Community Service & Volunteering: Engage Your Community with English Now!
Engaging in the Community as a Volunteer
We invite you to consider volunteering at a one-time event, once a week, or once a month. Volunteering can offer you a chance to speak English outside the classroom. Throughout the year, English Now! organizes volunteer projects with local organizations to support students as they engage in rewarding, fun activities out in the community.
As a service to the Washington D.C.-area international community as well as our students and their families, we work with Community Service Partners to organize group volunteering activities. Consider starting your community service experience by participating in a Community Service Week group activity.
We encourage you to try volunteering as part of your experience in the United States, to help you engage and serve your American community in a new way. Community service in the United States includes different types of volunteer activities. From assisting the elderly to providing food for the homeless, there are many ways to volunteer through non-profit organizations, schools, museums, and religious organizations. Volunteers help others by giving their time to support issues that they care about. Volunteering can be an opportunity to work on a diverse team, with shared goals.
Community Service Weeks at English Now!
We offer many options to volunteer and help other people during Community Service Weeks in the spring and fall each year. See opportunities listed below for our Spring 2019 Community Service Week. Please contact us if you would like to join activities during our Fall 2019 Community Service Week in November.
ACTIVITIES: SPRING 2019 COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEK, APRIL 29-MAY 5, 2019
- GIRLS’ EDUCATION AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Girl Rising Film Viewing at English Now! and collection of household goods for victims of domestic violence We will watch the inspiring Girl Rising film, which tells stories of nine girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan. The girls in this movie--and so many around the world--are struggling to pursue their education. We will also take action locally to help women and families at the Betty Ann Krahnke Center, the only emergency domestic violence shelter in Montgomery County. Teens may join and receive SSL credit for attendance and our discussion. Monday, April 29, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., at English Now! Discussion Leaders: Anna Green
- IMMIGRATION & REFUGEE LAW: Restoration Immigration Legal Aid helps immigrant families apply for legal status in the United States so that they can have the opportunity to heal and build new lives, free from violence and fear. Most of RILA's clinics are held in Arlington, Virginia, but volunteer opportunities include telephone intake interviews that can be done over the phone in other languages. For more information and to register, click here. Tuesday, April 30, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., at English Now! Leader: Emily Williams
- ELDERLY CARE: Senior living at Sunrise Senior Living in Bethesda is for older adults who value their independence but need help with daily activities. Volunteers participate in activities and converse with Sunrise residents. Tuesday, April 30, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.. meet at English Now! and travel together to Sunrise Senior Living Leader: Marian De Angelo
- HOMELESSNESS: Bethesda Cares serves the homeless as well as people who are at risk of having utilities turned off or losing their homes. They provide food assistance, financial support, and counseling services. Volunteers prepare snack bags. Wednesday, May 1, 12:15 to ~1:45 p.m., at English Now! Leaders: Anna Green & Cristina Stern
- AUTISM AWARENESS: Learn about how Autism Spectrum Disorder affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. We will talk about autism and also watch an episode of a Netflix TV series, Atypical, which tells the story of a teen on the autism spectrum who decides he wants a girlfriend. Bring your questions - perhaps you have a friend or family member who is dealing with autism - and we look forward to learning together. Thursday, May 2, 12:15 until 1:15 p.m., at English Now! Discussion Leaders: Michael Kranefeld and Nancy Traver
- CONSERVATION & THE ENVIRONMENT: Brookside Gardens is a Montgomery County public garden in Wheaton Regional Park that helps maintain the D.C. area’s natural habitats. Join us for an introductory walk through the park and learn what you can do to help the garden grow and thrive. Thursday, May 2, 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., meet at English Now! and travel together to Brookside Gardens Leader: Peggy Preusch
- MAKE A MEAL FOR WOMEN IN A SMALL GROUP HOME: Becky’s House provides a safe, welcoming residential environment for up to eight senior, disabled women, many of whom have lived on the streets for decades with no place to go. Volunteers prepare lunch for the residents at Becky's House and enjoy some time with them! Friday, May 3, 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., meet at English Now! and travel together to Becky’s House Leaders: Amy Hansberger & Akiko Yoshida
- FAMILY SUPPORT: The mission of A Wider Circle is simple: to help one individual and one family after another to rise out of poverty. A Wider Circle provides furniture, clothing, kitchen utensils, and toys to formerly homeless families. Volunteers at A Wider Circle in Silver Spring organize items for families. Friday, May 3, 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., meet at English Now! and travel together to A Wider Circle Leader: Susan Kay
- MAKE A MEAL FOR CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED AT NIH, AND THEIR FAMILIES: The Children's Inn at NIH is home for children who are being treated at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the worlds largest medical research centers. Children live there with their families while receiving treatment. The Children’s Inn provides a free, family-oriented "place like home" that support families. Our volunteers will help prepare a brunch for the families living at the Children's Inn. Sunday, May 5, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., meet at English Now! – NOTE all volunteers will be required to complete a NIH volunteer information form Leader: Jennifer Kagan
LONGER-TERM VOLUNTEERING OPTIONS
We encourage you to consider longer-term volunteering options with any of our Community Service Week partners. In addition, we are supporting the development of another partner, the Washington Center for International Education, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission - to support the social, emotional, and cultural transitions of international students and their families - is meaningful (we hope) to the English Now! community. Our goal is to connect the Washington, D.C.-area international community and the local community. Join a meeting at the school to learn more about WCIE Student Service Learnings (SSL) programs for international teens, programs on international student mental health, and other programs! Thursday, May 16, 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. (after the May potluck), at English Now! Leader: Paul Boesen
Tell your friends! These activities are open to friends and family members of our students. We want to encourage Washington, D.C.’s international community to connect and engage locally!
Thank you for your interest in participating in community service during your time in the U.S. We encourage you to engage, enjoy, and thrive, in your studies and in your lives in the U.S. Further your American experience and serve the community by volunteering!