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Best Places In DC To Give Back This Holiday Season

December 9, 2013 7:00 AM

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There are thousands of people in need all over the world, and any little thing you can do to help even just one person is appreciated. From donating clothing to a local shelter to preparing meals for families in need, whatever you can do for the community makes a difference, especially during the holidays. Here are some of the best places to give back.

Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center
1529 16th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 518-9400
www.washingtondcjcc.org

The Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center is one of the best places to volunteer at any point of the year. It organizes everything so well so volunteers can be as helpful as possible. Volunteers continue to go back to the JCC because they know they will be helping to enrich someone’s day or life, even if it is just helping with prep for the following day’s event. And in the process, volunteers have a rewarding experience that connects them with their community. Help the JCC with one of its many community outreach events during the holidays.

SOME (So Others Might Eat)
71 O St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 797-8806
www.some.org

The amount of hungry and homeless people in the city is a large number that is often overlooked or neglected. So Others Might Eat, SOME, is an organization that is dedicated to decreasing that number as much as possible. With numerous facilities and programs geared toward helping those in need receive basic necessities like food and clothing, as well as help those down on their luck get back on their feet, the holiday season is a busy time for organizations like SOME who try to reach so many people. Consider SOME when you are looking for a place to volunteer.

Our Daily Bread
4080 Chain Bridge Road, 2nd Floor
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 273-8829
www.odbfairfax.org

As the gap between the wealthy and poor continues to widen, more and more families are in danger of becoming homeless. Our Daily Bread’s mission is to provide these families with the help and resources they need to prevent that, including assisting with food, finance and school supply needs. This organization also has a holiday program that provides families in need with food and presents. You can help by sponsoring a family, collecting or delivering food, assisting in the office and helping to register people for the Holiday Program. Spread a little cheer this holiday season.

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Wesley Housing Development Corporation
5515 Cherokee Ave., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22312
(703) 642-3830
www.wesleyhousing.org

Affordable housing is a growing concern in the DC, Maryland and Virginia region, with an increased number of families finding it harder and harder to make ends meet. Wesley Housing Development Corporation helps these families with not only affordable housing to live in, but with a community that is there to support them. During the holiday season, these families appreciate this community even more. You can help these communities in many ways, including assisting with holiday parties, providing toys for the children, running errands, tutoring and more. Take the opportunity to help your neighbor.

Ethiopian Community Development Council
901 S. Highland St.
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 685-0510
www.ecdcus.org

The holidays are about family, love and togetherness. That is why most people find it to be the best and most important time to help the less fortunate. In the spirit of the holidays, helping a family adapt to their new community by being a friend to them is a wonderful way to give back. The Ethiopian Community Development Council helps African immigrants and refugees start a new life in a new country. Having a friendly face guide them through their new city is a bigger help than most people realize. Get back in touch with what the holidays are really about.

Related: Best Places To Volunteer With Your Kids In DC

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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