Georgetown students are encouraged to perform pro bono work with whatever organizations best suit their interests. However, a number of D.C. area organizations are especially well known for taking the time to train and encourage Georgetown Law students, who in turn contribute significantly to their work. Many students find that after building a strong relationship with a particular organization they are inclined to continue volunteering there throughout their time at Georgetown Law.
The organizations listed below provide Georgetown Law students with both pro bono and community service opportunities. Both types of volunteerism are encouraged by Georgetown, but they are credited slightly differently for the purposes of the Pro Bono Pledge. (See the Pro Bono Pledge Requirements.)
Pro Bono Organizations
The D.C. Earned Income Tax Credit (DC EITC) Campaign leverages the skills of hundreds of community volunteers to provide financial education and free tax preparation services to thousands of low-income individuals and families throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. Training for the EITC program takes place every January at Georgetown Law. Volunteers can be trained as tax preparers, savings promoters, greeters, client coordinators, interpreters, or food stamp specialists. Volunteers are usually assigned to a single tax site where they volunteer weekly over the course of tax season (January-April).
CAIR Coalition brings together community groups, pro bono attorneys, volunteers and immigrants from D.C., Virginia and Maryland with the goal of ensuring that all immigrants are treated with fairness, dignity and respect for their human and civil rights.
DC SAFE, Inc. provides crisis intervention and advocacy services to over 5,000 domestic violence victims each year in the D.C. Metro Area. Its mission is to ensure the safety and self-determination of domestic violence survivors through emergency services, court advocacy and systemic reforms.
Youth Court provides alternative sentencing to first-time juvenile offenders in the District of Columbia and serves as a diversion program for non-violent offenders.Volunteers help youth understand the sentencing process, oversee student juries, and monitor court proceedings.
Community Service Organizations
Bread for the City offers five program services to low-income D.C. residents: food and clothing distribution, primary medical care, legal advice and representation, and comprehensive social services. All services are free of cost to eligible D.C. residents, and are provided under one roof in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
So Others Might Eat has served Washington, D.C. for over 40 years. They provide a range of services to homeless individuals, including the provision of food and clothing, medical and dental services, mental health services, and job training. Over the years, SOME has helped thousands of people get off the streets, transform their lives, and live independently.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. believes that all our neighbors deserve safe, comfortable homes they can afford – and there’s no better way to build our communities than to all lend a hand. Because when we all donate what we can – whether it be time or talent or money – we can build more decent, affordable homes for those in need.
The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank is to feed those who suffer from hunger in the D.C. metro area by acquiring food and distributing it through a network of partner agencies; and educating, empowering and enlightening the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition. CAFB is a member of Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks.
Located in Anacostia, Thurgood Marshall Academy is open to all D.C. students. The school serves nearly 400 students, over 90% of whom live in Wards 7 and 8 -- communities with the highest poverty levels and fewest resources in the district. Almost 100% of students are African-American and over 75% qualify for free or reduced lunch. Thurgood Marshall Academy emphasizes elements of law and justice throughout its curriculum. The academy's goal is not that every student becomes a lawyer, but rather that every student develops their own voice and learns valuable legal skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and oral advocacy. These skills will serve them well in high school, in college, and throughout their professional careers.
Food & Friends provides meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to people living with life-challenging illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. Determination of eligibility is entirely health-based. Food & Friends has no minimum income or insurance coverage requirements. To be eligible for service, a person must have a qualifying primary illness, compromised nutritional status and a limited ability to prepare his or her own meals due to factors such as disability, illness, or medical treatment.
D.C. Central Kitchen uses food as a tool to strengthen the community. Through job training, healthy food distribution and local small business partnerships, D.C. Central Kitchen offers path-breaking solutions to poverty, hunger and poor health.
Emmaus Services for the Aging is a non-profit organization that assists senior citizens by providing support, advocacy, and services that help them remain active, respected, independent, and vital members of their community.