Catholic Charities Case Management for Migrants Program strives to help migrant families who are newly arrived in Washington, DC to make a smooth transition to permanent, stable housing and to connect with resources that will help them thrive.
In accordance with its contract with DHS, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington has been providing case management services for 100 families at the Days Inn and Hampton Inn shelter sites since early September. In late September, the contract was expanded to include case management for up to 200 families.
Impact of the volunteer:
- The goal of the Fall Festival is to provide a day of culturally sensitive, family-friendly fall activities for migrant children and parents.
- Volunteers’ presence will provide a sense of connectedness to the broader community outside the hotel where families are temporarily housed and will help the event run smoothly.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Face Painter: Volunteer will provide two hours of face painting for migrant children. Volunteers may opt to sign up for an additional two-hour face painting shift.
- Greeter: Volunteer will provide a warm, welcoming presence at the entrance to the event or at event stations (e.g.-a food booth); volunteers’ will answer families’ questions or connect the family with a Catholic Charities or DHS staff member who can answer their questions.
- Floater: Volunteer will take direction from Catholic Charities and DHS staff to respond to needs that arise during the event. Possible needs include volunteer relief (e.g.–temporarily covering for a volunteer taking a lunch break); crowd control; or food distribution.
- Intermediate to native fluency in Spanish
- A friendly, welcoming disposition
- Comfort working in a dynamic, people-focused environment
- Previous experience working with families and children
- Ability to walk and to stand for significant periods of time (up to 1 hour)
- For Face Painter volunteer role: painting ability, patience, and comfort working with children
Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics:
- Social work, counseling, education, or human services experience
- Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish
- Serving at the Fall Festival will give volunteers first-hand experience engaging in D.C.’s migrant response in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.
- Volunteers will have the chance to work as part of a team and engage with various organizations, businesses, and government agencies that are committed to supporting migrant families.
- For volunteers interested in improving their Spanish language skills, this role will provide the opportunity to practice Spanish in a “real world” situation.
- Catholic Charities will provide a 30-minute online orientation the week before the event.
- On-site volunteer support will be provided by Catholic Charities and DHS staff.
- 10/28, 12:30-1:00: Availability for a 30-minute interview via Microsoft Teams
- 10/29, 12:30-4:30: Available to arrive 30 minutes prior to the event start time and stay for the entirety of the event
- The event is in-person at the Days Inn Hotel, 2700 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
- The event activities will take place indoors and outdoors.
- Parking is available, and the site is also accessible by public transportation. To access the parking lot behind the hotel gate, volunteers can tell the security guard that they are helping with a DHS-sponsored event.
Event Projects Only – Resources:
- Face painters should plan to bring their own painting materials or provide to Catholic Charities a list of materials needed no later than 10/26,
Next Steps (For Event Volunteers):
- Complete an application by 10/27
- Sign up for a shift (Don’t forget this step!)
- Receive reminder email with details of orientation and event
Catholic Charities Gala 2023 will honor Msgr. John J. Enzler’s 50th anniversary as a priest in The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and his retirement as president and CEO. With the theme “An Everlasting Legacy,” the gala is chaired by Board of Directors Chair Emeritus Kevin Virostek and Mary Anne Virostek, and Steve and Joanne Virostek. Entertainment by 76 Degrees West.
The Child Development Center at Catholic Charities Education Center will be hosting a fun and interactive summer camp for children ages 4-10. Beginning June 20, young children will have the opportunity to participate in sports, water play activities, and arts and crafts.
Registration is still open but space is very limited. For more information and to register, please call (202) 281-2700.
Save the date for the 18th annual “In the Name of the Mother” charity golf outing.
The “In the Name of the Mother” charity golf outing is an event organized by donors that provides crucial funding to help mothers battling cancer in crisis. Join them for an incredible day on the course as they continue this tradition and support important work in our community.
The fund was established in 2005 by Kevin McConville and his family and friends to honor Megan McConville, Kevin’s wife, who passed away from cancer in November 2004. The mission of “In the Name of the Mother” is to provide financial aid to mothers diagnosed with cancer, based on the principle that no mother undergoing cancer treatment should have to worry about how to keep food on her family’s table or how to keep her children safe and cared for. The money provided by “In the Name of the Mother” has provided financial assistance for rent, utilities, house cleaning, medical needs, food, wigs and specialty clothes.
For details on the golf outing and registration and sponsorship information, please visit the event’s website.
Catholic Charities Legal Network will host its 20th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 11, at Kenwood Golf and Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
The 18-hole event includes lunch starting at 11 a.m. and an evening reception following play. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
For sponsorship opportunities, visit the tournament web page
For more information on supporting the work of the Catholic Charities Legal Network or to get involved, please contact Carolyn Ruyak, staff attorney, at 202-519-2091.
Save the Date
Saturday, April 20, 2024
The 39th annual gala will be co-chaired by Kate and Vince Burke, Regina and Dave DiLuigi, and Egan and Billy Cannon.
Event contact: Kimani Superville at 202-772-4331 and Events@cc-dc.org.