Volunteer for a defined role for at least 75 hours or 6 months, such as mentoring and coaching individuals, behind the scenes help, and pro bono professional roles. This process takes longer due to screenings and orientation, but you have the opportunity to get more involved and do impactful work. To get started, review the roles listed below and fill out an application for a role to get started.
Housing and Homeless Services
Catholic Charities offers many different housing programs designed to work with families and single adults who are homeless and/or trying to recover from substance abuse or mental health challenges.
Help shelter staff welcome and check in clients, distribute sheets and toiletry items, serve dinner, and other shelter tasks, as needed. There are three locations to volunteer at Adam’s Place, New York Avenue Men’s Shelter, 801 East Men’s Shelter. Click one of the buttons below to apply!
Mentoring and Education
Catholic Charities provide the tools and resources to develop a successful path for everyone. Many of our programs focus on helping to find employment, as well as having a mentoring component.
The Welcome Home Reentry Program, supports men and women who are returning to society after incarceration, through creating a support network centered around volunteer mentors who work closely with returning citizens. Mentor in D.C, Montgomery, or Prince George’s County.
Catholic Charities is seeking an experienced domestic violence advocate to join its Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Speakers Bureau. Volunteers will conduct parish workshops and presentations to raise awareness about domestic violence and help prevent it.
Empower low-income families in Washington, DC to become self sufficient. Help mentee-families build a strong community support network and gain the skills and confidence to nurture family relationships.
Medical Clinic Support
Catholic Charities offers several programs that help people live a healthy lifestyle. Primary care visits to the doctor, mental health counseling, and access to medical specialists for unique health challenges are some of the many services offered.
The ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) program serves people in the community who have severe mental illness challenges and have become disengaged from treatment. Phlebotomist Volunteers will track doctors’ lab orders and conduct blood draws to help consumers complete necessary lab work for medication efficacy. This service will ensure that clients receive quality medical care.
Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) are needed to serve at our Medical Clinics. These volunteers will help respond to medical phone calls, triage patients, refer patients for future care, follow up on patient applications and educate patients about health issues.
The Community Options program is committed to supporting individuals with severe and profound cognitive disabilities as well as with physical disabilities. Volunteers will engage clients in the program with activities such as reading to them and using the computer with them.
Dental Clinic Support
Catholic Charities dental clinics serve uninsured patients, providing preventive and acute dental services with the help of staff dentists, hygienists and pro bono volunteers. The dental clinics provide preventive, diagnostic, emergency and restorative oral health care.
DC Dental Clinic Receptionist Volunteers will help provide a welcoming environment for patients of the dental clinics. They will help leverage the efforts of our staff by performing front desk reception duties such as answering phones, providing information and referrals, and other administrative tasks.
Legal & Immigration Support
Catholic Charities legal and financial services provide a level of assistance many clients could not otherwise afford, thanks to our professionally trained staff and a network of pro bono aides. The Legal Network gives persons access to volunteer attorneys and law firms, as well as referrals to other appropriate legal service organizations.
Behind the Scenes Support
To keep Catholic Charities programs running, we depend on volunteers to do the day to day tasks behind the scenes. These roles help to provide quality care and double our efforts and impact.
Volunteers are needed to assist the Medical and Dental clinics in conducting phone surveys, compiling results, reviewing and formatting documents, and to help with maintaining databases and following up with various tasks as assigned.
Volunteers will contribute to improving the quality of behavioral health services for children and adults under the care of Catholic Charities.
Volunteers will assist the Quality Assurance and Improvement team by entering important program data into electronic systems. This support will enable staff to have the data they need to provide quality healthcare to clients.
Catholic Charities’ office at the Magnolia Center in Lanham, MD is looking for a front-desk receptionist volunteers to help provide a welcoming environment for clients and help perform other front desk duties.
The Adoption Records Program maintains extensive records for each person placed into an adoptive home, knowing their health records, family history and other information will be important as they grow. Volunteers will help organize adoption files and update adoption records databases.
Catholic Charities takes the Mobile Response Vehicle (MRV) out into the community to serve those in need. The volunteer would drive the vehicle to various locations and support Catholic Charities staff as they distribute the items.
A volunteer is needed to assist the The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to work one-one-one with people seeking assistance. ERAP supports low income families in Washington DC avoid homelessness and eviction by providing them with emergency rental payments to landlords.
Catholic Charities has over 50 programs and over 40 sites, spread throughout Washington, DC, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, St. Mary’s, Calvert, and Charles County. Volunteer to help maintain the sites and equipment.
On Call VolunteerS
Last year Catholic Charities ADW had over 7,000 volunteers! If you are unsure about which volunteer role is right for you, sign up to be an On-Call Volunteer. We will send messages to you once a month regarding various volunteer roles.
Throughout the year projects arise for which we need all hands on deck. Whether it be a spruce up project at one of our shelters or a mock interview event with program clients, we maintain a list of volunteers who are ready to spring into action on an on-call basis. If you have a flexible or varying schedule week to week, or month to month, this is a perfect opportunity for you. We ask that all on-call volunteers commit to 3-4 projects a year.