Volunteer Opportunities for January

  • 01 Jan 2016
  • 23 Jan 2016
  • Various: See Description
What a great year 2015 was for the Coast Guard and its relationship with the District of Columbia.  As a snapshot of our activities, we contributed over 15,000 hours of volunteer time at 117 staffed events in 2015. We partnered with schools, local government, charities, veterans groups, Habitat for Humanity, soup kitchens, DHS and other Federal Agencies and much more.  You can be very proud of our accomplishments and that the work we are doing is appreciated and recognized through DHS and the Coast Guard. Look for a volunteer appreciation event in February to show off our successes and some great action photos of YOU at work giving back to the community.

January starts us off with several great events and our Coast Guard Annual Day of Service to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, 22 January.  We'll be working at three Ward 8 Child Development Centers to bring them up to code.

Please spread the word, the only way this list grows is by word of mouth. Share the list, tell your supervisor to plan an event and just get involved.  It feel good to help others!

As always looking for project officers and leads for projects.

Thanks and look forward to a great 2016!


January 9 Saturday 0800-1400 –Potato and Winter Coat Give Away – DC Central Armory

We have partnered with Events DC, the DC National Guard and Helping Hands Inc. in acquiring and passing out 450 50lb. bags of potatoes and 5 HUGE bales of gently used winter clothing to pass out to needy families. Come help us sort and pass out. See the joy of helping others. Contact LT Ryan Baxter at ryan.l.baxter@uscg.mil.


January 9 Saturday 1100-1400 – Monthly Clean-up Shepherd Parkway

Shepherd Parkway Monthly Clean-up.  This is our National Park...right next door to HQ...and one of the most neglected NPS sites in the United States.  TONS of trash over decades of neglect...we need your help. Imagine a park out our back gate where we could recreate and transit to other parts of DC. Be a part of the solution! Contact Nathan Harrington at nbharrington@yahoo.com, or by phone at (301) 758-5892.


January 14 Thursday 0745–1100 – THRIVE DC – Feed the Homeless

Feed hundreds of homeless citizens.  Join us in our monthly partnership with THRIVE DC at their soup kitchen as we lead that day’s effort.  THRIVE feeds 300 + people breakfast EVERY DAY!  We need a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 volunteers to make this a success. (Van from HQ) Contact CWO Neal Pratt at neal.s.pratt@uscg.mil to sign up. CWO Pratt is transferring this June and we are in need of a replacement coordinator for the monthly THRIVE activity.  This is our most successful partnership and we need to keep it going.


January 15 Friday -1700-2000 Prepare Meals for the homeless and shut-ins at the DC Central Kitchen

Meal preparation is their most popular volunteer opportunity. Help DC Central Kitchen's staff prepare over 5,000 meals each day by cutting, chopping and peeling thousands of pounds of food. Contact Mr. Terrence Hill at Terrence.Hill@dhs.gov for more detail.  A great experience!


January 18 Monday 1000-1400 Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk and Parade (HOLIDAY)

Join Station Annapolis, the Coast Guard Honor Guard and walk the mile plus route in Ward 8 to honor the life and legacy of Rev Martin Luther King Jr. We had 8 Coast Guard walkers last year and each one loved the event.  We pass out coloring books, stickers and meet the community. Contact LT Ryan Baxter at ryan.l.baxter@uscg.mil to sign up.


January 22 Friday 0800-1300 Coast Guard National Day of Service to Honor Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.

One of our largest events last year we hope to make a bigger difference in the lives of others this year by repairing and renovating three (3) Ward 8 Child Development Centers PLUS a crew of hardy individuals will assist with saw work and tree removal at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ward 7.  We would like 60 overall volunteers as we will break up into four groups with team leaders for each site. Contact LCDR Jonathan Schafler at jonathan.i.schafler@uscg.mil 


January 23 Saturday 0900-1500 Annual Wreaths Across America Removal – Arlington Cemetery

Follow through with one of the best volunteer events of the year! Join the Coast Guard contingent as we remove the placed wreaths at Arlington. Please help honor our Veterans to complete this work. Contact LT Macy Tumblin at macy.j.tumblin@uscg.mil.


Local Coast Guard led Boy Scout Troop in the local area is looking for volunteers. Boy Scout Troop 1027 in Ward 8 is seeking adult leader volunteers.  Help teach and mentor a group of young people here in our community. Wednesday evenings 1800-1930 and sporadic outings. Contact LT Dan Halsig at dan.p.halsig@uscg.mil or 202-372-2344.


Be recognized for your volunteer efforts with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. It’s easy and the Coast Guard has access to funding to pay for the award items.  The program is basically self-serve. You can learn more, register at http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/volunteer and track your hours.  The Coast Guard is in the process of certifying as Certifying Organization so we can handle our own awards.  Jump in and be recognized. This is in addition to working on the Outstanding Military Volunteer Service Medal available to Coast Guard Uniformed members.


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