Anacostia Riverkeeper, Sept 20

Anacostia Riverkeeper has a new corporate sponsorship to do a series of cleanup events along the Anacostia River. The launch event will be Saturday, September 20 and will last between 2 and 2 and a half hours.

For more information on Anacostia Riverkeeper, visit their website.

For more information on this volunteer opportunity, please e-mail Suzy W. Kelly:

HOGAR Naturalization Workshop

Saturday August 9th

Non-attorney volunteers:  9 am to 3:30 pm
(Note:  If you have come to our workshop in May, June, or July of this year, you can arrive at 10 am).  If you need to leave early, please let us know.

Arlington County Department of Human Services
2100 Washington Blvd (Sequoia Plaza),
Arlington, VA  22204
To Register Contact: or 571-208-1572, x 101

Spanish Speaking Volunteers Needed

Catholic Charities is seeking  Spanish speaking volunteers to work at the Hogar Immigrant Services office in Falls Church for 4 to 5 hours a day, particularly between the following dates of July 31-August 19.  The volunteer would answer phones, greet clients, and provide information and referrals.

Please contact Sally O’Dwyer at or call 703-356-4334.

Clemency Project Volunteers Needed

Clemency Project 2014 needs your help to make criminal justice history – now.

Last year, Attorney General Eric Holder roundly criticized our nation’s reliance on incarceration. He declared that “[t]oo many people go to too many prisons for far too long for no good law enforcement reason.” Since then, the Department of Justice has been taking steps to build a smarter approach to crime by reducing our reliance on long prison sentences. Today, the Department is gearing up to do what it can to release prisoners who have been sentenced to unduly harsh prison terms. It is breathing new life into a seldom-used power of the President under Article II, sec. 2. This is the power of the President to commute (shorten) prison sentences.

Earlier this year, the Deputy Attorney General reached out to the nation’s lawyers, asking for help in identifying and representing, free of charge, federal prisoners who meet a special set of criteria. The Department, through its Pardon Attorney, is looking for prisoners who have served a decade or more for a non-violent offense, and who, if sentenced today, would receive a substantially shorter sentence due to changes in sentencing law or policy. Such changes are seldom made retroactive and prisoners are routinely passed over by reforms. You can read more about the initiative here.

Finally, there is a chance to right those wrongs.

The Clemency Project 2014 (website coming soon at was formed to help the DOJ get the job done. We are screening prisoners, writing training materials, recruiting and training lawyers and getting the word out far and wide.

Clemency Project 2014 and the prisoners we are assisting need your help now.

Clemency Project 2014 is looking for twenty law students who can volunteer immediately (full- or part-time, here in Washington, D.C. or from your community). Volunteer law clerks will help us comb through the thousands of surveys filled out by federal prisoners asking us to find pro bono counsel who will in turn help them petition President Barack Obama for clemency. You will help us make sense of the information they send by using publicly available legal documents to clarify their answers. Your work will lay the foundation for clemency petitions for thousands of prisoners.

Send us a cover letter and resume and indicate how many hours you have to devote to the Project this summer to The subject line should read: Clemency Project 2014 Student Volunteer.

DACA and Citizenship Fair

Citizenship Fair at the AFL-CIO

Saturday, June 28th 10am-2pm
815 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

The AFL-CIO, DC Central Labor Council, UFCW Local 400, LIUNA, LCLAA and CASA have partnered to host a Citizenship Fair for families in the DC, MD and VA area to help students apply for DACA and green card holders apply for citizenship. The World Cup games will be shown and light fare and childcare will be provided.

100 Volunteers are needed to help families apply for citizenship and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)! There will be a training for all volunteers to learn how to assist in the application process.


Please join us by registering as a volunteer today:

Hogar Naturalization Workshop June 14

It is that time again – time for the next HOGAR Naturalization Workshop.  We are hoping to serve as many as 80 clients at this next workshop, so project that we will need 70-80 volunteers for this next workshop!  If you can come and/or know anyone who can come, please let me know and please help us spread the word!

DateSaturday, June 14

Location: Arlington County Department of Human Services

          2100 Washington Blvd. (Sequoia Plaza) Arlington, VA  22204

Volunteer Hours:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM  (note: If you need to leave early, then please let me know. But all volunteers must be there at 9:00 for the training).

Please RSVP to Brooke Hammond Perez either by email at or by calling 571-208-1572, x 101.

Also, if 4-5 volunteers can arrive at 8:00 AM to help us set up, that would be great!  We could also use 2-3 volunteers to arrive at 8:00 am to help set up the computers and technology!  Please let me know if you can be one of the early birds.

Hogar Naturalization Workshop

HOGAR Naturalization Workshop.

DateSaturday, May 10
LocationNorthern Virginia Community College – Manassas campus
Address:  6901 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA  20109

Volunteer Hours:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM  (note: If you came to the workshop in April, you can arrive at 9:30 am.  All other volunteers must be there at 9:00 for the training, as we are using the revised N-400.  If you need to leave early, please let me know).

Please RSVP to Brooke Hammond Perez either by email or by calling 571-208-1572, x 101.

We need 70-80 volunteers!!! 

Also, if 4-5 volunteers can arrive at 8:30 AM it would be a great help to set up!  We could also use 2-3 volunteers to arrive at 8:00 am to help set up the computers and technology!  Please let me know if you can be one of the early birds.