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So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.)

Helping D.C. residents experiencing poverty, hunger, and homelessness.


AGE RANGE - 13 and above

What is S.O.M.E.?

Since 1970, S.O.M.E. has served the DC area, helping individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness with food, housing, emergency and social services, healthcare, education and workforce development, and advocacy. Currently S.O.M.E houses more than one thousand people in affordable housing, serves tens of thousands of seniors and other emergency-care recipients annually, provides healthcare to over 22,000 clients per year, and provides job training so that graduates earn on average $18/hour. If you would like to help DC area residents experiencing homelessness and poverty, then S.O.M.E. might be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!

How do I volunteer?

S.O.M.E. seeks individual volunteers daily for lunch service at the S.O.M.E. senior center in NW DC. They also offer opportunities for group volunteering here.

S.O.M.E. also seeks help from specifically-trained people who can help with addiction recovery, legal advocacy, employment training, communications, and mental health. For those opportunities, click here.

S.O.M.E. also collects items in four specific categories: food, clothing, hygiene items, and household items. Donations may be dropped off at 61 O Street NW between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. every day. Their Amazon wishlist is here.

For a more life-changing experience, S.O.M.E. offers a unique year-long Volunteer Corps opportunity, a residential program for dedicated public servants who wish to change the lives of homeless, poor and marginalized people. Volunteers gain work experience, defer student loans, receive a monthly living allowance and health insurance, and live rent-free in Washington, DC. The application for this program can be found here.

Feel free to share extra information and personal experiences in the comments below, or head over to the forum!


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