Volunteer

We are grateful for the many volunteers who support our ongoing efforts to provide our core people with loving homes, quality care, and opportunities for engagement in the community. Our homes and office are currently looking for volunteers to fill the roles listed below. Please contact Liz Yoder for a volunteer application.

 

Spanish-language Conversationalist

We are looking for a patient listener who has an interest in theology who would like to spend time in one of our D.C. homes speaking Spanish (intermediate to fluent) in a low-key, unstructured atmosphere.  Time commitment: Flexible, most helpful on weekdays from 4-6 p.m.

 

Exercise Buddy

We’re always looking for ways to stay healthy, from choosing the right foods to finding fun ways to exercise.  Tone up in a fun, friendly atmosphere (our homes!). Time commitment: Flexible; four-month commitment to weekly sessions preferred.

 

Yard Work

Enjoy the sunshine while pulling weeds, mowing, raking leaves, and puttering around outside at our homes in Arlington and D.C. Tools provided. Time commitment: Weekly or monthly; week day and time are flexible.

 

Light Housekeeping

With an average of eight people living together, keeping a L’Arche home clean takes a lot of work! Lend a hand to tidy up our living spaces, clean the kitchen, and give bathrooms a quick once-over. Cleaning supplies provided. Time commitment: One hour or more per month; time is flexible

 

Office Assistant
L’Arche is seeking a volunteer office assistant to scan and file documents in its office in Adams Morgan. The volunteer should be able to use a scanner and computer to organize documents. Time commitment: 5-10 hours per week during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

 

Pen-pal

Get to know our core people through letters and email. L’Arche seeks pen-pals for three core people who live in Arlington. Time commitment: One letter/email per month

 

Reading Buddy

Share a good book with a core person in Arlington who wants to practice her skills and make a new friend. Volunteer must be able to read in English and be a patient listener. Time commitment: Once a month from 7-8 p.m. on a week night; may coordinate library trips with the house earlier in the day

 

Sign Language Teacher

Help assistants and core people improve their ASL vocabulary by sharing your knowledge and skills. Time commitment: 1 hour, timing is flexible

 

Massage Therapy

L’Arche assistants carry a great deal of responsibility – sometimes literally! Ease tension and relieve sore muscles by sharing your massage expertise, or gain training hours for your certification. Time commitment: flexible, daytime hours preferred

 

Groups
Small and medium-sized groups find giving – and receiving – meaningful in L’Arche.
** Note: We are at capacity for volunteer groups through summer 2014 and will soon be working on our fall schedule. Contact Liz Yoder for specific ideas and dates available for groups.