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JFS Good Deeds Day 2019

Good Deeds Day is an annual tradition of good deeds. All over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world.


The Raleigh-Cary community has been participating in Good Deeds Day since 2013. JFS plans and coordinates projects for the entire community to take part in. In 2018, over 460 volunteers from the Raleigh-Cary Jewish community participated in 20 projects to better the Triangle community.

Ready to sign up for a project? Choose your way to do good below:

Zach’s Toy Chest 4:30-6:00 pm

Chabad of Cary and Sha’arei Israel for CTeen will create “Courage Cards” for Zach’s Toy Chest. This foundation provides children and teens receiving cancer treatments something to pass the time with and make their day a little brighter. Our mission has been to help them focus on fun and play – not cancer, not the hospital. Chabad of Cary and Sha’arei Israel for CTeen will also be spending some of their time dedicated to packing Matzos to be delivered to those in Raleigh who are in need!

This event is open for all teens! Contact  Rabbi Zalmy Dubinsky at

Interfaith Opportunity! Neighborhood cleanup and lunch at The Islamic Center of Raleigh! 11:00 am-2:00 pm

Join fellow community members and team up with ICNA Relief NC at The Islamic Center of Raleigh for a beautification activity! All are welcome to stay and enjoy lunch and all ages are welcome! Please wear closed toe shoes and bring rakes and gloves. Waivers will be on site.

The Islamic Center of Raleigh 808 Atwater St. Raleigh All ages


Red Cross Blood Drive 9:00 am-1:30 pm Beth Meyer Synagogue

For Appointments and more information please visit: and enter "Beth Meyer" in the red "Find a Blood Drive." section. Anyone interested in volunteering for Registration/Canteen can contact

SAFEChild NC’s “Comfort Capes” Project 11:00 am-1:00 pm

NC State Hillel group will support Safe Child NC for Good Deeds Day! Hillel Students will assemble no-sew fleece blankets (“comfort capes”) that will be given to children who have been evaluated at the SAFEchild Advocacy Center. This project is closed to NC State Hillel Students only. If you are a Hillel student, please contact Zoe York

SAFEChild NC’s “Comfort Capes” Project -UNC Chapel Hill Hillel

UNC Chapel Hill Hillel group will support Safe Child NC for Good Deeds Day! Students will assemble no-sew fleece blankets (“comfort capes”) that will be given to children who have been evaluated at the SAFEchild Advocacy Center. This project is closed to UNC Hillel Students only.

Baffle Project for Habitat for Humanity with JFRC Pearl Society 3:00-5:00 pm

Our Jewish Federation Pearl Society Families (all ages!) will join others at a Habitat for Humanity interfaith project on this day of mitzvah! The Habitat for Humanity Baffle Project supports local families in need by creating cardboard dividers to be placed in low energy efficient homes which means lower energy bills.

This project is closed for The Pearl Society only. If you are a Pearl, please SIGN-UP HERE!

Beth Shalom Religious School 9:30 am-12:00 pm

Beth Shalom Religious School Supports the Wake County Community with various projects! Challah cover and candle stick holders for new members, cards for children receiving care at a local hospital, Cards for Active Military, and Fleece Blankets for Children at Wake Med Hospital.

Pre-K through 5th Grade These projects are for Beth Shalom Religious School families. To sign-up, contact the Beth Shalom Religious School

Beth Meyer Biblical Garden Beautification 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Beth Meyer invites our community to help beautify their Biblical Garden and Courtyard areas. Open to all ages. Please bring own tools and gloves and have fun getting your hands dirty!

OPEN to community and all ages! SIGN-UP HERE!

Beth Meyer Beautification 3:00-5:00 pm Cub Scout Troop Pack 390

Cub Scout Troop Pack 390 will be beautifying Beth Meyer’s campus on-site!

This is a project for Cub Scout Troop Pack 390. To sign up, email Teddy Spiliopoulos at

PJ Library 2:00-4:00 pm Raleigh-Cary JCC

PJ Library families support our community this Passover by creating cards and for Jewish families experiencing food insecurity

This is a project for PJ Library families. To sign up, email Tina Schultz at

Project Linus 1:00-3:00 pm J-Rays Families

The JCC J-Rays Swim Team supports Project Linus for Good Deeds Day by making blankets for local children in need

This is a project for J-Rays families. SIGN-UP HERE!

Healing Transitions of Wake County Collections 04/1-04/5

Help us support our local recovery organization, Healing Transitions of Wake County by donating needed items for their residential detox program and shelter. Donations can be brought to the following locations: Raleigh-Cary JFS, Raleigh-Cary JCC, and Beth Shalom


The Carying Place 9:15-12:00 pm

JFS and Beth Shalom are excited to partner with The Carying Place for a very special off-site volunteer option open to families with children ages 8+.  The Carying Place teaches homeless families with children life skills for attaining independent living while providing short-termed housing and support services to address their individual needs.  Grab the family and come join us as we stain decks and lay mulch at a couple of their duplexes for what is sure to be a great morning of giving!We need lots of supplies and volunteers!


Families Together NC Community Garden 12:30-3:00 pm

Calling all Gardeners! Families Together Community Garden. Come get your hands dirty as we tend the Families Together Community Garden. They have the seeds and the tools- just need the HANDS!


Paint Art Panels for the Haven House 2:00-4:00 pm

Local Artists Wanted! Join us for the Paint Art Panels for Haven House for Good Deeds Day! Volunteers will work in teams to decorate wooden panels with artistic images using non-washable acrylic paint. The panels will be hung on the fence at the entrance of Haven House to create a welcoming atmosphere for families coming to our office.

Haven House main office, 600 W. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh

Age 10 and older SIGN-UP HERE!

Sunday Soup Kitchen 10:45 am-1:00 pm

Help in the New Bern House's Sunday Soup Kitchen and Clothing Distribution Area! This is an all ages activity! Raleigh's New Bern House serves families in need, providing food and clothing Sunday mornings. Volunteers are needed to help in the soup kitchen and to help distribute clothing (donations welcome!). All ages are welcome!


Passover Food Collection

Support families in our community with Passover foods. Specific items are needed and can be brought to Raleigh-Cary JFS (4/1-5), Raleigh-Cary JCC (4/7), Beth Meyer Synagogue (4/1-5) or Beth Shalom (4/7)