First Church offers many opportunities to demonstrate love and care for our neighbors and help change our community and world.
Volunteerism is central to the ethos of First Church. Since our founding in 1865, we have been active in the life of the community, both immediately near us at the corner of 10th and G Streets NW and beyond.
As we look to our future, we welcome your leadership in one of the ministries that are already underway. If we are not yet doing something that you think would benefit our community, we invite you to consider how we might undertake that work.
To volunteer or to share your ides for new involvements for the congregation, please speak with our Moderator or one of the ministers after worship.
Homework Assistance: Join other First Church members at the Shaw Community Center to provide children and youth with academic support on their road to success. Time commitment is flexible depending on availability, with options for Monday through Thursday evenings during the academic year.
Snack Pack Production: Each month, First Church members prepare bags with snacks for DC residents who are homeless. Each person participating is asked to provide three sandwich-sized bags with individually packaged, non-perishable items. The snacks are shared with young people who attend the Downtown Drop-In Center on Monday nights.
Walk to End HIV: Held for the past 30 years, the Walk & 5K to End HIV is the signature fundraiser for Whitman-Walker Health, a Washington, DC community health center. The walk raises money to support Whitman-Walker’s mission of providing dependable, high quality, comprehensive, and accessible health care to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. The occur typically occurs one Saturday morning in the fall, and walkers seek pledges and participate in the walk.
Housing and Homelessness
Drop-In Center for Homeless Youth: First Church operates the Downtown Drop-In Center for Homeless Youth in partnership with Sasha Bruce Youthwork and the Downtown Business Improvement District. We offer food, board games, movies, programming for self-improvement, HIV testing, case management, and a sense of community and belonging. The center is open on Monday nights and volunteers arrive at 5:30pm and leave by 9:30pm.
Hands-on Home Repair: Help repair or maintain the home or yard of an elderly or low-income person in our city. Volunteers typically help out one weekend afternoon a few times a year.
Housing Advocacy: Part of First Church’s Homes for All program, members and friends engage in advocacy to maintain and increase the availability of affordable housing in Washington, DC.
Washington Interfaith Network: Partnerships with organizers and other congregations in advocacy efforts related to a variety of justice issues.