Behrend Builders

Behrend Builders

Please note: this program is currently not operating due to COVID-19.

Our award-winning volunteer program was established to meet the critical needs of Washington’s low-income housing community and to supplement DC’s over-extended social service agencies. Behrend Builders engages volunteers in repairing, rebuilding, and renovating low-income homes, shelters, schools, and community centers.

Training is provided on-site and experienced Program Managers supervise all projects. No skills or previous renovation experience is necessary.

Volunteering with Behrend Builders is an amazing learning experience. Behrend volunteers learn valuable construction skills and have the opportunity to explore and engage with social justice issues.

Behrend Builders operates throughout the year providing one-day or longer-term projects for groups of volunteers. Behrend Builders has established close relationships with non-profit social service agencies throughout the city that rely on Behrend Builders to provide necessary renovation and repair services.

Upcoming Behrend Builders Events

Behrend Builders at Bruce Monroe Elementary School
Oct 23 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Behrend Builders is back after a pandemic hiatus!

What: Spend your afternoon beautifying a space at Bruce Monroe Elementary School. Bruce-Monroe is a high-poverty, bilingual public school in Columbia Heights that serves a diverse student body. Built in 1916, the school is a historic landmark and the EDCJCC is thrilled to take part in maintaining so students can thrive.

Volunteers will work on painting an interior space. No previous experience is necessary.

Who: This project is open to volunteers ages 16 and up.

When: Sunday, October 23, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Where: We will meet at Bruce Monroe Elementary School. Exact address will be provided with registration.

Register: To supplement the cost of supplies, there is a program fee of $15 per participant. This fee is fully tax-deductible. Please register for each individual member of your family so we have an accurate head count. Click on the “Tickets” button to proceed to registration.

Do you need any additional accommodations for this event or have any questions? If so, please contact Mira Smith at

"This is a personal thank you [to Maggio Roofing] from deep down in our hearts for ‘a roof for mom’. This is truly a blessing. God heard our cries for help! We are so happy. My elderly, handicap mom even looks better and resting much better without hearing the sounds of rain water pouring in the many buckets and pots throughout the bedrooms. We owe our hearts and soul to you as the donors and the many volunteers who made all of this possible through the Behrend Builders."
The Alston family
“I want to take a moment to thank You and Behrend Builders for your continued support and for bringing GLOE to enhance the work of Casa Ruby for the past few years. Casa Ruby is a much better place because of the support of all of you who now have become part of our family. D25 was a wonderful experience with GLOE volunteers. Not only did they bring gifts but they shared their time and warmth. They became a big part of our homeless youth life for an evening. They felt the love. One of the volunteers even played music for them. It was amazing. I also want to express my personal gratitude. As my life has been uplifted by the support given, I find myself feeling stronger in everything that I do because I do not feel alone. I have the Jewish community behind me at Casa Ruby. Last year I gave a talk at the Holocaust Museum and for the first time I felt that there was a community that cared about the injustices of the communities that I represent. “
Ruby Corado, Casa Ruby
"I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much the Polinger Team enjoyed working with you and Margo yesterday at the Raymond Educational Campus. I have received great feedback from everyone involved and wanted to thank you on behalf of us all for making the experience both fun and rewarding. We will certainly be keeping Behrend Builders in mind for future community outreach projects!"
Dawn Watson, The Polinger Company