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
December 25th Day of Service (D25) is the Edlavitch DCJCC’s largest volunteer event of the year. Hundreds of volunteers will deliver holiday cheer to those in need at social service agencies across the metro-DC area! Projects include preparing and serving meals, singing carols, visiting home-bound seniors, throwing holiday parties, and more. Choose from over 40 different projects based on location, type of activity, or time of day.
Projects that will take place at the Edlavitch DCJCC include the Winter Blood Drive, making instant meal kits, creating cards for emergency personnel working on Christmas Day, and more.
Many of the projects are family-friendly, so please read individual project descriptions carefully for the minimum age to volunteer.