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 Online volunteer registration open until Dec 20 – limited walk-in opportunities after that!
  • 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
    • order t-shirts (to be picked up at Mitzvah Day breakfast) – be sure to enter your sizes and whether you want short sleeves ($7) or long sleeves ($12)!
    • RSVP for Chinese dinner and a movie at the J at 5:30pm ($10 adults, $5 kids)
  • 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.

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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 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 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 Create bookmarks for adults in literacy programs JCC
Paper bag messages All ages- great for kids None 10am-11:30 am 40 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 Paint picture frames for nursing home residents JCC
Toys for Dogs All ages-great for kids None 10am-12pm 20 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 Deliver desserts to police officers on duty. Chapel Hill
Durham Crisis Response Center (TBD)  Ages 8+ Large dish(es) or ingredients and/or a gift for kids 10am-1pm 12 Deliver a home-cooked meal and gifts to shelter residents, help with cleaning Durham, downtown
Durham Police Department All ages 1 or more large dishes 12pm-1pm 7 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 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 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  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 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 Cook and serve dinner for 50-60 family members of sick children Durham , near Duke Hospitals
Threshold Clubhouse Ages 10+ None 10am-1pm 10 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 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 Sing carols to and with residents. Durham, near JCC
Hillcrest Convalescence Home All ages – great for kids Snacks/treats (optional) 10am-12pm 15 Play bingo and other activities with residents. Durham, near Duke East Campus
Pettigrew nursing home – caroling and gift delivery All ages – great for kids  None 10:30pm-1:30pm 12 Sing carols to and with residents and deliver frames made by other volunteers 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
NEW!
Accessible Icon Project
5+ None 10am-12pm 18 Spray paint accessible icon on city parking spaces downtown Durham
Breakfast 12+ None 7:30am-11 am 15 Help plan and set up/clean up Mitzvah Day Breakfast JCC
NEW!
Caring House
All ages None 10am-12pm 15 Clean and organize house for cancer patients Durham, near JCC
Trees Across Durham 10+ None 10am-12pm 20 Plant trees through Durham Sustainability program Durham neighborhood TBD
Durham Parks and Recreation All ages – great for kids None 10am-12pm 12 Beautify local parks and public areas. Durham, park TBD
Families Moving Forward All ages Wrapping paper and ribbon 10am-11am 10 Wrap items and make cards to be delivered to residents. JCC
Habitat for Humanity

 

All ages Cleaning/household items ($20-$30) 10am-12pm 20 Assemble and deliver Welcome Baskets for new Habitat homeowners. JCC, then delivering in Durham
NEW!
LGBTQ Center
Ages 6+ None 10am-12pm 15 Clean and organize, move furniture Downtown Durham
NC Diaper Bank  All ages- great for kids Package(s) of diapers (optional) 10am-11:30pm 15 Repackage diapers from diaper drive for families in need. JCC