Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

Please use our volunteer registration and scheduling software to sign up to volunteer.

If you have any questions or issues, please email volunteer@mysistersplacedc.org, or you may contact our Development and Volunteer Manager, Angela Cavanaugh by email. Please note that all volunteers, with the exception of Clothesline Project volunteers, must be at least 18 years of age, and that Sanctuary Plus is not a metro accessible location.

Additional documentation that may be required:

MSP Photo Release Form

MSP Background Check

MSP Child Protection Register (CPR) Check

Individual Volunteer Opportunities Include:

*Some programs have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

There’s nothing like a delicious and nutritious home cooked meal!

Details: We are currently looking for volunteers to prepare and deliver dinner on Saturday and/or Sunday for our residents. Meal volunteers purchase or prepare a meal offsite and bring it to My Sister’s Place Sanctuary Plus location to be served. Meal volunteers will serve approximately 45 people to include 15 adults and up to 30 children. We’re asking for 3 meals per year with the option to serve more meals based on your availability.

Time: Saturday and/or Sunday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Sanctuary Plus

Commitment: 3 meals per year with the option to provide more meals.

Help a family have an amazing start in a new home!

Details: Please join us on Saturdays once or twice monthly, as we furnish the new home of a survivor of domestic violence. Our families are excited to be in their own home, free from violence, but need our support to furnish it.

If you would like to donate needed items, you can help build and/or move furniture into a survivors new home. You will receive an email with the exact address. If you would like to help build and move, this means that you must be willing to assist with the lift, carry, load and then transport items to the survivors’ home.

You may sign-up here or contact Angela Cavanaugh, our Development and Volunteer Manager, if you have any questions, at (202) 540-1049 or volunteer@mysistersplacedc.org. We appreciate you bringing donations or staying to help for as long as you can.

Time: Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Locations are announced closer to the date of the move.

Commitment: Dedicate at least 1-2 hours of your time per move.

Spend some time getting to know our littlest residents

Details: Children represent the largest population MSP serves. Child witnesses to family violence often experience significant emotional and social challenges that can affect their development without proper intervention. MSP provides children’s group play/activities sessions one hour per day Monday through Friday at our confidential shelter. Volunteers assist staff in designing and implementing therapeutic play strategies with children ranging in age from infants to teenagers. Most importantly, volunteers provide the children resident in our shelter with the safety, nurturing, structure and kindness that allows them to be children again. (Some of these activities have been suspended due to COVID-19, please inquire first at volunteer@mysisterplacedc.org)

Time: Monday through Friday from 7pm to 8pm

Location: Sanctuary Plus

Commitment: Minimum 2 times per month for 6 months

Bring your unique skills or professional expertise to our adult residents

Details: If you have something special you like to share with our residents such as resume building, yoga instruction, paint night, financial literacy, Zumba, or other activities you may have in my mind; then hosting a women’s group would be the perfect fit for you. Also, with at least 3 weeks’ notice, we can accommodate weekend activities as well. (Some of these activities have been suspended due to COVID-19, please inquire first at volunteer@mysisterplacedc.org)

Time: Monday through Friday from 7pm to 8pm

Location: Sanctuary Plus

Commitment: One group per month for 3 months

Be the warm and welcoming first impression at MSP

Details: Front desk volunteers ensures everyone’s first impression of My Sisters Place is warm and welcoming. As a front desk volunteer you will be the voice and face to callers and visitors at our administrative office.

You will answer incoming phone calls to provide information regarding MSP’s services, transfer calls to individual staff lines and take detailed messages. You will also work on administrative task as needed.

Front desk volunteers are required to make a commitment to cover one morning shift per week for 8 weeks (this can be extended based on your availability). Some shifts maybe be quieter than others, therefore you are more than welcomed to bring a book, or homework if there are no administrative task to perform. We have Wi-Fi available for you to connect on your personal tablet or laptop.

Time: Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm

Location: Administrative Office

Commitment: One morning shift per week for 8 weeks.

Help us keep our services available to women and children

Details: Fundraising volunteers donate their time to MSP in a variety of ways. From supporting MSP’s events to planning special events and other activities as needed. For example, volunteers assist with our annual holiday appeal by helping us label, and stamp the cards for the mail. We will contact volunteers as the need arises.

Time: Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm

Location: Administrative Office

Commitment: As needed

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Create a comforting space

Details: MSP strives to provide a comfortable, home-like environment at our emergency shelter.  Toward that goal, the shelter regularly requires interior and exterior sprucing up. Groups of volunteers perform seasonal exterior maintenance (raking leaves, basic gardening, etc.) and interior maintenance (painting, cleaning, organizing, etc.) on an as needed basis. This is a wonderful project for groups of volunteers with varying skill levels.

Location: Sanctuary Plus

Let’s work together to create a memorable project

Details: We welcome your ideas for group volunteering projects such as Food, Toy and Coat drives. Please send an email to Angela Cavanaugh at acavanaugh@mysistersplacedc.org to discuss your project ideas. Some examples also include, Mother’s Day brunch, spa day or quarterly birthday celebrations for the children and mothers. Together we can develop a project that’s meaningful and impactful to your group as well as our residents.

Location: Sanctuary Plus or Admin Office

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