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Volunteering at CAUSES

Volunteers are essential to our work in the community. Our volunteers allow us to offer community outreach programs that improve the quality of life and economic opportunity of people and communities in DC, and beyond. Volunteers participate at our urban food hubs, workshop and certificate offerings and other community outreach programs.

To register as a volunteer, please fill out the Volunteer Application Form. As a registered volunteer, you will be added to our emailing list so you can remain informed about our upcoming events. Registered volunteers can also use the Volunteer Portal to sign up for shifts. If you have questions or would like to schedule a volunteer day for your group, please contact Janet Spain below.

For more information about upcoming events, you may also refer to the following resources: VolunteerMatch, Facebook, and Eventbrite.

Stories From The Field

CAUSES Volunteer, Cheryl Dixon“As a seasoned life-long vegetable gardener I have found UDC CAUSES is leading the way in providing state-of-the-art facilities for growing year-round produce to meet the increasing foods needs of our local communities. Working alongside the dedicated staff and workers at UDC CAUSES has provided me with many opportunities to learn, explore, discover, increase my knowledge and skills, as well as contribute in creating and maintaining sustainable food producing hubs in the District of Columbia. The availability of year-round aquaponics/hydroponics greenhouses will allow me to learn more and help with growing vegetables during the winter months too”
-Cheryl, Volunteer



CAUSES Volunteer, Mary Reyner“When I was a little kid, my mom gave me a packet of radish seeds and a corner of her garden in which to plant them – I was hooked, and have loved gardening ever since. So when Sandy Farber Bandier, Director of the Master Gardener program and Green Roof Manager asked for Master Gardener volunteers to help plant and maintain UDC’s brand new Green Roof, I jumped at the chance. Thanks to Sandy’s knowledge and leadership, I’ve loved helping with propagation and learning more about organic disease and insect control. With its “penthouse” views and accommodating micro-climate, it is gratifying to see the Roof grow 1000’s of pounds of produce for DC’s food pantries and underserved UDC students”
-Mary, Volunteer



Staff Contact

Andrew Carson, PhD
Data and Assessment Manager
Mobile: (202) 597-2725


Volunteer Application Form
Volunteer Portal
Student Employment/Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement
DCHR Volunteer Service Agreement

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