Volunteer


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 Volunteer Opportunities


Jubilee Jobs

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 7:00-8:00 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.



Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 8:45 AM –12:00 PM

Spend Sunday morning with other DCJCC volunteers helping DC Central Kitchen prepare healthy, balanced meals for 88 nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations. Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen is a monthly program and a part of our partnership with DC Central Kitchen year-round.


Outdoor Classroom and Garden Build

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Join the DCJCC to help The Dupont Park Adventist Elementary School build an outdoor classroom, edible garden, and wildlife area.

Volunteers will be building and staining tables, painting and sealing tree stumps (for seating), building a teepee, painting signs for the wild life garden, and composting the garden beds.



Hunger Action at the DCJCC

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:00-9:00 PM

Join the DCJCC to combat hunger within our community by preparing meals for local agencies. Volunteers will mix, chop, and create dishes that will be distributed to those in need by DC Central Kitchen, our program partner.



Behrend Builders Moving Help

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Do a Mother's Day Mitzvah! Help a homebound senior down on her luck move into a new home. Her current home is causing her health problems, and we are excited to assist her in moving to a new, clean home that will better serve her needs.



Books to Prisons

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 6:30-8:30 PM

The DC Books to Prisons Project provides a critical link between those who are incarcerated and those outside prison walls by sending donated reading material to prisoners and educating the public about issues surrounding prisoner education and literacy.



Behrend Builders Open Build

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM

Join Behrend Builders for the first Open Build of the season! We will be working to get the Williams family back into their home after a fire did significant damage in 2015.

Volunteers will help gut the home and remove debris from the house. No previous construction experience necessary.



Handmade for the Homeless

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 10:00 AM -12:00 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.

For this month's meeting, bring in your "yarn chametz" (leftover yarn bits) and we'll help you get rid of them!



Martha's Table Joyful Food Market

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 2:45-6:00 PM

Help reduce hunger and increase access to, and consumption of, fresh fruits and vegetables in DC's Wards 7 and 8 through Martha's Table's Joyful Food Markets. Volunteers help set up and run a vibrant and joyful space for shopping and assist children and families with choosing and learning about fruits and vegetables.


 

Social Justice Corner


Join us for Knowledge2Action, 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. 


Weaving Justice into your Passover Holiday

This April, thousands of Jewish families will sit down to tables full of symbols and delicious food to celebrate the Passover holiday. 

Passover is a rich source of themes ranging from the Jewish people's establishment as a nation, to a variety of social justice themes including hunger, displacement, and oppression. Many of the story's themes resonate today.


If you are interested in adding social justice topics into your Passover holiday, here are a few terrific resources that we recommend:

The Passover Social Justice Guide from the Religious Action Center

A compilation of haggadot with social justice themes

Passover resources for a global perspective on social justice


Looking for a specific topic? Check these out:

Modern-day slavery

Racism and racial justice

Hunger in America

LGBTQ rights

Refugees


Have a favorite social justice resource for Passover or want more information about how to weave justice into your Passover holiday? Email Sonya today!

 

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.


Erica Steen
Director, Community Engagement
(202) 777-3255

Randy Bacon
Director, Behrend Builders
Co-Director, Days of Service
(202) 777-3244

Cynthia Ambriz
Coordinator, Behrend Builders
(202) 777-3245

Sonya Weisburd, MSW
Social Justice and Service Project Manager 
(202) 777-3269

General Inquiries
volunteer@washingtondcjcc.org