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Federation’s Sara & Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Week 2022

April 3, 2022 - April 10, 2022

Rainbow Banner Reads: Federation’s Sara & Samuels J. Lessans Good Deeds Week April 3 through 10 2022

Join The Jewish Federation and our Greater Washington Jewish community to DO GOOD together April 3 – 10!

Food insecurity across our community remains a critical issue but, together, we can help individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. This Good Deeds Week, Federation is proud to bring together 60+ community partners and thousands of community members across DC, MD, and Northern VA to combat food insecurity in our region.

Together, we will fill the shelves of local food pantries, feed those who are hungry, and make a difference all week long.

Good Deeds Week 2022 Volunteer Projects

All in-person volunteer opportunities will follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety.
For more information, please contact the organizing partner directly.

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wdt_ID Organization Project Public? Date(s)/Time(s) In Person? Location Age Suggestion Description
1 Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation Shelter Meal Private Sunday, April 24 In Person VA Must be 18 or older to serve meals. Prepare and serve dinner for 100 individuals at Cornerstones' Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston.
2 Kehilat Shalom Meal & Donations for Stepping Stones Shelter Private April 3
In Person MD Family Friendly Meal preparation and donation drive for Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville.
3 Agudas Achim Congregation Food Packing Event Private April 3, 12:00-4:00pm.
Two shifts
In Person VA Family Friendly Partnering with Alfred Street Baptist Church. Packing 20,000 meals for residents that receive food from ALIVE!
6 Beth El Hebrew Congregation Men's & Women's Professional Clothing Drive Public April 1-15, during hours Beth El is open.
Donations can be dropped off at Beth El.
Both/Hybrid VA Family friendly Drop off men’s and women’s professional clothing for the clothes closet at PathForward Virginia, who aim to empower people from streets to stability with a continuum of care. This includes a clothing room where clients can “shop” for free. All clothing donations should new or gently used, free of rips, stains, or excessive wear. PathForward has also mentioned that it is always in need of white socks and underwear!
7 George Washington University Hillel GW Grow Garden Private Sunday, April 3 In Person DC GW Hillel is working with the GW Grow Garden to clean up the community wide garden.
8 Congregation Or Chadash Food Drive for Manna Public April 1-10 Both/Hybrid MD We will be collecting a variety of non perishable food items specified on the Manna Food website to be delivered to Manna at the end of Good Deeds Week
9 Kesher Israel Congregation Food Drive for Capital Kosher Pantry Public April 3-10 In Person DC Kesher Israel will be partnering with Capital Kosher Pantry and Yad Yehuda of Greater Washington to provide necessary items for Pesach and all year for families in need. A collection box will be available at Kesher Israel as you shop for Pesach and clean out your chametz.
10 Congregation Olam Tikvah Fresh Produce Drive Public April 3, 9:30-11:00 am In Person VA Fresh produce will be collected by volunteers in the Congregation Olam Tikvah parking lot. The donated produce will be delivered to Food for Others, a local food bank.
11 Congregation Olam Tikvah Chametz Food Drive Public Ongoing through April 13th Both/Hybrid VA In coordination with Passover, Congregation Olam Tikvah will be collecting chametz foods to be donated to Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO), an all-volunteer charity that gives food and financial help to people with short-term emergencies and provides clothes and household items to people with low incomes.
12 Woodley House Food Runner Public April 5th, 1-3 pm In Person DC Must have a driver's license We are looking for a small group of volunteers with cars to drive groceries from our Woodley Park Food Pantry (Tuesdays, 1 pm - 3 pm) to locations throughout the city.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

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Federation’s Good Deeds Week is made possible by Drs. Ellen & Stuart Lessans, in loving memory or Sara & Samuel J. Lessans.

Did you know? As a Greater Washington community member, you are part of the largest Good Deeds Day community partner in North America.

What is Good Deeds Day? Good Deeds Day is an annual, international celebration of Doing Good! Join more than two million volunteers around the world for this day of service.Roll up your sleeves and make an impact through a variety of hands-on volunteer projects.

What types of service projects can I take part in? Whether you want to dance the day away with senior citizens, prepare and serve lunch to the homeless, help unite dogs with their forever homes or even help clean up a local park, your perfect project awaits. Let’s show the international Jewish community Greater Washington’s passion for social action!

 What’s the history behind Good Deeds Day? Businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison conceptualized the idea for Good Deeds Day, and launched it in 2007 by Ruach Tova (“Good Spirit” in Hebrew), the leading organization in the field of volunteering in Israel. Good Deeds Day celebrates the value and importance of giving back to the community we live in.


April 3, 2022
April 10, 2022


DC, MD, VA, Virtual

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