The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
"To provide a variety of donated goods, usable devices and equipment to underserved individuals with disabilities in the District of Columbia who cannot afford to buy them"
DC Shares, the District of Columbia disability equipment recycling program, it is a place where DC residents with disabilites who are low income, uninsured or underinsured can receive free home medical equipment. (Wheel chairs, walkers, canes, etc) and used/refurbished computers.
by Lily Y. from Scottsdale, AZ
I came to DC Shares thinking maybe I could help others, like Elizabeth Gilbert did in Eat, Pray, Love, after her breakup. (And like Gilbert, I was sick of wallowing in self-pity after my split with the bf).
A year later, I can honestly say DC Shares has done more for me than I ever could for them. Watching Jen & DeVon truly do something great—provide free medical equipment to those in need—really restored my faith in people. In a city that holds so much power—yet at the same time, a huge gap between rich and poor—acting locally is more crucial than ever. And there’s nothing like seeing people come in for equipment, with their positive outlook amid genuine hardships, that really put my priorities in perspective.
If you've volunteered before, you might be familiar with the feeling of being expendable, maybe because the organization is large with enough help already. At DC Shares, you get the feeling that you’re actually making a difference (because they really do need the help)!