Upcoming Behrend Opportunities
To find out about Behrend Builders and MCCCS volunteer opportunities, please subscribe to the Volunteer View, check the JCC's event calendar or contact Tzvi Darling, the Behrend Builders Program Coordinator by email or at (202) 777-3245.
Past Behrend Builder Projects
May 30, 2014: NCSY, National Conference of Synagogue Youth, paired with Behrend Builders for a day of service while at their conference in DC. Behrend had 35 high school students and NCSY staff rejuvenate five Sasha Bruce apartments for homeless youth. Our volunteers painted apartments, repaired the handicap ramp, and did a ton of landscaping.
May 22, 2014: A longterm client of ours has long been in need of a new kitchen floor. One of the residents now needs a home health care aid to live in the home. To make this possible Behrend staff had to compete the floor. Over two days a new subfloor and covering was installed. The home is really coming together now and the clients have never been so happy.
May 21, 2014: DCJCC staff with a few community volunteers completed the project at Nativity shelter by installing insulation and drywall. The finished project is looking great and the residents are very pleased that so many people have been helping them.
May 18, 2014: Volunteers for an Open Build, gave their time on a very nice weekend to help out one of our partners, Open Arms Housing. The apartments will be converted into transitional housing units for formerly homeless women.
April 19, 2014: Berkley Research Group volunteers spend the day painting bedrooms and landscaping at one of our new client's home in NW DC. The clients were so pleased with their work that it brought them to tears. A special thank you to Berkley Research Group for volunteering with the DCJCC throughout the year.
April 6, 2014: Good Deeds Day brought us back to NY AVE Men's shelter to complete painting a few more dorm rooms. Volunteers got to clean and brighten up these dorms and then hand out 200+ lunches to the residents.
March 16-17, 2014: University of Massachusetts Amherst alternative spring break group came to DC for a week to volunteer throughout the District with 20 students. We were very pleased to have such dedicated hard workers help us paint the entrance to Roosevelt High School with their school colors and two seniors' homes. Our senior clients were so happy to have their home revitalized after many years in disrepair.
February 10-12, 2014: Maret School once again sent 15 students and 2 teachers to transform a home in NW DC. Living in the family home of four seniors with disabilities. The home was in dire need of repairs, cleaning, and general beautification. Over three days the home came alive and the outcome was beautiful. The project touched all those involved. Click here for the photos.
January 20, 2014: This year in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Behrend Builders brought about 100 volunteers to New York Ave Men's Shelter. We spend a full day cleaning dorms and hallways, painting rooms and doors, and building shelves for a donation room. It was a truly productive and meaningful day for all involved. We will be back to the shelter to continue to help those in need. Click here for the photos.
December 25, 2013: As part of the DCJCC’s December 25th Day of Service (D25). Eighty volunteers that painted the whole of Mary’s Center medical clinic for Women, Infants, and children in Silver Spring. Click here for the photos.
December 9, 2013: The Behrend staff installed window blinds and sealed air leaks from the furnace. The home is a part of a long term relationship with an elderly client.
November 13, 2013: The Behrend Builder staff returned to a client's home to fix and reinstall a furnace. This senior hasn't had his whole home heated in two years. Now he will be nice and cozy all winter.
November 5-7, 2013: A small, but dedicated group of volunteers replaced three large glass windows at Nativity Shelter. The pervious windows were not adequate for winter and in disrepair. Due to a very special donation, we were able to get new windows and install them.
November 3, 2013: A group of volunteers gutted a home with a senior citizen. The home experienced a fire in the back room. We hope in the next project to go back and make a clean and usable room. This is with our newest partner, Office on Aging of the District of Columbia.
October 12-13, 2013: The College of Charleston Bonner Leadership Group drove up to Sliver Spring, MD to work with Behrend Builders. The group of college students painted Mary's Center's medical clinic for low-income families. They spent two days brighting up the whole facility.
September 14, 2013: Holton-Arms school returned to work with Behrend Builders for another enriching day of service. Over 80 high school seniors painted rooms and hallways at Nativity Homeless Shelter. The high school students from Holton-Arms had a fun time learning about the shelter, painting the rooms, and hanging out with each other.
May 5, 2013: Our longtime friends at Sidwell Friends School showed off their green thumbs while landscaping at Fortitude Housing and the Southeast Family Center. They helped create a more welcoming space for families in need!
April 28, 2013: Behrend Builders led an OpenBuild with our friends at Yachad! We helped renovate the home of an elderly widow plagued with back issues by building her new ceilings and storage space.
April 19, 2013: The DCJCC hosted 8 foreign high school students studying in the U.S. through the FLEX program to learn about volunteering and vulnerable populations in this country. With Behrend Builders, the students made lunch bags for the homeless and passed them out to 100 homeless individuals, allowing the students to converse with them and see homelessness in DC firsthand.