Join Us and Become a Force for Good

Why Volunteer with Us?

Make an Impact

Change the lives of those who are homeless, poor, or marginalized.

Gain Work Experience

Learn to be a leader in our nation’s capital while immersing yourself in the nonprofit sector.

Live in Washington, DC

Live rent-free at our volunteer house in one of DC’s most vibrant communities and receive a monthly living allowance and health insurance.

Defer Student Loans

By volunteering with us, you can request deferment or forbearance on your student loans.

What You Can Help With

  • Housing for families or single adults
  • Job training
  • Addiction recovery programs
  • Elderly services
  • Food distribution
  • Medical and dental clinics
  • Mental health

How to Apply

Are you eligible?

  • You can commit to 40 hour per week for one year
  • You are 21 years of age or older
  • You are a college graduate or equivalent

Application Process

  1. Start your application by filling out the preliminary form.
  2. After we review your information, you will be contacted and asked to download and complete the SOME Volunteer Corps Long-Term Live-in application, which will include contact information for references.
  3. After we receive your application and contact your references, you will be invited to an interview, either in person at SOME or by Skype.
  4. If you are accepted into the Volunteer Corps, you and the President of SOME will sign a written agreement detailing your start date and job duties at our organization.

**Applications for the 2022-2023 service term are now open**

For more information, contact Tracey Peranich, SOME’s Executive Office Coordinator, at 202.793.5843 or tperanich@some.org.

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FAQs

For any other questions, contact Tracey Peranich at 202.793.5843 or tperanich@some.org.

Corps members are involved in all aspects of SOME’s services, e.g., medical and dental clinics, single and family housing programs, elderly services, job training, mental health services, or addiction programs. All service placements begin as a collaborative discussion between SOME’s President and the Corps member and are based on the organization’s needs and the Corps member’s gifts, talents, interests, and abilities. Additionally, all Corps members must assist with our summer camp program for low-income seniors.

We strive to ‘live simply so others may simply live.’ SOME’s Volunteer Corps Program provides a shared living situation for Corps members in Gandhi House, located in Northeast Washington, DC, walking distance to Catholic University of America (CUA). Each member has a private room. Up to five volunteers, men and women, live in Gandhi House. A willingness to participate and contribute to this experience is essential to each volunteer. The characteristics of this type of communal living are: a simple lifestyle, a supportive and shared living environment, and welcoming hospitality to each other and visitors.

Guests of Corps members are always welcome to visit and/or share a meal. All in the house should welcome guests and make them feel at home. Overnight guests are welcome provided there is room in the house and everyone agrees to an overnight guest. Corps members must clear guests visiting with the Volunteer Coordinator and other Corps members, letting them know when and how long a guest will be visiting. If a private room is not available, a guest could sleep on a couch if all Corps members agree.

Each Corps member is entitled to two weeks of vacation and 11 sick days during the year as well as ten legal holidays.

SOME will provide a letter that indicates the duration of your service, August to July, and the amount of your stipend. Most lenders will offer deferment or forbearance on your loan(s) due to economic hardship. It would be wise to contact your lenders now to discuss this matter and let them know of your possible full-time service and if they will allow deferment or forbearance.

“My year of working as a volunteer at SOME gave me invaluable experience in a new field. With the breadth of programs at SOME, I could combine my interests in direct service and systemic change. The training I received helped me transition from my service year to an amazing new job… at SOME.”

-Joni