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Make a Difference in DC: Volunteer Near Monroe Street Market!

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Do you remember that warm fuzzy feeling you got the last time you volunteered? Well, there’s more to it than you think – recent studies show volunteering could lower your risk of depression and help you live longer. We at Monroe Street Market want to help you make a difference in DC. Here are some great opportunities in and around Brookland:


Feed the Hungry Capital Area Food Bank (4900 Puerto Rico Avenue, NE) This isn’t just any food bank. You will play a part in distributing nearly 35 million meals annually to the hungry in DC. You’ll make a huge impact, and new friends to boot. You won’t have to stand in a hair net all night if you don’t want to, either; volunteer in the garden, warehouse, or pass out produce in designated areas. Click here for more information and to sign up!


Honor Vets Washington DC VA Medical Center (50 Irving Street Northwest) The Washington DC VA Medical Center is a  hospital that specifically caters to veterans – a group that isn’t usually thought of before the homeless or youth – that deserves just as much attention. One of the biggest ways you can have an impact on our veterans (aside from helping them get to appointments, escorting them, and working the volunteer desk) is by listening. There’s a process to volunteer here, including a background check, however, so make sure you check out the details here before heading in!


Work with Pets DC Humane Society (1201 New York Avenue, NE) If you’re an animal lover, well – you’re probably already volunteering here. You’ll be working with mainly at-risk cats and dogs, and because every volunteer really counts, you must commit to working a minimum of two shifts per month for six months. But that won’t be too hard, will it? The difficulty lies in resisting the urge to adopt every cute furball in sight. Speaking of which, you could foster a pet. Check out their volunteer information here.


Spend Time with At-Risk Kids Beacon House (601 Edgewood Street NE) Do you enjoy working with kids? Check out Beacon House. Their goal is to “lift as many children as possible up and out of their often difficult circumstances.” Worthy cause. Whether you’re into athletics or academics, there’s a place for you to help out here. Fill out their volunteer interest form here, and they’ll be in touch with different opportunities for you to have an impact on DC’s future success stories!


Maybe all of these options appeal to you, but you’re swamped and really can’t make it to any of the sites. Well, good news. Every single one of these organizations takes donations. Take your pick, or pick them all – everything you contributes makes a difference in DC. Way to go, Monroe Street Marketers; you’re extending your hand (and your longevity) at the same time! And if you aren’t a Monroe Street Market resident yet, get in touch with us today so you can join the fun!


Image: Capital Area Food Bank