Volunteer opportunities for the Jewish New Year

So you’ve survived most of your first holiday season in D.C. It’s been a hectic stretch—but now’s the chance to take it one step further by getting out and volunteering your time for a good cause, especially while the weather is still good.

Many organizations around town want to help you find your volunteering stride.  Including:

  • DC Minyan frequently posts new volunteer opportunities—whether it’s for helping out around the shul or volunteering as a hospice worker. The best way to link up with upcoming projects is to email DC Minyan’s Steering Committee at sc@dcminyan.org, and they’ll match you up with a good opportunity based on your interests and schedule.
  • Adas Israel has a number of ways you can contribute to the synagogue and the community at large. You can sign up at their website here, and see the checklist of projects to join. Opportunities range from working on membership and fundraising, to helping with food banks, blood drives, and visiting the sick.
  • The DC JCC is also a great resource for finding out when the next days of service are, and finding a blood drive or a soup kitchen to help out with. Their calendar is complete with projects year-round, and descriptions of their programs can be found here. On Oct. 23, the Behrend Builders group will be cleaning and painting The Family Place at 3309 16th Street.
  • If you’re more of a knitter, head over to the DC JCC for their Handmade for the Homeless project to make hats, scarves, gloves and mittens from noon to 2 p.m. on Oct. 23.
  • Etz Chayim DC is a community forum for people in the area to exchange ideas and create events related to Jewish and environmental work. They’re having a farm day volunteer opportunity Oct. 23 at the Farm at Walker Jones. The small farm at K Street and New Jersey Avenue (northwest) will be open for eager volunteers from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Rhea Kennedy at theschmea@gmail.com to RSVP and get information.
  • Common Good City Farm, on V Street between 2nd and 4th streets, is having a crop-picking session on Oct. 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers pick crops and drop them off at a local homeless shelter so others can join local, healthy food. Register here for the project.