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

Look at what we accomplished together in 2024!

Whether you collected food, prepared meals, put together care kits, or cleaned up parks, our community found joyful, creative, and meaningful ways to help address pressing needs in Greater Washington. Your generosity and dedication will help recipient organizations do the essential work of caring for our community’s most vulnerable.

Thank you to our partners across DC, MD, and Northern VA, and to all who took the time to DO GOOD together.

2,000+ volunteers participated

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70+ projects completed

1,000+ lbs. of food collected and donated

1,000+ meals prepared

Good Deeds Week 2024 Recipient Organizations

Bethesda Memory Care
Charles E. Smith Life Communities
Comfort Cases
Cornerstones Embry Rucker Shelter
DC Central Kitchen
Ecumenical Community Helping others (ECHO)
Elizabeth House
Friends of Cabin John Creek
Holocaust Survivor Community Members at Riderwood Senior Living Facility
Horizon Day Camp
Horizon WalksI Support the Girls
Inova Blood Services

Interfaith Works
JSSA Project Hope
Katherine Hanley Shelter
Manna Food Center
Martha’s Table
Maryland Voter RegistrationMeals on Wheels
Montgomery County Adoption Shelter

MoCo County Coalition for the Homeless
New Hope
Nourish Now
Project Hope
Shepherds Table
So Others May Eat
So What Else
Stepping Stones Family Shelter
Taft Court Women’s Shelter
United States Troops
Upcounty Hub
US Food Rescue
Yad Yehuda

Thank you to our Good Deeds Week 2024 Partners

Agudas Achim Congregation
Bender JCC
Bet Mishpachah
Beth Chaverim Congregation
Beth Sholom Congregation
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
Bnai Israel Congregation
Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at UVA
Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries
Capital Camps and Retreat Center
Capital Kosher Pantry of Yad Yehuda
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Charles E. Smith Life Communities – Ring House
Congregation B’nai Tzedek

Congregation Etz Hayim
Congregation Har Shalom
Congregation Olam Tikvah
Congregation Or Chadash
Congregation Sha’are Shalom
Edlavitch DC JCC
Gesher Jewish Day School
JCA Heyman Interages
Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA)
Jewish Council for the Aging
Kehilat Shalom
Kesher Israel Congregation
Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum

Maryland Hillel
Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation
Oseh Shalom Synagogue
PJ Library in Greater Washington
Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
Riderwood Jewish Community Tikkun Olam Voting Issues Committee
Shaare Torah
Sixth & I
Temple Emanuel
Tifereth Israel Congregation
Washington Hebrew Congregation

For more information, please contact [email protected].

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

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