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Volunteer With Us

Thank you for responding to the need in our community and giving back your time to serve our clients. Please see below the opportunities we have available for you to make a meaningful difference.

"Thrive DC is a true community."

-Olivia DeRamus, Volunteer at Thrive DC


We need individual volunteers Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM. Our shifts cover a wide range of needs in the following areas:

Preparing and serving meals
Working our food pantry
Sorting and distributing mail
Organizing donations


Want to volunteer as a group? Whether it’s a team building event, mission trip, or school initiative, we have ways you can help the homeless in DC. 

To learn more, contact our Volunteer Coordinator directly at 202-503-1533 or volunteer@thrivedc.org with the size of your group and when you are looking to volunteer!

Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old, we require that volunteers ages 14 - 17 are accompanied with a parent, guardian, or teacher over the age of 21.

For any groups interested in a volunteer experience with children under the age of 14 please contact us and we can provide a list of offsite experiences that we have used in the past. Please contact volunteer@thrivedc.org
Can I take photos while I’m volunteering?
To protect our clients’ privacy, we ask that volunteers DO NOT take photos during their shift especially photos or videos that include clients. We are more than happy to take a photo of your group before or after your volunteer shift but not while serving clients. You can take photos of in-kind items you’re donating or pictures of bringing donations into our office so long as no clients are included in the photo. We strictly enforce our photo policy and will ask any photos we encounter that violate client privacy to be deleted and appreciate your support in keeping our community members privacy safe.
Do you have volunteer opportunities on the weekend?
Thrive DC has volunteer opportunities Monday – Friday, 7:00 - 3:00 PM. We typically do not have volunteer opportunities during the evenings, weekends or on Federal holidays. Also, at this time we do not have any remote volunteer opportunities available. If you would like to volunteer on the weekends to Thrive DC clients, there is another program called Loaves and Fishes through St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church that serves lunch on Saturdays and Sundays to our clients. Please contact their Volunteer Coordinator at (240)-855-5874 or denize@loavesandfishesdc.org.
Where is Thrive DC located?
Thrive DC is located on the bottom floor of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church in Columbia Heights. To access our offices, please enter the double red doors adjacent to the parking lot facing 16th St, then come down the stairs. We will be on your left.
Where can I park?
Parking in St. Stephen’s parking lot is by permit only. Street parking is not guaranteed but is usually available along Newton St. NW and behind the church on Meridian and Oak Streets. 

We highly recommend that our volunteers take public transportation. We are approximately a ten (10) minute walk North from the Columbia Heights (Green Line Metro) station if you choose to take the train. The S2 bus stops in front of our front doors facing 16th street if you are arriving from the Northbound side and across the street on 16th street if you are arriving from the Southbound side.
Can I complete my court mandated/school required community service at Thrive DC?
Yes! Volunteers who require mandated community service should contact Vanessa Davis, Manager of Volunteer Partnerships, at vanessa@thrivedc.org to discuss and to make sure all requirements are met.
What should I wear?
Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Shirts must be “sleeved,” this can mean either long sleeves or short sleeves. Jackets, coats, scarves, backpacks, bags, purses, etc. should all be left in our secure office before your volunteer experience begins. There are storage cubes in our office (located next to the volunteer check in station) for each volunteer to store their items while they’re on the program floor. We encourage you to bring your own baseball cap or hat if possible. In addition, due to COVID-19, we have masks, gloves, and temperature checks in place.

Please do not bring anything to the program floor that you would be upset at losing. Thrive DC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Other Ways to Get Involved

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, or have more questions, please contact our Volunteer & In-Kind Coordinator: volunteer@thrivedc.org | 202 - 503 - 1533
1525 Newton St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 737-9311

Client Hours:
Monday - Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Staff Hours: 
Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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