From a DCJCC press release:
Getting into the holiday spirit isn’t only about buying gifts; it’s also about giving back. The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will host its 26th annual D25 Day of Service event on December 25 offering people of all faiths a chance to take part in a day of volunteering with 50 local social service agencies across the area. One thousand volunteers are expected to participate in projects that will affect more than 10,000 people.
Teams of volunteers, supplied with gifts, desserts, games and crafts (organized by the DCJCC), go to one of more than 50 social service agencies in the DC Metropolitan Area. Groups may participate in projects such as throwing a holiday party for families in need or serving a meal at a local food shelter. Senior homes often ask volunteers to run a game of bingo, visit with the residents or serve lunch. Some DCJCC volunteers will deliver gifts and food packages to homeless residents. Volunteers will also paint community spaces that need brightening. In addition, there will be projects based at the DCJCC for volunteers who do not wish to travel and lots of family-friendly options.
The projects, all lasting from 2-4 hours, begin at staggered times during the day and range from dawn, mid-morning or early afternoon. Volunteers can pick a project that will fit in with their interests and schedule. The DCJCC will also hold a blood drive during the day for volunteers who would like to give either before or after their service projects.
Registration for D25 is $18, plus a $2 service charge to cover credit card fees. The registration helps cover the cost of supplies for all projects such as paint, food, gifts, and other materials needed to serve thousands of people in need on Christmas Day. A number of complimentary slots are available on a first-come/first-serve basis. If the program fee of $18 is an impediment to your participation, please contact the DCJCC to inquire about arrangements.
Volunteers can sign up online at www.washingtondcjcc.org/d25. The DCJCC offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year to help revitalize area homeless shelters, prepare food for the homeless, donate blood and participate in other projects that serve area residents in need.