Follow the links below for answers to Frequently Asked Questions on:

Making Donations
Getting Help

How can I volunteer at Thrive DC?
The first step of the volunteer process is to sign up for an Eye Opener Tour and Intro Event. This event will be your orientation to the Thrive DC community and will prepare you for the next steps on your path to making your neighborhood a better place. Sign up for an Eye Opener Tour and Intro Event on the Volunteer page. We also ask that you fill out a Volunteer Waiver and Information Form and bring it with you to your tour. You can access the Volunteer Waiver and Information Form here. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at Thrive DC.

What volunteer opportunities does Thrive DC offer?

  • Work in our Daily Bread/Daily Needs, preparing meals and distributing emergency supplies
  • Provide assistance in our computer workshop
  • Help individuals apply for jobs and prepare for interviews
  • Work in our Links program, leading enrichment activities and teaching educational classes
  • Assist with administrative and development tasks
  • Lead special projects
  • Offer a familiar face and kind word

Check out our Calendar & Events page for upcoming Volunteer opportunities.

Who can volunteer at thrive DC?
Anyone! Thrive DC welcomes volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in every aspect of our work. Learn more about getting involved here.


How can I make a donation to thrive DC?
Thrive DC gratefully accepts traditional donations made by check, cash or credit card, as well as a variety of less conventional methods of gifting. For more information on how to give, click here.

What non-monetary items can I donate?
Thrive DC accepts donations of various basic necessities and emergency supplies. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Personal hygiene items such as soap, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Underwear and socks
  • Seasonal items like sunscreen, coats and blankets
  • Special items like cell phones, metro cards, dishwashers, and rental assistance to help Real Opportunities Employment Trainees move into their own apartments

Check out Thrive DC’s Wish List on Amazon for items we are especially in need of at this time.


How can Thrive DC help me?
Thrive DC offers more than just hot meals. Anyone in need is free to use our showers and laundry facilities, our mail and telephone service, and our computer lab. Sit down with a volunteer or staff member for one-on-one assistance with resume building and job searching. We can also provide transportation assistance to doctor’s appointments (funds permitting), emergency supplies like clothes and blankets, and referrals for services that we don’t provide. To learn more, go to our Need Help? page

When are Thrive DC’s meal services?
Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and all community members are welcome. Dinner, for women and children only, is from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Additional information can be found on our Services page.

I need help figuring out how to get back on my feet. Who should I contact?
Our Director of Social Services, Jessica Macleod, would be more than happy to help you. Make an appointment by phone at 202-503-1524 or by email at Jessica@thrivedc.org or walk in during referral Monday – Friday 10:30 am to 1 pm.

Can Thrive DC help me find employment?
Yes! Thrive DC staff will assist clients with resume building and job searching. Furthermore, we provide a range of classes and programs designed to improve job-related skills, including computer classes, educational presentations and workshops, and our intensive Real Opportunity Employment Training Program is available for accepted trainees.