Mitzvah Corps

Join the Corps! Better Our Community. Volunteer Together.

The SJCC’s volunteer program, Mitzvah Corps, addresses the needs of our local community through volunteer opportunities and outreach programs where neighbors can help neighbors. Together, we’ll focus on different issues throughout the year as our community’s needs evolve.

The term “mitzvah” is often translated to “good deed,” and when translated directly means “commandment,” reminding us to act with gratitude and kindness each and every day. Join the Mitzvah Corps today!

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Questions? Contact Mitzvah Corps Manager Jessi Wasson.

Find out how to get involved and spread light every day. Jump to:
Ways to Get Involved | Food Assistance FAQ
Other Volunteer Opportunities | Community Resources

Passover Volunteering with Jewish Family Service

We’re partnering with Jewish Family Service to help fill Passover baskets with holiday essentials and treats to deliver to some of JFS’s more isolated clients. There are several ways for the whole family to get involved and do a mitzvah this Passover:

Make Passover Cards
Deadline: Wed., March 30
Deliver to: Jewish Family Service (1601 16th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122). Drop off available Mon-Fri, 10 am-1 pm and 2-4 pm or mail with ATTN: Passover Cards
Create your own Passover cards or download this card to print and decorate. Share Happy Passover messages and drawings, but please don’t sign your name or include any personal information. with as much creativity and color as possible.

Donate Kosher for Passover Snacks
Deadline: Thurs., April 1
Email to arrange a drop-off time
Donate sweet and savory non-perishable, store-bought snacks with a Kosher for Passover symbol to add to Passover essentials baskets. Find more details here >>

Passover Basket Delivery Drivers
Sun., April 3
Delivery ready-made Passover baskets to JFS clients. All deliveries are contactless and we ask that volunteers commit to good hygiene practices and wear face masks while they are out delivering. Sign up for a delivery route here >>

Volunteer Challenge

Volunteer Challenge

Join the SJCC Mitzvah Corps for a new year of making a difference with our Volunteer Challenge. From Tu B’Shevat through Passover, we’ll offer a variety of in-person and at-home volunteer opportunities for the whole family. Each time you volunteer through Mitzvah Corps, submit a photo of your family in action. We’ll track participation and the family with the most volunteer activities will be our honored guests at the Community Seder on April 22. Learn more >>

Focus Area: Food Insecurity

The Mitzvah Corps is currently focused on food insecurity. The number of people in Washington who are food insecure has almost doubled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SJCC aims to spread light in this darkness by collecting food at our building on Mercer Island located conveniently just off I-90. We will distribute non-perishable food donations to local food banks. Since August the SJCC has collected and distributed over 1,400 pounds of food!

Ways to Get Involved

Donate Non-Perishable Food/Items: You can donate the following items. Please note, we cannot accept any meat, dairy, frozen products, or prepared foods.

  • Non-perishable food requests: Cheerios, Life cereal, instant oatmeal,  oatmeal canister, pasta (any kind), rice, quinoa, couscous, canned tuna, canned salmon, juices, tomato sauce, jam, peanut butter, beans, canned veggies, canned soup, canned/jarred tomato products
  • You can drop off donations at the J between 9 am and 6 pm, Monday-Friday or 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday-Sunday. Drop-off your items in the bin at the top of the entrance ramp. Please note, you will not be allowed into the building.

(Due to the tremendous community response, we are no longer accepting paper bags. Thank you for your help!)

Monetary Donations: these funds will go directly toward purchasing food for those in need. Donate here >>

Help in the Kesher Community Garden: food from the SJCC’s Kesher Community Garden will go to families in need. As we honor the Earth around us by working the soil, we are linked to our neighbors by sharing the food produced. Spend time caring for and harvesting all the plants here. This is appropriate for people who know how to garden and people who have never gardened before! Sign up here >>

Other Volunteer Opportunities

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Community Resources

Food Insecurity FAQ

What if I know someone who is food insecure?
Click here to find additional food assistance resources in the area. Not seeing what you need? Contact Jessi Wasson to help find other resources.

Where are we currently sourcing food?
The food we are distributing comes from food donations from our community. In the spring, summer and fall, the SJCC sources food from the SJCC Kesher Community Garden and the Mercer Island Farmer’s Market.

How do I volunteer?
We love having volunteers! Email Jessi Wasson if you are interested in volunteering with the Mitzvah Corps. We have virtual, in-person, and off-site opportunities available. All are following safety guidelines during the pandemic. See Ways to Get Involved.

What age are volunteers?
Volunteers can be any age!  We have opportunities for families, teens, and adults. Interested in volunteering? Email Jessi Wasson to learn more.

What topics will the Mitzvah Corps focus on?
We’re focusing on issues that are impacting our community, so our focus will evolve as the community’s needs shift. What’s next? You tell us! If you have suggestions for ways to help our community, email Jessi Wasson.

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