Thank you for your interest in getting involved with Community of Hope and improving the lives of our underserved neighbors in Washington, DC.
Here are some frequently asked questions about our volunteer, mentor, and internship programs.
If you have questions about the volunteer or mentor application or any of our programs, please contact our Volunteer Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.407.7757.
- How do I start volunteering with Community of Hope?
- How do I sign up for an opportunity on Volunteer Hub?
- What’s required to volunteer?
- Can I volunteer more than once? What about in multiple roles?
- Where do I volunteer? How do I get there?
- We are interested in a group volunteer opportunity. What do we do?
- I am a teen and interested in volunteering. What do I do?
- I am a doula and interested in volunteering my services. What do I do?
- I am interested in becoming a mentor. How much time is required?
- What are the eligibility criteria for becoming a mentor?
- Who are the mentees?
- How do I get started? How will I get matched?
- Where does mentoring happen?
- Is there reimbursement available?
For certain positions, individual applications will be reviewed and potential volunteers will be contacted for an interview.
Visit our calendar of events and then view availability for an event by clicking the event title. When you want to register for an event, click the sign-up button, and either log-in or create an account when prompted. Once you are logged in, you can return to the calendar and sign up for any other events you'd like without having to log in again.
You'll know you have successfully been signed up for an event when you receive a confirmation email.
All interested volunteers must create a Community of Hope volunteer profile on Volunteer Hub
Volunteer Orientations are required if you are interested in Play Night at Hope, Kids Club, Evening Play Programs or volunteering as a Doula or Mentor.
References, background checks, and TB tests as appropriate to the position will be required. Background checks can be done through Community of Hope for $10-$15.
We know our volunteers have many interests and talents. We offer various volunteer opportunities catering to those interests including one-time volunteer activities, ongoing projects, and special community events. Please view our current opportunities here. Only one application is necessary if you are interested in multiple roles.
We have locations across the city where volunteers may serve. Please refer to each volunteer position’s description for the specific location. Visit this page for directions.
There are many ways your group can get involved with Community of Hope!
Get your workplace or community group involved and work with colleagues to collect Welcome Kit items for families in our housing programs.
We also have opportunities for organizations, companies, and faith-based groups that are ready to make a longer term commitment to being a Community of Hope Strategic Partner. Please contact our Development and Corporate Partnerships Manager at email@example.com 202.407.7753 to learn more.
We are committed to the neighborhoods where our programs are located. Part of that commitment means helping our neighborhood teens find meaningful volunteer opportunities with us. If you are a teen in Wards 1, 5, or 8 who is looking to complete service hours or build a skill, contact our Volunteer Manager, Lauren Cranman, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Doulas are available at no cost to women who give birth with our midwives. Our philosophy is to provide care for women regardless of income or ability to pay. Doulas provide birthing women with emotional and physical support throughout their labor, suggest comfort measures, explain practices and procedures to allow for informed decision making, advocate for the mother’s wishes, and refer the mother to community resources.
In order to become a volunteer doula, you must complete a doula training workshop or have equivalent experience (accepted on a case-to-case basis). Please not that Community of Hope does not provide doula training workshops. Please contact our Volunteer Manager, Lauren Cranman, at email@example.com for more information.
Mentors are expected to meet with their mentees at least twice per month. You should be able to commit for a minimum of one year or more, be flexible, and have the desire to serve as a positive role model and friend!
Mentors must be 21 or over.
Mentors must be able to commit for at least one year.
Mentors must be able to meet with their mentee at least twice a month.
Mentors will complete an application, interview, and orientation.
Mentors must be complete a thorough background check process.
Mentors must be in good health.
Mentees are children or teens between the ages of 8-16 whose families have experienced homelessness. They live with their families in various long-term housing across the city.
Simply fill out a mentor application to be considered. You will be required to complete an interview and orientation. Our Volunteer Manager works with our case managers to match the interests and needs of a mentee with that of a mentor.
Anywhere you want! Mentoring happens through positive socialization experiences as well as academic support and guidance.
Washington, DC, is a city with limitless options for free and affordable excursions. Memorable outings don’t have to cost a pretty penny. Our mentees and mentors have gone to museums, monuments, national parks, and more. They’ve gone bowling, ice skating, and laser tagging. We encourage you to get creative!
Plus, there are Community of Hope sponsored outings every quarter!
Mentors can be reimbursed up to $50 every quarter for transportation, meals, and activities costs.