Giving Back To Our Community
At the end of each season, our top teams are awarded donations to give to a charity of their choice. DC Bocce members also spend time volunteering for both local and national organizations in the area. Over the seasons we have assisted and donated to the wonderful organizations below.
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Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
AMC Cancer Research Center
AMC has a rich history of conducting some of the nation's top research in cancer prevention and control. The AMC Cancer Research Center (AMC), newly affiliated with the University of Colorado Cancer Center (UCCC), continues to support prevention and control research AS WELL AS research for better therapies and patient care, positioning the organization as one of the strongest cancer information and clinical resource centers in the nation.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization, the American Legion is devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a not-for-profit community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide.
American Red Cross
Offering humanitarian care to the victims of war and natural disasters, community services that help the needy, support for military members and their families, distribution of lifesaving blood, educational programs that promote health and safety, and international relief and development programs.
Anacostia Watershed Society
The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage. Their aim is to make the river swimmable and fishable for the health and enjoyment of everyone in the community.
The ASPCA, the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere, works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide. Their mission, as stated by the founder, Henry Bergh, in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”
Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children through professionally supported long-term, One-To-One mentoring relationships with carefully screened, caring and committed adults in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland.
Building Tomorrow is an international social-profit organization encouraging philanthropy among young people by raising awareness and funds to build and support educational infrastructure projects for under-served children in sub-Saharan Africa.
Byte Back’s mission is to improve economic opportunity for low-income residents of the Washington DC area by providing computer training and employment readiness skills. They provide computer courses, supply job readiness assistance, assist residents in obtaining a living wage, and offer volunteer opportunities to professionals in the technology industry.
Capital Area Food Bank
Capital Area Food Bank is the largest nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington Metropolitan area. They are committed to uplifting those in need, providing the best services possible and helping those who are without the means to help themselves.
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital
Located in Lexington, KY, CHRH provides post acute inpatient physical rehabilitation services for people of all ages. They are dedicated exclusively to physical rehabilitation practices, including comprehensive outpatient services for both children and adults and home care services.
Carpenter's Shelter is an innovative provider of services to the homeless promoting lifelong self-reliance. Since 1988, our goal has been to meet the immediate and basic needs for shelter and offer each resident the resources to stabilize their lives, overcome homelessness, and become contributing members of the community.
Celiac Sprue Association
Dedicated to providing educational materials on celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis to affected individuals worldwide and to serving as a vehicle for providing mutual support opportunities to these individuals by encouraging, establishing and supporting volunteer units for such individuals throughout the country.
Center for Disability Services
Their mission is to enable and empower people, primarily those with disabilities, to lead healthy & enriched lives. The Center for Disability Services is the place to turn to for innovative services and expert care for individuals with disabilities and chronic medical conditions in the Albany, NY, area.
Central Union Mission
The oldest social service agency in DC, Central Union Mission's main facility is located at at 1350 R Street, NW. In addition to being a homeless shelter, they also provide meals, rehabilitation, job training and more for DC's homeless.
Children of Uganda
The mission of Children of Uganda is to support and empower hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda to lead successful and productive lives. Our vision is that all children in Uganda receive an education to become healthy, productive members of their community who assume leadership roles and positively impact Ugandan society.
Children's Cancer Research Fund
Children's Cancer Research Fund is dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer by providing funds to the University of Minnesota for research and training relating to the prevention, treatment and cure of childhood cancer. The organization also educates the public about childhood cancer and supports quality-of-life programs for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Children's National Medical Center
Children’s Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program is the largest pediatric diabetes program in the Mid-Atlantic region, providing care for children and young adults from Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia. DC Bocce's donation went toward the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at the Medical Center.
The Mission of Christ House is to provide comprehensive health care for sick, homeless men and women in the District of Columbia and assist them in addressing critical issues to help break the cycle of homelessness.
Coalition for the Homeless
Coalition for the Homeless is dedicated to helping homeless men, women, and children, and believes in the principle that affordable housing, sufficient food, and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society.
Covenant House Washington
Established to address widespread problems of homelessness and poverty among teenagers and young adults. Their services are free and they have made conscientious efforts to assure that our services for youth meet high standards of quality by keeping strong relationships in the community and addressing complex problems that affect the health and well being of children.
DC Central Kitchen
The Kitchen is founded on the premise that when fighting poverty, one must fight to win by using every resource available. Be it food, money, or people, we at the Kitchen hate to see wasted potential.
DC Greens supports school gardens and Farm to School initiatives in the District of Columbia. DC Greens runs the Glover Park – Burleith Farmers’ Market in upper Georgetown, and channels proceeds from the market back into local food education and access in DC schools.
DC Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research, and education.
Doorways for Women and Families
Doorways for Women and Families strives to end homelessness and family and intimate partner violence by offering safe shelter and housing, life changing support services and community advocacy.
