Community Service Opportunities

Eager to get involved in the community but not sure where to start? The Washington DC Stanford Association is here to help! We plan volunteer events where alums and their families can meet and mingle while giving back to the community. Have a great idea for an event? Want to get involved in planning community service opportunities for WDCSA?

Past Events


May 16, 2015 - Beyond the Farm: Trash Cleanup on the National Mall
May 16, 2015 - Beyond the Farm: Cardinal College Prep
April 11, 2015 - Rock Creek Park Trash Cleanup
January 24, 2015 - Wreaths Across America (Part 2)


December 13, 2014 - Wreaths Across America (Part 1)
May 17, 2014 - Stanford Day of Service
January 25, 2014 - Wreaths Across America (Part 2)


December 14, 2013 - Wreaths Across America
September 15, 2013 - The Farm at Walter Jones
May 18, 2013 - Global Day of Service


September 9, 2012 - Arlington Food Assistance Center
May 12, 2012 - Stanford Day of Service


July 16, 2011 - Casey Trees
June 18, 2011- Arlington’s Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony
May 14, 2011 - Capital Area Food Bank


October 16, 2010 - A Wider Circle
May 15, 2010 - Hands on DC Work-A-Thon
January 31, 2010 - DC Central Kitchen


December 13, 2009 - A Wider Circle
June 21, 2009 - A Wider Circle
April 25, 2009 - Hands on DC Work-A-Thon
March 14, 2009 - Washington Parks


December 13, 2008 - Capital Area Food Bank
November 8, 2009 - Walk Now for Autism
May 3, 2008 - Servathon


April 28, 2007 - Hands on DC Work-a-Thon


December 16, 2006- Capital Area Food Bank
Sept. 30, 2006 - Cast for Kids
July 8, 2006 - Josephine Butler Parks Center
June 10, 2006 - Federal City Shelter
May 20, 2006 - AOL Servathon
April 29, 2006 - Hands on DC Workathon
February 18, 2006 - Watts Branch Park
February 12, 2006 - Pediatric Hospital
January 7, 2006 - Josephine Butler Parks Center

Additional Resources

There are many wonderful volunteer opportunities in the DC area. Whether you are looking for a long-term commitment or just a spontaneous Saturday afternoon project, these organizations can help you find the perfect fit.

Greater DC Cares
Greater DC Cares is Greater Washington's leading coordinator of volunteerism and corporate philanthropy, harnessing the energy, skills, goods and talent of the region for nearly 15 years. Greater DC Cares actively engages the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia in unique and rewarding giving experiences that strengthen community organizations and enrich Greater Washington.

Volunteer Match
VolunteerMatch is a leader in the nonprofit world dedicated to helping everyone find a great place to volunteer. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Our popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 40,000 nonprofit organizations.

Hands on DC
Hands on DC is an all-volunteer project that creates better schools and brighter futures for students in the District of Columbia. Thousands of volunteers have a great time each spring as they join together for a one-day work-a-thon that improves conditions in the public schools and raises money for college scholarships. Since 1995 more than 19,000 volunteers have created a better environment for learning in over 100 schools and have collected more than $400,000 to help local students pay for further education.

Washington Parks and People
Washington Parks & People is the capital area's network of community park partnerships. Parks & People is working to revitalize Washington by reconnecting two of its greatest but most forgotten assets: its vast network of public lands and waterways - comprising one of the highest percentages of park land of any city in the world - and its core of dedicated community leaders and organizations. They seek to build a broad, permanent base of organizations, volunteers, resources, funding, and public support for parks.

So Others Might Eat
SOME (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation's capital. They meet the immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing, and health care. They help 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. SOME could not possibly do its work without the help of volunteers. Each year, approximately 7,000 people cook and serve food in their dining room, help with landscaping, tutor children, and share their gifts in a variety of ways.

Last revised March 6, 2015. Comments to: William Pegram,