Volunteer with Samaritian Ministry
Samaritan Ministry is able to meet the needs of our participants with the tremendous support of people like you — people who share our core values and concern for others in the community.
Nearly 75 percent of our staff members are full- or part-time unpaid volunteers, and contribute vital services to the tune of more than 13,000 volunteer hours annually. They assist our neighbors dealing with poverty overcome the challenges they face each day, serving as caseworkers, workshop leaders, resume writers, front office coordinators and in a variety of other important roles.
Together, we make a real difference in the lives of program participants, and we invite you to join us. Whatever your skills or experiences, you can find meaningful opportunities to help us fulfill our mission.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete a volunteer application or contact us at volunteers [at] samaritanministry.org or 202-722-2280 x307.
Current Volunteer Needs:
Front Office Coordinator
The Front Office Coordinator (FOC) provides invaluable support to individuals participating in Samaritan Ministry’s Next Step Program by:
- Welcoming program participants and offering individual attention
- Explaining the Next Step Program to prospective program participants
- Sorting office and participant mail
- Answering the telephone and taking messages for staff and program participants
- Describing the Next Step Program to interested callers, and
- Assisting program new participants complete the Next Step Program registration form.
FOCs commit to one morning a week, Monday – Friday from 8:45 am – 1 pm in our Northern Virginia, Southeast DC, Northwest DC, Perry School Center, or Episcopal Church of Our Saviour (Silver Spring) offices.
FOCs Subs fill in when the regularly scheduled FOC cannot make it in.
Computer Mentors assist participants with and teach them computer use and skills. Common areas Computer Mentors assist participants with include:
- How to use the mouse
- Microsoft Word
- Using the Internet to locate information
- Setting up an email account and using e-mail, and
- Filling out online job applications.
Other duties may be: assisting with resumes and cover letters; checking references; running practice job interviews with participants.
This is a flexible position with a flexible schedule. Computer Mentors commit to one morning a week, Monday – Friday from 9:00 am-1:00 pm in our Northern Virginia, Southeast DC, Northwest DC, Perry School Center, or Episcopal Church of Our Saviour (Silver Spring) offices.
On-going and Group Volunteer Needs
Samaritan Ministry needs groups and individuals for beautification, organization, and maintenance projects. These are one-time or regular volunteer opportunities with flexible times. Projects might include organizing and stocking the food pantry and clothes closet, yard work, re-organizing closets and files, or painting projects.