerous. Unfortunately a great number of the homeless possess mental illnesses and on the street their actions can be dangerous and erractic.

I volunteer 10-20 hrs a year at Martha's Table. Walk-in's are just fine. They'll put you to work in the kitchen on the prep line or assembling lunches.
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I volunteer 10-20 hrs a year at Martha's Table. Walk-in's are just fine. They'll put you to work in the kitchen on the prep line or assembling lunches.
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I've also done some volunteer work there (and at their Thrift store).


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February 28, 2011, 11:23 AM

Forgot, DC Central Kitchen is another organization that does Food Program outreach in addition to a host of other work rehabilitation services. I've worked with them a handful of times. Good place.
Call ahead though because they're probably the best known in the region and frequently end up with more volunteers than available supplies/work for a particular day.

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Would you advise calling ahead for MT also? Can I just walk in at anytime? Are there any age restrictions i.e., can I take a little kid in to volunteer?


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February 28, 2011, 11:29 AM

YAY FOR SERVICE!!!

Are you already apart of an organization that may have service related activities? Church, Community boards, fraternity/sorority, lions, etc....

that maybe a good start versus going at it alone.

I wouldn't recommend it for a woman, but typically if I have time to spare (which is usually) I just grab stuff from where ever I'm going and bring it back OR I tell the person to come with me to get something.

Also during christmas/thanksgiving, I box up in takeout trays leftovers from my family dinners and take it downtown.

But again, I don't know the safety issues with a woman wondering downtown with food for people (even for a man too I guess, but I do it.)

Also you could go to any Capital Area Food Banks and box/bag up meals for families...it wouldn't be serving directly...but it makes a difference. Many churches also have kitchens set up for the homeless/ less fortunate to come eat. So check with them as well.

Lol...I've got 6 boxes of canned goods in the back of my truck now that I'm getting ready to donate to an organization on behalf of my fraternity...

real talk...Service is good shit. I live to do it!!!


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In austin, I used to buy meals for homeless dudes all the time.

I haven't done it out here, because the one guy I tried to do it for asked for money instead.

Capitol area food banks is a good option.


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Would you advise calling ahead for MT also? Can I just walk in at anytime? Are there any age restrictions i.e., can I take a little kid in to volunteer?
MT's isn't as well known as DCK, but it wouldn't hurt to call ahead.
I don't believe they will allow little kids inside the kitchen. It is a pretty dangerous environment if you think about it since they're cooking on an near industrial level.



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In austin, I used to buy meals for homeless dudes all the time.

I haven't done it out here, because the one guy I tried to do it for asked for money instead.

Capitol area food banks is a good option.
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February 28, 2011, 12:20 PM

Thanks! I knew you all would know how to get involved! I have sent an email to the DCK before and never received a response. I'll try MT and MK. The links are super helpful too. Thanks again!!
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sarah, heres another one that i used to work with, my dads bar used to have an auction every year to benefit "Miriams Soup Kitchen" in NW. its on 24th and G and serves the needy.

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My freshman year at GW, we used to go to a soup kitchen every Sunday morning to serve the homeless. It was in foggy bottom area. Can't remember the exact address now


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Cool! Thanks for the suggestions! This is super helpful.

So, who wants to join me?!
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