Mitzvah Day & Mitzvah Corps

Mitzvah Day

Each year, on December 25th, the community comes together to do good together for the larger Durham-Chapel Hill area. Over 500 volunteers make the day possible, completing service projects for over 20 organizations. This is an incredible, family friendly event, for all! Service projects include everything from park clean-ups to preparing food, and making blankets for the homeless to delivering diapers.  


Mitzvah Corps

Want to do good year round? Our Mitzvah Corps programs expand our Mitzvah Day concept providing intergenerational projects for the community to do. All projects are open to adults, teens, and families (service hours available).

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Upcoming programs:

Trees Across Durham
Sunday Feb 4, 2-4pm.
Come celebrate the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the Trees, by planting trees in a local neighborhood or park through the Durham Sustainability Office’s urban forestry program.  All ages welcome, but be aware that it may be cold!  Located at a local park to be announced by email.

Register online

Meals on Wheels
Sunday April 29, 3:30pm
Make sandwiches to be delivered as part of a nutritious meal to older adults at their homes.  At the JCC.

Register through our online registration or call to register, 919-354-4936.

Recent programs:

Park Clean Up – Helped keep our city beautiful by collecting trash and recycling at a local city park!

Sukkot Soup Making – To celebrate the harvest holiday of Sukkot, put together dry bags of hearty fall soup of beans and spices that will be donated to Urban Ministries of Durham to distribute to families in need.

Scrap Exchange – Sorted, cut and prepped all kinds of awesome donated materials for creative reuse at the Scrap Exchange’s warehouse in Durham.

Diaper Bank – Sorted, counted, and packaged donated diapers for distribution for babies in need at the Diaper Bank warehouse facility in North Durham.

Jewish Family Services: Assembled  hygiene bags for clients at Jewish Family Services.