Make this Season Special for a Family in Need

What is Adopt-A-Family?

Adopt-A-Family is the George Washington University's annual holiday gift-giving event where members of the GW community provide families in need with clothing, household items, educational items, and toys!

Who Can Adopt?

Anyone! GW Departments, Greek Chapters, Student Organizations, Sports Teams, Individuals, and More!

How Can I Adopt?

You can sign up to adopt by visiting by Friday, November 20th.

How it Works

Participating individuals and teams spend $60 on each individual of a family. 
You, your peers in a student organization, or coworkers in your office, are expected to give three gifts to each individual you adopt:  

  • one clothing gift
  • one fun or recreational gift
  • one housing gift (for adults) or educational gift (for children)

Families are identified by DC agencies and Community Partners, including Academy of Hope, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CentroNia, the Latin American Youth Center, the Transitional Housing Corporation, and S.T.A.R.S. Mentoring Organization.

Traditionally student organizations, teams, and offices have adopted a family collectively.  By sharing the costs equitably among members, it becomes much more affordable to spread extra holiday cheer to community members in need.

When and Where Do I Bring My Gifts?

All gifts must be dropped off at the Marvin Center Room 309 or at Research Place on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus on Tuesday, December 1st between 8 am-12 pm. Gifts should be unwrapped in a holiday gift bag and labeled by family number.

Questions? Email or call the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at 202-994-9900.

GW Adopt-A-Family