We appreciate your interest in donating items to Stepping Stones Shelter. However, we request that you please do not leave random donations on the porch.  Random donations, especially those that involve a lot of sorting and cleaning, require a significant amount of time and resources which, as a non-profit, we simply do not have.  In the end, although they may seem helpful, such donations, only detract from the valuable time we spend caring for our families.   Instead, we strongly recommend you only donate items that are posted on our Urgent Needs List. The most up-to-date Urgent Needs List can be found on this website. We also strongly recommend that you call the shelter at (301) 251-0567 to inquire about which donations we are accepting before leaving any donations on the porch.  Thank you. 



Update 7/26/21: We’re delighted to announce that beginning August 2, 2021, Stepping Stones will welcome volunteers back to the Shelter. Opportunities will be limited to donation sorting, clothes closet and kitchen organizing, administrative, and school supply sorting and stuffing. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, opportunities to work with parents and children remain on hold.  All resident, staff, and volunteers are required to wear a mask inside Stepping Stones regardless of vaccination status.   

Click Here to be taken to the Volunteer Page, where you can access the volunteer application and read more about the opportunities available.  


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. Due to COVID-19, these activities have been suspended.


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.