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.


 Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities and Events

Beans, Basil, and Bees: A Family Gardening Workshop

Sunday, June 3, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Want to learn about starting your very own container garden, dig in the dirt and learn about composting, and meet some urban beekeepers who are helping our city retain its native bee populations? Join us for this family-focused event with workshops run by Love and Carrots, Compost Cab and Capitol Bee Care. Enjoy garden-themed snacks and take home your own container garden starter kit!

Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen

Sunday, June 3, 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.

Hunger Action at the EDCJCC

Thursday, June 7, 7:00 PM -9:00 PM

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

Handmade for the Homeless

Sunday, June 10, 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 about to knit or crochet? We'll teach you!

HIAS/Freedom for Immigrants Letter Writing Program

Monday, June 11, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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.

EDCJCC Refugee Resettlement Team

The EDCJCC is excited to announce a new initiative in partnership with Lutheran Social Services: the EDCJCC’s Refugee Resettlement Team. This volunteer led effort will aim to provide all of the furniture and household goods for an incoming refugee family, including setting up the apartment prior to their arrival. The effort will be volunteer led and coordinated. If you are interested in being part of the Refugee Resettlement Team, please fill out this short form.

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.

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