Families Serving Together

Mark your calendars!The Edlavitch DCJCC is excited to announce the 2017-2018 Families Serving Together line-up (below). We look forward to seeing our families return and welcome new families to join.

Families Serving Together is a program designed for school-age children and their families to participate in once-a-month volunteering. Come to one or come to all! These volunteer programs are for children of all ages and with various organizations throughout the DC Metro area. For questions, please contact Stacey Herman, Director of School-Aged Programs and Director of Inclusion and Disability Programming.

September 24: Apples for Everyone: A Family Food Justice Program
Registration coming soon! Join the Edlavitch DCJCC to get our hands dirty and learn about food access with Everybody Grows, an organization that inspires people to grow their own food in home gardens. We will compost, weed, plant, and harvest. Afterwards, we will learn about food waste and food accessibility with Darya Watnick, Director of Jewish Engagement at the EDCJCC, and Jewish Outdoor, Food/Farming, and Environmental Education Fellow with Hazon. Since this program will be happening on the Sunday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur we will also be honoring tashlich, the casting away of negativities, with an activity to reflect on our hopes for ourselves, our families, and our communities in the coming year.  Co-presented with GLOE Youth & Family – a project of The Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach & Engagement (GLOE).

October 22: Dry meals assembly
At the EDCJCC

Many families in the DC area are food insecure – meaning they often come up short on money for groceries. Help us put together food packages that will benefit families that struggle to put enough food on the table every week.

November 21-22: Everything But The Turkey
At the EDCJCC

Put on gloves, aprons, and hairnets and join hundreds of volunteers to prepare over 3,000 Thanksgiving meals for those in need at local community kitchens, transitional housing facilities and homeless shelters through a partnership with DC Central Kitchen. 

December 25: D25 Day of Service

Be one of 1,000 people making a difference in the lives of 10,000! We serve over 60 social service agencies throughout DC. Projects range from 2-4 hours in length and include serving meals, preparing food, visiting seniors, painting, and throwing Christmas parties.


January 15: MLK Day of Service

Info coming soon

February 11: Care packages for homeless shelter
At the EDCJCC

One of the struggles facing people who are homeless is not having access to basic necessities such as socks, shampoo, hairbrushes, and similar items. Put together care packages that will be distributed to individuals experiencing homelessness with hygiene products.

March 25: Hunger Action
At the EDCJCC

Approximately 200,000 children are at risk of hunger in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area – 56,000 in the District alone, or 1 in 2 children. We will prepare nutritious meals at the EDCJCC that will be distributed to social service agencies around the city.

April 29: Good Deeds Day
At the EDCJCC

Join the EDCJCC and the entire Washington Jewish community, along volunteers from around the world, for this fun, annual Day of Service.

May (Date TBD): Park Clean-Up

Join us for a massive trash pick-up and park clean-up to help the environment and ensure both animals and humans can enjoy DC’s parklands!

Stacey Herman
Director, School-Aged Programs
t. (202) 777-3276
Email Stacey