Interested in volunteering at a community greening center or in a park? We have opportunities at our one-acre urban farm, the Marvin Gaye Greening Center (5000 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE). We grow fresh organic produce for the Ward 7 and 8 communities. Volunteers will help with weeding, harvesting, planting, and tending to the farm. No experience is necessary. Volunteers may also head into Marvin Gaye Park and help out with things such as tree planting, invasive species removal, trash clean up, stream clean up, and general park beautification.
We love hosting groups! Because of our open-air, widespread plot of land and proper distancing and mask-wearing policies, we can safely host groups of up to 20 people in the garden and/or park.
WPP will provide:
COVID-19 safety rules/guidelines
Socially distanced in-the-field training
Sterilized tools per person and proper sterilization techniques
For every 3+ hours worked volunteers can choose to be certified as a Park Leaders and become a WPP steward.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Washington Parks & People
2437 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, US
To breathe life into parks and transform communities across the nation's capital.
Recognized as one of America's top parks/community partnerships, Parks & People is Washington's city-wide public/private parks partnership. Founded in 1990 to reclaim Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park, the organization led the transformation of that park from the most violent national site in the region to one of the safest. To date, Parks & People has helped advance over 160 parks, trails, streams, playgrounds, schoolyards, and community gardens. Parks & People's facilities include the historic Josephine Butler Parks Center, a vibrant and award-winning multi-purpose 40-room "greenhouse" for revitalizing innercity greenspaces; the Riverside Healthy Living Center, providing park programming, youth development, and healthy park-based business incubation; the Marvin Gaye Community Greening Center, a training farm, native tree nursery, and base of park reclamation and workforce development through our DC Green Corps; and the North Columbia Heights Green, a once-blighted vacant lot that serves as a hands-on outdoor classroom for sustainable food production and permaculture practices. Among key parks being helped right now, Parks & People has led the transformation of Marvin Gaye Park, DC's longest municipal park, for 14 years. It also helps Oxon Run Park, Shepherd Parkway, the Escarpment Ridge and Fort Circle network of parks, Walter Pierce Park (where 8,428 African Americans were buried after the Civil War), and the east side of Rock Creek park. Over the past decade, Parks & People has mobilized well over 300,000 hours of volunteer service for parks of all kinds. Parks & People volunteers work hard, have fun, and make a massive difference.
We'll work with your schedule.
Marvin Gaye Greening Center5000 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NEWashington, DC20019