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

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.

Families Serving Together October Program
Sunday, October 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Families Serving Together's October program to put together dry meal packages for families in need of food assistance in the DC area. Children of all ages are welcome!

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.

Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen
Sunday, November 5, 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.

Handmade for the Homeless
Sunday, November 5, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join fellow knitters and crocheters to create warm winter items to distribute to individuals experiencing homelessness in the DC area. New to knitting or crocheting? No problem! Just let us know.

To the Rescue: Providing Legal Aid to DC's Underserved
Tuesday, November 7, 7:00 PM

Meet Tzedek DC, a new Jewish organization providing legal services to low-income individuals, and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless for an evening of dialogue and learning on the issue of legal access for those experiencing homelessness in the DMV. The Washington Legal Clinic will facilitate a workshop on gentrification and the sources of power in our city, and participants will have the opportunity to get involved in fighting for the rights of our DC neighbors. In partnership with the JCRC and AVODAH.




  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