Eastern Market: Keep It Going
Eastern Market is is the oldest continuously operating food market in the city, and the center of life in our community. The devastating April 30th fire destroyed the roof and shut down operations in the South Hall. The bricks and mortar can be fixed and the building preserved
The nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks that secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually, and to engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Providing a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
Food & Friends
The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.
Friends of Garfield Park
The Friends of Garfield Park is non-profit organization that maintains and improves Garfield Park, where we play bocce in Capitol Hill. The organization's mission is to continually make improvements to the park so that all who wish to can enjoy it.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls—all girls—where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.
Global Survivors Network
The Global Survivors Network is comprised of people working to prevent future acts of terror. They hail from six continents, represent many different religions and are united by a common cause: to show the world that violence is not an acceptable answer.
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
A collection of more than 500 charitable funds built with gifts and bequests from many people in the greater Cedar Rapids area. GCRCF provides flexibility to meet a broad range of needs through a variety of gifts and giving techniques, and partners with professional advisors to create highly personalized and effective approaches to charitable giving for their clients.
Greater DC Cares
Greater DC Cares comprehensively mobilizes volunteers and strengthens nonprofits to better impact communities and the key issues in the Greater DC Region. It works with a network of more than 500 nonprofits, 12,000 volunteers and a host of corporate and foundation partners working together to positively impact the region.
Heifer's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, Heifer empowers them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.
Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital Foundation
Helan DevOs Children's Hospital was created to fill a critical gap in West Michigan helath care - the need for a hospital devoted solely and specifically to children. More than a decade later we have become a tertiary referral center and an established leader dedicated to improving the and lives of children and families.
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland, finding homes for dogs and cats rescued from high-kill animal shelters or whose owners could no longer care for them or were found as strays.
Honor Flight Network
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans and those who may be terminally ill.
International Humanity Foundation
Half of IHF's mission is to educate the poor and the other half is to educate the world about the poor. The IHF vision is to strive for a world of leaders and citizens who have interacted with, and are truly knowledgeable about the world's poor though a "pass it on" philosophy where education is free and available for all who seek it.
International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.
Jason Beach Memorial Scholarship Fund
Jason’s passion for life and tender heart left an everlasting impact on those he was close to. They developed a golf tournament in his name to celebrate his life. Through a lot of love, hard work, and generosity, they were able to set up the Jason Beach Memorial Scholarship fund with two scholarships being awarded annually.
Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) is a national volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals.
Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. The world's first person-to-person micro-lending site, Kiva empowers individuals to lend directly to entrepreneurs worldwide. The people you see on Kiva's site are real individuals in need of funding, and Kiva partners with existing expert microfinance institutions to provide a data-rich, transparent lending platform.
Konbit Pou Ayiti / KONPAY
Builds networks and collaborations so that technology and expertise can be shared and used to strengthen Haitian solutions to social, environmental and economic problems. They encourage people outside of Haiti to connect with the innovative and inspiring work happening in Haiti today.
The Lange Foundation is dedicated to saving impounded companion animals, and preparing them for a journey to a new safe, loving world. We have also initiated an ongoing sterilization program, to dramatically reduce the number of unwanted pets born in Los Angeles County.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $550.8 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers.
Lupus Foundation of America
The foremost national nonprofit health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support, services and hope to all people affected by lupus.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic
Granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Foundation serves children who reside in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Martha’s Table finds solutions to poverty in the short term with food and clothing programs and in the long term by breaking the cycle of poverty with education and family strengthening programs. Their mission is to help at-risk children, youth, families and individuals in our community improve their lives by providing educational programs, food, clothing and enrichment opportunities.
Mary House, an organization that provides transitional housing services, shelter and support programs to homeless and struggling families, and was founded on the concept that "smaller is better."
Miriam's Kitchen is a local organization that has been providing healthy, homemade meals and comprehensive support services to homeless men and women since 1983. Nutritious meals are served every weekday to more than 4,000 homeless individuals each year, and the majority of the guests are chronically homeless.
N Street Village
Empowering homeless and low-income women to claim their highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The Village also provides affordable rental housing for low and moderate-income individuals and families.
Nashville Humane Association
Committed to promoting humane treatment of animals, finding good homes for stray or abandoned dogs and cats, educating the public about their responsibility to help control the pet population, and providing treatment and care to ensure the well being of animals in the community.
National Kidney Foundation
The NKF is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. Through over 50 offices nationwide, the NKF provides vital services, conducts extensive public and professional education, advocates for patients and supports disease research.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
A collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. The Society exists to make sure it doesn't.
Providing health care to women and children without access in Ethiopia, efficiently and with greatest benefit, because they are the most vulnerable and the binding force of the community. This is done in partnership with in-country resources, charitable organizations, government, religious organizations, and businesses.
One Warm Coat
A national effort meeting local needs, One Warm Coat's goal is to provide any person in need with a warm coat free of charge. Providing this simple, yet vital, need helps people live productive lives all year round.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
A nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The organization raises money for funding of research, advocates for federal funding, and fills the void of information and options by giving reliable, personalized information people need to make informed decisions.
