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.



Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities and Events

HIAS/Freedom for Immigrants Letter Writing Program
Monday, July 9, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Participate in a monthly HIAS letter-writing program offering compassion and solidarity to asylum seekers in detention. HIAS is the global Jewish nonprofit that protects and resettles refugees.

Summer Blood Drive
Tuesday, July 10, 4:00-8:00 PM

Every 17 seconds, someone in the DC metro area needs a blood donation. One out of every 10 people will need a blood donation before the age of 70. Drop by the EDCJCC and help us replenish the quickly-diminishing blood reserve in the DC metro area.

Hunger Action at the EDCJCC
Thursday, July 12, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us at the EDCJCC to mix, chop, and prepare food for homeless shelters and other social service agencies serving those in need in the DC area.

Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen
Sunday, July 15, 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.

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.

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