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Through engageDC, GW students serve with one of nine partner community organizations in Washington, D.C. Students provide service to meet the everyday needs addressed by the organization such as tutoring, meal preparation or program support and coordination. In addition, students work with the organization to address issues that build the organization’s capacity, expand the mission, or address infrastructure issues. For instance, engageDC participants can work on program evaluation, volunteer management, web design or the development of new program areas. engageDC students gain new perspectives through working on their leadership development and creating a diverse network at GW and beyond campus of people who are committed to social justice.

This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in taking passions and skills to the next level by serving at one of nine nonprofit organizations for 3-6 hours per week. Students serve for a semester or academic year. Volunteer and Federal Work Study students are eligible to apply.


engageDC Volunteer Application

engageDC FWS Application


Find out about engageDC partners, including their hours and types of service positions.

Community Partners

ArtReach GW at THEARC

ArtReach GW provides a safe, supportive, and enjoyable environment where youth and families can make connections between art and their lives. In addition to classes and community programs, ArtReach GW oversees the Community Gallery at THEARC, which serves as an exhibition venue for program participants, local artists, community organizations, and schools.

Team Leader: Amy Hatcher, [email protected]

A Wider Circle, Workforce Development

A Wider Circle works to end poverty through on-the-ground programs and services, as well as through the development of large-scale solutions to its root causes. A Wider Circle's holistic approach focuses on the creation of stable homes; workforce development; neighborhood revitalization; and the creation of greater awareness and engagement by the community, as a whole.

Team Leader: Jack Hatcher, [email protected]

ECDC African Community Center, DC Metro

Currently headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, ECDC was initially formed to focus on the needs of a growing Ethiopian population in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. However, ECDC has served newcomers from diverse cultural backgrounds from all over the world. In 1991, ECDC became the first community-based organization authorized by the Department of State to resettle refugees in the US. Since its inception, ECDC has assisted more than 250,000 people including refugees, asylees, and SIV holders.

Team Leader: Karilyn Domer, [email protected]


Latin American Youth Center


The Latin American Youth Center's (LAYC) mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs.

Team Leader:  Jaida Rogers, [email protected]

Latino Student Fund

LSF provides opportunities for a strong academic foundation for underserved Pre-K to 12th-grade students of Hispanic descent and to promote higher education and professional leadership.

Team Leader: Nick Gigante, [email protected]

Life Pieces To Masterpieces

Life Pieces To Masterpieces uses artistic expression to develop character and leadership, unlock potential, and prepare African American boys and young men to transform their lives and communities. We serve young men and boys ages 3-25 in Wards 7 and 8 by providing academic support, leadership development, and cultural enrichment programs at no cost to the young men and their families. 

Team Leader: Brooke Moses, [email protected]

Little Friends For Peace

LFFP is a local non-profit specializing in non-violence skills training. Its staff teaches inner and interpersonal peace as a foundation for world peace in sub-communities of D.C. ranging from schools and churches to prisons and homeless shelters. Little Friends For Peace (LFFP) welcomes adults and youth to experience, learn and practice peace through our various peace education programs. We believe that all people can create homes, classrooms, teams, and workplaces where everyone gives, everyone gains and everyone wins.

Team Leader: Abigail Lam, [email protected]Mykala Bledsoe, [email protected]

Miriam’s Kitchen

Miriam’s Kitchen is committed to ending chronic homelessness in D.C. by establishing meaningful relationships with chronically homeless individuals, connecting them with permanent supportive housing, and ensuring they have the necessary support to remain in housing. 

Team Leader: Emily Swanson, [email protected]

YWCA National Capital Area

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. They offer programs that challenge women and girls to take charge of their health, economic stability and overall well-being. 

Team Leader:  Hurit Tadesse, [email protected]



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