In the Center
We are always looking for volunteers to come in and support staff, as well as to lead programming, whether it’s a fun activity (e.g. knitting) or something more serious (e.g. resume writing workshop). Email Stephanie if you have any ideas or questions.
If you have community service hours to fulfill, we may be able to help. Please fill out our volunteer sign-up form.
Interested in volunteering?
Please fill out our volunteer sign-up form.
In the Shelter (November-March)
Organize a group of your friends or co-workers (6 to 8), call us and get a date when volunteers are needed. Plan on cooking for about 20 people including you and your fellow volunteers, staff and residents. The meals should include a main course, two vegetable dishes, beverages, and dessert. Call for suggestions. Plan on arriving at 6:30PM and leaving by 9PM.
Bring your sleeping bag and pillow. Hang out with the residents while the meal is being prepared. Enjoy dinner while socializing with residents and other volunteers. Assist the shelter staff-person as needed then get a relatively full night’s sleep on one of our cots. In the morning you help the shelter staff-person prepare breakfast. Plan on arriving at 7PM and leaving at 7AM.
Thoughts from Past Volunteers
I really enjoyed volunteering, particularly at the dinners. I look forward to helping out again at GMC.
I really liked just chatting about life to the people.
I am the editor for Georgetown Patch. As part of Patch.com’s Give 5 Program, I volunteered for a day in August at the Georgetown Ministry Center. I arrived in the morning with a bag of sandwiches in hand. As I walked into the center, one of the Ministry’s clients asked if that bag meant I had brought them food. When I said yes, he said “Cool, we really appreciate it.” The morning was off to a great start.
I quickly met the friendly staff at the small center down an alley next to Grace Church off of Wisconsin Ave. Joined by a fellow “patcher” from the Germantown site, I talked with the homeless men and women who come to the center to get out of the elements, enjoy some food and company and use its resources. We helped one man navigate the online job application for a grocery story on one of the two computers at the center. We also helped do laundry for the men. The center has a sign-up list for doing laundry. We folded the towels that belong to the center and some of the extra clothing on-site. The center also has showers that are available to a limited group on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Throughout the day, I met a small portion of Georgetown’s homeless population, some down on their luck and some chronically homeless. I also gained an appreciation for the good work the center does on behalf of the entire community. I’d highly recommend volunteering for a day or offering to help by making sandwiches or donating old clothing.