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Social Action Projects and Partners

In this day and age it is critical for volunteers  and donors to be able to connect with non-profits and their community by giving back in hands-on ways. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington works hard to create positive environments and experiences that allow participants to contribute to the well-being of people in need,  locally, nationally and around the world. It is important that the volunteers are doing something that is both meaningful to them and truly helps the recipient(s). 

Below is a list of projects and local organizations to partner with for your social action activities. These ideas should be used to spark new ideas, to generate interest and to inspire. We are adding to this list weekly. Please contribute by emailing successful partnerships and projects to 

Ideas for potential projects

 Quick Projects
Hands-on (in house)
Hands-on (other locations)
 New towels
 Paper shredding/recycling
 "Knitzvah" project

 Garden beautification or Trash  scavenger hunt

 New toiletries
 Write a card for a solider, veteran, or  Holocaust survivor
 No-sew blankets
 Deliver food/meals
  Martha's Table
 Blood drive
 Bake goodies to say thanks to the  firefighters and police in your  community
 Planters for hospice patients
 Dance with seniors
 New and used shoes
 Pass out lolli-flowers with inspiring  words  "Thoughtful Treasures" for the  Children's  Inn at NIH
 Music with seniors
 New socks
 Send out thank you cards to those  who have helped you over the past  year  Kit assembly for vulnerable  populations
 Reading with seniors
 Non-perishable food
Create dog toys out of old shirts for your local animal shelter  Packing lunches for the homeless

Prepare soup/meal at a shelter
DC Central Kitchen
Food and Friends
Martha's Table

 Backpacks and school supplies

 Soup kits
 Park clean-up
 Books and new school supplies    Passover baskets for low income  Jewish families
 Stream/river/beach cleanup
 Prom dresses    Artistic messages of hope
 Intergenerational  tech lessons
 Gently used board games    Eye-Spy bottles
 Dance-a-thon, Zumba-thon, Walk-a-  thon
 Gift cards to local grocery stores    Prepare soup/meal for shelter
 Pet Adoption Event
 Diaper drive
   Safe-sex kits
 Clean up graffitti
 Items for children and teens
   Dog Toys
 Learn and cook a traditional recipe  with a senior
 Book drive
   Bird Feeders  Run a voter registration booth
 Shoe collection
   Placemats or Centerpieces
 Basketball tournament
 Art supply collection
  Project Night Night  Create and plant Bumble Bands
 Jeans for teens
   Snack bags for low income  students
 Run a Locks of Love donation center  for the day
 Board game collection
   Bottle Bricking
 DC diaper bank (appropriate for small children)
 SAT prep book drive
   Pillowcase decoration for soldiers  or hospital patients
planting, weeding, and harvesting at Claggett Farm
 Sports equipment
   Activity books for family shelters  and children hospitals  Gleaning
 Summer camp supplies
   Cancer Covers
 Birthday Parties for Homeless  Children
 Children's DVDs
   Puzzles for family shelters and  children hospitals Sort clothing at a collection facility
 Bras and Feminine Products    Add an inspiring message to  donated  water bottle labels Adopt a grandparent
     Literacy kits
 Deliver treats to your local police or fire station
     Create "paracord survival bracelets" for soldiers  
     Fashion show/clothing drive
     Manicures in senior home
     Super Hero Kits for homeless youth  
     Waiting Room Kits for children's hospitals  
     Create a neighborhood sharing project
     Feminine Hygiene Kits