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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

OrganizationFamily FriendlyAssociated CostTimeVolunteers NeededDescriptionLocation
Blanket Durham


All ages – kids welcome!Socks (optional)10am-12pm30 – 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.None10am-11:30am20- 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 kidsNone10am-12pm20 – Now fullCreate bookmarks for adults in literacy programsJCC
Paper bag messagesAll ages- great for kidsNone10am-11:30 am20 –Now closedDecorate paper lunch bags and write messages for bagged lunches atUrban Ministries.JCC
Picture frame making for PettigrewAll ages – great for kidsNone10am-12pm24 – Now FullPaint picture frames for nursing home residentsJCC
Toys for DogsAll ages-great for kidsNone10am-12pm20 – Now Full Make fleece dog toys to be delivered to local animal sheltersJCC


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

Cooking/Baking for Others

OrganizationFamily FriendlyAssociated CostTimeVolunteers NeededDescriptionLocation
Chapel Hill Police DepartmentAll ages1 or more dishes.12pm-1pm8 – Now FullDeliver desserts to police officers on duty.Chapel Hill
Durham Police DepartmentAll ages1 or more large dishes12pm-1pm7 – Now FullDeliver a home-cooked desserts to 50 on-duty officersDurham, downtown
Durham Rescue Mission Age 10+1 or more large dishes or ingredients11am-1pm15-20 – Now FullCook and serve lunch for 130-140 men’s shelter residents.Durham, near downtown
Fire Station 11All ages1 or more dishes1pm-2pm6 – Now FullDeliver a home-cooked meal to 4 on-duty officers.Durham, near JCC
Ronald McDonald – Duke Family Room Ages 16+ 1 or more large dishes11:30am-2:30pm12 –  Now Full Cook and serve lunch for 50 family members of sick childrenDurham, at Duke Hospital
Ronald McDonald House CH  Ages 10+1 or more large dishes.3pm-7:30pm8 – Now FullCook and serve dinner for 50-60 family members of sick children.Chapel Hill, near UNC Hopitals
Ronald McDonald House Durham-DinnerAges 8+Ingredients for 1 or more large dishes (to cook on site).4:30pm-7pm20 – Now FullCook and serve dinner for 50-60 family members of sick childrenDurham , near Duke Hospitals
Threshold ClubhouseAges 10+None10am-1pm10 – Now closedCook lunch with and visit with clubhouse members with mental illness.East Durham
Urban MinistriesReserved for Moishe House/Young Professionals Mitzvah Group None10:30pm-1:30pm8 – Now fullCook and serve meals to the guests at the shelter.Durham, downtown


Spend time with older adults:

Visiting Seniors

OrganizationFamily FriendlyAssociated CostTimeVolunteers NeededDescriptionLocation
Carolina PointAll ages None10am -1pm20 –  Now closedSing carols to and with residents.Durham, near JCC
Hillcrest Convalescence HomeAll ages – great for kidsSnacks/treats (optional)10am-12pm15 – 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

OrganizationFamily FriendlyAssociated CostTimeVolunteers NeededDescriptionLocation
Accessible Icon Project
5+None10am-12pm15 – Now Full Spray paint accessible icon on city parking spacesdowntown Durham
Breakfast12+None7:30am-11 am15 –  Now closedHelp plan and set up/clean up Mitzvah Day BreakfastJCC
Caring House
All agesNone10am-12pm15 –  Now closedClean and organize house for cancer patientsDurham, near JCC
Trees Across Durham10+None10am-12pm20 – Now FullPlant trees through Durham Sustainability programDurham neighborhood TBD
Durham Parks and RecreationAll ages – great for kidsNone10am-12pm12 – Now FullBeautify local parks and public areas.Durham, park TBD
Families Moving Forward All agesWrapping paper and ribbon10am-11am10 – Now FullWrap items and make cards to be delivered to residents.JCC
Habitat for Humanity


All agesCleaning/household items ($20-$30)10am-12pm20 – Now FullAssemble and deliver Welcome Baskets for new Habitat homeowners.JCC, then delivering in Durham
LGBTQ Center
Ages 6+None10am-12pm15 – Now FullClean and organize, move furnitureDowntown Durham
NC Diaper Bank All ages- great for kidsPackage(s) of diapers (optional)10am-11:30pm15 – Now fullRepackage 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.