This time of year I wind up feeling all sorts of grateful for the things in my life. And “things” includes people, my job, my family, my dog, etc. Not just a nice pair of shoes or cute bag.

This time of year also reminds me of how lucky I am and that others may not be so fortunate. Whether you are fortunate enough to live at The Hepburn already or are anywhere in the D.C. area, I’ve rounded up some volunteer opportunities for you to try out. Who knows, it might just become a year-round activity!

Real Food for Kids

Real Food for Kids helps provide grab-and-go meals to children and families negatively affected by Covid-19. There are multiple ways to get involved; host a fundraiser, staff an event, provide an administrative assistance, participate in an educational program. There is something for everyone.

Humane Rescue Alliance

The Humane Rescue Alliance provides animal welfare programs to the community. Even with the uptick in animal adoptions during the pandemic, the shelters are still in need of help. The serve over 60,000 animals every year and never turn away an animal. Because of the virus, the volunteer activities are limited, but find a full list here. Provided supplies is high up on the list and their hands-on opportunities hopefully will start up again soon.

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Big Brothers Big Sister of the National Capital Area

Big Brothers Big Sisters provide high-risk children with mentors and support in order to steer them in the direction of a positive future. Typically, mentors are matched with children who need support but there are other ways to volunteer. You can host an event, you can fundraise, or if you’re bilingual, you can join their Latino Outreach Initiative.

Dress for Success

What’s one thing that probably everyone did at least once during the pandemic? Cleaned out their closet. Whether it was before or after the Home Edit premiered on Netflix doesn’t matter; you probably have a bag or two of clothes that need to be donated. Enter: Dress for Success. This isn’t just about donating clothes, Dress for Success provides lightly-used and new clothing and professional attire to women seeking employment. This helps prepare them for interviews and their careers. You can donate your clothes, money, or volunteer as an office admin, personal stylist, or fundraise.

Whether you get out there and volunteer your time or decide to make a donation. These organizations (and many, many more) need your help.

Photography by Real Food for Kids, Humane Rescue Alliance, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Dress for Success

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