Update as of April 4th: We are delighted to announce that we’re re-opening some of the volunteer opportunities with the children at Stepping Stones Shelter! Starting on April 19th, individuals can help as tutors/childcare volunteers for the kids in-shelter. Volunteer activities will be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Anyone interested must fill out our volunteer application and follow the steps described in the application before signing up. This volunteer opportunity will be now available in addition to the current volunteer position involving donation-sorting and house-related tasks. Please note that to volunteer in the shelter, you must wear a mask. Please also note that vaccinations are not required to work, volunteer or reside at the shelter.

For more information about our updated volunteer options, please contact Helen Domenici at or contact her at 301 251 0567.

Our Families are Grateful for Clothing!

Because of our thoughtful donors, clothing has been widely distributed to our families. Thank you for the outpouring of support! We are no longer accepting clothing donations.  

*We are no longer accepting clothing* 

You Can Still Help!

Make a Financial Contribution.  Click here to provide a meaningful donation of any amount.

Donate Urgent Need ItemsClick here for our most recent list of urgent needs. Or, if you’d prefer, check out our latest “Urgent Needs Wish List” on for fast and easy ordering delivered straight to the shelter. 

All donations can be dropped off at the shelter preferably weekdays between 9:00 – 5:00. Upon arrival call the shelter (301) 251-0567 or ring the bell and a staff will accept your donation in a non-contact, socially distant manner.  Please ask for a tax receipt if you’d like one. 

Youth Volunteers & SSL Hours

3 SSL hours can be earned by a youth volunteer for providing a meal (lunch or dinner).   You must sign up to provide a meal and fulfill the request as described in the sign up below.  You will need to provide a completed SSL/Community Service form to Helen Domenici at  It can take up to 5 days for the form to be signed and returned. Sign up below to make dinner or lunch. 


All other off-site activities that a youth volunteer seeks to gain SSL hours must be pre-approved in advance by Helen Domenici, Director of Community Engagement at  Examples of off-site activities that require pre-approval include donation drives, baking, and knitting, etc.  

Students age 15 years or older can also earn SSL hours by providing in-shelter tutoring, child care, or playtime with the kids.

Paint & Sip

Our Paint & Sip was a great success! Many thanks to our wonderful local art teacher Lorin Burden, and the participants who got creative for a good cause! Plus, a major shout out to The Bottle Shop in Potomac for supplying the wine. 

Stepping Up With Laughter Was a Great Success!

Thank you to those who joined us for some laughter and fun and to our generous sponsors who made the event possible. Check out this video to see all the things that attendees and sponsors are making possible at Stepping Stones:

We had the honor of working with our past families to create this educational video on homelessness in Montgomery County sponsored by Montgomery County Media.