P2V seeks to alleviate the psychological suffering of our nation’s heroes and to reduce the number of sheltered animals in the United States by aiding our active duty military and military veterans, law enforcement officers, emergency first responders, and their families with rehabilitation through animal companionship.
PNH Research and Support Foundation
Dedicated to funding research to find a cure and new treatments for Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH disease) and to helping PNH patients in need with funding for disease-related expenses not covered by insurance.
Rams Club - The Educational Foundation
The Educational Foundation, Inc., provides assistance to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to offer financial aid to worthy young men and women seeking an education at UNC, and to support University programs by providing services and funds for the construction of facilities or purchase of equipment.
Relay For Life: American Cancer Society
At events in 4,800 communities nationwide, teams of families, friends and coworkers join together to CELEBRATE the lives of those who have battled cancer, REMEMBER those lost and FIGHT BACK against a disease that takes too much
Ronald McDonals House
A strong mind. A strong body. And a safe, supportive place to grow. These are things that every child needs and deserves. Helping to provide these things is what we do
SalvAide is a registered Canadian charitable organization composed of a network of communities and supporters in Canada dedicated to fostering social and economic development in El Salvador. Their mission is to build social and economic justice, democracy and dignity with the people of El Salvador.
Save The Children
The leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the US and around the world. Recognized for their commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, their work takes them into the heart of communities, where they help children and families help themselves.
Helping patients and their families cope with scleroderma through support programs, counseling, physician referrals, and educational information, promoting public awareness and education through seminars, literature, and publicity campaigns, and supporting research to improve treatment and ultimately find the cause of and cure for scleroderma and related diseases.
The Smile Train mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who cannot eat or speak properly, aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job, and face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.
So Others Might Eat (SOME)
So Others Might Eat works to feed and clothe DC’s homeless and poor, treat ill homeless people at their medical, dental and mental health programs, train people for jobs and house homeless families and single adults.
Special Olympics - District of Columbia
Special Olympics DC provides sports training for citizens with intellectual disabilities. Athletic competition provides our athletes with increased confidence and self-esteem and allows them to demonstrate courage and experience the joy of sport. The competitive fire that burns inside each of our athletes is visible in the thousands of Olympic-style competitions held across the globe each year.
St. Baldrick's Foundation
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (SJCI)
A Catholic, independent college-preparatory high school educating young men of diverse backgrounds in the tradition of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Through a broad and balanced, human and Christian education, SJCI guides the development of each student's unique talents, fostering a commitment to academic excellence, service, and leadership in the global community.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world, and is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.
Street Sense is a bi-weekly DC area newspaper featuring news, stories, editorials, poetry, fiction and photographs contributed by homeless or formerly homeless people and other volunteers, and sold by homeless individuals on the streets to help them earn an honest income.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, they’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, it has become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
Teaching For Change
Provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world. By drawing direct connections to 'real world' issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.
Think Local First DC
Their mission is to work with independent businesses, consumers and policymakers to grow a sustainable, local economy in Washington DC. The goal is to transform DC’s economy by strengthening the voice of local business and increasing the sustainability of their business practices.
V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation, set up to honor Jim Valvano, is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer. The Foundation seeks to make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating awareness of the importance of the war against cancer.
Walking for Water, Wisdom Spring Inc
Walking for Water is a fundraiser created by teenagers in Leesburg, VA for the benefit of indigenous people in Africa. It is devoted to giving the waters of life to the indigenous villages by combining village wisdom with Western drilling technology and funds for education. The goal: to reclaim the land and the rich culture it sustains so people don’t have to walk for miles each day to carry water for their villages.
Washington Animal Rescue League
The mission of the Washington Animal Rescue League is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome animals who have nowhere else to go. They are committed to strengthening and preserving the human-animal bond by supporting animals in their homes through affordable veterinary care, community outreach, and education.
Washington Area Bicyclists Association
The WABA’s mission is to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment, and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.
Washington Humane Society
The Washington Humane Society is the oldest animal protection agency in Washington, DC. Since 1870, the Washington Humane Society has served homeless, lost, and abused animals in the District of Columbia; providing protection from cruelty, shelter from the elements, and a second chance at a loving home.
Whitman-Walker Clinic is a non-profit community-based health organization serving the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Established by and for the gay and lesbian community, our Clinic is comprised of diverse volunteers and staff who provide or facilitate the delivery of high quality, comprehensive, accessible health care and community services. Whitman-Walker Clinic is especially committed to ending the suffering of all those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Women Empowered Against Violence
WEAVE works closely with adult and teen survivors of relationship violence and abuse, providing an innovative range of legal, counseling, economic and educational services that leads survivors to utilize their inner and community resources, achieve safety for themselves and their children and live empowered lives.
Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors by raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, helping severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.
Yellow Ribbon Fund
The Yellow Ribbon Fund was founded in February of 2005 to help injured service members and their families who are recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. The mission of the Yellow Ribbon Fund is to “Welcome Our Injured Service Members Home.”