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Afterschool Assistant at Mary Virginia Merrick Center

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City Gate, Inc.

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We are currently recruiting volunteers to help support our Gateway to Growth after school program at the Mary Virginia Merrick Center in Southeast, DC. Volunteers will help support our program staff in creating a safe and positive environment for youth. We currently have approximately 30 regularly attending youth participants K-5th. Our students' academic performance and social behaviors have been negatively impacted by the last two years of the pandemic.

Our program offers youth a snack, homework help, recreation time, and a reading program that works to improve literacy and social emotional growth by reading novels together in small groups. Literacy is one of the core competencies that has been most negatively impacted by COVID-19 and many of our students have fallen below expectations for their grade level. We believe that by reading complex and engaging novels we can not only help to improve their literacy but also embed in them a lifelong love of reading and we are looking for motivated volunteers to help us in this work.

There will also be opportunities to volunteer on off-site expeditions.

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About City Gate, Inc.


3920 Alton Place, NW, Washington, DC 20016, US

Mission Statement

CITY GATE goes beyond addressing physical needs or providing educational opportunities. CITY GATE’s overarching goal is building - from the bottom up - communities of caring, compassion, and capability that strengthen society and empower the individual.


Organization Overview:

Founded in 2000 by Dr. Lynn Bergfalk, CITY GATE is an urban ministry in Washington, DC that seeks to open doors of opportunity and empowerment for the city’s residents. Its mission is to empower those on the margins of urban society to access more fully the life and benefits of the larger community, and to implement strategies of partnership that address the needs of children, youth, and others who are disadvantaged or disenfranchised.

The work of CITY GATE extends throughout Washington, D.C. with program sites currently operating in Wards 1, 3, 7, and 8, and Prince George’s County. Its mission statement embraces the following goals:

  • Embody a practical vision of community based upon justice, compassion and spirituality that values every individual and promotes the growth of love and justice in personal and social relationships.

  • Help those on the margins of urban society to access and participate more fully in the life and benefits of the larger community.

  • Implement strategies of partnership, and specific programs that address the needs of urban youth, the homeless, the poor, the immigrant and others who are disadvantaged or disenfranchised.

  • Provide bridges of friendship and service for individuals and volunteer groups to understand and participate in the struggles and challenges of the disadvantaged or disenfranchised in our cities.

  • Enlist support from those among the general public who wish to strengthen our communities through programs of service and education, and through development of innovative strategies and structures for social change
Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


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4275 4th Street SoutheastWashington, DC 20032



  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Crisis Intervention
  • STEM


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


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  • Program runs from 3:45 pm to 6 pm Monday - Friday. The minimum time commitment is at least one afternoon a week, although more days is ideal since it helps to build consistency for the kids.

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