Virtual Service Projects


If you are already registered for a project please visit the project page for more information. You will also receive an orientation email from your assigned student leader. Questions? Email us at [email protected]

Citizen Archivist Transcription Project | In partnership with the National Archives

**CLOSED/FULL** Kick Off: Saturday 8/29, 5:00pm EST | Reflection: Saturday 9/5, 5:00pm EST **CLOSED/FULL**

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent agency of the United States government charged with the preservation and documentation of government and historical records. It is also tasked with increasing public access to those documents which make up the National Archive.

The Citizen Archivist program is a crowdsourced program to transcribe thousands of documents in the Archives' collection. Transcribing handwritten and typed documents helps researchers be able to search documents by keyword as well as for records to show up on search engines like Google. Transcription also allows documents to be read by screenreaders, making documents more accessible to blind and visually impaired people. GW volunteers will have the chance to transcribe documents of their choice that range from military records to documents pertaining to African American history. Register Here


**CLOSED/FULL** Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Mapathon | In partnership with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Project **CLOSED/FULL**

Kick Off: Monday 8/31, 4:00pm EST | Reflection: Saturday 9/5, 5:00pm EST **Please note: This event kicks off on Monday, August 31st**

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping. We work together to provide map data which revolutionizes disaster management, reduces risks, and contributes to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.        

Get trained by an expert on how to use the GIS mapping system and map different unmapped areas globally throughout the week independently. Register Here


**CLOSED/FULL** Hyde-Addison Elementary: Storytime with First Years | In partnership with Hyde-Addison Elementary  **CLOSED/FULL**

Kick Off: Saturday 8/29, 9:00am EST | Reflection: Saturday 9/5, 12:00pm EST

Do you have a love of reading? Read and record children books (short stories) to be shared with our Hyde-Addison Elementary School school community. All grade levels of books are welcomed. Hyde-Addison is a DC Public School located in Northwest DC. It serves 350 students from the Georgetown and Burleith/Hillandale neighborhoods. *MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN CHILDRENS BOOKS TO READ* Register Here


**CLOSED/FULL** Little Friends for Peace Educational Resource Creation   | In partnership with Little Friends for Peace **CLOSED/FULL**

Kick Off: Saturday 8/29, 1:00pm EST | Reflection: Saturday 9/5, 1:00pm EST

Help Little Friends for Peace prepare for the upcoming virtual year by creating graphics and education presentations in a variety of different areas including the environment, peacemaking, and the United Nations. You will also have the opportunity to create fun online resources and games like peacemaking Jeopardy. Register Here


**CLOSED/FULL** Smithsonian Transcription Project | In partnership with the Smithsonian Institute **CLOSED/FULL**

Kick Off: Saturday 8/29, 3:00pm EST | Reflection: Saturday 9/5, 3:00pm EST

Started in 2013, The Transcription Center is a website (freely accessible 24/day) connecting volunteers across the world with Smithsonian collections. This crowdsourcing project was developed as a collaborative way to digitally enable and increase public engagement with Smithsonian materials, increase access and use of our digitized content, and create pathways of learning and new knowledge between the public and Smithsonian staff. In short--the Transcription Center is a place for you (and anyone in the world) to explore materials held within the Smithsonian and play a part in making those collections more accessible. Volunteers will be able to transcribe historical documents in the Smithsonians' archives to make these documents searchable and accessible to screen readers. Service will kick off on Saturday, August 29th at 3:00pm with a greeting from the Smithsonian. Individuals will work independently on the project before meeting again for reflection on Saturday, September 5th at 3:00pm. Register Here


**CLOSED/FULL** #HereForOurHeros Letter Writing  | In partnership with GW Silver Wings **CLOSED/FULL** 

Kick Off: Saturday 8/29, 1:00pm EST | Reflection: Saturday 9/5, 1:00pm EST

This service activity will provide participants the opportunity to digitally write a letter to first responders, the National Guard, healthcare workers, and active-duty Military to say thank you for all their work in keeping Americans safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Board members of the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Capital Chapter of Silver Wings will lead participants in the writing of the messages, sharing tips on the best letter-writing strategies and advice on how to properly convey our gratitude for their service to our communities and country. The #HereForOurHeroes campaign is made possible by the partnership between Operation Gratitude and Veterans United Home Loans. Register Here


**CLOSED/FULL** Telephone Reassurance Calls to Seniors | In partnership with the Department of Aging and Community Living **CLOSED/FULL**

Kick Off: Saturday 8/29, 12:00pm EST | Service on September 4th 10:00am to 12:00pm | Reflection: Saturday 9/5, 1:00pm EST

Please note this event has three times associated with it. Please make sure you are available for all three before registering.

Due to the Public Health Emergency many seniors are staying home and can use a friendly call just to say hi and to check in on them to brighten their day. Student volunteers will call seniors to provide a friendly conversation.

The Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL) serves District residents 60 and older, adults living with disabilities, and those who care for them. In partnership with more than 20 community-based organizations across the city, we offer more than 40 free or low-cost programs to help all District residents live boldly at any age, stage, or ability. Through a variety of programs including community activities and events, nutrition and transportation services, healthcare and insurance counseling, caregiver support resources, and adult protective services, we are building a District where we can all thrive together in the communities we know and love. Register Here



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