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.

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You're invited!

Mother Nature loves bumps, curves, weird shapes, and odd sizes—especially in its fruits and veggies. Commercial standards think otherwise. Six billion pounds of “ugly” produce is wasted in the US every year.

Join us for an evening under the stars to learn about food waste and support the Edlavitch JCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service.

We are teaming up with Misfit Juicery to serve you “misfit mimosas,” draw for door prizes, and introduce you to the impact made by our volunteers every day.

Thursday, June 16, 6:30 PM
Room and Board Rooftop

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 8:45 – 12:00 PM

Spend Sunday morning with other DCJCC volunteers helping DC Central Kitchen prepare healthy, balanced meals for 88 nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations. Hunger Action at DC Central Kitchen is a monthly program and a part of our partnership with DC Central Kitchen year-round.

Hunger Action at the JCC

Thursday, June 9, 2016, 7:00-9:00 PM

Join the DCJCC 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.

Handmade for the Homeless

Wednesday, June 15

Sunday, July 24

Wednesday, August 17

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.


Social Justice Corner

Join us for programs that address a wide range of issues facing people in the District. We invite you to participate in creating a space for meaningful discussion, learning, and building understanding about the social justice issues facing our friends and neighbors. 

Food insecurity, food deserts, and health outcomes in DC: what's the story?

Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is a term defined by the USDA to mean an uncertainty about access to nutritionally adequate and safe food for a household.

Very low food security occurs when one or more people in the household were hungry over the course of the year because they couldn’t afford enough food.

Food Deserts

In many low-income communities, individuals and families have to travel long distances to find food that is both healthy and affordable. As a result, they purchase a large portion of their meals from local corner stores that are stocked with unhealthy options. When the only way to buy food is at a 7-Eleven or similar convenience store instead of a full grocery store, the area is considered a food desert.

Health Outcomes

Poverty and poor health reinforce one another in a vicious cycle; lack of access to fresh produce and other healthy foods reinforces high obesity rates among low-income communities. Obesity, in turns, leads to diabetes, heart disease, and several other expensive and debilitating health issues.

Some Statistics

About 18,000 D.C. residents live in food deserts, where there are also high concentrations of children.

Of the 7 supermarkets in these struggling areas, less than half accept Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) payments.

Of the city's 43 full-service grocery stores, only two are located in Ward 4, four in Ward 7, and three in Ward 8. By contrast, Ward 3 - the highest-income Ward - has eleven full-service stores.

Taking Action

Many of our programs address the lack of access to safe, healthy food on a monthly basis.

Join our Hunger Action program at the DCJCC and our primary program partner, DC Central Kitchen (check out DC Central Kitchen's Food Corners)

Save Sunday, July 17, 2016 for a special Summer Day of Service focusing on food deserts and food security!


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.

Erica Steen
Director, Community Engagement
(202) 777-3255

Randy Bacon
Director, Behrend Builders
Co-Director, Days of Service
(202) 777-3244

Cynthia Ambriz
Coordinator, Behrend Builders
(202) 777-3245

Sonya Weisburd, MSW
Social Justice and Service Project Manager 
(202) 777-3269

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