Whether you are new to the Hill or simply trying to remember what resources are available to you, we are here to help! Please enjoy and share our Living on the Hill guides, intended to help you find everything you need while visiting or living on Capitol Hill. We love to be a resource to our neighbors, so please send us a note through social media or to email@example.com if you have suggestions for additional guides.
Anacostia Community Boathouse Association (ACBA)
1900 M St SE
The ACBA created a community boathouse to ensure safe and environmentally friendly recreation activities on the Anacostia. Free Learn-to-Row and Learn-to-Paddle clinics, competitive and recreational programs, and senior programs are available at the rowing and paddle sport center.
430 Baltimore Ave, Bladensburg, MD
Founded in 1989, this group is dedicated to helping the environmental needs of the Anacostia River and the watershed communities. This group sponsors environmental education programs, bird watching seminars, paddle nights, and river cleanups.
515 M St SE Suite 218
This organization works to restore the Anacostia River and allow the community to connect with the river. Public and private partners work to enact vital policies and encourage community “ownership.”
The CHGC brings those interested in gardening, landscaping, and the environment together through lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and tours. Community garden and beautification projects include selling spring flowering bulbs at Eastern Market each autumn.
1520 1st St SE
This organization has provided neighborhood volunteers with the leadership skills and environmental education needed to reclaim the river for over 20 years. Local departments and organizations work closely with the Earth Conservation Corps. Program details can be found on their website.
Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA)
3501 New York Ave NE
This independent non-profit works to establish support for the US National Arboretum through programs such as the youth garden, annual garden fair, clambakes, and an annual 5K race. Complete to online form or call to volunteer.
Trees for Capitol Hill (TFCH)
This non-profit group works to restore the tree canopy of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. TFCH hosts a day of tree planting each November while also working with the DC Department of Urban Forestry for permits and site selection. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Business & Merchants Groups
731 8th St SE, 2nd floor
This organization preserves and enhances the Eighth St SE corridor and its new identity as a restaurant and shopping area. Barracks Row Main Street even won the “Best Main Street in America” award. The organization organizes festival, promotions, and celebrations for merchants and area residents.
CHAMPS (Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professional)
222 7th St SE
CHAMPS is an organization of over 250 business and community leaders in or around the Capitol Hill neighborhood that work to build a strong economic environment. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (BID)
1451 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Unit 1
This non-profit organization is dedicated to making Capitol Hill a clean and safe place to live and work, while staying a cultural tourist destination. The BID provides services such as security, street cleaning, maintenance, and community outreach, to augment services provided by the DC government.
110 New Jersey Ave SE, Suite 1010
This group provides services that create a clean, safe, accessible, unique, and vibrant neighborhood. The BID supports the development of the Riverfront neighborhood in conjunction with other local collaborations and partnerships.
Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC)
This advisory group represents the entire Eastern Market Community including community organizations, elected officials, vendors, merchants, and professionals on Capitol Hill. This group was formed from representatives of other community organizations to advise the city on the selection of market management.
Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS)
731 8th St SE
EMMS was just recently launched in January 2017. The main street designations around DC support local businesses with grants, improvement projects, and resources while organizing festivals and events in the area.
729 10th SE NE
The H St NE corridor is one of the most historic neighborhoods in DC, and also the “exciting place to be” with all of the new restaurants and bars, as well as the streetcar transportation. HSMS works to support the establishment of the area while attracting new business and expanding the existing.
The Kiwanis Club of Capitol Hill has been serving the Northeast and Southeast communities for over 40 years. The club’s goal is to make a difference in the lives of the community by donating time, financial and moral support, and leadership.
Rotary Club of Capitol Hill
The Rotary Club is part of a worldwide network of members who join for service, friendship, and networking, while also volunteering with various other local groups and non-profits. The Capitol Hill club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 7:30 am to 8:30 am at Thompson Markward Hall at 235 2nd St NE. Contact the club President Quentin Wodon through the Contact Me page of his blog here.
420 4th St SW
This is the newest BID in DC, established in 2015, as well as the largest at 850 acres. It provides services to the majority of the federal property south of the National Mall, the SW Waterfront, and the SW Waterfront neighborhood.
