What people are saying about us

From Our Volunteers

Caitlin, Group Project Coordinator
"I just wanted to say thank you again for this afternoon. It was a truly meaningful experience and I know the teens loved it. You ran the program so well and really made us feel welcome and involved. The teens are already posting on facebook about it and how much they enjoyed the experience. What's more, I'm so thankful that you gave them the chance to break out of their comfort zones and connect with the individuals who need help the most. It was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon and I know I speak for everyone when I say thank you!"

Stu, D25 Volunteer
"It was terrific spending the afternoon and evening with you on our December 25th Day of Service project with JAM DC. A special thanks to the DCJCC for creating this project for our group - it was perfect! How amazing it was to see how all of our work in the kitchen came together so well -- it probably helped that I was outside of the kitchen most of the time. It was also such a meaningful adventure to actually distribute our work in Franklin Square."
EBTT Volunteer

"Thank you so much for your help and for putting on such a well organized and worthwhile program, Everything But The Turkey.  This was at least our 5th time participating as a family."
American University Program Coordinator

"Thank you so much for hosting our volunteers on MLK Day. I sat in with our student reflection and they were just so amazed by the work you all do. Thank you again for providing them an amazing experience."

Holton-Arms Seniors, Day of Service 

"I realized how close to home poverty and homelessness is. It's not just the underdeveloped countries- it's right down the street. It was nice to make something feel more like home for those who don't have a place of their own."

From the People and Organizations We Serve
MCCCS Service Recipient
I was just marveling and thinking and thinking that I had never met people like you guys in my entire life.  You accepted us, regardless of race, nationality, or how disorganized we are and you love us anyway.  There is nothing pretentious about you--when appropriate, you get angry, you admonish, and you keep on giving and giving.  You don't look down on us or denigrate us.  After thinking these two days and not coming up with ways to repay you, I just began to pray for you all. As you may have noticed, I am not someone who likes to hang around friends.  I can sincerely say that I consider you beyond friends, but you are my family."

Maria Gomez, President and CEO
Mary's Center

I am writing to commend Behrend Builders on their outstanding work in the Washington, DC community at large. Their work connecting skilled and unskilled volunteers alike to service-learning opportunities has directly impacted Mary’s Center on several occasions. From spearheading painting and other beautification projects at our Ontario Road location to donating and handing out refreshments for over 1,000 of our participants at our 2012 community holiday party, Behrend Builders has consistently been there to support our mission and work. Their staff has taken a personal interest in our work, and we have come to know and respect them for their professionalism and work ethic as well as friendliness and thoughtfulness. No task is ever too small and no cause unworthy of their aid.

Robert Gregory, Principal
Turner Elementary School

On behalf of the students, staff, and community of Turner Elementary School, I want to write a thank you for the collaborative work conducted at Turner Elementary School  on MLK Jr. Day.  The projects completed in the building have truly enhanced the school, and has made the environment much more pleasant for the teachers and the students.  Thanks to your groups’ community service the entire Turner family now enjoys a much better learning environment.  We also look forward to continuing to work with Behrend Builders and the Center for Community Service in the future.

Michelle Rhee, Chancellor
District of Columbia Public Schools
On behalf of the District of Columbia Public Schools, I would like to thank your organization for its involvement in the 23rd anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Your organization’s involvement in painting at Ferebee-Hope and Turner Elementary schools this past MLK holiday is sincerely appreciated.

Thank you again for your generous support and continued involvement.

 MCCCS Service Recipient

I would like to thank you and the crew from the bottom of my heart! This means so much to my mom and I, you guys have given my mom HOPE. She has been ready to give up. We are really being hit hard and every single time I think we have gotten over a hurdle, here come three more. So thank you for giving both her and I the hope we desperately need. I look forward to more to come. If you need anything please let me know, I don't have much but I will help anyway possible.

Sonya Weisburd, MSW
Social Justice and Service Project Manager

Erica Steen
Director, Community Engagement
(202) 777-3255

Randy Bacon
Director, Behrend Builders
Co-Director, Days of Service
(202) 777-3244

Sonya Weisburd, MSW
Social Justice and Service Project Manager
(202) 777-3269

Cynthia Ambriz
Coordinator, Behrend Builders
(202) 777-3245