About the Morris Cafritz Center for
Community Service

The Edlavitch DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service organizes
high-impact volunteer programs that address unmet needs in the Washington, DC

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 are meant to be low-barrier and engaging to all, we are
fiercely committed to upholding the dignity of those we serve by only providing
services that are truly 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.

We're hiring!

Days of Service Coordinator - Contract Position
The MCCCS is looking for a terrific individual to join our team as a Days of Service Coordinator.  Working closely with department staff, the Coordinator will help us run our three largest annual Days of Service – a Thanksgiving program called Everything But The Turkey (EBTT), December 25Th Day of Service (D25), and Martin Luther King Day of Service. Together, these three programs provide hundreds of hours of service to the community! Check out the full job description here.

 Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities and Events

EDCJCC Hunger Action
Thursday, September 27, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: St. Margaret's Episcopal Church

Join the EDCJCC at a temporary location to mix, chop, and prepare food for homeless shelters and other social service agencies serving those in need in the DC area. No cooking experience is necessary and volunteers of all ages are welcome.

Behrend Builders Studio Renovation
Sunday, October 7, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Help local legendary dance teacher Therrell Smith, who's 101 years old, re-open her dance studio and offer lessons to at-risk children once again after a flood damaged the space in 2016. Join Behrend Builders to work on mold remediation and repaint the walls of the studio so Ms. Smith can start providing ballet lessons once again!

Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen - SOLD OUT
Sunday, October 7, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Standing Up for Racial Justice
Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Foundry United Methodist Church

As we continue witnessing acts of racial injustice across the country, we want to recommit to building bridges and understanding in our home here in DC.  Join us for a workshop that will tackle the topics of unconscious bias, allyship, and racial justice with Operation Understanding DC. In partnership with AVODAH, Tzedek DC, JCRC, Adas Israel Racial Justice Working Group, and JUFJ.

Handmade for the Homeless
Sunday, October 14, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: EDCJCC Townhouse

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

Fall Blood Drive
Tuesday, October 16, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Adas Israel Congregation

Every 17 seconds, someone in the DC metro area needs a blood donation. One out of every 10 people will need a blood donation before the age of 70. Drop by the EDCJCC and help us replenish the quickly-diminishing blood reserve in the DC metro area.

SAVE THE DATE: Everything But The Turkey Registration Opens October 15th!
Join hundreds of volunteers over two days to prepare thousands of servings of festive Thanksgiving dishes for people in need in the DC area. Choose from one of five recipes - green beans, coleslaw, yams, stuffing, or collard greens. There is a special program for families with young children, and an afternoon for young professionals!

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.

Renovation Updates

The Edlavitch DCJCC will embark on a 10-month renovation of its historic building this September. Our vision is to create a world-class facility that is a “town square” for everyone. The renovation will enhance the Center as a whole and will bring some very exciting changes and improvements.  During the renovation period, our regular building will be closed. We will continue offering the majority of our regular volunteer opportunities, with locations in the neighborhood and around town. Please be sure to check the location of each project when you sign up.

You can read more about the renovation here.

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