Day of Service

#MPT15 Serve and Celebrate

Saturday, April 11
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Each year, the National Youth Leadership Council culminates our conference with a Day of Service.  To conclude the 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference®, NYLC will expand on this tradition inviting conference attendees to join local partners, and the D.C. community to Serve and Celebrate. This fun and engaging event will give back to the host community of D.C. by providing direct service, connecting community members and attendees to nonprofits in the area, and by providing the opportunity to hear from community leaders.

Agenda

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Celebration Gathering

Location: Washington Room 4

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Transportation to Service Sites

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Serve!

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Return transportation to hotel

All Serve and Celebrate volunteers will receive a t-shirt, service bracelet, and lunch. All youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their adult chaperone. No exceptions.

Through our projected partner commitments, we anticipate 400 people will participate in the Day of Service activities, contributing an estimated 1,800 hours of service to the community.

Service Site Locations

Support the Capital Area Food Bank
The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank is to feed those who suffer from hunger in the Washington metro area by acquiring food and distributing it through its network of partner agencies; and educating, empowering and enlightening the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition. Many of the food bank’s 500 partner agencies report they are seeing a tremendous increase in those seeking food assistance, from 30 to 100 percent. Volunteers will help in the warehouse in a variety of ways like packing and sorting. Donated food is inspected for quality and either sorted into bins or re-packaged into useable sizes for our agencies. Volunteers may also help on loading docks assisting partner agencies in picking up their orders and stocking shelves. Volunteers also are used to maintain the warehouse and assist in keeping the warehouse clean. Wear sturdy boots or sneakers, no sandals! Supplies will be provided but don’t forget your water bottle!

Capacity: 50

The Capital Area Food Bank Urban Demonstration Garden
Volunteer to play a crucial role in building and growing the demonstration garden for the food bank. This project includes a wide variety of tasks associated with creating the infrastructure of the garden like digging, building, painting, planting and getting your hands dirty. Wear sturdy boots or sneakers, no sandals! Supplies will be provided but don’t forget your water bottle!

Capacity: 20

WARNING: volunteers who are allergic to bees should not volunteer in the Urban Demonstration Garden.

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. As a volunteer, you support an event that not only enhances, but defines life in the D.C. community. Volunteers assist the Festival in a variety of ways including but not limited to event set-up, execution, and breakdown; attendee interaction; and site maintenance and clean-up. More Powerful Together volunteers will be stationed along the tidal basin near the National Mall. Gloves and supplies will be provided but don’t forget your water bottle!

Capacity: 96

Help Us Restore the Park, Vine by Vine
They’re a silent, green, invading enemy. They decrease biodiversity by killing native trees and wildflowers. They are invasive, non-native plants, and Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy asks for your help in removing them from the historic landscape. Working in teams, volunteers will remove invasive vines from native trees, shrubs, and soil using a variety of handheld tools. Training, tools, gloves, and snacks will be provided by the Conservancy but don’t forget your water bottle! Long sleeved shirts and long pants are recommended for protection. Close-toed shoes are required (no sandals!).

Capacity: 48

Save Rock Creek Conservancy!
Join Rock Creek Conservancy and National Park Service as we save natural parkland from invasive plant species and trash. Volunteers will help remove an invasive plant called Garlic Mustard and cleanup trash from this much used part of Rock Creek Park. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  It may be chilly so dress warmly and in layers. Wear sturdy boots or sneakers, no sandals! Training, tools, gloves, and snacks will be provided by the Conservancy but don’t forget your water bottle!

Capacity: 48

Fight Breast Cancer
Join For 3 Sisters in the fight against breast cancer. Bundles of LOVE is a project designed to encourage breast cancer fighters during their journey. Men, women, and children from around the world send cards and letters of encouragement and support, which are later bundled and sent to the man or woman fighting breast cancer. McKenzie’s Corner is a 'think outside the box' program designed to engage kids in the effort to raise awareness about breast cancer, and to help keep moms healthy. An ideal service opportunity for younger children.

Capacity: 45

Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School: Pay it Forward Mission Presents Boxes of Joy
Home is where the heart is. For the numerous youth affected by homelessness and the foster system, this message is especially critical. As part of our commitment to cultivating youth leaders dedicated to advancing positive change in education and housing development, the New Orleans and Back Program (NOLA) is proud to lead the Washington, DC community in spreading this message. Join us to create “Boxes of Joy” filled with stuffed animals, childhood games, cards of hope, and much more. NOLA will deliver these boxes to foster children to show them that the community has them in their hearts and minds.

Capacity: 35

Additional Information
Registration for individual sites will take place onsite at the Marriott Wardman Park during Conference registration times. Site selection is on a first-come, first-served basis. All youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their adult chaperone. No exceptions. Some sites are subject to weather cancellations. If a site is cancelled due to weather, volunteers will be sent, in the group’s entirety, to another host service site. All volunteers are encouraged to wear their Serve and Celebrate t-shirt and appropriate clothing on Saturday. No sandals or opened toed shoes are allowed at any of the sites. Pick-up a water bottle sponsored by NobelHour at the Conference registration desk. Bring your water bottle with you when you serve.

Preregistration is required; no additional fee; lunch and transportation is included.

Sponsored by:
Qatar