Helping Those in Need

See also Volunteer Opportunities

Capitol Hill Group Ministries
421 Seward Square, SE (administrative offices)

“Celebrating community service since 1967, Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM) is a nonprofit made up of congregations and concerned individuals of all faiths, united to serve the spiritual and social needs of the Capitol Hill Community, Ward 6, and beyond. CHGM serves homeless families and individuals, as well as low-income households from across the District of Columbia.”

Capitol Hill Village
725 8th St, SE

“Our vision is quality life on Capitol Hill. We work hard to ensure that our members have the confidence and practical means to stay in their own homes throughout their lives. With one phone call or e-mail message, Village members gain access to a range of professional and volunteer services and a variety of educational and social programs.Volunteers and staff provide free transportation to events and appointments; medical and legal advocacy; advice on senior-friendly home renovation updates; vendor recommendations for repair and maintenance projects; and a monthly list of programs and activities.”

Church of the Brethren Soup Kitchen
337 North Carolina Ave., SE

“The Brethren Nutrition Program [commonly called the Soup Kitchen] exists to serve hungry neighbors on Capitol Hill, providing healthy and wholesome lunches to those in need. With its open door policy, the Soup Kitchen welcomes everyone to join in the meals – there are no eligibility requirements. Many of the guests are unemployed and homeless; others are employed, but reside in shelters while they search for permanent, affordable housing. A meal at the Soup Kitchen has also become one way that a number of guests are able to stretch severely limited incomes.”

Community Connections
801 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Suite 201

“We are proud to be the largest not-for-profit mental health agency serving men, women and children in the nation’s capital. Since its founding in 1984, Community Connections has been committed to innovative and compassionate mental health, addictions and residential services for the District of Columbia’s most vulnerable citizens. Community Connections combines a commitment to quality mental health care with a passion for research and education that has led to our status as a recognized national leader.”

DC General Family Shelter
1900 Massachusetts Ave., SE

Jan’s Tutoring House
1529 Pennsylvania Ave., SE

“Our mission is to provide educational and enrichment activities for inner city Washington, DC school-age children and youth. We believe that this is best accomplished through one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, in a safe place, with nutritional support, through after school and summer programs.”

Little Lights
760 7th St, SE

“Little Lights Urban Ministries provides holistic ministry and services to children and families living in poverty in Washington, D.C., primarily focusing in Potomac Gardens and Hopkins, two public housing communities on Capitol Hill. Little Lights provides high quality and intensive after-school and summer programs with academics and enrichment, one-to-one mentoring, and arts-based programs. Little Lights also provides economic empowerment and family resource programs through the Family Center, on-the-job training, and the Clean Green Team, a landscaping micro-enterprise.”

Lutheran Church of the Reformation – Food Pantry
212 East Capitol St, NE

“The Food Pantry has been in existence for almost 30 years, serving our neighbors on Capitol Hill and beyond through donations of non-perishable food items that are distributed in pre-packaged bags to those in need. Reformation runs an “emergency” food pantry, in that we provide a bag of food that contains items sufficient to sustain a family of four for two days as they make more permanent connections in striving toward food security.”

Reach Incorporated
729 8th St., SE, Suite 200

“Reach Incorporated is a highly-successful out-of-school-time program serving 350 participants at 8 sites in the District of Columbia. We hire teens to be elementary school reading tutors, creating academic benefit for both the students and their tutors.”

Sasha Bruce Youthwork
745 8th St, SE

“Presently, Sasha Bruce Youthwork is one of the largest and most experienced providers of services to youth in Washington, DC. Sasha Bruce helps young people find safe homes, achieve and maintain good physical and mental health, create and strengthen supportive and stable families, and explore opportunities in education and careers.”

Serve Your City
1529 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

“Serve Your City (SYC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that creates essential learning opportunities for at-risk District of Columbia students through innovative programming and the engagement of passionate volunteers. We train young professionals to teach and inspire students through literacy, math, science and wellness programs.”

410 7th St, SE

“SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.”

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Local Outreach Programs
301 A St., SE