Join us in sharing kindness to others!

St. Joseph’s is organizing a parish-wide Day of Service to perform works of charity and mercy on Saturday, October 21.  We had 125 volunteers for the parish’s last Day of Service prior to the COVID pandemic.  We’re pushing to match that number this year, so please click on the link at the bottom of this page to volunteer. 

If your schedule will not permit you to participate in the Service Day, please consider donating to the Poor Box at the back of the church to fund the meal and snack bags described in the charity projects below.

There will be work for volunteers of all ages and abilities, including young children and the mobility restricted.  Students will have the opportunity to fulfill community service obligations too.

We will do our best to assign you to a project that fits your interests.  Volunteers should expect an email during the week of October 16 confirming your project assignment from your project leader.

The Day of Service will begin with coffee at 9 AM in the parish center.  Guest speaker Brian Rhode will follow with his presentation, “The Eucharist and Accompaniment” at 9:30 AM in the church to prepare volunteers spiritually for the day’s tasks.  At 10:30 AM, in the church, volunteers will congregate into work teams and immediately proceed to assigned projects.  A group prayer specially composed for the Day of Service will conclude the day’s activities at each respective worksite at approximately 1 PM.

Projects, subject to change, include:

  • Preparing lunch bags for a non-profit that serves meals to the needy. (Child and mobility restricted friendly)
  • Preparing snack-and-go bags for a non-profit who delivers them to children in hospital. (Child and mobility restricted friendly)
  • Painting St. Joseph’s wrought iron perimeter fence.
  • Pulling and cleaning windows at Madonna House.
  • Gardening and yard work at Madonna House and the parish grounds.
  • Picking up trash and cleaning up the Anacostia River Trail’s West Bank path.
  • Performing yard and other light outdoor work at the homes of infirm/elderly parishioners and neighbors.
    • (Click on the Request Service link at the bottom of this page to sign up a parishioner in need, please include yourself if you need help too.)