About the Morris Cafritz Center for
Community Service

The Edlavitch DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service organizes
high-impact volunteer programs that address unmet needs in the Washington, DC

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 are meant to be low-barrier and engaging to all, we are
fiercely committed to upholding the dignity of those we serve by only providing
services that are truly 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.

Renovation Updates

The Edlavitch DCJCC will embark on a 10-month renovation of its historic building this September. Our vision is to create a world-class facility that is a “town square” for everyone. The renovation will enhance the Center as a whole and will bring some very exciting changes and improvements.  During the renovation period, our regular building will be closed. We will continue offering the majority of our regular volunteer opportunities, with locations in the neighborhood and around town. Please be sure to check the location of each project when you sign up.

You can read more about the renovation here.



Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities and Events

Rock Creek Park Clean-Up
Sunday, July 22, 2018

Come out for a park clean-up day to pick up trash and make Rock Creek Park a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy. This program is geared towards families with school-aged children.

Behrend Builders Shelter Beautification
Sunday, July 29, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Roll up your sleeves and help Behrend Builders beautify an emergency men's shelter in need of cleaning and painting. With over 350 beds, the shelter experiences a tremendous amount of wear and tear on a daily basis and we will help freshen it up.

Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen
Sunday, August 5, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us to volunteer on site at DC Central Kitchen. Tasks include chopping vegetables, sorting fresh produce, mixing salads, portioning meals, and preparing and cooking food.

Group volunteer opportunities

Bring your office, youth group, book club, or group of friends to volunteer with us! We will create a customized volunteer opportunity to fit your needs that is meaningful, flexible, and inspiring.

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