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Mission Statement

We Are Family reaches out with services, advocacy, and companionship to isolated, low-income seniors in the North Capitol Street/Shaw, Columbia Heights, and Park View areas of Washington, DC, using a volunteer-driven model, grounded in grassroots senior leadership.


We Are Family serves seniors in the North Capitol/Shaw and Columbia Heights/Park View neighborhoods of Washington, DC. We bring advocacy, services, organizing, and companionship into the homes of the elderly, while helping to build friendships across boundaries like race, class, religion, age, culture, and sexual orientation.

Most of our work is done by volunteers, coordinated by a single full time staffer Mark Andersen who has over two decades experience serving seniors in these neighborhoods.

While many of those who help do the work of We Are Family are seniors themselves -- who, after all, have built this community -- *we need you as well.* The possibilities are truly endless. Mark is able to tailor a volunteer task to whatever time or gift you might have, from helping out once a year on holidays, to calling lonely seniors once a week, to making home visits or delivering groceries on Saturday mornings once or twice a month, to pairing up individual volunteers with nearby seniors, and beyond.


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