The Catholic University of America

 

Service Requests

Would you like CUA volunteers to serve your organization? 

           Please fill out this brief survey to assist our office in understanding what a service opportunity with your organization looks like.

 

 

Organization Volunteer Description & Point of Contact
Whittier Education Campus
 
We are an education campus with kids Pre-K through 8th grade. Our school is STEM focused, since we want to prepare our students for careers in the ever-changing 21st century! 
 
Contact: 
Catalina Carbonell 
catalina.carbonell@dc.gov 
7866144264
 
 
Volunteer description:
We need help with: class support, after school clubs/programs, front office, and special events!
Lation Student Fund 

The mission of the Latino Student Fund (LSF) is to provide opportunities for a strong academic foundation for underserved PreK-12th grade students of Hispanic descent to promote higher education and professional leadership. We support students and their families through scholarships, academic support services and informational outreach.

Lauren Rice, 202-244-3438, lrice@latinostudentfund.org

Tutor PreK-12 grade Latino students in English and Math and help them graduate high school! Tutoring takes place every Saturday 9:30am-12pm from October-June at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, MD. Opportunities are also available to help with adult English and computer classes.

Special skills required:
Spanish is helpful but not required.

Washington English Center

Washington English Center is a non-profit, community based program that offers excellent and affordable English language classes and other educational programs to adult immigrants using volunteer teachers.

Elizabeth Madjlesi, 202-387-0023
Email: emadjlesi@washingtonenglish.org


We are currently recruiting volunteer English teachers for the Fall 2016 term, which begins September 19th and runs through December 11th. Students come to class multiple times a week, but the volunteer commitment is only once a week.

We use a unique co-teaching method to provide new volunteers with the support needed throughout the semester. It provides the course syllabus, textbook, and hands-on guidance. For more information, please visit www.washingtonenglish.org/volunteers/ OR email, call, or stop by the volunteer office on California Street, near the Dupont circle Metro.
Special skills required:
Interest in teaching, cross-cultural exchange, and languages. No previous teaching experience required. No second language required. Classes are taught in English. Textbook, training, and class syllabus provided.

Leveling The Playing Field

Leveling The Playing Field is a 501(c)3 organization that collects new and gently used sporting equipment and donates the items back out to schools and programs that serve underprivileged kids. We believe that all kids deserve the chance to participate in sports, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Maitlyn Healy; 301-844-5622; maitlyn@levelingtheplayingfield.org
Volunteer description:
LPF is always in need of volunteers to help sort and organize equipment donations throughout our 4,000 square foot warehouse.
Special skills required:
No special skills are required, but a general knowledge of sports equipment is helpful.

Seabury Resources for Aging - Age in Place

Age-In-Place® (AIP) provides free yard work and house cleaning to older adults over the age of 60 in wards 4, 5, and 6 of Washington, DC to help ensure they can remain safe and independent in their homes.

Alex Watt, 202-635-9384 ext.108, ageinplace@seaburyresources.org
Volunteer description:
AIP volunteers will go to client homes and complete tasks including:
Yard work (weather permitting) - lawn mowing, hedge trimming, raking leaves, and making sure that there are clear pathways from the door to the sidewalk.
House cleaning - making sure food preparation areas are clean, that bathrooms are tidy, and that the client has clear walkways from room to room.
For more information visit our website: http://seaburyresources.org/srj/index.php/assistance/ageinplace

SOUL

SOUL (Students-Athletes Organized to Understand Leadership) is a sports-based youth development program that collaborates with DC Public Schools and other community-based organizations to provide academic, athletic, and professional enrichment opportunities for undeserved DC youth.

Yun Simpson, 484-597-1016, vista@american.edu
Volunteer description:
SOUL is looking for tutors/mentors for CASH (College Access Study Hall) at Luke C. Moore High School. Tutors would assist high school students in completing homework in addition to providing guidance for college applications, scholarships, financial aid, etc… Tutors would need to be willing to make a weekly commitment for at least one semester but two would be preferable. Please email volunteer@soulprograms.org for more information.
http://soulprograms.org/programs/

Volunteer Application:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSefsfKBnEbdWveSNoPm2WgkL3VaXqjbOUOMWHdZ2hVXDIzoFg/viewform?c=0&w=1
Special skills required:
Patience and regular attendance!

