The UIS Week of Service is an annual event for UIS staff to volunteer their time, talent, and resources to help Metro Washington charities and non-profit organizations serve people in need and do good work in our community.  Participation during the week allows each of us to be, in the Jesuit tradition, women and men in service to others.  All UIS staff are encouraged and empowered to spend a day volunteering at any of several community partners with your colleagues from Georgetown.

UIS Week of Service 2024 will be held June 10-14 this year.  There are many volunteer opportunities during morning, afternoon, and evening hours throughout the week with our eight amazing partnersIf you would like more information about any of these events or organizations, please reach out to the UIS staff coordinator for each partner or send an email to uisweek@georgetown.edu 

How may I participate?

1) Use the online registration form for the activities you would like to participate in. Since slots for some activities are limited, we ask you to make first and second choices.  If you reside outside of Metropolitan Washington (or have a close affiliation with a local service organization), you may find an alternate service opportunity in your area, and note it on the registration form. 

2) Donate to the UIS Week of Service 2024 Fund.  Donation links and organizations supported are listed below.  Your generosity is truly appreciated.

Activity Calendar

Community-based Activities

Bikes for the World 

Activity: Volunteers to repair bikes and/or pack them in shipping containers for delivery to those in need abroad

Coordinator: Chris Jewell

Location: 11720 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852

Date:  Wednesday, June 12

Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Slots: 12 Volunteers 

The mission of Bikes for the World is to make affordable, good quality used bicycles available to low-income people in developing countries. These donated bikes provide better transport for work, education, and health care. Bikes for the World also generates additional skilled employment in bike repair and maintenance overseas, and provides satisfying environmental and humanitarian service opportunities for volunteers locally in the Washington, DC Metro region.

Bread for the City

Activity: Volunteers are needed to work in the food pantry

Coordinator: Saurabh Mitra

Location: BFC Northwest Center, 1525 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Date, Time, and Activity: Thursday, June 13 (Food Pantry from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Slots: 10 Volunteers

Requirements: Volunteer Waiver form to be completed online prior to arrival (you will receive information after registration confirmation)

Bread for the City helps Washington, DC residents living with low income to develop the power to determine the future of their own communities. They provide food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services to reduce the burden of poverty.  They seek justice through community organizing and public advocacy and work to uproot racism, a major cause of poverty. They are committed to treating our clients with the dignity and respect that all people deserve.

DC Central Kitchen

Activity: Food Preparation and/or Distribution

Coordinator:  Judith Rodriguez

Location2121 First Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024

Dates:  Tuesday, June 11; Wednesday, June 12; Thursday, June 13 

Times:  6:00 - 8:00 PM each evening 

Slots: 10 Volunteers for each evening

DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) is an iconic nonprofit and social enterprise that combats hunger and poverty through job training and job creation. The organization provides hands-on culinary job training for individuals facing high barriers to employment while creating living wage jobs and bringing nutritious, dignified food where it is most needed. DCCK’s social ventures include serving scratch-cooked farm-to-school meals in DC schools, delivering fresh, affordable produce to corner stores in neighborhoods without supermarkets, and operating fast-casual cafes throughout the District of Columbia.

Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy 

Activity: Removal of invasive plants

Coordinator: Chris Parkin

Location: At the top of Lover’s Lane, approximately 3060 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007  (Directions)

Date: Friday, June 14

Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Slots: 30 volunteers

Event Info: Bring face mask and a water bottle.  It is recommended to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks, and closed-toe shoes for protection.  They supply: hand sanitizer, gloves, tools, training, and supplementary water.

The Park is the naturalistic garden of Dumbarton Oaks Estate designed by Beatrix Farrand, America's first female landscape architect, and given to the US by Mildred and Robert Bliss in 1940. The Park is overrun with invasive plant species and stormwater. 

Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy (DOPC) is the private partner to Rock Creek Park in the restoration of this landscape treasure.  Volunteers focus on the removal of the invasive plants to re-establish the design lines of the garden, allow native plants to flourish, and to prepare an area for ecological and design restoration.

All volunteers should dress to work in brush and other outdoor environments so it is highly recommended that you wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, socks and sturdy closed toe shoes for protection.  DOPC will supply gloves, tools, training, snacks and water along with a short tour and history of the Park.  Event may be canceled or rescheduled if we experience extreme heat and/or wet weather.  

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Activity: Work in the HfH ReStore to support building projects

Coordinator: Chris Davis

Location:  869 South Pickett Street, Alexandria, VA 22304

Date: Wednesday, June  12

Time:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Slots: 10 Volunteers

Habitat for Humanity is all about building because they believe that everyone, everywhere should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. When a family helps build or improve a place they can call home, they are also building a better community, a better life for themselves.  The HfH ReStore is a discount home improvement store and donation center. With locations in Alexandria, Chantilly, and Herndon, Habitat DC-NOVA ReStores are open to the public Monday-Saturday and a resource for low-cost building supplies, furniture, and home furnishings. When you visit a ReStore, you are diverting items from landfills and supporting our work to help local families build a stronger foundation for their future through affordable homeownership opportunities.

Honor Flight Network

Activity: Greet and welcome World War II Veterans to Washington

Coordinator: Dash Kees

Location: World War II Memorial, 1750 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Date: Tuesday, June  11

Time: 10:30 AM - 2:15 PM 

Slots: Unlimited Number of Volunteers

Lunch: Bring Your Own

Covid-19 Restrictions:  Mask encouraged but not required

Honor Flight Network honors groups of Veterans, who are flown to Washington on complimentary flights provided by American Airlines, at the World War II Memorial. 

Ronald McDonald House

Activity: Lunch Preparation for residents and guests of the House

Coordinator: Raphael Terranus

Location: 3727 14th Street, NE

Dates: Monday, June 10 

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch: You eat what you make!

Slots: 6 Volunteers

Covid-19 Restrictions:  Proof of Full Vaccination Mandatory

Ronald McDonald House provides a place for sick children (and their families) to stay while they are receiving critical health care in our area. As we all know the costs of hotel lodging and meals in Washington are some of the highest in the nation. The care and support provided by RMH allows many families to maintain some routines and their dignity as they go through this difficult time. 

So Others Might Eat (SOME)

Activities: Food Pantry Organizing (organize food and kitchen items; no client interaction) or Food Pantry Aid (volunteers will work with the staff to provide assistance to clients to fill their orders; client interaction)

Coordinators: Lori Briggs and Charlie Leonhardt

Locations: 71 O Street, NW for food pantry organizing or across the street at 75 Hanover Place, NW for food pantry aid 

Dates, Times, and Activity:

Tuesday, June 11 (1:00 - 3:00 PM), Food Pantry Organizing

Wednesday, June 12 (8:30 - 11:00 AM); Food Pantry Aid

Thursday, June 13 (1:00 - 3:00 PM), Food Pantry Organizing

Friday, June 14 (8:30 -11:00 AM), Food Pantry Organizing 

Covid-19 Restrictions:  Masks Mandatory / Should be fully Vaccinated

SOME provides meals, clothing, temporary housing, medical care, and job counseling and placement services for those who need it most.  We need volunteers to prepare a meal that will be served the following day.

Working with Other Organizations

If you work outside of Metro Washington (or you have a close affiliation with a service organization in Metro Washington), you may volunteer at a service organization near your home during the UIS Week of Service.  The registration form allows you to specify the organization you will support and when your service will take place.

Donations

In order to help our partners, please donate to the 2024 UIS Week of Service Fund which will support the following partner organizations.  You may donate in any of these ways:

PayPal: Donate Here

Venmo: @uisweek

Zelle: uisweek@georgetown.edu

Habitat for Humanity

A decent home provides the strength, stability and independence that families need, and Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  Habitat homeowners pay an affordable mortgage, receive financial education, and help build their homes alongside volunteers. 

Hoya Hub Food Pantry

The Hoya Hub food pantry is a resource for any member of the Georgetown University community experiencing food insecurity.  It is a pantry stocked with non-perishable food items, available to anyone who needs food on an immediate, emergency basis.  No Hoya should go hungry; the Hoya Hub is a place to pick up nutritious food to cover short breaks or other unplanned gaps in access to meals.

Martha's Table 

Martha's Table believes that every Washingtonian deserves the opportunity to thrive. They support strong children, strong families, and strong communities by increasing access to quality education, health and wellness, and family resources.

Ronald McDonald House 

Your gift will help support the meals that UIS volunteers will make at RMH to assist sick children and their families.  

So Others Might Eat (SOME)

SOME provides meals, clothing, temporary housing, medical care, and job counseling and placement services for those who need it most.  

Support for Ukrainian Refugees

We will donate to organizations that are providing support to refugees displaced by the war on Ukraine.