Bread for the City
provides vulnerable residents of Washington, DC, with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect -- Donate food or children's clothing http://www.breadforthecity.org/give/donate-goods/
. Glean produce from local farms for the food pantry. http://www.breadforthecity.org/get-involved/volunteer/
. Or donate goods like organic potting soil, hanging pots for growing herbs on our walls, large, free-standing pots for berry bushes and tomatoes, vegetable seeds or flowers for their rooftop gardens. http://www.breadforthecity.org/rooftopgarden/
provides free, homemade meals and high-quality support services to homeless men and women -- Make and deliver peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for their "Wednesday Cafe", make get well and birthday cards for their guests, or collect art supplies for use in Miriam's Studio. http://www.miriamskitchen.org/volunteer
City Kids is an education program for underserved and at-risk inner-city youths (ages 11 to 24) from the Washington, DC metropolitan area that utilize the outdoor, natural environment as a classroom for academic, recreational and life skills -- Donate outdoor and sports gear. http://citykidsdc.org/donors/our-wish-list
provides free, after-school art classes and field trips to at-risk, underserved children in emergency, transitional and long-term affordable housing sites. Donate art supplies or visit student art exhibitions. www.projectcreatedc.org
restores, enhances and protects the tree canopy of the nation's capital -- Conduct a tree inventory, sponsor and/or participate in a tree planting, or perform tree maintenance as a "citizen forrester".
If you live in the District, have a tree planted on your property, or do another recommended project to turn your house into a RiverSmart home.
And be sure to check out their "Arbor Kids" page at
Rock Creek Conservancy protects and restores Rock Creek and its waters, parks, and lands -- Participate in Rock Creek clean-up activities (http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/index.php/get-involved/volunteer) or take steps on your own property that will help to protect the Rock Creek Watershed (http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/index.php/get-involved/your-property)
For more ideas, check out the Catalogue for Philanthropy, at http://www.catalogueforphilanthropy-dc.org/cfpdc/index.php, including suggestions of local non-profit organizations whose work might appeal to children at http://www.catalogueforphilanthropy-dc.org/cfpdc/kids.php. Some of the listed organizations are most in need money -- in these cases, you can engage children in the activity of researching the organizations and choosing one for the family to support. Some interest-sparkers include: Neediest Kids (www.neediestkids.org), Trails For Youth (www.trailsforyouth.org), and City Arts (www.cityartsdc.org).