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

Handmade for the Homeless BIG COUNT

Sunday, December 3, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Join Handmade for the Homeless for our special December session - the BIG COUNT! We have been working hard all year to create hundreds of beautiful warm winter items to benefit those experiencing poverty and homelessness in the DC area, and now it's time to inventory the end result.

D25 Gift Wrapping Sessions

Session 1: December 13, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Session 2: December 17, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

Want to help out before Christmas rolls around? 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 and children are welcome.

On My Mind/In My Heart: the Voices of Women in Public Housing

Monday, December 18, 7:30 PM

Join us for a unique evening of advocacy and theater. Directed by Thembi Duncan and brought to the Edlavitch DCJCC by EmpowerDC, On My Mind/In My Heart: the Voices of Women in Public Housing invites you into the lives and experiences of real women living in DC’s public housing. Developed by playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings (Queens Girl in the World) and set to a soundtrack by DC’s own DC RBI, this play includes themes of housing justice, disability, loss, and leadership. This is the only performance scheduled for Northwest Washington.

The performance will be followed by a talk-back and discussion with the audience with the actors and Empower DC staff.

  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

Margo Hall
Program Associate, Community Service
(202) 777-3255