 

MindRight

 Our mission is to help at-risk youth recover from trauma. We provide a text-messaging service that helps youth build positive coping skills for managing traumatic and chronic stress.

Alina Liao, (408) 892-9219, alina@getmindright.org
Volunteer description:
Your role is at the core of what we do. We are looking for volunteers to deliver our text-messaging service that provides at-risk youth with personalized tips for managing stress and overcoming adversity. The content is grounded in evidence-based practices for managing traumatic and chronic stress, including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Everyday, coaches text students following our structured conversation flow. This involves asking students how they are feeling, asking or eliciting what thoughts are driving their feelings, classifying students into appropriate emotional states, and selecting strategies to send. Sending messages involves light customization of pre-canned content. coaches need to show empathy while maintaining a neutral tone and using non-clinical language.

Texting is conducted over our web platform. Coaches receive in-depth training on using our platform and protocols for coach-student interaction, language, content selection, and crisis/suicide response.
Special skills required:
1+ year of experience working with youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who have/had emotional/behavioral, mental health, or substance abuse challenges or equivalent previous experience. Either volunteer or professional work is acceptable.
Ability to interact with youth in a strengths-based way
Highly organized. You will be conducting conversations with 10-20 students per shift
Demonstrated ability to synthesize information and learn on the fly
Effective time management skills and the ability to work semi-independently

Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School

 Academy of Hope is an adult public charter school in Washington D.C., offering excellence in adult education since 1985. Our mission is to provide high quality education and services that change lives and improve our communities. At Academy of Hope, students become part of a learning community where everyone is valued, adds value and is both a teacher and a learner. Our curriculum is experiential and focuses on life skills, which means that students can immediately begin applying what they’re learning to their own lives—and reap the benefits.

Meredith O'Connell, 202-269-6623 ext 142, meredith@aohdc.org
Volunteer description:
Passion for social justice is a must. An interest in education or teaching would be helpful. Volunteer must be comfortable tutoring students their age or older.
Special skills required:
Volunteers must have a basic understand and knowledge of math, science, reading, and writing. These four subjects are what the volunteers will be tutoring the learners in.

Raising a Village Foundation

 The Raising a Village Foundation (RAV) is an independent non-profit organization, committed to providing high-quality intervention programs and community resources to children, youth, and families in the areas of education, health and wellness, and the arts.

Jaleesa Hall, 202.810.1668, raisingavillageinc@gmail.com
Volunteer description:
Raising a Village Foundation launches its new education initiative Driven 2 Succeed. Driven 2 Succeed is a youth-development organization for elementary school students that provides support in the areas of academia, social emotional learning, and college and career preparedness. We are looking for mentors/tutors to help students complete their homework in reading, writing, and math. Tutoring takes place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:00pm-6:00pm from September-June at the Hughes Memorial Community Center in Washington, D.C.
Special skills required:
Performing and visual arts, public speaking, digital or social media, etc.

 YMCA DC Youth and Government 

 The YMCA DC Youth & Government program empowers youth to become ethical leaders and responsible citizens through training in the theory and practice of making public policy. Over the course of a school year, high school students from across the greater metropolitan Washington area learn invaluable skills that they can use to improve their communities for years to come. Students learn parliamentary procedure, public speaking skills, and develop their own solutions to community challenges. Acting as a mayor, council members, committee members, board of education members, and the press, students debate and pass laws that they think can solve the District of Columbia’s problems.

Dana Rodriguez, (202) 400-0570, dana.rodriguez@ymcadc.org
Volunteer description:
1. Adopt a Delegation: Delegation volunteers regularly attend delegation meetings to assist students with bill research and writing as well as teaching students how to debate using parliamentary procedures. Delegation volunteers prepare students for the Youth Summit and Legislative Weekend conferences and attend the conferences, if possible. Delegation volunteers also help delegations fundraise to cover the Youth Summit and Legislative Weekend registration fees. Finally, delegation volunteers are asked to serve as mentors to the students in the programs and to encourage students to incorporate the YMCA’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility into their lives.

