How You Can Help

A Message from Father John

In these uncertain times, there is an antidote to the powerlessness we feel as we weather social distancing and see the effects of COVID-19 on neighbors, friends and family.

It is kindness and charity.

Please join Catholic Charities DC as we work to help the poor and others impacted by this public health emergency.

You can help by:

  • Making a monetary donation to support critically important social services. Donate here.
  • Donating grocery gift cards in values up to $50, mailing them to Catholic Charities, Attn: Development, 924 G St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 or emailing them to
  • Purchasing items essential to our service (personal items and cleaning supplies) via our Amazon Wish List or other delivery service. Please visit our Amazon wish list or In-kind page.
  • Offering your prayers for our clients and employees who are on the front line of help.
  • Sew cloth face coverings for use by the staff and clients of our homeless shelters and food programs. Directions are posted here. Other volunteer and service opportunities can be found here.
  • Write a note of encouragement or have your child draw a picture of hope, which we’ll share with clients to lift their spirits and sense of isolation. Contributions can be mailed to Catholic Charities, Attn: Tara Arras, 924 G St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Your gift will support essential food and meal programs in D.C. communities with the greatest need, and contribute to Cup of Joe and St. Maria’s Meals programs to meet immediate hunger needs.

Our essential services are continuing despite the challenge.

Some of our 59 programs are continuing without change, but others are being modified to ensure the health of our clients, employees and volunteers. The closure of schools and community buildings has meant the suspension of some services.

With agility, we are adjusting to a new way of providing life-changing programs.

And it’s paying off. We saw joy and excitement in the faces of participants in the Bank Teller Certification Program as they began their first online class after transitioning from the classroom. And we saw relief on the faces of people who received food from the Spanish Catholic Center pantry distribution.

Homeless men and women are finding refuge at low-barrier shelters. The hungry are being nourished through our food pantries and meal distributions. Newcomers are getting support from our legal services, and the unemployed are being trained in specialty jobs programs.

Find an update on our services here.

Community resources on utility disconnection, eviction and school food services compiled by the Parish Partners Program:
Calvert County
Charles County
District of Columbia
Montgomery County
Prince George’s County
St. Mary’s County

The need mounts as the crisis grows.

This public health crisis is increasing the needs of the poor and vulnerable, and we are diligently working to ensure that we can continue to meet their needs.

Support of Catholic Charities is more important than ever.

You can help Catholic Charities make our community stronger. Donate here