If you’re new to the neighborhood or new to being a Capitol Hill parent, joining the following groups will be helpful in meeting other families and finding out about goings-on. These are organized in the following categories (but additional categories are possible): Family and Kids; Family Biking; General Neighborhood; and Stuff: Buying/Selling, Giving/Getting and Combating Waste.
Do you know of a neighborhood network that should be included on this list? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important note: For many of the Facebook groups listed below, when you request to join, there will be a form for you to answer questions and give your address or cross streets. If you don’t answer the questions or live within specified boundaries, the admins will not approve you to join.
Family and Kids
“This is a neighborhood group for families who are expecting, have babies or kids. It is a place to share upcoming neighborhood events, arrange play dates, and put names to faces of other parents you’ve seen around the neighborhood.”
Moms and Moms to Be on Capitol Hill
“This group has been created as a support group for new and expecting moms in the Capitol Hill area of Washington DC. It is your place to ask questions, and gain support from other Capitol Hill moms and professionals.”
Moms on the Hill (MOTH)
“MOTH is a virtual & real-world community for parents living on Capitol Hill.”
Note: This is the big one–the mother of all Capitol Hill family networking sites–with thousands of members.
Instructions to join: Send an email to main+subscribe@MoTH.groups.io. You will then receive a confirmation of your membership in groups.io to reply to and get on the platform. THEN you will get a message from MoTH asking for you to introduce yourself and share your address.
The boundaries for MoTH are North and South Capitol Streets, Florida Ave-Benning road and the Anacostia river. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be welcomed to MoTH with more information on the group.
“This is a neighborhood group for families in SW who are expecting, have babies or kids. It is a place to share events, arrange play dates, and meet other parents in the neighborhood. You may also post items you would like to give away or sell to others in the neighborhood.”
Capitol Hill Family Biking
“A group for connecting families in and around Ward 6 (Cap. Hill, Hill East, H St, Navy Yard, SW Waterfront, etc.) who bike or want to learn more about biking specifically in our lovely neighborhood. We will occasionally organize local, kid-friendly rides and advocacy opportunities. We don’t define ‘family’ but are primarily interested in making biking fun and safe for our youngest neighbors and their caregivers!”
DC Family Biking Facebook Group
“DC Family Biking supports family biking in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas. We do not define “family.” All are welcome. Maybe one day we will even have a meet-up.”
Friends of Kingman and Heritage Islands
“The Friends of Kingman & Heritage Islands (FOKHI) is on a mission to: Empower the communities surrounding Kingman & Heritage Islands to advocate this treasured green space; Promote and advocate for educational, recreational, natural, and interpretive activities in Washington, D.C., principally on Heritage and Kingman Islands; Encourage public interest in and use of Kingman and Heritage Islands; and Focus public attention on the conservation of the Islands.”
Friends of Lincoln Park
A Facebook group about events, cleanups and more at Lincoln Park.
“We are a group for friends and neighbors who live and work in the Hill East neighborhood of Washington, DC!”
Kingman Park Community
“Kingman Park Washington DC, neighborhood news, events, real estate and more!”
Kingman Park/Rosedale Neighborhood Group
“Neighbors who work, live and play in the Rosedale / Kingman Park area of DC. Roughly East Capitol to Benning Rd and 15th to Oklahoma.”
Stuff: Buying/Selling, Giving/Getting and Combating Waste
Buy Nothing/Lincoln Park Kingman Park Facebook Group
“We offer members a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of micro-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors. Buy Nothing Lincoln Park/Kingman Park, Washington D.C. is for neighbors who live south of H Street NE/Benning Rd NE, west of the Anacostia River, east of 2nd Street NE and north of Pennsylvania Avenue.”
DC Families Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Facebook Group
“A place to give away, trade, buy, or sell items that your kids (or your family) have outgrown – toys, books, clothing, household items. Help combat waste and overbuying by sharing with your neighbors!”
New Hill East Sales
“A group for neighbors in New Hill East to post items for sale.”