Thank you for your interest in volunteering with DASH!
Volunteers play a vital role in furthering the mission of DASH, to provide safe housing to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. At DASH we work to ensure that all programming is based off of the real, expressed needs of our residents. Across the board our main priority is the safety and well being of the individuals and families we serve.
Our volunteer program is back to being in-person. We continue to welcome new volunteers for ongoing needs, both in-person and virtual opportunities.
If you’d like to see the following opportunities for Prospective Volunteers below in a PDF form, please click here for the Individual Opportunities and Group Opportunities.
If you have a specific passion or skill that you would like to utilize in volunteering at DASH, please email Rose at Roleemail@example.com or call 202-462-3274 x 238.
Work one-on-one with a child or adult seeking tutoring at DASH! Tutors help with language support, GED practice, and after school homework. We are not looking for experts, just enthusiastic, committed individuals. All tutors must be able to commit to the full September- May tutoring season.
Tuesdays: 6:30-7:30pm – Yearlong Commitment
Beth of The Arcade DC leads the weekly Children’s Art Group. This is one of the kid’s favorite programs where they are able to unleash their creativity by painting, making masks and creating Andy Warhol inspired art. Volunteers engage the children, help maintain the peace and create their own art. For more information see the Art Group Volunteer Position Description. Note: This opportunity is on hold as we shift to virtual volunteering only due to COVID-19
Host a Drive
Engage your networks to learn more about DASH and participate in a donation drive for DASH families! This is an on-going activity to host anytime during the year to collect essentials for families from our Wish List or create your own fundraiser on Facebook or through a fundraising page.
DASH is always looking for volunteers who have specific skills to bring to the table, which is a great way to help grow our organization and learn from us as well! We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to help us out with:
- Grant writing
- Graphic Design
- Technology – e.g. WordPress, Dashboards, Analytics
Do you have a particular skillset or knowledge base that you would like to share with our survivors? DASH has monthly community meetings to bring residents together to learn about a topic that has practical use as they plan and pursue their goals. Bring your knowledge to DASH!
Next Steps for Individuals: If any of these opportunities interest you, please fill out our volunteer application and we will contact you. All volunteers must be trained and undergo a background check ($20) before working with us.
DASH Family Movie Night
The last Friday of every month DASH hosts a family movie night for DASH residents. Sponsoring a movie night includes providing a movie, bringing movie snacks, and watching the film with us! (8-10 volunteers) Note: This opportunity is on hold as we shift to virtual volunteering only due to COVID-19
Host a Drive
Help us ensure that every DASH family has the basic essentials and a happy holiday by hosting a drive at your office, apartment building, or among your friends and family. Hosting a drive for the following Wish List items is extremely helpful for over 60 adults and 90 children each year:
- Back-to-School (backpacks, school supplies)
- Stock the Pantry (soups, pastas, rice, cereal)
- Toiletries (New shampoo/conditioner, lotion, soap, toothbrush/paste)
- Holiday Shop (new toys, gift cards for teens and moms)
Host a “Denim Against DV” day in your office to support DASH! Engage your employees to give back by purchasing stickers to wear jeans on a particular day or throughout a certain month.
We are always looking for volunteers to organize the children’s playroom and engage in outside projects like gardening and support beautification projects. Volunteer groups are encouraged to engage in Domestic Violence 101 training as part of their volunteer experience. (8-10 volunteers)
For current volunteers, here is a link to the Volunteer Handbook and the DV 101 Handbook for reference.