Volunteering at SHC can make a world of difference for a newcomer to our community. Likewise volunteers often point out that their SHC experience is transformative–a unique opportunity to gain an insight into a new culture, and to make new friends.
Most volunteering opportunities do not require special skills. SHC is committed to providing volunteers with support, training, as well as opportunities for peers to share experiences and to learn from one another. When you submit your volunteer application, you will be invited to an orientation and information session to gain a better understanding of our organization, of the families we work with, and of your volunteer role. If you decide to volunteer, you will need to do a background screening. Prior to getting started, you will receive additional skills training and support.
Current volunteer opportunities
Tutor an English Learner
Tutor a school student (SSL credits for high school volunteers)
Who can volunteer? High school students from age 15 and adults. Qualifies for student service learning credits (SSL hours).
School students arriving from another country, who speak another language, or who have experience interrupted formal schooling often need support with homework, English literacy skills, or digital literacy. SHC seeks volunteers to join our Homework Helpers network to assist with:
HELP connect to essential services
Who can volunteer? Adults who are comfortable navigating the Internet.
Building an independent life begins with finding your way around. Even without the language barriers, new refugees or immigrants oftentimes need a guiding hand, especially with access to essential services. SHC seeks volunteers who are willing to assist families with single and time sensitive specific tasks such as school registration for a young child, filing for unemployment insurance, or renewing an essential service.
COVID-19 Update–due to the pandemic all volunteer opportunities are conducted remotely/online.
"Volunteering at SHC gives me a chance to rediscover DC through a different set of eyes and make friends with people from all over the world.”