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

We're hiring! Want to help put together our awesome volunteer programming while making a difference in the lives of others? Check out our Community Service Program Associate position here.

Achieving Citizenship with CARECEN
Wednesday, August 30, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Help immigrants in our community become citizens! Join the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) to assist individuals taking the naturalization exam with English language skills that are crucial to passing the interview process. No formal training is needed and no Spanish language skills are required.

Community of Hope Birthday Bash
Wednesday, September 6, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Do you love throwing a party? Eating cupcakes? Putting huge smiles on children's faces? If so, join us to help children who have recently experienced homelessness celebrate their birthdays! We will decorate the community room, share a sweet treat, play some games, and do an arts and crafts activity.

Handmade for the Homeless
Sunday, September 10, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join fellow knitters and crocheters to create warm winter items to distribute to individuals experiencing homelessness in the DC area. New to knitting or crocheting? No problem! Just let us know.

HIAS-CIVIC Letter Writing Volunteer Program
Monday, September 18, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join HIAS for a monthly 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.

Achieving Citizenship with CARECEN
Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 PM - 8:00 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.



  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