Thank you for your interest in getting involved with Community of Hope and improving the lives of our underserved neighbors in Washington, DC.
As thought leaders in housing and healthcare, we are proud to offer internship opportunities that span our wide range of programs. Join our team of medical providers, social workers and nonprofit leaders to gain valuable knowledge and insight – and a great educational experience!
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?
- 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?
Find a volunteer opportunity that interests you by viewing our current opportunities here. Simply fill out a volunteer application and submit it to be considered – only one application is necessary even if you are applying to multiple positions!
Individual applications will be reviewed and potential volunteers will be contacted for an orientation and interview.
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.
All interested volunteers must attend an orientation session, scheduled by the Volunteer and Mentor Specialist.
We know our volunteers have many interests and talents. We offer various volunteer opportunities catered 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 various locations across the city where volunteers may be stationed. 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 religious 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 contact our Volunteer Manager, Lauren Cranman, at email@example.com for more information.
Mentors are expected to meet with their mentees for two hours at least twice per month. You should be able to commit for one year or more, be flexible and have the desire to serve as a positive role model and friend!
There are certain eligibility criteria to become a Community of Hope mentor:
Mentors must be aged 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 willing to undergo a thorough background check process.
Mentors must be in good health.
Mentees are formerly homeless or homeless youth between the ages of 8-18 in our housing programs. 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 and Mentor Specialist 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, academic support and guidance.
We live in 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. 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 too!
Mentors can be reimbursed up to $50 every quarter for transportation, meals and activities costs. Please submit reimbursement requests and supporting documentation in a timely manner to our Volunteer Manager, Lauren Cranman, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.