Children & Youth
1529 Pennsylvania Ave SE
This organization provides educational and enrichment activities for inner city school age youth through one-on-one mentoring, as well as after school and summer programs.
400 E St SW
Kid Power fosters youth leadership though the promotion of academic advancement, physical and emotional wellness, and civic engagement in DC. The after-school and summer programs serve 425 students and an additional 1,200 with monthly in school science lessons.
Little Lights Urban Ministries
760 7th St SE
Little Lights is a non-profit ministry organization helping the under-served kids, teens, and adults of Capitol Hill and Southeast DC. Volunteers run programs such as tutoring, mentoring, providing healthy meals, internships, job training, parenting classes, diapers for families, and after school and summer programs.
729 8th St SE
This out-of-school-time program serves 350 students at eight sites around DC. Teens are hired to be elementary school reading tutors, benefiting both parties academically. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY)
741 8th St SE
Sasha Bruce House: 202-546-4900
Emergency House: 202-675-9340
SBY is one of the largest and most experienced youth service providers in DC. They help youth find safe homes, maintain their physical and mental health, create and strengthen families, and explore educational and career opportunities.
The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
410 7th St SE
SMYAL supports and empowers LGBTQ youth in the area through youth leadership, service in the community, and advocacy. SMYAL advocates for programs, policies, and services that benefit the LGBTQ youth and their transition into adulthood.
Capitol Hill Community Foundation (CHCF)
419 East Capitol St SE
This volunteer-led organization supports activities, projects, and organizations to help build a stronger and more caring community. The CHCF has donated over $6.6 million to various projects, started a neighborhood history project, launched an awards program for community leaders, created the Eastern Market Fund after the 2007 fire, and renovated eight DC public school libraries.
Greater Washington Urban League
2901 14th St NW
This interracial, nonpartisan, and nonprofit social services and civil rights organization empowers communities through law and social work. The mission is to increase the political and economic empowerment of minorities through the 30 programs of the League including education, employment, and community development.
509 I St NE
The Cavalry Episcopal Church serves needy visitors a full breakfast on the second, third, and fourth Saturdays each month at 7 am.
Christ Episcopal Church Outreach
640 G St SE
This church provides brown bag lunches to those in need at Seward Square, works with the Church of the Brethren to provide hot lunches, assists food bank programs, and provides offices for the Capitol Hill Group Ministry social workers. The church also offers to pay laundry services for the poor at Good Hope Laundromat on the first Sunday of each month.
Church of the Brethren Soup Kitchen
337 North Carolina Ave SE
The Soup Kitchen serves free meals to around 150 people from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. A 600-gallon rain barrel is provided for neighbors to irrigate their gardens, volunteers are available to assist clients in finding social services, and this address serves as a mailing address for the homeless.
Lutheran Church of the Reformation Food Pantry
212 East Capitol St NE
The Food Pantry provides bags of groceries to families in need, those waiting for food stamps, for example. A government or other social service voucher validating need must be presented. Food, time, and money donations are welcome.
301 A St SE
St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen Program and volunteers provide meals to those in need by making sandwiches for the Sunday Supper program and donating casseroles to the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church’s program. For weekend schedules and to donate your time, visit their website.
Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC)
1000 New Jersey Ave SE
The CBCC offers breast cancer screening services to women in DC, regardless of their ability to pay. Volunteers are needed to promote the health of DC women, and opportunities are flexible. For more information about CBCC and volunteering, email email@example.com.
713 Maryland Ave NE
The center provides free pregnancy tests, information on a variety of topics, parenting classes, support meetings, and clothing and items to mothers and babies. Donations of infant and child items are appreciated. For information on the various volunteer opportunities available, call 202-546-1018
Metro TeenAIDS/Whitman-Walker Health
2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Resources to help young people fight AIDS and support each other are provided through Metro TeenAIDS with in conjunction with Whitman-Walker Health. The focus is placed on prevention, education, and treatment.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
422 8th St SE, 2nd Floor
Support programs for the mentally ill and their families, peer recovery, youth and family outreach, and faith-based initiatives are offered by NAMI at their 8th Street office. A weekly support group is held on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm at the Hill Center. Walk-ins are welcome.
Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM)
421 Seward Square SE
CHGM is a nonprofit working to serve the spiritual and social needs of the homeless and low-income families of Capitol Hill and Ward 6. Over 800 volunteers of all faiths and generous donations of the community come together to help those in need. CHGM’s goal is to “Serve the Community, One Neighbor at a Time” through hospitality centers, Social Services Office, the Street Outreach team, housing programs, and much more.
The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (HCPP)
1525 Newton St NW
HCPP gives the homeless children of DC the chance to play in dedicated playrooms in several homeless shelters and transitional housing programs around DC. HCPP’s goal is to use playtime to reduce the traumatic effects of homelessness.
828 Evarts St NE
Manna Inc. helps low and moderate-income families realize the dream of owning a home. Manna renovates or builds affordable homes, educates first-time buyers, and works to foster community leaders.
4808 Moorland Lane, Suite 802
A Wider Circle furnishes the homes of more than 4,000 families each year. They also provide job preparedness support such as resume assistance, professional attire, and a long-term job coach.
Legal & Tax Services
Capitol Hill Group Ministry Tax Clinic
421 Seward Square SE
601 E St NW
330 7th St NE
Friends of the Rosedale Branch
1701 Gales St NE
403 7th St SE
900 Wesley Place SW
Barney Circle Neighborhood Association
527 Kentucky Ave SE
This association focuses on the crime in the thriving neighborhood around Barney Circle. The group meets at Liberty Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Ave SE on the fourth month of each month from 7 to 8 pm.
This group works to improve and maintain Garfield Park through monthly park clean ups and other events listed on their website.
Friends Of KIngman Park works to stimulate improvement, maintenance, and better community issues in the Northeast around Kingman Park.
North Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association (NLPNA)
1250 Constitution Ave NE
The NLPNA sponsors youth activities, beautification projects, and community building activities in the area to the east and north of Lincoln Park. NLPNA meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at Maury Elementary School, or you can sign up for the monthly newsletter, The Buzz.
Southwest Neighborhood Assembly
This neighborhood group discusses issues relating to residents, businesses, and government agencies in the Southwest neighborhood. The meeting location and more information can be found on their website.
Preservation, Restoration, Development
Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS)
420 10th St SE
CHRS, founded more than 50 years ago, helps the preservation, protection, and improvement of the historic neighborhoods of Capitol Hill. This is one of the largest civic associations in DC. They continue to provide guidance on the preservation of buildings and convey issues impacting Capitol Hill to governments and other organizations. Also, their website features various helpful forums about the community.
Congressional Cemetery Association
1801 E St SE
The Congressional Cemetery has become the resting place for many Capitol Hill families since its establishment in 1807. As the oldest national cemetery in the United States, the Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery manages the preservation, restoration, sales, and educational programs for the area. This non-profit organization relies on volunteers and donors to preserve this landmark. The cemetery is open from dawn to dusk every day, and free, guided tours are available most Saturdays at 11am, April to November. These 35 acres are also a popular spot for residents to walk dogs, though a membership fee is required. Visit their website for more information and events held throughout the year.
Ruth Ann Overbeck History Project
1315 Independence Ave SE #23
This oral history project captures the memories of Capitol Hill residents about the neighborhood. It is dedicated to the memory of longtime resident Ruth Ann Overbeck. You can recommend a neighbor or yourself to be a part of the project.
725 8th St SE, 2nd Floor
This neighborhood non-profit helps Capitol Hill residents live their lives to the fullest in their homes as they age by providing services and educational and social programs. The Village depends on volunteers to provide services and transportation, and the Village offers a variety of activities for members. Visit the website for more information on membership, and if you are interested in the volunteer program, call 202-543-1778.
607 6th Place SW
The waterfront senior community was launched in 2016 after being established as a non-profit organization. Senior villages offer services such as housekeeping, counseling, and help shopping, as well as social events and gatherings to members aged 62 or older. The Waterfront Village website has information on upcoming events and volunteering.
820 Chesapeake St SE
Homeless veterans are provided the tools they need through the transitional housing program and extensive list of services of the Southeast Veterans Service Center and the Chesapeake Veterans House.
American Legion, Kenneth H. Nash Post #8
224 D St SE
The American Legion supports service members and veterans, sponsors youth programs in the communities, and promotes patriotism and honor as a vital component of our nation’s future.
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