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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.

Volunteer at the Center for Community Service

Where:
A Wider Circle’s Center for Community Service
9159 Brookville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910


Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program

The Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program, A Wider Circle’s largest program, provides furniture and other home items to families moving out of shelters or otherwise living without their basic need items. Families are referred to us by more than 300 social service agencies throughout Maryland, D.C., and Virginia.

After speaking to our staff and scheduling an appointment to visit Center for Community Service, each family has the opportunity to select the items they need, free of charge. The most commonly requested items are beds, dressers, and kitchen tables, truly the basic necessities for the home. By providing these items to families in need, A Wider Circle is helping to create the stability and independence that all families deserve.

  • At our Center for Community Service:Volunteers stock and organize linens, housewares, and kids toys to make sure everything is in “dignity condition,” assist families and individuals in selecting items, and load items into client’s vehicles. This is a great opportunity for groups of all sizes!
    • Opportunities for this program are available seven days a week! Our hours are Monday-Saturday from 9:00am-5:30pm and Sunday from 12:00pm-5:30pm.

Space is also available to have a team meeting or staff retreat before or after you volunteer.

  • Neighbor-to-Neighbor Truck TeamJoin our Neighbor-to-Neighbor team out on the trucks and pick up donations throughout the region. Volunteers need to be mature and strong enough to carry half of a sleeper sofa, which we know many of you can do!  We are also looking for volunteers who can drive a 16 foot box truck! This is a great opportunity to get to know our staff members, and help out the community! During the day, you will be on a route in MD, DC, or VA and will pick up items from four – eight homes.When:Full Day Shift- Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Where:Start and end at A Wider Circle’s Center for Community Service

    9159 Brookville Road
    Silver Spring, MD 20910

Volunteer at the Professional Development Center

We are looking for volunteers to help at the Professional Development Center in the following ways:

Professional Clothing Sorter

AWC needs assistance organizing 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! 

When: Hours vary but are typically two–three hour shifts between 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.


Personal Shopper

Assist clients shopping for interview and work-appropriate clothing.  Help shoppers find their correct sizes and put together outfits.  

When: Hours vary but are typically two–three hour shifts between 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Looking for a leadership role? Opportunities are also available to become a “Boutique Host” and manage the center one (or more) days of the week.  Volunteers are needed to make sure we have items in the “back room,” to ensure that there are enough items on the showroom for clients who will be shopping that day, and to welcome and assist clients and volunteers each day.

Program Volunteers

Well Mother, Well Baby

The Well Mother, Well Baby Program is a comprehensive educational outreach program that prepares low-income pregnant teens and young moms for a healthy pregnancy and parenthood. Participants attend weekly courses on topics such as stress management, positive parenting, prenatal yoga, infant CPR, infant development and nutrition.  At the end of the workshop series, we throw a baby shower for every young mom, where she receives brand-new basic need items (pack ‘n plays, changing tables, and much more – all free of charge).  If requested, participants are also provided with a volunteer to serve as a mentor.

Volunteers teach classes, serve as “Mentor Moms,” or host baby showers to help obtain new pack n plays, strollers, diapers, and other baby items.  Volunteers can become a “Mentor Mom,” teach a class, host a “Baby Shower” to needed collect items, and more!

For many girls growing up in low-income environments, motherhood arrives too soon – often limiting choices and perpetuating the cycles of poverty. Children of teen mothers are at greater risk of childhood illness and lack of educational opportunities than their peers. Our aim is to empower our participants to develop healthy behaviors, make their own positive choices, and be the best parents they can be.

For more information, please contact us at volunteer@awidercircle.org.


Public Housing Wellness

A Wider Circle provides myriad programs and services that enhance the quality of life individuals who have been living in or near poverty their entire lives. Volunteers help with everything from hosting workshops, helping to host fun events, and assisting with distributing basic need items.  Times and days vary depending on the group.

For more information, please contact us at volunteer@awidercircle.org


 

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 2 – 100 volunteers at one time 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: contact@awidercircle.org
Contact Form

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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