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 $20 charge to participate?
Are walk-ins allowed on the day of the event?
Can I bring my children to the event?
How do I get to the DCJCC 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 DCJCC's Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service where volunteers prepare over 20,000 servings of food for the homeless and hungry in the DC area. EBTT runs multiple evenings during the week of Thanksgiving. 


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

We make the side dishes that are paired with turkeys that are provided by our partner organization, DC Central Kitchen.


I am not Jewish, can I participate?

Yes! Volunteer opportunities are open to everyone. 


Why is there a $20 charge to participate?

This is a tax deductable event participation fee that covers the cost of food and supplies. If you would like to participate but the fee amount is a barrier, 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 stations to sign up for if you are a family with young children.


How do I get to the DCJCC 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. 

Cynthia AmbrizVOLUNTEER E- NEWSLETTER



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

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

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

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

General Inquiries
volunteer@washingtondcjcc.org