About volunteering with the EDCJCC

The Edlavitch DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service organizes high-impact volunteer programs that address unmet needs in the Washington, DC area. 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 seek to be low-barrier and engaging to all, we are fiercely committed to upholding the dignity of those we serve and only providing the services 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.


 Volunteer Opportunities and Events

Handmade for the Homeless

Sunday, March 18, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join fellow knitters and crocheters to make handmade goodies for a great cause! All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome.  Don't know how to knit or crochet? We'll teach you!

Behrend Builders Painting Day

Sunday, March 18, 10 AM - 2 PM

Join Behrend Builders to paint a family home in Northeast DC that was badly burned in a house fire last year. No previous painting experience necessary. Must be 14 years old to participate.

Perspectives On Immigration: What's At Stake

Monday, April 2, 7:00-9:00 PM

We were strangers in the land of Egypt. Join us for an evening of conversation with Karina Velasco Lopez, a community organizer for CASA and a DREAMer herself; Professor Alan Kraut, scholar of immigration history in America; and Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism to provide perspectives on the issue of immigration. Walk away with a deeper understanding of the current situation, the real people it touches, and how you can help.

#MeToo. Everybody Knows Somebody: How to Support Survivors in our Lives

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00-8:30 PM

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men are affected by domestic violence, dating abuse, or sexual assault and harassment. Learn from the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) about the rights of survivors and how you can support those around you who have experienced harassment or assault.

Spring Blood Drive

Thursday, April 12, 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.

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.

  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

Sonya Weisburd, MSW
Director, Social Justice and Volunteer Programs
(202) 777-3269

Margo Hall
Program Associate, Community Service
(202) 777-3255