EchoDC

As we strive to be a presence on the corner of 8th and H NW in our city, we have to continually ask the question, “Who are our neighbors?”  Echo DC is a sort of “mission stay” or a stay-at-home mission trip where we have an opportunity to pay attention—a little more intently than usual—to who our neighbors are and how we can best serve them.  I encourage you to even leave your office an hour early or to take a morning off in order to join our congregation in this “mission stay” we call Echo DC.  It will take place April 19-24, and opportunities are below.  Email or call Eric about when you would like to participate and serve ebebber@calvarydc.org or 202.347.8355.

Christ House

Monday, April 19, 5-7pm

1717 Columbia Rd NW (near Columbia Hts metro)

4-5 people needed

Christ House is a medical facility that provides health services to homeless men and women who are sick or injured.  Christ House serves 3 meals a day for its patients and long-term housing residents.  Volunteers for this opportunity will help serve the meal, dine and talk with patients/residents, and help with clean-up.

Street Church

Tuesday, April 20, 1-2pm

Franklin Square Park (Corner of 14th and I Streets NW, McPherson Sq metro)

4-6 people needed

Street Church is a ministry of Church of the Epiphany.  Every Tuesday at 1pm, they hold a worship service in Franklin Square Park and then serve a meal afterward.  They often need volunteers to either help serve the meal, or just to offer their presence.  People in attendance usually are homeless, middle-class, or dressed in fine business attire.  It really is a beautiful thing to witness such a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds all worshipping together.

DC Central Kitchen’s First Helping

Monday – Friday, April 19-23, 8am – 12pm

2nd and D Streets NW (Judiciary Sq. Metro)

2-3 people needed each day

First Helping, one of many programs offered by DC Central Kitchen, provides breakfast on the streets of DC to people who are struggling or homeless.  Accompanied by a social worker, volunteers go out in vans to several locations around the city in order to serve breakfast and connect with individuals while the social worker provides much-needed help to the clients.  Watch this video about the program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytQYF9gVcHA

McKenna’s Wagon at Martha’s Table

Wednesday – Friday, April 21-23, 4:45pm – 6:45pm

2114 14th Street NW (near U St Metro)

2 people needed Wed and Thu, 4 people needed Fri

McKenna’s Wagon, a program of Martha’s Table, serves meals to homeless on the street 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Each night the vans, driven and staffed by volunteers, roll out to five locations around the city serving sandwiches, soup, a dessert and tea.

Downtown Social Club

Thursday, April 22, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Shallenberger Hall

4-6 people needed

For about the last 50 years, every Thursday, residents from St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatric Hospital make their way to Calvary for the Downtown Social Club.  The clients from St. E’s participate in bingo, painting, games, exercise, music, etc. and then we serve them lunch.  Volunteers are needed to help set-up and clean-up, but more importantly, to interact with the clients.  This is a wonderful opportunity to bring joy to the lives of those living within the confines of mental health difficulties.

Food and Friends (kitchen)

changed from Thursday to WEDNESDAY, April 21, 6-8pm

219 Riggs Rd NE (Ft Totten Metro)

10 people needed

Food and Friends provides specially-prepared meals to homebound residents living with life-altering illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and M.S.  Food and Friends utilizes volunteers to help prepare the meals at their kitchen facility, and to deliver them to the residents’ homes.  This opportunity is for preparing food.

Food and Friends (deliveries)

Saturday, April 24, 9am – 12pm

219 Riggs Rd NE (Ft Totten Metro)

5-8 people needed

Food and Friends provides specially-prepared meals to homebound residents living with life-altering illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and M.S.  Food and Friends utilizes volunteers to help prepare the meals at their kitchen facility, and to deliver them to the residents’ homes.  This opportunity is for delivering meals—you will need a vehicle.

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