Adopt-A-Family

Adopt-A-Family 2014
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?

Registration to adopt an individual or family is now open. Apply today! Applications will close Thursday, November 20 at 5:00pm.

Please drop off all three gifts on Tuesday, December 2 between 8:00am and 12:30pm in the Grand Ballroom on the third floor of the Marvin Center.


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 $20 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, and the Latin American Youth Center.

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.

Questions? Email gwaaf@gwu.edu or call the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at 202-994-9900.

GW Adopt-A-Family