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.

Watch a Prezi about us!



Upcoming Opportunities

Intern with us!

Looking for an opportunity to gain academic credit as well as experience in event planning, project management, and social services? Click here for full internship description.

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and two references to Sonya Weisburd, Social Justice and Service Project Manager.

Summer Blood Drive

Monday, July 25, 2016, 4-8 PM

Donate blood during our quarterly blood drive and help save a life! Donating is safe, confidential, and easy. We partner with Inova Blood Services to replenish DC's blood supply.

Register for an appointment or to be a blood drive volunteer!

Food for Thought

Thursday, July 28, 6:30-8:30 PM

Join us for a screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Movie, a
documentary about the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed
each year in North America. Following the screening, hear from Elizabeth Bennett, founder of Fruitcycle, a social enterprise that makes healthy, locally sourced snacks and provides jobs
for women who need a second chance.

Hunger Action at the DCJCC

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 7-9 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.

Garden Work Day at Elementary School

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 9-12 PM

Join the DCJCC for a work day at Dupont Park Adventist Elementary School's Outdoor Classroom and Garden. Volunteers will help the elementary school get the garden ready for the start of the school year and for students to enjoy.

Handmade for the Homeless

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7-9 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.


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)


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

General Inquiries