General Information

  • Volunteer Opportunities / Responsibilities: Our work at Ayuda would not be possible without the generous contributions of our volunteers! Whether at our offices or public engagements, through our ongoing programs or one-time events, and across all the various types of opportunities we offer, our volunteers allow us to expand the scale and scope of the assistance we can provide to the immigrant community of the DMV. Just last year alone, Ayuda welcomed almost 10,000 hours of volunteering from our supporters, and we couldnít be more thrilled to surpass that number this year through your participation. We encourage you to check out the numerous ways you can support our work below and sign up to get involved with us today!
    And if you have any questions or would like additional information, please donít hesitate to reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@ayuda.com as they would be happy to connect to discuss our volunteer program further.

    Social Services In-Office
    o We offer significant programming and aid for our clients that takes place right at our offices of DC, Maryland, and Virginia. From grocery bag packaging at our food pantry to inventorying and organizing our diaper bank to assisting the various support groups we offer, there are numerous ways to help our clients at all three of our offices.

    Social Services Out-of-Office:
    o We serve our clients and the larger immigrant population directly through various public engagements. From health kit distributions to public transportation trainings, we offer plenty of opportunities to help us the support the assistance we provide within our own DMV-community.

    Community Outreach:
    o We seek to further amplify our voice, keep our society informed, and develop impactful partnerships with like-minded community-based organizations. Through opportunities like Ayuda event support, advocacy trainings, and community outreach to potential partners, we are always welcoming individuals to help us expand the reach of our work.

    Administrative Assistance:
    o We provide a variety of different ways for individuals to support our work behind the scenes. From file organization and management to data entry to translation services, there are frequent opportunities to join us at our offices and assist our staff.

    Fundraising Support (Monetary and In-Kind):
    o We welcome support beyond a one-time or recurring donation by mobilizing your whole community! By aiding our work through a personally customized crowdfunding campaign or leading a donation drive for one of our seasonal campaigns, our volunteer coordinator is happy to help you help us!

    Specific Opportunities:

    Food Pantry Support
    o We regularly stock our pantry and distribute food staples to our clients monthly. Located at our downtown DC office, we offer opportunities every month from assisting with delivery intake to organization and inventory to preparing grocery bags for our clients to pick up. Typically offered on various Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the month, sign up here to stay updated on these future opportunities!

    Diaper Bank Support
    o We regularly stock our diaper bank and distribute mother and baby products to our clients on a monthly basis. Located at our Silver Spring, MD office, we offer opportunities every month from assisting with the delivery intake to organization and inventory to preparing mother and infant bags for our clients to pick up. Typically offered on various Tuesdays of the month, sign up here to stay updated on these future opportunities!

    Hygiene Kit Packaging + Distributing
    o To help combat the COVID-19 epidemic and raise awareness about best public health practices, we go out into the DMV community to package and distribute hygiene kits. Provided to the larger immigrant population of the region, our kits including masks, hand sanitizer, vitamin packets, COVID-19 rapid tests, and informational pamphlets on the virus. Typically offered at various times on an ongoing basis, sign up here to stay updated on these future opportunities!
  • Types of Volunteers Needed: individual/adult; individual/college; individual/high school; families with children; adult groups of less than 5; adult groups of 6 or more, including corporate teams
  • Hours Needed: business hours during the week; evenings during the week