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.)

Get a Happiness Fix at JDN (Jewish Day Nursery/Early Childhood Center): This is a volunteer opportunity that is customizable and connects you with preschool children. Volunteers meet with a classroom teacher and agree on a day and time. Since JDN is open year-round, volunteers aren’t restricted to a traditional school year calendar. Teachers appreciate the time that you give and the preschoolers benefit from the additional attention. For additional information, contact  Cindy Brodsky  at

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.

Operation Warm-Up: Coats! Hats! Scarves! Boots! Gloves! Socks! Underwear! O peration W arm Up is our annual collection of winter clothing items for those in need. Please donate by December 13 at one of our collection sites. They are brought to NCJW, where we sort the donations, then take them to the Homeless Stand Down.

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. This program is in the process of being revamped.

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