Washington, District of Columbia
Location | Mid-Atlantic, USA
Service Opportunities | Hunger and homelessness street outreach, delivering food, help prepare meals for homeless
Cultural and Recreational Highlights | Visiting local museums and national monuments, experiencing the DC buzz, meeting with an array of community organizations, and learning from project partners
The United States of America is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, especially when it comes to the agriculture that we produce. Yet enough food goes to waste each day to feed every hungry adult and child living in this nation. Some five million children go to bed hungry each night, due to inefficiencies in the food processing and distribution networks. All too often, if there is no money to be made, fresh healthy vegetables and nutritious fruits are discarded, rather than pay to ensure that the hungry are fed.
Lodging Hostels and Churches | Food American fare
Flights Nonstops from nearly everywhere | Visa N
Communication Cell networks, wifi, etc. | Closest Airport DCA, IAD, BWI
Our Community Partners
Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) | GMC is a non-profit organization based in the heart of Georgetown, is an essential part of the “net” of services cast to the city’s homeless population. The center provides shelter and services to the most vulnerable and withdrawn of the homeless on the streets of DC.
As an Amizade participant, you will learn about Georgetown Ministry Center’s mission and services and receive an orientation that prepares you to participate in Street Outreach with the staff. Amizade participants will make sandwiches at the center and then work with GMC staff to deliver the sandwiches and offer a friendly-ear to the homeless on the streets of Georgetown. While participating in the Street Outreach, you will certainly be inspired by the strong sense of community that has developed between the GMC staff and volunteers and the homeless individuals.
So Others Might Eat (SOME) | SOME is a recipient of the 2007 National Capital Business Ethics Award, exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. SOME meets the immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing, and health care. SOME helps break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time.
While providing a wide range of direct services, SOME also advocates for public policy and program changes that will better serve the needs of DC’s homeless and other low-income residents.
As an Amizade participant at SOME, you will participate in direct service by working alongside SOME staff and volunteers to help prepare and serve meals in the dining hall to SOME’s clients. You will also have the opportunity to attend a workshop on homelessness and social justice, take a tour of SOME’s facilities and learn about all of SOME’s services and programs.
Review the Amizade Washington DC Site Handbook.
As I waited in JFK airport for my group to arrive after their long journey from Belfast to New York City, I wondered how I would recognize them as they sauntered through the doorway. Then the light bulb went off, and I realized from this point forward I would know these guys from their strong Northern Irish accents and their gregarious conversations.
Washington D.C., as we all know, is the capital city of the United States of America, a country that stands for freedom and possibilities, where anything imaginable is doable, a city that, for many, represents the American Dream. Here, Amizade volunteers serve and learn with the homeless and hungry, gaining a new perspective on the Nation’s Capitol.
Healthy and Safety
As you or your loved one prepares to serve with Amizade in Washington, DC, you can rest comfortably with the knowledge that Amizade has an exceptionally strong safety record and ability to respond to any emerging challenges. We have safely partnered in Washington, DC since 2004.