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

D25: December 25th Day of Service REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Monday, December 25, 6 AM - 6 PM

Join over 1,000 volunteers at social service agencies in the metro-DC area to serve meals, sing carols, visit home-bound seniors, throw holiday parties, play bingo, and deliver holiday cheer to those in need.

D25 Gift Wrapping Sessions

Session 1: December 13, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Session 2: December 17, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

Want to help out before Christmas rolls around? Join us to wrap hundreds of gifts that will go out to those we serve on December 25th Day of Service. No gift wrapping skills required and children are welcome.

On My Mind/In My Heart: the Voices of Women in Public Housing

Monday, December 18, 7:30 PM

Join us for a unique evening of advocacy and theater. Directed by Thembi Duncan and brought to the Edlavitch DCJCC by EmpowerDC, On My Mind/In My Heart: the Voices of Women in Public Housing invites you into the lives and experiences of real women living in DC’s public housing. Developed by playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings (Queens Girl in the World) and set to a soundtrack by DC’s own DC RBI, this play includes themes of housing justice, disability, loss, and leadership. This is the only performance scheduled for Northwest Washington.

The performance will be followed by a talk-back and discussion with the audience with the actors and Empower DC staff.

Achieving Citizenship with CARECEN

Wednesday, December 20, 6-8 PM

Help immigrants in our community become citizens! Conduct mock interviews for students of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)’s citizenship classes.  As the culmination of their 12-week session, citizenship students will meet with volunteers who will simulate the naturalization interview that prospective citizens have with immigration officers. No formal training is needed and no Spanish language skills are required. A training and script will be provided.

Hunger Action at the EDCJCC

Thursday, January 4, 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.

Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen

Sunday, January 7, 8:45 AM - 12 PM

DC Central Kitchen prepares over 5,000 meals a day, 365 days a year, for low-income residents and those experiencing homelessness. 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. 

  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