The historic Deanwood Heights Business District needs your help....

Many people from all walks of life are responding to President Obama’s call to service. If you want to help a deserving community break through and reach its economic development potential - we have exciting volunteer opportunities for you.

Authorized by DC City Council legislation and awarded a competitive grant in November 2008, Deanwood Heights Main Streets(DHMS) is a designated DC Main Streets program funded by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD).

Your time, energy and talent can make an important difference in the Deanwood community by helping a national program dedicated to preserving and revitalizing historic business districts in urban neighborhoods.

DHMS supports comprehensive and sustained commercial revitalization within the Deanwood and Deanwood Heights neighborhoods in Ward 7 Washington, DC. Our primary goal is to support retail investment through the retention and expansion of existing businesses and the recruitment of new businesses in our service area.

Here is your chance to help build a lasting, nationally recognized, community-based resource that supports smart growth and sustainable economic development.

Our volunteer program is well-focused and includes, providing technical support, organizing fund-raisers, participating in environmental upgrade events, volunteering at our development office and much more.

We want you to have an enjoyable and productive volunteer experience. We start by matching your expertise with suitable business development activities. For example, if you are a business or urban studies major looking for a real-world project - we can open doors for you.

Contact us by email, and we will send you our list of working committee projects. This list will show you where our current revitalization activities are focused and perhaps you may find an area that sparks your interest. Contact us today so that you can get involved with our outstanding program and meet your new friends at Deanwood.

We invite you to join our experienced team of economic development professionals and volunteers. We look forward to hearing from you.

"We are working with our volunteers, District officials, and the Ward 7 leadership to ensure that businesses can succeed in Deanwood.”

Contact us today

by phone: 202-621-2288


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DHMS directly assists businesses and coordinates sustainable community-driven revitalization efforts in our business district. Our commercial revitalization efforts are organized and led by local volunteers and community development professionals. Our services are offered free of charge to businesses in the Deanwood and Deanwood Heights community.