Serve DC Newsletter: January 2023 Edition

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Letter from the Mayor


Mayor Muriel Bowser is creating a stronger, more resilient, connected, and equitable DC. To get a glimpse of the important work happening across all eight wards, read Mayor Bowser's "Letter to Washingtonians" here

Letter from the Director

director squire

Greetings Service Ambassadors,

2023 is upon us!

So far this new year is off to a terrific start. 

Last week, we were honored to witness our Mayor take the oath of office for a historic third time. Watch the Mayor's Inaugural Address here or read it here.

As I stood at her historic inauguration as a proud member of the Mayor's cabinet, I was reminded of how central and critical our work at Serve DC is in advancing the Mayor's vision for our city the next four years. 

From the pandemic, to protests, to an insurrection, we've watched our Mayor lead our city with unparalleled determination and courage. And together - in service - we've risen to the challenges. Now more than ever, we are laser-focused on following through with her vision with optimism and hope about the future of Washington, DC. 

With this I mind, I want to personally invite you to join us on Saturday, January 14 for our MLK Day of Action at Arthur Capper Community Center. As we think about some of our city’s most critical challenges such as gun violence, food and housing insecurity, among others, we are reminded that each one of us is responsible for doing our part and for making change – moving us closer to achieving Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. And we can do that through service. So, as we look at what’s to come, we encourage you to join us in all the incredible things that we’ll accomplish – together.

Sign up for MLK Day of Action today.

In partnership and collaboration,

Alexis L. Squire

Director and Chief Service Officer

Serve DC's MLK Day of Action

MLK Day of Action

We invite residents of all ages to join us this Saturday, January 14 for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Action! Make a difference and give back to your community and help us move closer to achieving Dr. King's vision of a beloved community

Sign up to volunteer here!

Washington Spirit Day


Recruitment for our DC Volunteer Snow Team continues! Join us this Wednesday, January 11 for Serve DC's Washington Spirit Day with midfielder Anna Heilferty and former player Gaby Vincent! 

Read more about the work that Anna Heilferty has done with the Bowser Administration here!

Serve DC in the Community

FOX 5 Segment

FOX 5 Segment with Jeannette Reyes for the Mayor's Fresh Start 5K! 

On the last Friday of 2022, Director Squire and Deputy Chief of Staff, Tomás Talamante, joined Jeannette Reyes to talk about Mayor Bowser's 9th Annual Fresh Start 5K! They went into all the details for the race that took place on New Year's Day and garnered support from thousands of DC residents! 


Mayoral Swearing-In Ceremony

Our Serve DC team had the pleasure of witnessing and taking part in history as Mayor Bowser was sworn in as the 1st African American woman to be elected to three, four-year terms as Mayor of an American City. 

In addition to witnessing the Mayor get sworn in, all members of our team had the opportunity to get sworn in by Mayor Bowser herself. 

We are honored and grateful - and most of all, we are ready to get to work. 


Annual Toys for Tots Drive

On the second Tuesday of December, Serve DC - in partnership with the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation were able to distribute 3,000 bags of gifts to 800 families in the District! We thank our volunteers, staff, and partners who contributed to making the event a huge success! 


DC Volunteer Snow Team Pop-Ups

In addition to our partnership with the Washington Spirit, our team was hard at work all throughout the month of December hosting our snow team pop-ups at several locations all throughout the District!  


MOCA Ward 7 Hiring Fair

Join the Mayor's Office of Community Affairs on Wednesday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. for the Ward 7 Hiring Fair! Come by for on-the-spot interviews, and leave with an offer! RSVP here


MLK Holiday Parade

Join Mayor Bowser to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the MLK Holiday Parade on Monday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m.! Line up with Mayor Bowser at 10:30 a.m. and meet us at the RISE Center for the parade! 


DC's Comeback Plan

DC's Comeback Plan is a tool for setting goals and priorities, guiding action and investments, and aligning stakeholders to achieve a shared vision. 5 years, 6 bold goals, and 3 focus areas:

  • Successful businesses
  • Opportunity-rich neighborhoods
  • Thriving people

We will come back, we will win, and we will do it together.  Read DC’s Comeback Plan and share your big ideas at