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 Online volunteer registration is now closed.  There are limited walk-in opportunities on Mitzvah Day.

Questions? Madeline mseltman@levinjcc.org or 919-35404938.

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Create beautiful and functional things to brighten someones’ day:

 Making Things for Others

Organization Family Friendly Associated Cost Time Volunteers Needed Description Location
Blanket Durham


All ages – kids welcome! Socks (optional) 10am-12pm 30 – Now Full  Make no-sew fleece blankets and care packages for Urban Ministries. JCC
BRIDGES Greeting Card Making


All ages. Volunteers available to help anyone with special needs. None 10am-11:30am 20- Now Full  Make greeting cards to be used by JCC and JFS and to sell- priority given to volunteers with special needs and their families. JCC
Durham Literacy Center  All ages – great for kids None 10am-12pm 20 – Now full Create bookmarks for adults in literacy programs JCC
Paper bag messages All ages- great for kids None 10am-11:30 am 20 –Now closed Decorate paper lunch bags and write messages for bagged lunches atUrban Ministries. JCC
Picture frame making for Pettigrew All ages – great for kids None 10am-12pm 24 – Now Full Paint picture frames for nursing home residents JCC
Toys for Dogs All ages-great for kids None 10am-12pm 20 – Now Full  Make fleece dog toys to be delivered to local animal shelters JCC


Make food for those in need, those with sick children, and our public servants:

Cooking/Baking for Others

Organization Family Friendly Associated Cost Time Volunteers Needed Description Location
Chapel Hill Police Department All ages 1 or more dishes. 12pm-1pm 8 – Now Full Deliver desserts to police officers on duty. Chapel Hill
Durham Police Department All ages 1 or more large dishes 12pm-1pm 7 – Now Full Deliver a home-cooked desserts to 50 on-duty officers Durham, downtown
Durham Rescue Mission  Age 10+ 1 or more large dishes or ingredients 11am-1pm 15-20 – Now Full Cook and serve lunch for 130-140 men’s shelter residents. Durham, near downtown
Fire Station 11 All ages 1 or more dishes 1pm-2pm 6 – Now Full Deliver a home-cooked meal to 4 on-duty officers. Durham, near JCC
Ronald McDonald – Duke Family Room  Ages 16+  1 or more large dishes 11:30am-2:30pm 12 –  Now Full  Cook and serve lunch for 50 family members of sick children Durham, at Duke Hospital
Ronald McDonald House CH   Ages 10+ 1 or more large dishes. 3pm-7:30pm 8 – Now Full Cook and serve dinner for 50-60 family members of sick children. Chapel Hill, near UNC Hopitals
Ronald McDonald House Durham-Dinner Ages 8+ Ingredients for 1 or more large dishes (to cook on site). 4:30pm-7pm 20 – Now Full Cook and serve dinner for 50-60 family members of sick children Durham , near Duke Hospitals
Threshold Clubhouse Ages 10+ None 10am-1pm 10 – Now closed Cook lunch with and visit with clubhouse members with mental illness. East Durham
Urban Ministries Reserved for Moishe House/Young Professionals Mitzvah Group  None 10:30pm-1:30pm 8 – Now full Cook and serve meals to the guests at the shelter. Durham, downtown


Spend time with older adults:

Visiting Seniors

Organization Family Friendly Associated Cost Time Volunteers Needed Description Location
Carolina Point All ages  None 10am -1pm 20 –  Now closed Sing carols to and with residents. Durham, near JCC
Hillcrest Convalescence Home All ages – great for kids Snacks/treats (optional) 10am-12pm 15 – Now Full  Play bingo and other activities with residents. Durham, near Duke East Campus

Care for the environment, wrap and deliver gifts, and more:

More Projects

Organization Family Friendly Associated Cost Time Volunteers Needed Description Location
Accessible Icon Project
5+ None 10am-12pm 15 – Now Full  Spray paint accessible icon on city parking spaces downtown Durham
Breakfast 12+ None 7:30am-11 am 15 –  Now closed Help plan and set up/clean up Mitzvah Day Breakfast JCC
Caring House
All ages None 10am-12pm 15 –  Now closed Clean and organize house for cancer patients Durham, near JCC
Trees Across Durham 10+ None 10am-12pm 20 – Now Full Plant trees through Durham Sustainability program Durham neighborhood TBD
Durham Parks and Recreation All ages – great for kids None 10am-12pm 12 – Now Full Beautify local parks and public areas. Durham, park TBD
Families Moving Forward All ages Wrapping paper and ribbon 10am-11am 10 – Now Full Wrap items and make cards to be delivered to residents. JCC
Habitat for Humanity


All ages Cleaning/household items ($20-$30) 10am-12pm 20 – Now Full Assemble and deliver Welcome Baskets for new Habitat homeowners. JCC, then delivering in Durham
LGBTQ Center
Ages 6+ None 10am-12pm 15 – Now Full Clean and organize, move furniture Downtown Durham
NC Diaper Bank  All ages- great for kids Package(s) of diapers (optional) 10am-11:30pm 15 – Now full Repackage diapers from diaper drive for families in need. JCC
  • Click the name of the project to be taken to a sign up
  • Please be sure to select the number of slots for people in your family/group, and list their names and kids’ ages in the comment box.
  • At the bottom of each sign up, you can also choose to:
    • make a tax-deductible donation, which helps cover food and supplies for projects and other Mitzvah Day expenses
    • RSVP for Chinese dinner and a movie is now closed – please email mseltman@leivnjcc.org to inquire about availability.
    • Please note, the t-shirt order deadline has passed.  A limited number of extra shirts will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis on Mitzvah Day.
  • You do not need a Sign up Genius account or PayPal account to register or to pay!
  • Contact Madeline Seltman, Director of Engagement at mseltman@levinjcc.org or 919-354-4938 for assistance.