Below are Neighbors Project’s community partners that are in the Wellness and Support issue area. If you are interested in volunteering at any of these organizations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) operates multiple national hotlines and education programs to support survivors of sexual assault. Volunteers can work with the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, a 24/7 virtual chat room where survivors can receive advice and help from staff.
Safe Shores is a nonprofit that seeks to provide a coordinated and child-friendly approach to the investigation involved in child abuse cases. Safe Shores has a public-private partnership with other D.C. agencies who all work together to ensure the safety and well-being of children going through the process of prosecuting their abuse cases. Volunteers at Safe Shores serve as hosts for new clients and help to relax parents and children during the investigation process. Clients can be as young as toddlers and as old as high school students so volunteers must be willing and able to work with a wide variety of ages and backgrounds.
St. Mary’s Court is a nonprofit that serves as a low to moderate-income living facility for seniors over the age of 62 as well as individuals with accessibility needs. St. Mary’s Court works to provide its residents with community involvement and program activities. Volunteer opportunities include visiting residents, serving lunch and helping residents with chores such as laundry, vacuuming or obtaining groceries.
Second Chance Employment Services was established in 2001 and places financially at-risk women in meaningful employment positions. Second Chance focuses on vulnerable high-risk women, who often are the sole support for their dependents and who have limited job skills or extraordinary barriers to seeking employment. The organization provides highly individualized training and counseling services that help the women gain professional skills and job placement. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of functions, in such areas as development, fundraising, public relations, communications, human resources, and general client support.
Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE) works to ensure the safety and self-determination of domestic violence survivors in Washington, D.C. through its emergency services, court advocacy and system reform. The Response Line Volunteers assist new clients with a safety plan and information on the process of pursuing their case and On-Call Advocates work 12 hour on-call shifts during which they can be called to meet a survivor and help provide information and planning services as a direct link between that survivor and community resources. This program is also available for fluent Spanish speakers.
We Are Family is a volunteer-driven, senior outreach network committed to meet the needs of low-income seniors throughout the D.C. area. Serving such neighborhoods as Columbia Heights, North Capitol Street, Shaw, Petworth and Adams-Morgan, We Are Family believes in the power of people and the importance of coming together as a community to strengthen one another. Volunteers assist the organization in providing services to seniors such as free monthly grocery delivery, friendly visits in the senior’s home, advocacy with government agencies, and transportation to stores or appointments.