Giving Thanks by Doing Good

One of the best ways we can show our gratitude for our blessings in life is to share our good fortune with others. We don’t need to be financially rich to feel blessed and contribute to our community.  Donating our time to help those in need is both fulfilling and generous. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Doing Good initiative is a great place to start.


Doing Good with The Jewish Federation was created to bring together all of Federation’s social action projects, and create a cohesive schedule of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The new initiative, launched in Fall 2015, was a way for volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and interests to pursue a shared passion for tikkun olam (repairing the world).


In the past two years, we have had the opportunity to work with four of our internal groups (Mitzvah MavensMitzvah Hoppin’PJ Library® and the Jewish Food Experience®) as well as for the community at large. We have had the pleasure to work with, and learn from some amazing organizations helping the community every day. Volunteers have stepped up to take part in projects addressing everything from hunger action, to youth homelessness, to support Veterans and so much more.


In our first couple of years, we have already had some extremely impactful projects, many of them focusing on the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community. Our Women’s Philanthropy group, created over 200 Waiting Room Packages for the young patients at Children’s National. Each package went to a child as they began their process with the hospital, and were filled with coloring books, crayons, a bookmark activity and stickers. Federation’s Young Leaders came together to assemble Hygiene Kits for the Homeless LGBT Youth at the Wanda Alston Foundation. PJ Library kids even made ready-to-eat oatmeal packs for the Covenant House Daycare. These were for the children of teen mothers living at the Covenant House, which provides free daycare, so they can continue to go to school and graduate.


We have some new projects coming up as well. For the third year, we will be joining the Edavtich DCJCC for an additional day of their annual Everything But The Turkey on November 19th. We will Do Good for their annual Thanksgiving Day of Service to fight hunger throughout Greater Washington. In the morning, PJ Library® in Greater Washington will be Doing Good by making Thanksgiving turkey centerpieces and packing snack bags for those in need. Later in the afternoon, Federation’s Mitzvah Hoppin' (for those in their 20s and 30s) will be partnering with EntryPointDC to prepare meals for people who are food insecure.


For more information about Doing Good, and to see what’s next on our calendar, please visit or email