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Look no further - and wait no longer - the answer to poverty truly is you. When you bring urgency and commitment to the plight of your neighbors, you help create stability, dignity, and independence in their lives. Poverty is the responsibility of us all; please volunteer or donate (stuff or funds) today!

From the moment A Wider Circle was founded, volunteers have been at the heart of our efforts. Every day a person volunteers here translates into more families having the opportunity to create stability and independence.

If you have questions, ideas for yourself or for a group, or to schedule a volunteer activity, contact us at volunteer@awidercircle.org  or 301.608.3504.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor

Help collect and distribute furniture and other home items to families moving out of shelters or otherwise living without their basic need items.

At our Center for Community Service: Volunteers stock and organize donations and assist clients in selecting items. This is a great opportunity for groups of all sizes! (Space is also available to have a team meeting or staff retreat before or after you volunteer.)

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Truck Team: Join our team out on the trucks and pick up donations throughout the region.

Workforce Development

Volunteer your time to help those we serve enter the workforce and advance their careers.

Bootcamp Volunteer: volunteers can help at our workforce Boot Camps by guest-speaking, giving resume feedback, or acting as a mock interviewer.

Job Coach: commit to supporting a participant of our Workforce Development Program for one year as he or she seeks employment and enters the workforce.

Professional Clothing Sorter: organize clothing and professional items that have been donated to ensure they help those we serve obtain new jobs and careers. This is a great opportunity for adult volunteers! 

Personal Shopper: assist clients shopping for interview and work-appropriate clothing.  Help shoppers find their correct sizes and put together outfits.

 

Wraparound Support

Provide long-term, wraparound support to those seeking to rise out of poverty. Each volunteer will work as part of a group of four to provide support to one individual or family. Volunteers will help participants set and pursue achievable goals for themselves and their families related to employment, education, financial stability, health and wellness, and housing stability.

No expertise is needed—only humanity and compassion.

Neighborhood Partnerships

Basic need items, workforce development programming, and long-term, wraparound support are also offered in our neighborhood partnerships location at Highland Dwellings and Additions in Washington, DC. We are seeking volunteers for these programs at our center there, as well.

Volunteer your time with pro bono services

Whatever your trade or professional background may be – whether you are a mechanic, a therapist, a lawyer, etc. – we invite you to use your expertise in support of the individuals we serve!

FAQ

How do I sign-up to volunteer?

Just give us a call at 301-608-3504 or email volunteer@awidercircle.org and let us know when you are interested in volunteering.  We ask all volunteers to sign-up ahead of time.  If it is your first time volunteering with us, you will get a quick tour and orientation when you arrive, then we’ll get to work.

 

Where do I go to volunteer?

All volunteers serving at our Center for Community Service or Professional Development Center should report to 9159 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. We do not have any on site parking for volunteers. Please email volunteer@awidercircle.org or call 301-608-3504 for the best parking directions!

 

What do I wear?

In order to serve our clients with dignity and respect, we ask all our volunteers to dress in a professional manner and ready to work: shorts that aren’t too short or tight, t-shirts with sleeves (shoulders covered), clothing without holes, no thin leggings or baggy sweatpants, and if there are any messages on shirts, they should be family friendly.  We ask that if volunteers are wearing a hat, the hat it is facing forward.

Also, all volunteers must wear sturdy, closed toe shoes (sneakers are fine).   If you are not dressed appropriately, you may be asked to leave and change and return when you are ready to serve.

 

What can my group do?

Anything and everything!  Groups of any size can work with our Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program.

 

How young can volunteers be?

While we are glad to welcome volunteers of all ages, we find that it is best for young volunteers, under the age of 14, to be accompanied by an adult. This way, they will have an attentive adult with them to provide guidance while they work. For volunteers under the age of 18, we need a parent or guardian to complete our volunteer waiver for them ahead of time (or on-site when you drop them off).

 

Which opportunities are pre-approved for MCPS Student Service Learning Hours?

Currently, volunteering at our Center for Community Service with our Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program, and taking part in one of our food drives, other events throughout the year are pre-approved for MCPS SSL hours.

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Volunteer Waiver

Center for Community Service

9159 Brookville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Phone: 301-608-3504
Fax: 301-608-3508

Email: volunteer@awidercircle.org

Volunteer Hours:
Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 5:30;
Sunday 12 – 5:30

Drop Off Hours:
Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 6:00;
Sunday 12 – 6:00

We are located at the end of Warren St., the fourth loading dock from the intersection.

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