The Founders Board of St. John’s Community Services is one of Washington, DC’s oldest charities, dating back to just after the Civil War. Although we began as an orphanage, our work in the city evolved with its needs. In the 1950s we founded the first community-based program for children with disabilities in the country. That center developed into the present day St. John’s Community Services which currently serves not only residents of the District of Columbia but also those of four other states. While the Founders Board is no longer involved in the management of SJCS, we continue our commitment to serving the needs of residents of the District of Columbia by supporting SJCS in our city.

Through our Annual Appeal, we ask fellow residents of the D.C. Metropolitan area to help us raise crucial funds for people with disabilities. For many years we have hosted an annual Spring Party for our supporters and friends at one of the lovely Embassies located in the District of Columbia. The proceeds from this event likewise serve the mission of SJCS.

In addition to donating their time and talent to fundraising events, our board members also choose to volunteer in a variety of roles within SJCS programs, according to their own skills and interests. Board members can help those served by SJCS with career planning and training through Employment Services, with life skills through Community Living and Participation Services and at the SJCS ART Options Center. We also maintain our connection to the historic St. John’s Church in Lafayette Square through annual services and events.

We welcome new members and invite your support of our fundraising and events.