Local Organizations and Volunteer Opportunities

2019 Approved Organizations List for Preallocations

Local Organizations and Volunteer Opportunities





Category Keywords: Animals, Children, Community Relief & Rebuilding, Education, Environment, Healthcare, Homeless Care, Hunger, Jewish Organizations

State Keywords: MD, VA, NC, DC

A Wider Circle (Silver Spring MD). Sort furniture/household items and help families select items in the Center for Community Service. Help pick up donations, prepare food, childcare, and other opportunities for groups and individuals of all ages. MDHomeless Care
All-Breed Rescue & Referral (MD.) Adoption events, fundraising, and collecting pet supplies. Children/ young teens can come to adoption events with adult accompaniment. MDAnimals
American Cancer Association It is an organization focused on stopping cancer. Some volunteer ideas for this organization is to support a patient, spread awareness, marketing, volunteering in an office, or fundraising. MD, VA, NC, DCHealthcare
Anacostia Watershed Clean-up (DC.) Help clean up the watershed as well as volunteer by planting trees and plants around the watershed for preservation. DCEnvironment
Arc Montgomery County Their mission is to identify, create, and sustain inclusive communities that embrace and engage individuals and families affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. MDHomeless Care, Children
Autism Speaks This organization wants to find treatments, prevention, and cures for autism. They want people to be a part of their donations, walks, and fundraisers. Autism Speaks also has its own online store where all purchases will help pay for research toward Autism. MD, VA, NC, DCHealthcare
Behrend Builders (NE DC.) An award-winning volunteer program was established to meet the critical needs of Washington’s low-income housing community and to supplement DC’s over-extended social service agencies. Behrend Builders engages volunteers in repairing, rebuilding, and renovating low-income homes, shelters, schools, and community centers. DCJewish Organizations, Community Relief & Rebuilding
Boaz and Ruth: Harvest Thrift Store (Richmond, VA) Boaz and Ruth has helped members of the Highland Park community by partnering with local governmental and charitable organizations to create valuable re-entry and rehabilitation programs and more. They accept clothing and household items for their thrift store. VAHomeless Care
Capital Area Food Bank The mission of this organization is to feed those who suffer from hunger in the Washington metro area by acquiring food and distributing it through its network of partner agencies; and educating, empowering and enlightening the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition. MD, VA, DCHunger
Capital Trees (Richmond, VA) Together with private citizens and public benefactors, Capital Trees works to make Richmond a greener, more livable city by creating public landscapes that foster community building, environmental stability, economic investment and healthier lifestyles.Volunteer work days are led by trained horticulturists. VAEnvironment
Caring House (Durham, NC) Caring House provides comfortable, supportive, and affordable housing to Duke Cancer Institute adult outpatients and their caregivers. Help by volunteering, providing a meal, or making a gift for the residents. NCHealthcare
Casey Trees (DC ) Tree planting and stewardship. DCEnvironment
Charles E. Smith Life Communities (Rockville.) Volunteer to help with activities/visit residents. Help out with Shabbat services/Holidays. MDJewish Organizations
Citizen Schools They look for volunteers to teach kids, design architectural models, create web pages, start groups or clubs, perform dances, repair, and design computers, cook meals, or write new paper articles. MD, VA, NC, DCEducation
Civic Works In Baltimore, it is an organization that creates both veggie and flower gardens in Baltimore City, Maryland. These gardens provide nutrition, habitat for butterflies, and beautify the city. Civic works provide all gardening tools needed. MDEnvironment
Color My World Project This is a non-profit organization founded by Seaboard USY alumni, Yoni Kalin. Color My World collects and recycles used crayons from restaurants and redistributes them to hospitals, schools, and communities where children don’t often have art supplies. Color My World needs lots of volunteers to make the connections with the local restaurants and to deliver the crayons. MD, VA, NC, DCEnvironment, Children
Days End Horse Rescue (MD.) Help care for the horses and petting zoo animals. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, unless accompanied by a parent. Parents of youths under the age of 12 must work alongside their child and supervise them. MDAnimals
