Lending A Helping Hand

Lending A Helping Hand


For many of us, life after TWC may be a bit of grey area, and there may some time to figure things out. But there are some things to consider before you even leave TWC, like what to do with all of your stuff.


No matter how well you pack and coordinate with your roommates, you will end up needing some things that TWC doesn't provide, such as peelers, can openers and (depending on the apartment) baking pans. Supplies tend to vary a bit from apartment to apartment, so you may have to supplement a bit. Either way, you'll probably end up with some things that you're not able to fit into your suitcase home! The best thing you can do with these leftover supplies is to give them to someone in need.

It is a surprise for many students when they come to the historic streets and monuments of Washington D.C. that there is a larger number of individuals who find themselves homeless, in transition or without access to resources and shelter. Homelessness is an issue that affects us all, no matter what country we are in. If the weakest and poorest members of society are left behind, we are also leaving behind a huge amount of potential catalysts for growth in the future. It's very common for people to forget that the future we all have in our minds for society includes everyone, not just a select few.


On Tuesday, February 23rd, I had the chance to go to the Brookings Institution to hear a discussion about efforts to expand access to opportunity. During this discussion, I was able to hear from U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. I was surprised to find out the role that transportation has in regards to homelessness and access to opportunity. Secretary Foxx highlighted the fact that it is a very complex situation that many urban centers are facing in American today, “So, we have a very ugly history of our infrastructure system being built, and that’s one of the reasons why we use transportation metaphors to describe where people live, other side of the tracks or what have you. So, for example, there are projects we’re doing all across the country now where the point of it is mobility for sure, but also, part of the point of it is growing more revitalization activity in historically underserved areas.”

With that being said, below are some places where you can make a difference, whether you're looking to volunteer for civic engagement or donate leftover supplies:






Thrive DC

  • Toiletry Donations
  • Clothing Donations
  • Back Pack Donations
  • Winter Clothing Donations
  • Feminine Hygiene Donations
  • Food Donations



Animal Welfare League of Arlington


  • Towels, wash cloths, and hand towels
  • Pillow cases
  • Shoeboxes
  • Stainless steel or ceramic bowls
  • Clorox Cleaning Wipes
  • Pens, blue or black Ink



Martha's Table

  • Gently used seasonal clothing
  • Bed linens, lamps, picture frames 
  • Small furniture items

  • Kitchenware (glassware, utensils, etc)

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