The Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service (MCCCS) organizes high-impact volunteer programs that address unmet needs in the Washington, DC area. For over 25 years, the MCCCS has partnered with dozens of the area's non-profits serving at-risk and in-need residents to provide ways for our constituents to give back. Our mission is to engage our community in the service of others.
Volunteer opportunities are open to all. The MCCCS provides support to those in need regardless of age, race, gender, disability status, or religion.
Handmade for the Homeless
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 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.
Spring Blood Drive
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Thursday, March 2, 2017, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Donate blood during our quarterly blood drive and help save a life! It's safe, easy, and confidential. We partner with Inova Blood Services to bring skilled technicians and top-of-the-line equipment for our blood drives.
Hunger Action at the EDCJCC
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join the EDCJCC to combat hunger within our community by preparing meals for local agencies. Volunteers will mix, chop, and create dishes that will be distributed to those in need by DC Central Kitchen, our program partner.
Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 8:45 AM -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.
SAVE THE DATE: Good Deeds Day 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join the EDCJCC, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and the entire Washington, DC community, along with over half a million volunteers from around the world for this fun and meaningful annual Day of Service. Make hygiene kits for women experiencing homelessness, create an origami flower for homebound seniors, put together healthy snacks for children in low-income schools, and much more! Children of all ages are welcome.
Professional Clothing Drive
January 26 - February 26, 2017
Doing Good with the Jewish Federation and it’s Young Leadership program Mitzvah Hoppin’ are collecting professional clothing for the Covenant House Youth Shelter at the Edlavitch DCJCC from January 26th to February 26th. All of the clothing will go clients in the Covenant House’s Job Training Program, where homeless teens can gain skills in a specific vocation and also learn what they need to know about job hunting and the professional world.
If you have new or gently used men's or women's professional clothing that you no longer want, bring them to the JCC! Please drop off all items in the Q Street Lobby attention Community Service.
Race, History, and Community: A Series Focusing on Race and Justice in America
The Edlavitch DCJCC, in partnership with the JCRC, AJC, ADL, Adas Israel Congregation, and 6th and I Historic Synagogue is thrilled to offer a three-part program series focusing on education, community building and dialogue around issues of race in America. This series, a part of our on-going social justice programming, is an intentionally intergenerational effort to create space for the Jewish community and our friends to learn and connect around incidents of police brutality, outbursts of racial violence, and systemic racism through the lens of history.
We hope that this series will help create a community of learners, eager to engage deeply in these issues, and a foundation for informed dialogue and community building.
Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
January 22, 2017 - SOLD OUT
On January 22, 2017 the Edlavitch DCJCC will host a group tour of the new museum. The tour, which will span the 300 year history of African Americans in the United States, will focus on the civil rights era.
Film Screening: Get In The Way, The Journey of John Lewis
February 27, 2017
In 1965, the historic Selma March known as Bloody Sunday was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. John Lewis—now a revered U.S. Congressman, then a young student—co-led hundreds of peaceful marchers seeking voting rights for African Americans in the South. This is the first biographical film about Lewis, a respected legislator and elder statesman who continues to practice nonviolence in his determined fight for justice. The film will be followed by a presentation on ways the audience can get involved in the movement for racial justice today.
Exploring Race, History, and Community: An Interactive Discussion
March 20, 2017
Join us for a guided discussion and exploration of Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehesi Coates, a MacArthur “genius” grant winner and national correspondent at The Atlantic. Written as a letter from Coates to his 15 year old son, the book provides an unflinching portrait of the reality of being a Black man in the US today. Facilitated by Suzanne Feinspan, this workshop will explore the book’s major themes, how we connect with it individually, and how we might connect with it as Jews. Come whether you’ve read the whole thing, a chapter, or just a page! All are welcome to participate in this conversation and it will be primarily designed as an exploration of these concepts for those who identify as white.