Photos of paper sales volunteers by Tyler Harchelroad

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Street Sense! As a community-based organization, we reserve many important functions for people like you who want to make a difference in the world around us.

Contact Director of New Initiatives and Volunteers Rachael Buck to get involved!
(202) 347-2006 x 10

Posted by: Street Sense

Washington, DC, US

Help plan a community forum on the intersection of homelessness and the criminal justice system.

Street Sense - the DC newspaper written and sold by individuals experiencing homelessness - hosts a community forum series called Lessons of Hope, designed to draw together service providers, clients, and active community members to learn about and discuss solutions to homelessness. We are in need of volunteers to help plan our next forum, focused on the intersection of homelessness and the criminal justice system, which will take place in mid-February 2016. Activities include:- Attending meetings every other Monday from 6:30-8:00pm (possibly a bit more frequently during the month before the event)- Assisting with advertising the event- Helping out with other aspects of planning as needed (e.g., brainstorming discussion questions for the panelists, securing donations for food, communicating with panelists about the logistics of the event, etc.)

Posted by: Street Sense

Washington, DC, US

Street Sense is looking for a graphic design volunteer, both for its newspaper publication and to publicize events. One of the primary missions of the organization, which publishes a biweekly newspaper and runs seven artistic workshops for the newspaper's vendors, is to engage the public in debates on topics which are of importance to people experiencing homelessness and poverty. To do this most effectively requires attractive formats and graphics which catch the eye of our intended audience.

Graphic Design volunteers support the Editorial Staff by assisting with taking pictures, conducting research, laying out the paper, developing print graphics, maintaining our website, and monitoring the presentation of the organization's publications. Volunteers in these positions will report directly and work closely with our Editor-in-Chief and our Sales and Communications Manager.

Past volunteers and interns in this position have been able to develop logos and branding material to enhance the profile of the organization in the community as well as design web-based layouts and print layouts used in our publication.

If you would like INTERNSHIP credit:

You must be currently enrolled in a university program which will give you credit for your internship. You

Posted by: Street Sense

Washington, DC, US

Are you a hard-working and passionate individual looking to make a difference?

Street Sense is seeking motivated volunteers to staff a planning and implementation committee for our 13th-anniversary celebration in Fall 2016. The celebration is our largest end-of-year fundraiser; it will feature an open bar, DJ, silent auction, and performances and artistic work by Street Sense artists experiencing homelessness.


Street Sense is a 501 c)3 organization with a mission to offer economic opportunities to people experiencing homelessness in our community. We publish a 16-page biweekly newspaper that elevates voices and encourages debate on poverty and injustice. Our vendors, persons currently or formerly homeless, sell the newspaper and keep 100% of the profit. Additionally, Street Sense began an initiative in 2013 to provide artistic workshops to our vendors, dedicated to teaching them the skills necessary to get a toehold in creative careers.

By volunteering for this committee, you will play a major role in supporting Street Sense's mission to end chronic homelessness in DC. For more info, please visit us on the web at


The committee will meet on a regular basis throughout the year, most likely in the

Posted by: Franciscan Mission Service

Washington, DC, US

Provide outreach and engagement to the most vulnerable of homeless colleagues drawing them closer to needed housing, social services, and public benefits. Through a meaningful year of direct service with marginalized communities, DC Service Corps volunteers build a foundation for a lifelong commitment to social activism and strengthen their Catholic faith. There is an urgent need for a volunteer to serve as a CLIENT ADVOCATE with a local Washington, DC nonprofit that focuses on providing community, employment, and pathways out of homelessness.

DC Service Corps members engage in 12-months of full-time direct service with a non-profit in Washington, DC, working directly with the marginalized to cultivate relationships of peace and justice. The DC Service Corps members live together with other Franciscan Mission Service volunteers in an intentional community, sharing dinner together, gathering for prayer, and participating in fellowship activities.

Benefits include:

a monthly stipend housing in an intentional young adult community insurance a retreat spiritual direction and formation professional development and mentorship

Position Description:

The Client Advocate volunteer will serve with Street Sense, a local non-profit that "elevates voices on poverty issues and creates economic opportunities for people experiencing homelessness." This entry-level position works directly

Posted by: Street Sense

Washington, DC, US

We are looking for volunteers to distribute our newspapers to Street Sense Vendors, so that they may sell them, save, and work their way off the streets. The volunteer will build relationships with our vendors and learn from their stories. This work is done in the Street Sense office at 1317 G Street, NW, in shifts of 9:00am - 1:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm Monday-Friday.