The Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service (MCCCS) organizes high-impact volunteer programs that address unmet needs in the Washington, DC area. For over 25 years, the MCCCS has partnered with dozens of the area's non-profits serving at-risk and in-need residents to provide ways for our constituents to give back. Our mission is to engage our community in the service of others.

Volunteer opportunities are open to all. The MCCCS provides support to those in need regardless of age, race, gender, disability status, or religion.

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Upcoming Opportunities

Cookie Drive

Now - December 23, 2016

As part of our D25 Day of Service, bake a batch of cookies, brownies, mini-cupcakes, or any other sweet treat and donate it to the EDCJCC so we can spread warmth, sweetness, and holiday cheer to folks in homeless shelters, senior living facilities, and hospitals.

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 10:30-12:30 PM

Join us for a festive morning of knitting, crocheting, and most of all counting all the beautiful warm winter items produced for Handmade for the Homeless in 2016. This is our last event for the year and we hope you will join us!

Sunday, December 11, 2016 1-3 PM

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!

Gift Wrapping Session 2

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:30-8:30 PM

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!

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 1-3 PM

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!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 7-8 PM

Help individuals seeking employment re-enter the workforce by conducting mock interviews and providing job-seeking tips. No formal experience is necessary - a training is provided for all new volunteers.


December 25, 2016, times vary by project

Join over 1,000 volunteers to make a world of difference on December 25th with over 50 service projects to choose from; paint an elementary school, serve a meal, visit with homebound seniors, play a round of bingo at a homeless shelter, and so much more!


Social Justice Corner

Join us for programs that address a wide range of issues facing people in the District. We invite you to participate in creating a space for meaningful discussion, learning, and building understanding about the social justice issues facing our friends and neighbors. 

Food insecurity, food deserts, and health outcomes in DC: what's the story?

Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is a term defined by the USDA to mean an uncertainty about access to nutritionally adequate and safe food for a household.

Very low food security occurs when one or more people in the household were hungry over the course of the year because they couldn’t afford enough food.

Food Deserts

In many low-income communities, individuals and families have to travel long distances to find food that is both healthy and affordable. As a result, they purchase a large portion of their meals from local corner stores that are stocked with unhealthy options. When the only way to buy food is at a 7-Eleven or similar convenience store instead of a full grocery store, the area is considered a food desert.

Health Outcomes

Poverty and poor health reinforce one another in a vicious cycle; lack of access to fresh produce and other healthy foods reinforces high obesity rates among low-income communities. Obesity, in turns, leads to diabetes, heart disease, and several other expensive and debilitating health issues.

Some Statistics

About 18,000 D.C. residents live in food deserts, where there are also high concentrations of children.

Of the 7 supermarkets in these struggling areas, less than half accept Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) payments.

Of the city's 43 full-service grocery stores, only two are located in Ward 4, four in Ward 7, and three in Ward 8. By contrast, Ward 3 - the highest-income Ward - has eleven full-service stores.

Taking Action

Many of our programs address the lack of access to safe, healthy food on a monthly basis.

Join our Hunger Action program at the EDCJCC and our primary program partner, DC Central Kitchen (check out DC Central Kitchen's Food Corners)


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

Peter Luck
Coordinator, Behrend Builders
(202) 777-3245

Sonya Weisburd, MSW
Associate Director, Volunteer Programs
(202) 777-3269