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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Upcoming Opportunities

Snack Attack Give Back

Thursday, October 27, 6:30-8 PM 

An easy, family-friendly project for a great cause! Help us label and package products for Fruitcycle, part of Together We Bake, which makes healthy snacks from produce that would otherwise go to waste while providing jobs for women who have been formerly incarcerated, homeless, or are otherwise disadvantaged. A delicious win-win!

Thursday, November 3, 6:30-8 PM

On a given night in the District, approximately 1,500 people are experiencing chronic homelessness. Hear a personal account of homelessness in DC, learn more about the issue, and find out how you can take concrete action to end this social injustice through the work of Miriam’s Kitchen. We're teaming up with Holy Trinity Church and Moishe House DC for this interfaith evening of learning and discussion.

Sunday, November 13, 10:30-12:30 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.

November 20-22, times vary
Registration NOW OPEN!

Join us for our signature event to prepare over 13,000 servings of festive Thanksgiving food for people in need in the DC metro area. Make green beans, yams, harvest bean salad, coleslaw, or stuffing! We also have healthy snack bag stations for families with young children.

High Holiday Sock Drive

October 1 – November 30

Help individuals experiencing homelessness keep their feet warm and dry this winter! We’re collecting new socks in adult sizes made out of wool or wool-blend, since these keep feet the most dry. Men’s sizes are particularly in need. Drop them off in the EDCJCC lobby and thank you!


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 EDCJCC and our primary program partner, DC Central Kitchen (check out DC Central Kitchen's Food Corners)


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

Peter Luck
Coordinator, Behrend Builders
(202) 777-3245

Sonya Weisburd, MSW
Associate Director, Volunteer Programs
(202) 777-3269