Volunteers are the heart and soul of East Rock Creek Village.
Our volunteers drive members to doctor’s appointments and events, help with errands, do household chores, visitmembers at home, organize events, prepare healthy meals for our social gatherings, and many more services.
ERCV is a volunteer-managed local nonprofit organization that welcomes and actively encourages an inclusive and diverse community of members and volunteers. All are welcome and no one is excluded because of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio- economic status, physical abilities, religious or political beliefs.
Volunteerism is the secret ingredient to an engaged community and is vital to ERCV’s success.
• People need volunteers to help with life’s challenges. AND we all need to know that our skills and ideas are valued.
• Volunteers need not be ERCV members or live in our service area.
• You must over age 18
• All must be trained and vetted as Village volunteers.
Studies show that volunteering connects you to others, combats depression, and helps you stay physically healthy.
Share your time, make friends, and feel good about helping your neighbors. No contribution is too small. There are no time commitments. You can work your volunteer service around your schedule.
Please fill out our volunteer interest form or call us at (202) 656-7322.
In the Community
Provide rides to medical appointments and social events
Grocery shop with or for a member
Make friendly visits and phone calls
Do simple home repair
Rake leaves or shovel snow
Share your interests and talents
Behind the Scenes
Help with ERCV’s monthly Village Voice newsletter
Plan a group activity
Host a small gathering
Help in the office
Join the Volunteer or Program Committee
Serve on the Board of Directors
Become a Technology Coach
Provide respite for caregivers
Take medical notes
Learn best practices for helping people with disabilities
Social Connection is Medicine
Social connections that create a sense of caring, contributing and community have a range of benefits for health and well-being at all ages.
“Unlike many other illnesses, what I find profoundly empowering about addressing loneliness is that the ultimate solution to loneliness lies in each of us. We can be the medicine that each other needs. We can the solution other people crave. We are all doctors and we are all healers.” – Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, US Surgeon General
The negative health effects of social isolation and loneliness
Social isolation and loneliness have been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. (National Institute on Aging)
People who engage in meaningful activities with others:
• Tend to live longer
• Have more positive moods
• Have a sense of purpose
• May have improved cognitive function
ERCV offers a variety of social and wellness activities to suit all schedules, interests and levels of physical ability. Join us at our next event to see what we’re all about!
Volunteer Interest Form
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with East Rock Creek Village! Please complete this form and someone will follow up with next steps