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How You Can Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! 

Please fill out our Volunteer Application, and email the completed application to our Volunteer Coordinator, Toshica Harvey at tharvey@mysistersplacedc.org. If you have any questions about our volunteer opportunities, you can contact Toshica at (202) 540-1052 or EmailPlease 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.

Volunteer Application

Additional documentation may be required:

MSP Photo Release Form

MSP Background Check

MSP Child Protection Register (CPR) Check

Individual Volunteer Opportunities:

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.

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.

Time: Monday through Friday from 7pm to 8pm

Location: Sanctuary Plus

Commitment: One group per month for 3 months

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 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 adult women and up to 30 children. You will be onsite for an hour and a half. We’re asking for 3 meals per year with the option to serve more meals based on your availability.

Time: Saturday and Sunday from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Sanctuary Plus

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

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

Group 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 please send an email to Toshica Harvey at tharvey@mysistersplacedc.org to discuss your project ideas. Some examples 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

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Questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Toshica Harvey, at (202) 540-1052 or Email