Local Nonprofit Bulletin
Things to Do This Month
October 8, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM or 1:00 – 3:30 PM | Learn and practice relief block printing with Art Enables at their free 2nd Saturday workshop
October 8, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Dreaming Out Loud presents their 5th Annual Fall Festival at The Farm at Kelly Miller, featuring delicious farm to table food, pony rides, face painting, music, and more!
October 8, 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Paint and Sip with Project Create at their Family Art Day, where Curt Cunningham will facilitate a free arts workshop
October 12, 5:30 – 7:00 PM | Meet your neighbors and get involved with the Chevy Chase community — stop by Blue44 Restaurant & Bar for Chevy Chase Main Street’s Volunteer Info Happy Hour, or sign up here to volunteer
October 13, 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Help pass a Green New Deal for Housing in DC and join Jews United for Justice’s Social Housing Sukkot Kickoff
October 13, 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Attend A Night of Immigrant Stories at Busboys and Poets in Arlington, VA with Restless Books Immigrant Writing Labs and many in the Dream Project community
October 15, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Collect and identify seeds in Arlington National Cemetery with Potomac Conservancy! Seeds will go to local nurseries that grow trees for reforesting efforts across the region
October 15, 6:30 – 9:30 PM | Support Nueva Vida’s Latinas with cancer at VIDART 03, their fundraising art auction to honor cancer survivors & caregivers
October 16, 2:00 PM | Join National Philharmonic for A Very Silly Vaudeville, an original children’s show featuring magic, dancing, singing, and lots of audience engagement
October 19, 1:00 – 2:00 PM | Celebrate the 77th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month with Best Buddies at their virtual panel discussion focusing on ACCESS in the workforce
October 20, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Create a Community Mural with My Sister’s Place at the American University Quad and honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month at their signature #PurpleThursday event
October 20 – 23 | Watch international, documentary, short, and feature films at Reel Affirmations: Washington DC’s International LGBTQ Film Festival. All films will be available virtually, with in person screenings available too
October 21, 6:30 – 9:30 PM | PEN/Faulkner’s Literary State of the Union, a one-of-a-kind DC literary gathering just before the mid-term elections
October 22, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Celebrate FRESHFARM’s 25th anniversary at their Monroe Street Market Block Party
October 22, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Shop and learn local with The Platform of Hope pop up at the Adams Morgan Farmers Market
October 22, 12:00 – 3:00 PM | Girls Rock! DC Clothing Swap. Exchange clothes, stories, and superb tunes!
October 25, 12:00 – 2:00 PM | Lunch and Life with SCNOVA in Reston, VA: How Hope Functions as a Motivator for Healthy Behavior
October 26, 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month with JCADA, When Gun Violence and Domestic Violence Meet: Kate Ranta Tells Her Story
October 30, 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Fall-o-Ween at Common Good City Farm, with free chili & other snacks, a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, and more!
Other Ways to Get Involved
Become a BUILD Mentor and help ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities! Mentors work with students as they learn teamwork and collaboration skills, create and grow their businesses, pitch to investors, and manufacture and sell their products. No prior experience necessary!
Sign up to volunteer with DC SCORES — they’re looking for support with their Fall Frenzy event on October 22 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, as well as for game day referees to help throughout their fall season on Thursdays between 3:00 – 6:00 PM (email Will Sutton, their Program Director for Soccer Leagues).
Nominate or apply for The Giving Square Fellowship, an intergenerational program designed to bring caring individuals together to explore the role that children play in community. This 6+ session program will run on Mondays at 5:00 PM from November 7 – December 12, with sessions conducted on Zoom and lasting between 45-60 minutes. Email nominations and requests for applications by October 7.
Volunteer with Leveling the Playing Field — they provide weekly opportunities, from organizing their warehouses to assisting with inventorying incoming donations to running a collection drive.
This Halloween, help Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services host their third annual Trunk or Treat event! Sign up to donate candy or treats, or to volunteer with them in person in Alexandria, VA.
Spread the word — children in grades K-5 can register for the Audubon Naturalist Society’s Unplug & Play and Days Off Camps, where they’ll get to learn about nature, explore the Woodend Nature Sanctuary, get muddy in the pond, and play games! Upcoming dates include: October 5, October 24, November 7, and April 21.
Build Grow@Home kits with the Washington Youth Garden. Over the last two years, they’ve provided more than 5,000 kits to students throughout the region to inspire them to learn, experiment, and grow their own food! You can also volunteer to work in the garden.
Resources to Learn From
How are we doing at building a world grounded in equity, accountability, and loving kindness? What needs to change? Explore these questions and more in Avodah’s Transformative Teshuvah: A High Holiday Resource for a More Just World, now featuring a special section on bodily autonomy.
Stay connected with local artist opportunities and area art exhibits & events with Creativity in Action, The Art League’s blog!
Check your voter registration status and prepare for Virginia’s election day on November 8 with The Arc of Northern Virginia’s plain language voting guides & other resources.