Good Deeds Day 2024

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

Please register by Wednesday, April 3. 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

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

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 18 

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 package Passover goods that will be delivered to Jewish Family Service Association's older adult clients. 


Organization: Goods Bank NEO

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

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

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 sort new items and stock the shelves in their warehouse. These items are either used for organizational operations or are given to clients for free. Activities may involve standing, bending, and lifting. Please wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, comfortable closed-toe shoes, and bring a filled water bottle.

Optional Donation Item: Feminine hygiene products


Mandel JCC

Volunteer Location: Mandel JCC, 26001 S. Woodland Road, Beachwood, OH 44122

Time: 12:15 – 2:00 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 15

Age Requirement: 10 years old + family friendly!

Project Details: The Mandel JCC is a fitness, wellness, and community center that is welcoming to all people in our community. Volunteers will be scooping and spreading woodchips around the Mandel JCC Early Childhood Garden. This is a weather dependent project.

Optional Donation Item: Gardening gloves for volunteers to wear during the event


Organization: Rust Belt Riders

Volunteer Location: 2701 St Clair Ave, Cleveland Ohio, 44114

Time: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 40

Age Requirement: N/A

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 participate in a compost demo and spring community garden cleanup.


Organization: Rescue Village

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

Shift #1: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Shift #2: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 10 volunteers per session

Age Requirement: 10 years old and family friendly! 

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: Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA) Group Homes Spring Cleanup

Volunteer Location: South Euclid and University Heights. Exact address will be provided.

Shift #1: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Shift $2: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 4 people per site

Age Requirement: 8 years old and family friendly!

Project Details: Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA) provides specialized care to help individuals with mental disabilities live their best lives as independently as possible. Some folks need only drop-in care for emotional support or to help monitor medications. Others need care around the clock every day of the year. Volunteer to assist with spring clean-up and sprucing up the outside living environment to help cheer those served and the caregivers who work in these homes on a daily basis.


Organization: Mitzvah Mensches Hosted by PJ Library®

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

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Number of Volunteers Needed: 15 families

Age Requirement: Families with children up to 8 years old

Project Details: PJ Library families are invited to gather and participate in the Jewish value of Gemilut Hasadim (acts of loving kindness). Families will create birthday celebration bags that will be donated to families utilizing Cleveland’s Ronald McDonald House® to support the health and well-being of children in need.


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