DC. Central Kitchen This is an organization that USY has previously worked with on the international level. D.C. central kitchen offers a variety of services including but not limited to job training unemployed people for culinary careers, providing healthy free school lunches to D.C. public schools, and recycling food. D.C. central kitchen has in the past accepted healthy food that USY-ers have cooked for them. DCHunger
Eno River Association (Durham, NC) A non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to conserve and protect the natural, cultural and historic resources of the Eno River basin. Help maintain park trails, clean up the river, plant trees and remove invasive species. NCEnvironment
Fairfax Releaf (NoVA) Tree planting and stewardship. VAEnvironment
Feed More (Richmond, VA) Feed More collects, prepares and distributes food to your neighbors in need. VAHunger
Food and Friends (NE DC). Meal program and Food bank for people with HIV/AIDS and serious illness. Prepare food onsite, work in a food pantry, deliver food packages. DCHunger, Healthcare
Food For Others Their mission is to obtain and distribute free food to the hungry of Northern Virginia and to support food programs of other community-based organizations. They provide a channel for people to volunteer their services to help their neighbors in need. VAHunger
Gaithersburg HELP (Gaithersburg, MD) Gaithersburg HELP provides individuals and families in the Gaithersburg area with basic needs assistance, to the extent resources are available, and provides them with information and/or a referral to other organizations and agencies. MDHomeless Care
Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads (Falls Church VA.) Nursing Home/Assisted & Independent Living. Help with activities/visit residents. Provide entertainment – concerts, plays, reading etc. Art projects w/ Health Care Unit residents. Minimum Age: 8 w/ adult accompaniment. VAHealthcare
Habitat for Humanity It is an organization whose main goal is to rebuild houses lost during devastating natural events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes. Habitat volunteers must be 16+. Habitat for humanity also has a “Building on Faith” day. Faith Day typically is a Sunday where youth groups and religious schools come together to help repair the world. MD, VA, NC, DCCommunity Relief & Rebuilding
HART HART is a no-kill animal rescue/support group, incorporated in 1990, that takes in and rehomes abused and unwanted dogs and cats. HART takes in older, sick, and injured animals as well as the readily adoptable and never takes just the pups and kittens, leaving mom behind. They seek to direct our resources where they are most needed and to alleviate or prevent suffering wherever they find it. VAAnimals
Interfaith Clothing Center (Rockville, MD). Sort, fold, and display donated clothing and housewares. MDHomeless Care
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (Raleigh, NC) Inter-Faith Food Shuttle pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community. Volunteer at gardens, farms, packaging warehouses, markets, or food drives. NCHunger
Jewish Social Service Agency JSSA provides a wide range of services including counseling, educational, special needs services, in-home support, hospice and nursing care, and social services. This site provides various different ongoing volunteer options such as working with seniors, employment and career support, working with children with Asperger’s, and many others.MD, VA, DCHealthcare, Jewish Organizations
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (Arlington, VA.) Adoption events, fundraising, and collecting pet supplies. Min. age 12 to volunteer with a parent at adoption events, and 16 to handle a dog solo. VAAnimals
Manna Food (Montgomery County) Volunteer here to help sort food to be given to the homeless and families in need. MDHunger
Martha’s Table (NW DC). Volunteers can work in the daycare, do food service/kitchen work onsite, distribute food at McKenna Wagon, or prepare meals off-site. Also need donated food, clothing, toiletries & household items. DCHunger, Homeless Care, Children
Meals on Wheels Durham Lend your time and talent to help deliver hot meals to seniors, disabled individuals and citizens unable to prepare meals for themselves. NCHunger
Montgomery County Coalition For The Homeless (Rockville, MD). Prepare weekend meals or weekday bag lunches offsite for homeless clients. Collect & donate food, toiletries & household items. MDHomeless Care
PenniesforCHANGE (Durham, NC) PenniesforCHANGE is a thrift boutique that specializes in women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, home decor and books. Help by donating or by purchasing items. All revenue goes to programs and services of the Durham Crisis Response Center. NCCommunity Relief & Rebuilding, Homeless Care
