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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Faith Based and Community Service Groups Kick Off Summer Volunteerism Emphasis


(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined leaders from community and faith-based organizations to announce the “Volunteer This Summer” component of his “One City Summer Fun … Something for Everyone” initiative. The announcement was made at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater on the Southwest Waterfront. The Arena State has extensive volunteer programs in the creative arts.

With the city facing budget constraints, the “Volunteer this Summer” initiative calls attention to the need for District residents and organizations to support their communities. Residents are encouraged to register with various community organizations to volunteer their time, talent, service and resources. In addition to volunteering, Mayor Gray is asking non-profits and faith-based groups to partner with him in efforts to provide an array of summer activities, events and programs of interest to residents of all ages.

“The government cannot do this on our own,” said Mayor Gray. “We need the assistance of the entire community to make this summer experience a safe and exciting one for residents. There are many organizations that are vital to our city. They provide services and resources to District residents year ’round. Today we praise them for their efforts, encourage them to join us this summer and urge District residents to volunteer with them.”

On June 10 Mayor Gray launched “One City Summer Fun … Something for Everyone,” a comprehensive program to provide safe, wholesome, fun summer activities for all ages. Volunteer This Summer is just one aspect of the Mayor’s initiative, which involves dozens of District government agencies, community and faith-based organizations and private-sector groups. One City Summer Fun offers a full spectrum of stimulating activities and events for District residents to engage in volunteerism, fun, athletics, creativity, reading, learning, exploration, healthy living, and employment opportunities.

To date, at least 117 community-based organizations are partnering with the District to make “One City Summer Fun … Something for Everyone” a huge success.

Mayor Gray also applauded Arena Stage for its volunteer programs, which include ushering, audience development and casting-office assistance.

Residents can go to or call 311 for more information on the initiative. You can also follow the initiative on Twitter at or Facebook at