Participants of a community service week activityThink globally, serve locally during our Spring 2021 Community Service Week. We organize these activities to connect the international and the local communities — and to inspire us all. Email for information and to sign up at

JOIN AN INFORMATION SESSION Learn about the array of activities you can be involved in this Community Service Week! Monday, April 12th, 9:00-9:30 am, on Zoom.

HELP NEIGHBORS IN NEED: DONATE FOOD, HOUSEHOLD GOODS, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, OR MASKS Contributions go to local families through partners September House MAJ and Identity, Inc. 

  • IN-PERSON DROP OFFS at English Now!, 4963 Elm Street, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814 Tuesday, April 13 & Friday, April 16, 7:30-10:00am
  • DROP OFF IN A LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD: 8509 Howell Road Bethesda, MD 20817 Monday, April 12 through Friday, April 16, 8:00am-6:00pm
  • ORDER ONLINE ANY TIME: order items pre-selected by our partners from our website 


  • PROGRAM: ANTI-ASIAN RACISM DURING THE PANDEMIC: Racism against Asians is a problem nation- and worldwide and in our community too. Learn why. Come together against racism. The talk led by Paul Boesen and Sally Dai focuses on U.S. immigration history and current events Wednesday, April 14, 12:15pm, on Zoom
  • INTERNATIONAL WALK & TALK AGAINST RACISM, from the Chinatown Arch in Washington, D.C. to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Stand in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities by starting off the walk at the Friendship Arch in Chinatown. Honor achievements of African Americans and lives lost to police brutality by continuing the walk to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and completing it at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Saturday, April 17, 10:30am, in-person
  • FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: WCIE’s SSL program Youth Facing Racism is ongoing during Community Service Week. Learn more here and join the next offering of this program.

SERVE REFUGEES IN THE COMMUNITYInternational Rescue Committee Logo

  • LEARN ABOUT THE IRC AND REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is the largest refugee resettlement organization in the U.S. and is headquartered in Silver Spring. A representative of the IRC will join us, Friday, April 16, 5:00-5:30pm, on Zoom
  • VOLUNTEER LOCALLY WITH IRC: Volunteer as a Youth Coach, Family Mentor, or Housing Set-up Volunteer, or lead a group to furnish and set up a home as a Welcome Home Project Volunteer. Think globally and act locally—together. Learn more here
  • FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: WCIE’s SSL program Youth Facing the Global Refugee and Migration Crisis is ongoing during Community Service Week. Learn more here and join the next offering of this program.



  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS: What is climate change and what can we do about it? In recognition of Earth Day, learn about the causes of climate change and its impacts around the world during a conversation moderated by English Now! instructor and science educator, Peggy Preusch. Then, we will engage in small group conversations about actions we can take to care for our world. Thursday, April 22, 3:00pm, on Zoom


Tell your friends! Community Service Week activities are open to friends and family members of our school community. 

We want to encourage Washington, D.C.’s international community to connect and engage locally. 

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Community Service Week Steering Committee

We would like to thank the members of our Community Service Week Steering Committee who made this week possible! Their dedication to the development and organization of these events was invaluable. Please join us in celebrating the hard work of Wendy Morris, Michael Kranefeld, Sally Dai, Ana Hauache, Kanako Akai, Marlene Da Vargem, and Efrem Gobena