Good Deeds Day 2023

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Volunteer Opportunities

Join together to make a difference in our community as part of Good Deeds Day, a global day of volunteerism by creating positive change in our community and in our world. Since 2007, Good Deeds Day has united millions of volunteers from 108 countries for service opportunities that benefit people and the planet.

Spend the day doing mitzvot (good deeds) and helping others throughout Jewish Cleveland and Greater Cleveland communities by selecting one of 11 volunteer opportunities that will help feed the hungry, comfort the elderly, support populations at-risk, and more.

Please register by Wednesday April 5. At each site, registrants will learn about the organization’s needs, participate in direct-service volunteerism, and connect Jewish values to this important work.

Please note: Space is limited at each site and will be available on a first come first serve basis. Sites that do not meet capacity may not be offered.

View available volunteer opportunities below:

Organization: Cleveland Chesed Center - FULL

Volunteer Location: Cleveland Chesed Center, 1898 S. Taylor Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: up to 18 people

Age Requirement: 13 years old +

Project Details: The Cleveland Chesed Center is committed to ensuring individuals and families in the Cleveland Jewish community are provided with basic necessities including food, household supplies, and clothing, all while respecting their dignity and privacy. Volunteers will work in the center’s apparel rooms to shift clothing from winter to summer items, and assist with stocking food shelves and packaging deliveries for Door Dash deliveries.

Optional Donation Item: Diapers, formula, and gas gift cards

Organization: Goods Bank NEO - FULL

Volunteer Location: Goods Bank NEO, 7550 Bittern Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103

Shift #1: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Shift #2: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 12 volunteers per shift

Age Requirement: 16 years old +

Project Details: Goods Bank NEO is a nonprofit in Cleveland that distributes new goods (ex. household items, cleaning supplies, tools, baby items, clothing, toys, etc.) to nonprofits, schools, and faith-based entities so that they can stretch their impact further while also reducing landfill waste. Volunteers will help with sorting, pricing, shelving, product repair, and displaying new goods on shelves for shoppers. Closed-toe shoes are required.

Optional Donation Item: New cleaning & laundry supplies, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, diapers, and baby wipes.

Organization: Kids’ Book Bank - FULL

Volunteer Location: Kids’ Book Bank, 3635 Perkins Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Number of Volunteers Needed: up to 25 volunteers

Age Requirement: 13 years old +

Project Details: The Kids’ Book Bank distributes over 45,000 free books each month to children in need through collaboration with community partners to ensure all kids in Greater Cleveland have books to build their own home libraries. Volunteers will sort, sticker, and pack donated children’s books.

Optional Donation Item: Volunteers may bring gently used children’s books to donate.

Organization: Medworks

Volunteer Location: Jewish Federation of Cleveland, 25701 Science Park Dr, Beachwood, OH 44122

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: up to 10 people

Age Requirement: 10 years old + and family friendly! Families can bring a child younger than 10 if they keep a close eye.

Project Details: Medworks links people who are uninsured and underinsured with healthcare, providing medical, dental, and vision clinics to serve those who otherwise would not have access to this essential care. Volunteers will create and write volunteer appreciation cards.


Organization: Menorah Park - FULL

Volunteer Location: Menorah Park, 27100 Cedar Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 6 volunteers

Age Requirement: 18 years old +

Project Details: Menorah Park is a premier provider of health and wellness services to people as they age guided by Jewish values. Volunteers will assist in transporting residents from their rooms to the auditorium to enjoy a musical program, scoop and serve ice cream, and engage in meaningful conversation with community members living at Menorah Park.

Organization: Mitzvah Pizza: Hosted by PJ Library - FULL

Volunteer Location: Jewish Federation of Cleveland, 25701 Science Park Dr, Beachwood, OH 44122

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 12 families

Age Requirement: Families with children up to 8 years old

Project Details: Young families are invited to story time with the PJ Library book Mitzvah Pizza, a true story about Missy who loves Saturdays with her dad. Every week they do something special together. Usually, Dad brings the funds and Missy brings the fun, but this week, it's Missy's turn to treat with her own allowance—until she and her dad stop for pizza, and Missy discovers a special way to do a mitzvah. Following the story, families will make pizzas (catered by Milky Way) to donate to clients at Cleveland Chesed Center.

Organization: Rescue Village - FULL

Volunteer Location: Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Rd, Novelty, OH 44072

Shift #1: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Shift #2: 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 15 volunteers per session

Age Requirement: 10 years old + and family friendly! Families can bring a child younger than 10 if they keep a close eye.

Project Details: Rescue Village is an animal welfare agency that serves to act on behalf of animals and to inspire people to build a more humane community. Various volunteer projects include: Outdoor: trail maintenance, weeding, washing windows, washing animal crates, and staining/sealing picnic tables. Indoor: pet laundry and dishes, sorting and stocking donations, cleaning floors, and washing windows

Optional Donation Item: Please see Rescue Village’s Wishlist

Organization: Ronald McDonald House - FULL

Volunteer Location: Ronald McDonald House, 10415 Euclid Ave, Cleveland OH 44106

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 8

Age Requirement: 18 years old+

Project Details: Ronald McDonald House enhances the healthcare experience for families and children through comfort, care, and supportive services, helping families stay together and near their hospitalized children in the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room. Volunteers will assist with the family meal program, preparing a fresh and nutritious dinner in their House Kitchen. Ronald McDonald provides all needed groceries and ingredients.

Organization: Rust Belt Riders

Volunteer Location: 2701 St Clair Ave, Cleveland Ohio

Time: 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 15

Age Requirement: 13 years old +

Project Details: Rust Belt Riders works with people and organizations across Northeast Ohio to provide them with a clean and timely alternative to landfills for their food waste. Volunteers will assist in beautifying their community garden (weeding, mulching, and spring cleaning), and compost pile building


Organization: YouthAbility, a program of Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA)

Volunteer Location: Chagrin Loop Overlook Trail in the Cleveland Metroparks, 3037 Som Center Rd, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 35

Age Requirement: 10 years old + and family friendly! Families can bring a child younger than 10 if they keep a close eye.

Project Details: The Horvitz YouthAbility program serves disabled and at-risk youth by engaging them in volunteer service, vocational activities, and social enrichment. YouthAbility participants help themselves by helping others. Join a team of ambassadors by putting down chips on YouthAbility’s trails in South Chagrin. This is a weather dependent project.

Optional Donation Item: Gardening gloves for volunteers to wear during the event (to allow YouthAbility to not have to purchase)


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