If You Live in the Washington, DC Metro area (MD,VA,DC), Help Our GLBTQ Youth!


Human Rights Campaign
Join HRC and T.H.E.’s Wanda Alston House to Serve LGBT
Homeless Youth for MLK Day of Service in DC!

MLK Service Day

Taking place each third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” It is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community action to help meet national challenges, bring together people, strengthen communities, and benefit those who serve.

At HRC and T.H.E.’s Wanda Alston House, we believe that we have a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of our LGBT youth, who make up 40 percent of homeless and at-risk youth. In our first year participating in MLK Day of Service, we are pleased to announce a service project benefiting LGBT homeless youth in our D.C. community. As an HRC supporter, you have seen first-hand how we can make an impact when we join together and take action.

How can YOU make a difference in DC? There are TWO ways:
By donating items, and by volunteering your time.

Donate Items

HRC and T.H.E.’s Wanda Alston House are collecting the following supplies in order to create care bags for LGBT homeless youth.

  • Small but essential winter accessories such as warm hats, gloves, scarves, etc.
  • New and unused socks and unisex undergarments
  • School supplies, especially calculators and notebooks

Please consider donating any quantity of these essential items and dropping them off at any of the following locations between Wednesday, January 2nd through Friday, January 18th:

Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

T.H.E.’s Wanda Alston House
1414 N. Capitol St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


On Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, we will need volunteers to assemble care bags for LGBT homeless youth. Volunteer training and orientation, food, and beverages will be provided. The date and locations are to be determined, but if you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Roxanne Goldberg, HRC Political & Community Outreach Co-chair, at hrcgwdcpolitical@gmail.com

For more information about donations of items or volunteering, please contact Roxanne Goldberg, HRC Political & Community Outreach Co-chair, at hrcgwdcpolitical@gmail.com.

For more information about MLK Day of Service, please visit hrc.org/mlkdayofservice.


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By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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