"Only a few days into volunteering we hosted a Halloween party at D.C. General where I was assigned to paint faces. It took approximately five minutes before the kids decided they’d rather paint my face, which they proceeded to do, liberally. I think I had paint in my beard for about three days afterwards, but it was worth it, and the experience quickly taught me that Playtime would require stepping outside my comfort zone on a weekly basis." —Perry, Playtime Project volunteer
We heavily rely on volunteers to keep our playrooms running and bring special events and activities to the children. In addition to our weekly Play Ranger volunteers, we have many one-time and regular opportunities to support children experiencing homelessness.
Host a Party
Everyone loves a good party, and the children in our programs are no exception! At least once a quarter, we look for creative, enthusiastic groups to host themed parties. Group volunteers plan and lead age-appropriate activities, in addition to supplying food, decorations, and party supplies. Parties take place during regular program hours (6:30-8:30 PM), and party hosts are expected to arrive early for set-up and stay after to help with clean-up.
Before your party, everyone in your group will be asked to review materials about Playtime and sign an electronic waiver. All volunteers in your group must be over the age of 18.
We have currently fully booked our program parties through 2019. If you would like to sign up to receive information when we start booking spring 2020 parties, please fill out the below form or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adopt a Playroom
Our playrooms see a lot of action, and about once a month, they need a good deep clean! Groups can volunteer to "Adopt a Playroom" for a morning or afternoon and assist us by cleaning, organizing, and sanitizing toys. This is a great opportunity for groups of 5-12 volunteers looking for a daytime or weekend service project, plus it is our only volunteer opportunity for youth ages 13-18. To get on our calendar, fill out the form below.
Bring a special talent or activity
Do you teach trap yoga? Are you an astronaut planning our next mission to Mars? Come share your talents with the children in our programs! We love welcoming groups or individuals with unique talents, interests, or skills to visit our program and share their passion with the children.
Please note: Scheduling these visits depends on the current interests and needs of our sites.
Interested? Complete the form below. Responses are checked on a weekly basis by our Volunteer Program Manager.