Critical Exposure - Photographer

Help in the classroom. This is the trickiest role to coordinate, because there are limited opportunities for us to bring volunteers into the schools where we work, but we do try to engage skilled photographers in helping lead photo walks, work with students on photography basics, share professional experiences, and more.

Donate your work to our annual photo auction. The auction takes place in October and is our major fundraiser of the year. You can donate a print (framed, if possible) to help us raise money to continue providing photography and leadership training to our students. (Please know that there's a chance that we might not be able to include the image in the auction -- photographers have been so generous that we sometimes have too many!)

Take photos of our events and classes. We regularly have events that we need to document, and we like to give our students and staff a reprieve from shooting in order to talk to people about their work. If you're able to attend events or occasional classes and capture images of our programs in action, that's incredibly helpful. Does this sound like your wheelhouse? Join the "Volunteer: Photographer" group!


DC Diaper Bank- Warehouse Volunteer

Come help us in the warehouse!  Volunteering is family friendly and all are welcome whether it’s for one hour or four. We’ll be sorting and packing diapers and even little hands can help with that (or just play in the play area!).  Our Volunteer Dates are a great way to start talking about giving back and community in a very tangible way that kids can relate to well.  Dates are below — if you’d like to join us for one of these days please let us know that you’re coming, if you’re bringing anyone with you and ages for small ones.  All volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Find out the dates here


Best Kids, Inc. - Mentors

BEST Kids, Inc. seeks mentors


1) Be a positive adult role model and commit to your mentoring relationship for at least one year.

2) See your mentee for ten hours a month, with some form of weekly contact with your mentee. Weekly contact can consist of face-to-face meetings, phone calls, emails, or postcards. However, the majority of those hours must be face-to-face.

3) Attend BEST Kids Peer Groups every 2nd Saturday of the month with your mentee. These are fun, free and organized specifically for the mentors and mentees in our four age appropriate groups. Each group meets together for an educational and enrichment opportunity. It is a great support network for the mentors and the youth are able to build friendships with other youth in similar life situations.

Some of our recent Peer Groups include: Arts/Improv Workshops, Sporting Events, Museum Scavenger Hunts, Career Workshops, Kayaking on the Anacostia, etc. 4) Complete the background check and clearance process within 8 weeks. Please review our website for specifics on the clearance process: 5) Attend a match meeting with your mentee and the closure meeting when your commitment ends. 6) Complete a simple online monthly report about your mentoring relationship.

Volunteers must: Be 21 years old or older; Be living in the DC area long enough to fulfill your 1 year commitment; Have access to a reliable vehicle; either you own a car or have a subscription to Zipcar, etc; Have a clean driving record and clean criminal background record

Contact: Danny Silbert,

Only Make Believe - Insane Inflatable 5K - Oct 31

Only Make Believe seeks volunteers will assist with registration, parking, monitoring the course as well as areas in the Insane Midway and breakdown. The Insane Inflatable 5K will donate $50 per volunteer to Only Make Believe. Your commitment of time equals funds towards an upcoming performance! Register: Email a completed registration form to Lauren at by Oct. 1. Only Make Believe will provide a light breakfast and coffee, as well as, an Only Make Believe water bottle! The Insane Inflatable 5K will provide complimentary lunch, snacks, water and a custom Insane Inflatable 5K volunteer t-shirt to wear at the event and take home as a souvenir.

You must commit to the entire time frame for the event. This is a great opportunity for groups! Volunteers must be 16 yrs and older to volunteer without a parent or guardian. Minimum age for volunteers accompanied by an adult (for the duration of the shift) is 10 yrs old.

Where: RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol Street SE, WDC
When: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Contact: Lauren Bilich,

Girls Rock! - Programming

Girls Rock! DC Year-Round programming/committee volunteers as well as annual week-long summer day camp (usually at end of July, 2016 camp dates TBD.) Open to musicians and non-musicians for instruction, workshops, food prep, equipment, admin, and support staffing as well as year-round planning committee. All leadership roles are (trans and cis) women-lead, all genders welcome to volunteer for support roles. Roles for all bodies and abilities.

Contact: Jacqueline Keller,

Room to Rebloom - Outreach

Our friends at Room to Rebloom are looking for volunteers to help with writing, fundraising, social media, media outreach and more! Or if you want to put some muscle into it, they also need strong folks to help unpack boxes and assemble furniture. Help make a house/apartment a home for a domestic violence survivor. For more information, contact

N Street Village - BINGO Runner

Is BINGO one of your favorite pastimes? Would you like to be a part of the community in a social atmosphere? Then Monday night BINGO is just for you! Please arrive at 6:15 p.m.; play begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until around 7:15 p.m. Prizes and bingo supplies are provided; reduced-sugar baked goods and treats are, however, always a welcome plus! 

Contact: Heidi Gauthier, Volunteer Manager, | 202-939-2075
Please fill out a volunteer information form. All new volunteers must attend an orientation.

Calvary Women's Services - Job Lead Facilitator

Job Lead Facilitators have knowledge of basic computer skills and job search techniques. Job Lead Facilitators log women onto computers, monitor activities and answer questions that arise regarding best job search practices and technology. Job Lead Facilitators may also be asked to conduct job searches in tandem with supervision. 

When: Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-11 a.m
Where: Calvary Women's Services, 1217 Good Hope Road SE
Contact: (202) 678-2341,
Please fill out this volunteer information form

The Black Swan Academy - Lead Instructors

We are seeking several competent and qualified Lead Instructor(s), who are committed to encouraging and assisting students to develop his/her full potential. This position will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the curriculum; supervising counselors and youth. This position is not paid, however a small stipend will be offered. The Lead Instructor is expected to attend required trainings and work 5-8 hours per week (3:30-6 p.m.).

Requirements: 2-3 years experience conducting lesson plans/trainings/workshops; At least one year experience overseeing staff/volunteers or youth; Background in Black History, Social work, Education or Social Policy. Sensitivity to people of diverse educational, ethnic, and economic backgrounds; Secure DCPS clearances

Contact: Samantha Davis,