Opportunities to Serve the Community


Please visit GW’s COVID-19 Resource Page for information about changes to university services or visit DC's Coronavirus Resource Page for updates and information for the DC Community.


During this time we will occasionally post virtual or direct, in-person service opportunities. In these cases, we will always check to see if physical distancing, gloves, and other good hygiene practices are in place. However, at this time, there is nothing that is guaranteed to prevent virus transmission. So, please consider these in-person opportunities as opportunities, not requirements, and in light of your own personal health, those you live with, and tolerance for risk. 

General Ways to Serve

  • Check NextDoor.com in your own community to review requests or offer your services. 
  • Check the website of your local/regional United Way and Volunteer Centers as some appear to be compiling ideas from local agencies for how residents can serve. If you don’t see information the first time, check back as this sort of organizing takes time. 
  • Check out this article in DCIST featuring 6 Ways You Can Help Fight Coronavirus Impacts In The D.C. Area
  • Check out this artcile in the Washington Post about ways to can help during the coronoviarus outbreak.

Help Combat Social Isolation During Physical Distancing Measures 

  • Check in on your neighbors with a note or call and introduce yourself if you don’t already know them. 
  • Offer to run errands for those who are immune-compromised 
  • For families with parents working from home and kids home from school, offer a regular videochat time to keep the kids productively busy and give parents a break. 
  • Start a virtual book club, not only with friends, but with community members needing social connections. 
  • Record performances or workshops to share in the community. 
  • Be an appreciative audience for the talents of community members. Organize an online opportunity for kids to play instruments or other performances and recruit your friends to give them a good audience. 
  • Help spread the word about on-line events like streaming concerts and author readings.

Support the Local Economy 


  • Support local shelters by purchasing wish list items, making donations 
  • American Red Cross  is experiencing a severe blood shortage due to Coronavirus Outbreak. Click here to find a blood drive near you. 
  • Consider donating to the World Central Kitchen or buy gift cards to one of the Think Food Group restaurants to support their community kitchens. 
  • ROC-DC-  In need of financial donations to provide emergency relief to impacted restaurant workers in the DMV. 
  • DC Dream Center- In need of financial donations to continue providing free meals and supplies to those in need in Southeast DC. 

  • Capital Area Food Bank- Financial contributions appreciated to continue their mission of providing food to food insecure neighbors. 

  • DC Central Kitchen- Financial contributions ensure that they can continue to serve the community. 

  • Serve Your City - Moving to serve as the Ward 6 hub for #DCMutualAid, a community-led grassroots effort 

Serve Anywhere

  • Citizen Archivist with National Archives - Help make the records of the National Archives more searchable and discoverable. 
  • Hopecam - Hopecam is a service that gives virtual visits to sick children who cannot have regular visitors because they are immunocompromised. Students sign up here .  There are short term and long term remote volunteer opportunities. 
  • The Smithsonian Transcription Center  - Help transcribe historical documents and biodiversity data, making information more accessible to all. 
  • eBird - Observe and record birds from your home and help further scientific research with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Check out this article from Points of Light and Good Morning America about ways to volunteer from home.
  • CovEd.org is seeking virtual mentors for K-12 students from under-resourced communities.
  • Transcribe notes from Supreme Court Justices.
  • Contribute to digital mapping of vulnerable communities with Missing Maps.
  • Help Amnesty International conduct research into global human rights violations.
  • Are you fluent in more than one language? Spend some time helping Translators Without Borders translate materials for crisis relief, health, and education projects around the world.
  • Scan or proofread books added to an online digital collection for individuals with reading disabilities through BookShare.Org.
  • Allow your computer to run calculations that support researchers in better understanding how proteins fold with [email protected] 
  • The United Nations has a list of projects in many fields.
  • Check VolunteerMatch for Covid-19 related online projects
  • Looking for long-term opportunities? Consider:
    • Applying to work on projects for a wide variety of government agencies via the Virtual Student Federal Service.
    • Get trained and staff Crisis Text Line, a free 24/7 national crisis-intervention and counseling service conducted exclusively through SMS text. Volunteers are screened and complete self-paced training, afterward staffing one four-hour shift each week for a year.
    • Be My Eyes is looking for sighted individuals to receive video calls via their phones on a mobile app, from blind and low-vision individuals looking for help with miscellaneous tasks.