Frequently Asked Questions

What is EBTT?

Everything...but the Turkey? Where's the turkey?
I am not Jewish; can I participate?
Why is there a $18 charge?
Are walk-ins allowed on the day of the event?
Can I bring my children to the event?
How to get to the Center and where do I go when I arrive?
Is there anything I need to bring with me to the event?


What is Everything but the Turkey (EBTT)?

EBTT is an event organized by the Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service of the DCJCC. This event is held on the Monday and Tuesday evenings prior to the week of Thanksgiving. Volunteers prepare over 20,000 servings of food for the homeless and hungry in the DC area.


Everything but the Turkey? Why don't we make the turkey?

The side dishes are paired with turkeys that are provided by our partner DC Central Kitchen.


I am not Jewish; can I participate?

Volunteer opportunities are open to all. MCCCS provides support to the DC community in need regardless of age, race, gender, or religion.


Why is there a $18 charge?

This is your tax deductable, event participation fee and it is applied to the cost of food and supplies. If you would like to participate and the fee is a hinderance please contact Erica Steen at 202-777-3255. Thank you for your support.


Are walk-ins allowed on the day of the event?

NO, unfortunately we cannot accommodate any walk-ins. Please register online in advance.


Can I bring my children to the event?

YES! Everyone is welcome. We request that children under the age of 16 are accompanied by an adult. Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring the safety of their children. Please remember that there are knives being used at many of the food preparation stations. Healthy snack bags and Stuffing are great for families with young children.


How to get to the Center and where do I go when I arrive?

Please sign in at our check-in tables located in the Q St. Lobby. For transportation information please click here.


Is there anything special I need to wear or bring with me to the event?

All materials will be provided. Please wear closed toe shoes for safety reasons. Everyone must also cover their hair. We will provide hair nets but if you'd prefer you are welcome to wear your own hat. You are also welcome to bring your own knives, graters, etc. but the JCC is not responsible for them. The only other thing needed is your energy and the want to volunteer.

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

Randy Bacon
Director, Behrend Builders
(202) 777-3244

Elena Frenkel
Coordinator, Volunteer and Community Engagement
(202) 777-3207

Mil Dranoff
Coordinator, Behrend Builders
(202) 777-3245

General Inquiries
volunteer@washingtondcjcc.org