Help sort donations and stock the showroom at A Wider Circle, a local nonprofit organization that helps people living in poverty furnish their homes free of charge. This is a family-friendly community service opportunity!
The mission of A Wider Circle is to end poverty. A Wider Circle’s holistic approach integrates on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. They also seek to develop large-scale solutions that incorporate greater awareness and engagement by the community.
In this volunteer opportunity, you’ll be helping out with A Wider Circle’s Essential Support program. The program focuses on providing basic need items for the home to our neighbors seeking to rise out of poverty. The donations A Wider Circle receives include household furniture, linens, kitchen items, toys, and professional clothing and accessories. Volunteers will help to sort donations and stock the showrooms A Wider Circle’s clients select their items from. With the help of volunteers like you, A Wider Circle is able to furnish 10-20 homes free of charge each day for neighbors in need.
Kids are welcome to join their parents for this volunteer opportunity, and can earn community service hours doing so! Please register your children if you plan to bring them.
Volunteers who are 14 or older are welcome to join us on their own, but we do ask that anyone 13 or under volunteer with a parent or guardian.
What to Wear:
- Closed-toed shoes (sneakers are best)
- Family-friendly comfortable clothes (no political messages)
- Our center is not fully temperature-controlled, so please dress for the weather
Directions and Parking:
We do not have parking onsite for volunteers, other than for those with mobility concerns.
Drive to - 2101 Luzerne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (use this as a landmark)
Park - Anywhere along Luzerne Ave (except #2201 & #2203), Louis St., Louis Ave. Glen Ross Rd.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON WARREN STREET
When you arrive - please head inside the double glass doors. A staff member will sign you in and lead you to the orientation room.
All first-time volunteers or those who have not completed a waiver in the past 5 years will need to sign this waiver. A parent or guardian will need to verify the waiver for anyone under the age of 18.
As much as we would love for you to keep great memories of your experience at A Wider Circle, we would love to also preserve the privacy of the people we serve. Therefore, we would appreciate you not taking pictures in the showroom, where clients are. Pictures can ONLY be taken in the warehouse downstairs while sorting and preparing items that families take home.
Contact: Ethan Dodd '22