Volunteer Orientation


Back to school and want to connect with the community? New to the area? Have you been meaning to get involved in the LGBT community and haven’t really known how to start? Come learn how to volunteer with The DC Center and its various programs!

Our next orientation will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 12:00PM to 2PM, and will be presented by our Operations Manager, Chris Rothermel. This orientation is required for all new Support Desk Volunteers and encouraged for all current Support Desk Volunteers. Others who currently volunteer or wish to volunteer at The DC Center are also welcome to participate in this training. Registration is required and the training is limited to 20 participants.

To learn more about volunteering at The DC Center please e-mail supportdesk@thedccenter.org


DC AVP Call for Branding Volunteers

DC Anti Violence Project

DC Anti Violence Project

!VOLUNTEER ALERT!: Are you savvy with art, design tools and branding? Do you have a passion for all things intersectional social justice, anti-violence and the LGBTQ community?

If you answered yes to the above, we need your help! The DC Anti-Violence Project (AVP), a grassroots, volunteer-led organization dedicated to the eradication of violence against the LGBTQ+ community, is revamping its look and vision. We’re looking for artsy volunteers passionate about our mission to help us along on this journey.

You’ll work closely with a tight-knit group of volunteers to develop a branding kit, including:

  • A new logo
  • A color/font scheme for all of our materials and website
  • Templates for releases, fact sheets, papers and more
  • Event-specific branding, such as our quarterly Taking the Stage, Taking a Stand forum
  • …and more!

We want to hear your ideas. We believe strongly in community collaboration, so you should be willing to work closely with other designers if several people raise their hands for this project. If interested, please send a note to shannon.quinn94@gmail.com with any past work samples and a brief blurb about yourself.

Please note: this is a volunteer position.

*DC AVP always welcomes new volunteers of all talents! If you don’t have design experience but want to hop on board for an exciting time of revisioning and re-energizing, sign up for our Google Group and join us on the fourth Thursday of every month at the DC Center to get involved in our ongoing projects.

The DC Center is looking for Front Desk volunteers!

Front Desk Volunteer

Front Desk Volunteer

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity?  Do you like talking with people and sharing information?

The DC Center is looking for volunteers to regularly staff the front desk, answer phone calls, and reply to e-mails on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during business hours from 12pm to 6pm every week. This is a great opportunity for those looking to build administrative skills. If you are interested in volunteering on one of these days, please contact the Office Administrator, Chris at chris@thedccenter.org
Thank you!

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Group Volunteer Opportunities
Group Volunteer Opportunities
Group Volunteer Opportunities

The DC Center for the LGBT Community has several recurring volunteer opportunities for groups and teams. In the past we’ve had many teams volunteer at the center including: fraternities and sororities, faith communities, employee resource groups, and sports teams. It can really be any group of people who want to give back to the community and build team spirit and connection through service. Here are some great opportunities for your team:

Your Team Can Host a Dinner for our LGBT Asylum Seekers

Center Global hosts a monthly dinner for LGBT asylum seekers typically on the third Saturday of every month. Our Asylum Seekers are folks who have fled their home countries and are seeking asylum based on their sexual orientation or gender identity//expression. They come from many countries including Russia, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Iraq, and Jamaica. The dinner is a great opportunity for them to find community and support; to share experiences; and to learn about the asylum process and establishing a new life here in the United States. Your team can provide the meal for approximately 20-25 individuals. You would provide and serve the meal here at the DC Center. (We only have a microwave here, so it would need to be prepared off site) If you are interested, please e-mail Don Driver at ddriver4006@gmail.com and CC Christopher Rothermel at chris@thedccenter.org

Your Team Can Join us for Volunteer Night

Volunteer Night is the first Monday night of every month from 6:30 PM to 8:30. Most volunteer nights are spent assembling safer sex kits. This is an activity you can do while sitting and talking with friends, as well as meeting new people. If you are bringing more than 10 people to volunteer night as a group, please be sure to let us know ahead of time by e-mailing supportdesk@thedccenter.org

Your Team Can Provide Dinner to Homeless LGBTQ Youth at Casa Ruby

The DC Center recruits a team of volunteers every month to provide dinner to homeless LGBTQ Youth at Casa Ruby on the third Sunday of every month. If you are helping with this project please e-mail lamar@thedccenter.org and cc chris@thedccenter.org.

Your Team Can Join us for a Packing Party

One of the easiest ways to help out around the Center is to attend one of our ‘Packing Parties’ and help assemble safer sex kits. Anyone can come to these events and it’s a great way to give back to our community. Parties are usually held on the first and third Tuesday night of the month from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at The DC Center for the LGBT Community. Please let us know in advance if you plan to bring a group of more than ten people to a packing party.

Your Team can provide lunch for our LGBT Seniors

LGBT Older Adults meet on the fourth Friday of every month for a lunch gathering. Socializing is very important for all older adults, but especially for LGBT older adults who more often feel isolated. We rely on volunteers to help us by providing a meal and by staying and hanging out for lunch. Sometimes groups will plan entertainment for the lunch, or bring games. Your team can prepare and serve the meal (remember, we have a kitchen, microwave, and heated buffet style servers, but no oven). If you are interested in this opportunity please e-mail Adam Heller at adamheller@thedccenter.org and cc chris@thedccenter.org

Your Team can volunteer at Food and Friends

The DC Center recruits volunteers to work in the Kitchen on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If you are interested in this opportunity sign up online at thedccenter.org/volunteer and if you have any questions, please e-mail David Cohen at dacwi@hotmail.com and cc chris@thedccenter.org

Make ‘Clean the World’ Care Kits for Homeless LGBTQ Youth and Adults

The DC Center distributes care kits to homeless youth and adults. The kit includes information about local resources (where to find food, where to shower, where to get employment help) along basic toiletry items (toothbrush, shaving cream, lotion, razor, etc …). We can schedule a specific time for volunteers from your group to come assemble the kits. However, we would require a donation of $750 or more to assist in purchasing the supplies. We would partner with Clean the World (which collects and recycles soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry) to keep costs to a minimum and help your team make as many kits as possible. If you are interested in this opportunity please e-mail chris@thedccenter.org

Your Team Can Host a Condom Packing Party
Can’t make it to the Volunteer Nights or regularly scheduled Condom Packing Party? If you would like to host your own packing party at the DC Center we can accommodate you! For a small donation of $500 we can supply you with the condoms, lubricant, and safer sex messages to create the kits. Please give at least 2 weeks notice. For more information please e-mail Chris at chris@thedccenter.org

Volunteer or Host an Attendee for Creating Change

Creating Change
Creating Change
Creating Change

The 30th Creating Change Conference returns to Washington DC on January 24-28 at the beautiful and spacious Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in the Woodley Park neighborhood.

Be part of the magic of Creating Change 2018.

How? Read on, friend.

  • Volunteer for CC18. We need 500 DMV volunteers to provide essential on-site people power for this year’s conference: the nation’s largest annual conference of the LGBTQ movement. In exchange for every 4-hour volunteer shift, we invite you to attend the rest of the day’s program! That’s right: volunteer and help us out for four hours and then attend any of the sessions that interest you at no charge.
    Click here to register and get more info.
  • Host an Out of Town Attendee. For some Creating Change attendees, the cost of a hotel stay exceeds their ability to pay. We need spaces for at least 75 people, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend the exhilarating and life-changing 2018 Creating Change Conference. There is no friendlier way to say “Welcome to DC!” than to open your home to a traveler.
    Click here for much more information and to register as a Community Housing Host!

Holiday Closings

Holiday Closings
Holiday Closings
Holiday Closings

The DC Center for the LGBT Community will be closed during regular business hours from 11/23/17 until 11/26/17. We will hold a special holiday luncheon on Thursday 11/23/17 from 12:00pm-3:30pm. We will be open for regular business hours on Monday 11/27/17.

Job Club is cancelled on Wednesday 11/12/17.

Women in Their Twenties and Thirties will not be meeting on Friday 11/24/17.

The DC Center will be closed for office hours on 11/25/17. We will be hosting Small Business Saturday from 11am-5pm

The DC Center Seeks Community Leaders

The DC Center for the LGBT Community is seeking local leaders interested in serving on its Board of Directors.
Board members’ primary duties include fundraising for and financial oversight of Center programs, active participation on one or more board committees, advocating for the diverse needs of LGBT peoples in the DC metropolitan area, and representing the Center at local events.  The Center is particularly interested in local leaders with skills in human resources, nonprofit law, events management, donor stewardship, communications, and accounting.
If you’re interested in joining an engaged and enterprising group of peers, have a deep commitment and involvement with the DC LGBT community (especially with the Center itself), and have experience in fundraising, please contact us at nominations@thedccenter.org for an informational meeting with a current board member. The Center strives for full and diverse inclusion, so candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should contact the Center by Friday, November 17th 2017 to be considered for a term beginning January 2018.

An Exemplary Community Volunteer


The DC Center would like to thank Sam Ritholtz for his devotion to volunteerism. Sam volunteered to help provide meals to residents at the Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center shelter , since the DC Center started it’s project to help provide meals to Casa Ruby through community members, Sam has been there since inception with his monthly meal donations. Sam the meals you provided is more than filling the bellies of those housed , you’re showing them that people do care, and gives them hope. Sometimes hope is just what people need to try and change their lives. Sam recently moved away and we would just like to say thank you and good luck and continue being the awesome super star you are for the LGBT community.

To learn how to get involved contact lamar@thedccenter.org

Volunteers Needed for the Equality March for Unity and Pride

Equality March for LGBT Unity and Pride

Washington Equality March for Unity and Pride

The organizers of the Equality March for Unity and Pride are getting excited about the big gathering in a few short weeks.  As you can imagine, coordinating a large mobilization like this march is an daunting but incredible task.  Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks but most importantly we need help the day of the march and rally to ensure that all of our fabulous community members can participate as safely and positively as possible.

Visit www.equalitymarch2017.org/volunteer to sign up.  We will follow up with you to confirm participation and provide all of the training you need to help us make this march a historic and successful event.  Thanks in advance and we look forward to seeing you on June 11.

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Pride Interfaith Choir Seeking Singers for June 6th Service

Capital Pride Interfaith Service
Capital Pride Interfaith Service
Capital Pride Interfaith Service

Interested in singing in the choir for the June Pride Interfaith Choir?  Join us at the times listed below.
We invite you to join us for at least 3 rehearsals (with at least one rehearsal being the final rehearsal on 6/6/17 at 6pm).

All Rehearsals take place at Calvary Baptist Church located at: 755 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Metro:  Gallery Place Metro (Red Line)

Rehearsal Dates and Room Information

Saturday May 20     1:30pm – 3:30pm Music Suite
Monday  May 22      7:30pm – 9:30pm Sanctuary
Tuesday May 30       7:30pm – 9:30pm Music Suite

Saturday June 3       1:30pm – 3:30pm Music Suite
Monday June 5th    7:30pm – 9:30pm Music Suite
Tuesday June 6th    6:00pm – 7:00pm Music Suite

Tuesday June 6th   7:00 pm   Pride Interfaith Service
​*Parking for rehearsals may be available in adjacent ​parking lot; please send email to:  nubianphoenix1@gmail.com subject: “Interfaith Choir Parking” by midnight the day before so that we can confirm parking for the next day rehearsal.

See You There!!!!