Community Service Projects

For more than 125 years, NCJW/CLE volunteers have been entrenched in the community. We are in libraries, schools, senior centers and neighborhood centers across the city. Our volunteers serve diverse needs in Cleveland.

Dig-Knitty: From blankets and pillows to warm clothing and comfort toys, NCJW volunteers knit warmth, love and security into teddy bears, scarves, hats and mittens, which they donate to hospital patients, veterans, assisted living residents and others.  The volunteers knit together weekly as they share friendship and creativity.

Entertainmobile and High Notes: Two performing groups travel the community to bring broadway-style music and magical joy to those in nursing homes, senior housing and independent living facilities.

Hello Israel: Through a newly-updated and highly-engaging presentation, NCJW goes into schools and gives students a glimpse of present day Israel.

Partners in Literacy: NCJW/Cleveland instills love of reading in children around the Cleveland area Programs include a monthly Book Club for fifth graders; Readers’ Theater (three-week program for fourth graders that combines reading and performing); Building Bridges with Books (NCJW reinvigorates local school libraries); and Reading Buddies (volunteers work one-on-one with first graders once a month to help them learn how to read.)

Judaic Outreach: Volunteers meet six Fridays a year and bring holiday cheer to clients with special needs at the Jewish Family Service Association. Volunteers plan programs with Jewish themes and “serve” fellowship, friendship and full holiday meals.

Share What Your Wear: Teen volunteers, with the help of NCJW/Cleveland, collect, then distribute, back-to-school clothing and supplies to children in need at a FREE back-to-school event

Traditions in the Kitchen: Volunteers bring Jewish cooking traditions, cultural sharing and education to community centers, nursing homes, and senior resident facilities.