Local Social Justice
Serving the Washington Area Community
Dumbartonians participate in these and other programs serving the local area:
Georgetown Ministry Center. A joint effort of many Georgetown churches, a synagogue and other organizations, the center reaches out to the homeless of Georgetown. Located at 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the Georgetown Ministry Center allows people to do laundry, shower, pick up mail and use the computer/coffee room. One of Dumbarton's roles is to provide meals for two weeks in the winter. Two Dumbarton members sit on the board.
Rebuilding Together. Dumbarton supplies members to help paint, clean, do yard work, perform minor carpentry repairs and install drywall for low-income elderly or disabled homeowners. Every year in April, Rebuilding Together participants armed with hammers, saws and paintbrushes work on one house for 10 hours, along with members of other area churches. In one recent year, 20 Dumbarton members installed a portion of the outside gutter, removed moldy drywall and studs in the basement and repaired water-damaged basement stairs at one house.
Washington Interfaith Network. Dumbarton is one of the founding churches of WIN, a multiracial, nonpartisan District-wide organization comprising more than 50 churches, community groups, labor unions and other organizations. WIN is committed to training and developing neighborhood leaders, to addressing community issues, and to holding D.C. elected and corporate officials accountable. Over the years, WIN has built affordable housing, started after-school programs and promoted jobs for D.C. residents on D.C.-funded projects.
J.O. Wilson Elementary school. For more than 12 years, we have participated in tutoring, after-school activities and enrichment programs for the school at 660 K St. NE in D.C., as part of WIN's education initiatives. Today Dumbartonians work in the children's garden, read aloud to young readers, work one-on-one with students who need extra help, provide Christmas gifts for the most needy families and show up on work days. If you like kids, J.O. Wilson has a place for you.