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

Apples for Everyone: A Family Food Justice Program
Sunday, September 24, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Join us as we get our hands dirty and learn about food access with Everybody Grows, an organization that inspires people to grow their own food in home gardens. We will compost, weed, plant, and harvest. We will also honor tashlich, the casting away of negativities, with an activity to reflect on the coming year.

ONE SPOT LEFT: Achieving Citizenship with CARECEN
Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Help immigrants in our community become citizens! Conduct mock interviews for students of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)’s citizenship classes.  As the culmination of their 12-week session, citizenship students will meet with volunteers who will simulate the naturalization interview that prospective citizens have with immigration officers. No formal training is needed and no Spanish language skills are required.

SOLD OUT: Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen
Sunday, October 1, 8:45 – 12:00 PM

Spend Sunday morning with other EDCJCC volunteers helping DC Central Kitchen prepare healthy, balanced meals for 88 homeless shelters, transitional homes, and other social service agencies.

Behrend Builders Project
Sunday, October 15, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Help a family home pass inspection so they can become foster parents by renovating and upgrading their home.

NEW: Tutoring with the Kingman Boys and Girls Club
Starts October 16, registration on-going

The Edlavitch DCJCC is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Kingman Boys and Girls Club. We will be working with their afterschool tutoring program, providing general homework assistance. If you would like to spend just an hour and a half once a week making a difference in the life of a child, this is the opportunity for you!

Hunger Action at the EDCJCC
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join the EDCJCC to combat hunger in our community by preparing meals for local social service agencies. Mix, chop, and create dishes that will be distributed to those in need by DC Central Kitchen, our program partner.

Fall Blood Drive
Tuesday, October 24, 4:00 - 8:00 PM

Donate blood during our quarterly blood drive and help save a life! It's safe, easy, confidential, and extremely rewarding. The EDCJCC partners with Inova Blood Services to bring skilled technicians and top-of-the-line equipment for our quarterly blood drives.



  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