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From the president: Volunteers


I am honored to be the new president of the Village.  At the same time, I’m a bit scared, because I can’t succeed in my new volunteer role without your help – right now.
For nearly 40 years, I worked as a journalist -- first as a reporter, then editor, then publisher and news service manager. I relied on a team of hundreds of people who edited stories, took photos, created news graphics, ran the printing presses, designed the websites, and sold advertising to make sure everybody got a paycheck every two weeks.

Just like any organization, Foggy Bottom West End Village is a team, and the Village is extremely fortunate to have a team of dedicated and skilled volunteers. There are people who provide services – such as rides to the doctor, physical therapist, or supermarket; help with household needs like packing books and sorting old clothes; plan fun lunches, happy hours and cultural excursions; provide administrative assistance in the office; and work on Village fund-raising projects. And there are Villagers who rely on these services, either to recover from illness or deal with disability, or to connect more closely to their neighbors and enjoy life.
As part of a news organization, I knew that other team members would show up and do their jobs, in part because they loved the work, but also because of the paycheck. With the Village, instead of a paycheck, the reward for volunteers comes in the form of fulfillment and the joy of helping others. As we work on Village tasks, we are building a strong community that benefits all of us.

Our Village is growing and expanding its reach, and we need more volunteers. Today, right now, we urgently need people with cars and valid driver’s licenses to drive their neighbors, Village members, to medical appointments and shopping trips.

If you can help, or know someone else who can be a volunteer driver, or would like to hear more, please call Executive Director Leigh Sempeles at 202.333.1327 or email her at She will explain this simple process and sign you up.

Village volunteering fits easily into most of our days. It’s very much like picking your kids up from school, taking grandchildren to soccer practice, or dropping a friend at the movie theater. Our goal is to provide a meaningful volunteer experience.

We are asking for volunteers to contribute three or four hours a month. That's not much time to bring some sense of security to our neighbors during times when they need it most.

Drivers, please call today.  

Everybody, watch this space in the coming months for occasional notes on how you can help the Village help you.

Thank you,

Jane Scholz

Village has new leaders for 2017-18

The Village has a new president, three new board members and two new committee leaders.  All are neighborhood residents.  The Village board made the selections last week.

Jane Scholz will succeed Susan Haight as president of the board.  Susan, the founding president of the Village, held this office for three years. Under her leadership, the Village was formed, obtained several large grants that enabled it to get started, acquired an office and its first executive director.  Susan will continue on the board and executive committee.  She will also work to recruit volunteers to provide services to Village members.


Jane is a six-year resident of Foggy Bottom who has been a Village member for three years and a board member for a year. She is a retired journalist.  Read more.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

How to register for programs

Village programs and events will generally be announced only in the weekly Director's Notes, published by email on Mondays.

  • To register, first make sure you are logged into your account on the Village website. From the listing at the end of each program invite, click on the link Click here to be directed to the Event Calendar for registration. 
  • Next, from the Event Calendar, click on the program you'd like to attend. You'll be transferred to the Registration Page. Then simply click the "REGISTER NOW" button and  follow the prompts. 
  • Finally, click "COMPLETE REGISTRATION" (located at the top and bottom of the registration page).    
  • You will receive an event confirmation email. If you do not get this email, you are not registered. Please call the Village office at (202) 333-1327, and someone will be happy to help.
  • For some programs, you will use a personal email to register. Just email the person listed and let them know you plan to attend.
All programs take place in St. Paul's church, 2430 K Street NW, unless otherwise indicated.

Village office hours

The Village has open office hours Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm.  The office is located at 2430 K Street NW, (202) 333-1327.

We're here to help. Drop by or make an  appointment. 

Newsletter signup

Every week, we send out Director's Notes, a single email chock full of Village news and events.  To participate, you really need to get this email as it's the only way most events are announced.

To sign up click here.

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Meet our executive director

Leigh Sempeles has joined the Village as our Executive Director.

She has more than 20 years of corporate experience in the legal online information industry and previously served as Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton, Ohio.

Stop by the Village office to meet her Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Say thank you to Susan

Susan Haight retires as president of FBWE Village after three years.  

Susan was the founding president of the Village and has played a key role in its growth and development.  

She remains on the board where she will concentrate on recruiting volunteers.

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:: Foggy Bottom West End Village: 
2430 K Street, NW : Washington, DC 20037 : 202-333-1327 ::