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.

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Nearly 75 percent of our staff members are amazing volunteers who contribute vital services, putting in more than 16,000 volunteer hours in 2019. They assist our neighbors dealing with poverty in overcoming the challenges they face each day by 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 inquiry form or email Volunteer Coordinator Sy Jones: SJones@samaritanministry.org

Current Volunteer Needs


Northwest: 1516 Hamilton St, NW, WDC 20011

Anacostia/Southeast: 1345 U St, SE, WDC 20020

Arlington: 2207 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA   22204


  • Welcome program participants and offer individual attention 
  • Sort mail 
  • Answer the telephone and take messages for staff and program participants 
  • Assist with distribution and giveaway events 
  • Help maintain a clean and neat office  
  • Other duties as needed 

Location: 1516 Hamilton St, NW, WDC 20011

Part time: One Day a Week, 2-3 hours  


Food Pantry: 

  • Maintain a clean and organized pantry 
  • Sort and stock food items onto shelves by food type and expiration date   
  • Check expiration dates and discard expired items 
  • Prepare food bags 
  • Prepare food supplies for other SMGW locations  

Clothing Closet: 

  • Maintain and organize clothing closets  
  • Sort clothing  
  • Fold and hang items  
  • Maintain clothing shelves and racks 


  • Organizational skills  
  • Ability to:
    • stand for length of time 
    • lift to 30 pounds 

Volunteer Spotlight!

Volunteer Spotlight: Nancy Calvert
Special Holiday Talent from a Special FOC (Front Office Coordinator) Nancy Calvert, Parish Representative from St Alban’s Annandale, also serves as the...
Volunteer Spotlight: Marsha Obusek
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Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Konefal
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Volunteer Spotlight: Margaret Hilton
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Volunteering During the Coronavirus Crisis
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