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As the holiday approaches, many are thinking of giving back. There are hundreds of opportunities in the D.C. region to volunteer.
Greater DC Cares, an organization that connected some 40,000 Washington area volunteers with more than 700 nonprofits, has shut its doors for lack of funding.
For those interested in an inside perspective on the festival, opportunities are available at myriad events all over the city.
The National Day of Service started with President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009 and has occurred every year since. There will be dozens of service projects throughout the D.C. region over the course of the weekend, and the main event will be held Saturday on the National Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Maryland Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help sort and pack 250,000 pounds of food for distribution.
With budgets still tight, one Washington County agency has decided not to compete for dwindling nonprofit dollars but to support the area's approximately 500 not-for-profit groups with precious human capital instead.