A Wider Circle (awidercircle.org) seeks to end poverty by inspiring, fostering and measuring individual and community level change. The organization’s staff and volunteers provide individual support, intensive job-readiness services and the essential furniture and household items necessary to live with dignity. In 2017, A Wider Circle furnished nearly 4,500 homes by redistributing large and small home goods from community donors.

Headquartered: Silver Spring

Serves: Metro region

What a donation buys:

  • $200 provides a parent and child with all of their furniture and basic need items.
  • $1,000 sponsors a weeklong, 40-hour, job skills “boot camp” for a job seeker.
  • $10,000 fully furnishes the homes of 100 children and adults.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • One day: Help pick up donations in the community.
  • Weekly: Serve as a job coach.
  • Internships