Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)
St. John’s is a member of Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), a faith-based grassroots organization dedicated to improving the life of all residents of the District of Columbia. Founded in 1996, WIN is multi-faith, multi-racial and non-partisan. It has nearly fifty church, synagogue, union, and public school members, representing 25,000 families in every section of the city.
WIN is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest community organizing network in the United States with more than 60 faith-based community organizations across the nation, including BUILD in Baltimore, MD and AIM in Montgomery County, MD.
Visit the Washington Interfaith Network website for more information.
Communities in Schools
Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Volunteer Opportunities – School Year 2016-2017
- Family Food Market: Moten ES 1565 Morris Rd., SE
Day & Time: Once a month, 2:15pm-5:30pm or 3pm-7pm
Duration: One time opportunity each month.
Description: The Family Food Market is done through a collaboration between CIS and Martha’s Table. The Food Market provides free food to low-income families whose children attend Moten. Volunteers will help set up, distribute and clean up, manage the sign in table, and help family members carry groceries outside.
Date: A group from St. John’s Church will provide the volunteer support on January 26, 2017. Contact SJC Coordinators* if transportation assistance is needed.
- Career Fairs – Various Schools
Day & Time: Various dates to be determined throughout school year.
Duration – One time opportunity
Description – Schools hold various fairs throughout the year, allowing students to learn about a wide variety of professions.
Date: To be determined.
- Report Card Conferencing: Cardozo Education Campus
1200 Clifton St., NW
Day & Time: Quarterly for one hour or the entire day. Sessions are for one half hour from 10am – 3pm with a break for lunch.
Duration: One time to each quarter
Description: The conferences are opportunities for students to reflect on their attendance and academic progress with a caring adult. Though the meetings are brief, they make a big difference to the student. There is also the possibility of continuity by meeting with the same student(s) during subsequent conferencing days throughout the year. There is also a need for Spanish speaking volunteers in that Cardozo has an International Academy. A brief training takes place the same day.
Date: November 16 – 9th grade; November 17 – 10th grade; November 21 & 22 – International Academy. Contact SJC Coordinators* if transportation assistance is needed.
- The Journal Project – Moten ES (1565 Morris Rd. SE), King ES
(3200 6th St, SE), and Johnson MS (1400 Bruce Place, SE)
Day & Time: Any day of the week as long as it is the same day for
one hour. The time can vary based on volunteer’s schedule.
Duration – 6-8 weeks (Spring 2017)
Description: Join a group from SJC to work with a small group of
Students to create art and write about their experiences, giving
Students an opportunity to express themselves. Training and
support will be provided by SJC parishioner Susan Lewis.
Each month St. John’s parishioners volunteer with our partners at Grace Church Georgetown at “Grace’s Table” to provide a meal to our homeless neighbors. Our last event was held on Saturday, April 16. Please check back for updates.
We also provide casseroles for S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat), a ministry to the homeless and low-income individuals in D.C. You can pick up a casserole pan at church, and leave your casserole in our big freezer for S.O.M.E to pick up.
On Sandwich Sundays, parishioners gather in the dining room after the 11:00 a.m. service and create assembly lines to make 1000 sandwiches for the homeless, which are sent to Martha’s Table for distribution. Our last event was held on Sunday, April 17. Please check back for updates.
St. John’s parishioners annually join together to repair and refurbish a house in the District of Columbia as part of the nationwide “Rebuilding Together” program. The program meets a critical need of elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners to preserve affordable housing by providing skilled services, volunteers, and materials to rehabilitate homes and revitalize neighborhoods for one day in April every year. Painting, landscaping, and repairs of all sorts, and fellowship are all part of a day’s activities that help a deserving member of the broader community. Our last Rebuilding Together project took place on Saturday, April 30. For more information visit the Rebuilding Together of DC.
Spring Clothing Drive
Our Spring Clothing Drive will be held between Sunday, April 23 and Sunday, May 7. Start your spring cleaning by pulling aside gently-used clothing for our less fortunate neighbors. Volunteers will be in the parish house parlors to collect your donations. Tax receipts will be available. If you would like to help sort clothes on a Sunday, email the Rev. Andy Olivo at email@example.com
Toy, Clothing, and Food Drives
Clothing and food drives are held several times a year. Toys for low-income community children are collected in November and December.
Bishop John T. Walker School
The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys is an Episcopal School for children of low-income families. BWS nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, social, physical and artistic development of our students in a Christian community of learners that welcomes boys of all faith traditions.
Working in close partnership with our students and their families, BWS strives to create an environment where every boy receives the structured support required to fully develop his unique gifts. The school seeks to foster the love of learning, intellectual curiosity, spiritual foundation and moral character each boy will need to achieve his fullest potential as a student, as a citizen, and as a child of God.
BWS is a private school administered by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. It receives no public funding and is accountable to the Diocese and the BWS community. St. John’s has played an active role in the development of the school with annual financial contributions. St. John’s parishioner James Lowe is an active member of the 2015-2016 governing board. Many St. John’s parishioners make financial contributions, and books are donated to students as part of our annual Christmas book and toy drive.
Visit www.bishopwalkerschool.com for more information.