Volunteer

Bright Beginnings, Inc. operates early childhood and family learning centers for families experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC.

Giving your time and talent is a great way to support the mission of Bright Beginnings. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups who want to support the important work we do. Please complete an online application and contact us at volunteer@bbidc.org | 202-842-9090.

Volunteer Checklist:

  • Completed Volunteer Application
  • Sixteen years of age or older
  • Provide a Criminal Background Test
  • Proof of a recent, negative Tuberculosis (TB) Test

Volunteer Opportunities

Classroom Assistants
Teachers often need support in the classroom to work with children in small groups in different learning areas in the classrooms. Volunteers may be asked to work one-on-one with children, clean the classroom and assisting with various administrative tasks. If you are planning a volunteer activity for your group, we are limited to 12 volunteer classroom assistants per visit.

Volunteer Readers
Literacy is such a big focus for our early childhood program, we are always in need of volunteers to read to BBI students.

Parent Auction and Holiday Store
Our Parent Auction held in June and Holiday Store hosted in December are incentives to encourage parent engagement. Each year during the holiday season, each child receives a care package from their Secret Santa. Parents earn points based on their participation in classes and workshops. Parents spend points on household, bathroom and kitchen items, movie passes, children’s clothes, gift cards, diapers, and toys. Volunteers are needed to solicit auction items and help the family services team organize and run the these incentive programs.

Sprucing up the Center (suggested for groups of 25 or more)
At regular intervals, our facilities require routine cleaning and maintenance including cleaning the playground equipment, washing the walls and disinfecting toys and indoor play areas. Artists are invited to design and paint murals for our hallways or paint our classrooms on weekends.

Field Trip Sponsors
In addition to monthly curriculum-based field trips, volunteers may sponsor an outside activity for our children and serve as chaperones and/or coordinators for the event.

Event Volunteers
Throughout the year BBI hosts a variety of events for BBI students and their families. These events are supported in large part by our passionate and committed volunteers. View our a list of annual and special events.

Volunteer FAQ

What kind of volunteers is Bright Beginnings looking for?
Bright Beginnings is looking for volunteers,16 yrs. old and up, who can volunteer during the day Monday-Friday. Traditionally, we incorporate volunteers at our center between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday.

If I want to volunteer, what should I do first?
The first thing you should do is visit our volunteer opportunities page on the BBI website. If you find a role that interests you, contact us at volunteer@bbidc.org.

What should I wear?

Volunteers should dress comfortably. Jeans and sneakers are fine as long as you feel comfortable and are able to move around. All volunteers are required to wear closed toed shoes.

Where should I go when I arrive?
When you arrive at Bright Beginnings, check in at the main office and sign the volunteer log. BBI’s front desk manager will call the Volunteer Coordinator who will come down to greet you at the main office.

How do I schedule groups?
Groups looking to volunteer should inquire about a month in advance. During the week, we accept groups of up to 10 volunteers. On the weekends, groups are allowed up to 15 volunteers.

Can I volunteer on the weekends?
We facilitate weekend volunteer opportunities once a month for groups only.

Can I volunteer with my child?
All volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer.