Adopt-A-Family

Make this Season Special for a Family in Need

What is Adopt-A-Family?

Adopt-A-Family is a signature event and tradition at the George Washington University where members of the GW community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) “adopt” families in Washington, DC and provide holiday gifts. Each individual adopted receives a minimum of 3 holiday gifts—a clothing item, an educational or household item, and a toy or “fun” gift. In total, we ask that donors spend a minimum of $60 ($20 per item) per individual.

Families were identified by the Nashman Center’s community partners. For the past several years, we have worked with Academy of Hope, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capitol Area, CentroNia, the Latin American Youth Center, and the Transitional Housing Corporation. This year we partnered with a new community organization, the S.T.A.R.S. Mentoring Organization.

Over 170 GW community members adopted 173 families and 475 individuals! For more information about this year’s program check out our GW Today story.

Who Can Adopt?

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

How Can I Adopt?

Adopt-a-Family 2015 has closed. Check back next year for more information!


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.

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

GW Adopt-A-Family