Project Linus Make & donate blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. MD, VA, NC, DCChildren
Read and Feed (Raleigh, NC) Their mission is to strengthen literacy skills among under-served elementary school children, and provide meals in a nurturing neighborhood environment. Get involved by donating money, books, school supplies, etc., or volunteer as a tutor or driver. NCHunger, Education, Children
Red Wiggler Community Farm (Clarksburg MD.) Working farm with job training for adults with developmental disabilities. Environmental advocacy & education. MDEnvironment, Education
Reston Interfaith They promote self-sufficiency through direct support and advocacy for their neighbors in need of food, immediate shelter, affordable housing, quality child care, and other human services. VAHomeless Care
Shepherd’s Table (Silver Spring, MD). Food preparation and service onsite. Volunteering and/or activities for High school/College, Middle School and Elementary School students. Also need donated food, clothing, toiletries & household items. MDHunger, Homeless Care
Sheppard Pratt Their mission is to foster strong and healthy individuals and families through innovative education, behavioral health, child development, and social services that address needs in the home, school, and community. MDHealthcare
So Others Might Eat (SE DC). Volunteers can do food service/kitchen work onsite or prepare meals off-site. Also need donated food, clothing, toiletries & household items. Minimum age is 13 for Food Service, and grade 10+ for Kitchen Work. DCHunger, Homeless Care
Special Olympics MD Special Olympics Maryland is a sports program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. They are looking for volunteers to do administrative/office work, fundraising, or work hands-on coaching the athletes. MDChildren
Star Gazing Farm (Boyds MD.) Farm animal rescue. Assist with farm chores and maintenance, fundraising, sponsor animals, collect supplies, building materials, animal feed & medications. Volunteers between the ages of 11 and 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for initial orientation. MDAnimals
Tara’s House Animal Rescue, Inc. (MD.) Adoption events, fundraising, and collecting pet supplies. Children/ young teens can come with adult accompaniment. MDAnimals
The Baltimore Station The Baltimore Station is a homeless shelter located in Baltimore, Maryland. The Station currently only serves male veterans. The station helps men with addictions and men who are homeless to get back on their feet. They tend to need more help around the holiday time. MDHomeless Care
The Friendship Circle This is an organization that extends a helping hand to families with children with special needs, involving the children in a full range of social and educational activities. The friendship circle needs volunteers to befriend these kids. DCChildren, Jewish Organizations
The Grey Muzzle Organization (Raleigh, NC) The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide. Volunteer duties include writing, editing, fundraising, distributing brochures, and simply spreading the word about senior dogs and our work on their behalf. NCAnimals
The Red Cross This organization helps people prevent emergencies, and helps people to relieve an emergency. You can volunteer by taking, helping out with, or teaching a first aid class, teaching kids how they can prevent an emergency, respond to emergencies or disasters in your community, or help nurses or office workers. MD, VA, NC, DCCommunity Relief & Rebuilding, Healthcare
The Scrap Exchange (Durham, NC) A nonprofit organization with a mission to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. Donate materials to be reused in creative ways. Volunteer projects may include greeting customers, sorting, packaging, merchandising, and organizing materials. NCEnvironment
Thoughtful Treasures Helps children undergoing medical treatment who are staying at the Children’s Inn at NIH. Make items to be used as treasure. During the child’s stay, a special treasure is placed in the child’s mailbox each day. MDChildren, Healthcare
UVA Health Send a personal thank you to healthcare workers in Virginia by filling out this simple form online. VAHealthcare
Washington Humane Society This humane society is always looking for volunteers to help them in playing with the animals, cleaning the animal’s cages, and feeding the animals. They also could also appreciate donations of blankets for the animals. DCAnimals
Yachad (DC.) Yachad's mission is to bring communities together by preserving affordable homes and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia and the greater metropolitan area. DCCommunity Relief & Rebuilding, Jewish Organizations