About volunteering with the EDCJCC

The Edlavitch DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service organizes high-impact volunteer programs that address unmet needs in the Washington, DC area. In seeking to make our city a more just, inclusive, and livable place, we provide a way for the Jewish community to connect to our most sacred mandate of repairing the world.

While our programs seek to be low-barrier and engaging to all, we are fiercely committed to upholding the dignity of those we serve and only providing the services needed.

Our volunteer opportunities are designed to be family-friendly, flexible, and accessible whether you can commit one hour a month or a few hours a week. We offer our volunteers the opportunity to build lasting relationships with agencies and clients over the span of years, or volunteer once and try a different project the next time.  

We have succeeded if our participants leave with a sense of the great need that exists in our city and the motivation and desire to join with us to continue repairing the world.


 Upcoming opportunities

Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen

Sunday, March 4, 8:45 AM - 12 PM

Join us to volunteer on site at the DC Central Kitchen. Tasks include chopping vegetables, sorting fresh produce, mixing salads, portioning meals, preparing and cooking food. 

Families Serving Together: Purim and Social Justice

Sunday, March 4, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Along with being merry, eating delicious hamentaschen, and dressing up in costume, the holiday of Purim directs us to give gifts to those less fortunate - or "matanot la'evyonim", in Hebrew. Join us during the EDCJCC's family Purim celebration to make sandwiches for Martha's Table, which operates a nightly mobile food service on the streets of DC, and costumes for Only Make Believe, a non-profit that creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities. The carnival will also feature traditional Purim fun. Geared towards children ages 4-7.

Hunger Action at the EDCJCC

Thursday, March 8, 7-9 PM

Join us at the EDCJCC to mix, chop, and prepare food for homeless shelters and other agencies serving those in need in the DC area.

HIAS Letter Writing

Monday, March 12, 6:30-8:30PM

Participate in a monthly HIAS program offering compassion and solidarity to asylum seekers in detention through a formal letter writing program with individuals who have requested correspondence, helping them access hope and connection. HIAS is the global Jewish nonprofit that protects and resettles refugees.

Handmade for the Homeless

Sunday, March 18, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join fellow knitters and crocheters to make handmade goodies for a great cause! All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome.  Don't know how to knit or crochet? We'll teach you!

Group volunteer opportunities

Bring your office, youth group, book club, or group of friends to volunteer with us! We will create a customized volunteer opportunity to fit your needs that is meaningful, flexible, and inspiring.

  In-kind Donor Thank You

 A big thank you to our in-kind donors who have helped Behrend Builders make significant progress on the Morris family home.

Randy Bacon
Director, Behrend Builders
Co-Director, Days of Service
(202) 777-3244

Sonya Weisburd, MSW
Director, Social Justice and Volunteer Programs
(202) 777-3269

Margo Hall
Program Associate, Community Service
(202) 777-3255