Parish and School Involvement

Parishes and schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington are involved in a vast array of charitable works. Catholic Charities seeks to be a partner with the ADW parishes and schools to better serve our brothers and sisters in need. Below is a list of four ways that we can work together.

Parish Service Program

The Parish Service Program (PSP) is designed to assist parish groups create or enhance ministries of service at the parish. This could be a wide variety of programs including but not limited to: Food pantries, substance abuse programs, ESOL classes, programs for those with different abilities, and ministry to the elderly.  What are the needs in your parish?  To find out how to work together with PSP click here.

Parish Partners Program

The Parish Partners Program (PPP) works together with parish staff and volunteers to assist families seeking help through Archdiocese of Washington parishes. Parishes have always been seen as sources of help for all people, working each day to meet their community's needs. The Parish Partners Program adds the expertise and services available through Catholic Charities to each parish's efforts, connecting families and individuals with community and Catholic Charities programs.

Donate:  Parish Partners welcomes monetary donations, as well as donations of food and clothing items.  Your monetary contributions benefit individuals in need of emergency assistance. Make a monetary donation directly to PPP here. Food and clothing donations are sent to Catholic Charities' family centers and to other parishes that may have a larger demand for donated items.


Volunteers are critical to the success of our work at Catholic Charities.  Students make up an important part of that volunteer population.  We encourage students to get involved with the work of Catholic Charities.  There are a number of programs that allow for volunteers of all ages to participate in service.  Opportunities include our Cup of Joebreakfast program, the Coats of Many Colors Coat Drive, SHARE Food Network, food drives, Dinner Van program, homeless shelter clean-ups, and more.  The holidays come with additional needs, and we welcome schools at this time and throughout the year.  Our staff is happy to make visits to area schools and provide a sense of the needs in the community and the work of Catholic Charities.  We recognize students are not only the future but the present.

Substance Abuse Education and Services

Catholic Charities Outreach Department has a licensed Substance Abuse Prevention Professional who is available to work with parishes, schools and community groups through education, training, and as a resource towards recovery options. For more information, please call Darryl Colbert.

Contact Us 

Deacon Jim Nalls
Parish and School Senior Program Manager
(2021) 772-4310

Teresa Volante
Parish Programs Manager
(301) 942-1790 x 104

Darryl Colbert
Substance Abuse Education and Services
(202) 561-4014 x 105

Kevin O'Brien
School Outreach Coordinator
(202) 772-4300 x 484

Service Guides

Emergency services and family assistance are available to residents in every Ward of the District of Columbia, plus the five Southern Maryland counties served by the Archdiocese of Washington.  Individuals and families experiencing need can find help by selecting the appropriate link below.


DC Resource Guide


Calvert County  |  Charles County  |  Montgomery County  |  St. Mary's County  |  Prince George's County

Catholic Charities

924 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 772-4300

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