Washington DC is full of nonprofits where volunteering may help you get a job. These are 5 opportunities if you’re unemployed or just want a better life.
Vajrayogini Buddhist Center: This sangha is dedicated to bringing Buddha’s teachings, and more peace and happiness to the Washington DC area. They teach meditation classes and offer special workshops and events at Dupont Circle and other locations. You can volunteer in any capacity from being a class assistant to helping with publicity. There are no paid positions, but you’ll accumulate merit which is the only way a Buddhist believes you can fix anything. Non-Buddhists are very welcome at many of the activities. The center is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition.
Shambhala Meditation Center: This meditation and study center provides instruction and training in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. They have a few tracks of study with both Buddhist and secular approaches at their Cleveland Park center. All their activities are coordinated by volunteers, and several positions are currently vacant so build up your skills and get some merit to help your job search.
Potter’s House: You may have guessed that I’m Buddhist. But, if I were Christian, I would volunteer at this coffee house. The people are friendly, the food is good, and the prices are low. The many volunteer opportunities include serving food and assisting with the Friday night music shows. Best of all, invite a homeless person in to sit down and get served a proper meal. It’s all part of Church of the Saviour ministries where you may even find a whole new career in one of their many community services for housing, healthcare, and other needs.
National Gallery of Arts: Many local museums are fun and educational places to work. At the National Gallery, volunteers help out as docents, gardeners or do administrative work. You’ll be able to network if you’re looking for a full time job in the arts or meet more people from a variety of backgrounds.
Greater DC Cares: If you still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, sample a range of opportunities at this volunteer clearinghouse. There are short term and longer term commitments plus specialized opportunities to match every profession. You may find a job with them or any of the Washington DC nonprofits they serve.
All these Washington DC nonprofits do great work for the local community. Volunteering may even help put you to work if you’re looking for a new job.