2. Monthly Speaker Series: Each year, the program’s Student Advisory Board sponsors a Monthly Speaker Series. Guest speakers share information with students on a variety of topics. Past guest speakers have discussed college preparation and college life, leadership skills, how to read and understand the District of Columbia’s budget, job skills, and many more.

3. Bill Writing Workshop: Each spring, the program hosts a Bill Writing Workshop for all student participants. During the workshop, volunteers assist students with developing a bill topic, researching the topic, and writing the bill. Students’ bills cover a variety of topics including education, transportation, health, environment, and many more.

4. Youth Summit: Volunteers assist with all conference components, which includes registering students, assisting students with finding the appropriate rooms, ensuring students receive breakfast and lunch, setting up and breaking down rooms, and various other tasks. Volunteers are also needed to help the student leaders lead the bill writing and parliamentary procedure workshops.

5. Legislative Weekend: Volunteers assist with all conference components, which includes registering students, assisting students with finding the appropriate rooms, ensuring students receive breakfast and lunch, setting up and breaking down rooms, and various other tasks. Volunteers are also needed to monitor committee rooms and support the student leaders to ensure the conference runs smoothly.

 Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School

Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School and Corporate Work Study Program is a Catholic college-preparatory school for young women and men from the Washington, D.C. area who have the need and the motivation to help earn their own tuition through an innovative Corporate Work Study program. We have just celebrated our 10th anniversary! As we continue to grow our program, we need diverse talents from our community in order to more fully serve our students for the opportunities ahead of them.

Regina Saravia, rsaravia@dbcr.org,
(301) 891-4750 ext. 174
Volunteer description:
Volunteers have a special place at DBCR. We strive to build mutually beneficial relationships between volunteers and students, and invite you to become part of our mission by volunteering your time and talents to help our students. Whether you want to work one-on-one with students at the school or lend your business experience to the Corporate Work Study Program, there are myriad opportunities available to become part of our Wolfpack family: Afterschool Tutoring; Reading/Writing Support; Athletic Coaching; Club Moderating; Visual/Performing Arts; College Counseling; Corporate Work-Study; Youth Ministry; Career Exploration/Mentoring; Development
Special skills required:
interest in working with students from diverse backgrounds and low-income families; patience; dependability

Community of Hope

Community of Hope creates opportunities for low-income families in Washington, DC, including those experiencing homelessness, to achieve good health, a stable home, family-sustaining income, and hope.

Lauren Cranman, 202.407.7757
Volunteer description:
Volunteers are needed to spend time with children in our housing sites and health centers. Create art projects, read books, be imaginative, play games, and have fun! Our housing sites are in Columbia Heights and Southeast DC, and our health center is in Southwest DC.

District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)

DASH is an innovator in providing access to safe housing and services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms.

Marla Coyoy, 202-462-3274 x227, mcoyoy@dashdc.org
Volunteer description:
DASH is looking for passionate and dedicated Art Group volunteers to help assist in our weekly art group program. Beth of the Arcade leads weekly Children’s Art Group. This is one of the kid’s favorite programs where they are able to unleash their creativity by painting, making masks and creating Andy Warhol inspired art. Volunteers engage the children, help maintain the peace and create their own art.
Special skills required:
Help DASH kids complete weekly art projects.
Attend Art Group every Tuesday - some exceptions allowed.
Help maintain an orderly, safe space for the kids.

 

Homeless Children's Playtime Project

The mission of the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project is to nurture healthy child development and reduce the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs in Washington, D.C. We seek to create a city that provides every opportunity for children in families experiencing homelessness to succeed by ensuring consistent opportunities to play and learn, offering support services for families, and advocating for affordable housing and safe shelter.

 

Deborah Sherman, 202-329-4481, deborah@playtimeproject.org
Volunteer description:
Play Ranger volunteers (highest need!): Volunteers with the Homeless Children's Playtime Project engage youth in trauma-informed play programming on weekday evenings. We serve youth ages 6 months - 18 years old, so there are opportunities to work with youth of any age!
Playtime Project implements play-based programming at four family shelters/transitional housing facilities in Washington, DC. Volunteers support program functions at one of these sites one weekday evening per week (2 hours) for a minimum of 6 months.
Volunteers must first attend a training, and then complete our application and background check process. Learn more on our website at playtimeproject.org/volunteer