There’s Something About This Community (and that’s you)!

The JCC Cares program is an opportunity for you to enhance your community experience and connection by taking the time to participate in a community service project, whether remotely or directly. The basic American concept of community service is closely tied to the basic Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), which urges us to to take action and commit to creating a more just and equitable world for communities living at the margins of society. Partner with us in caring for our community in whatever capacity you can. 

Volunteer at the 2022 JCC Maccabi Games®

The 2022 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access will call San Diego home for just the second time in the history of the competition, with more than 1,500 participants, ranging from 12 to 16 years old. The San Diego Games will feature such team sports as baseball, basketball, softball, ice hockey, dance, lacrosse, soccer,  and volleyball. Individual sports competitions will include swimming and tennis. The 2022 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access will also include Olympic-style opening and closing ceremonies and a community service day. These events each aim to bring the San Diego Jewish Community together for a week of spirit, friendship, and celebration.

JCC Maccabi Games® & Access in San Diego will require the time and help of more than 1,500 volunteers. From host families to event operations – and everything in between – there are opportunities to fit your interest, talent, and schedule. Whether you volunteer during the week of, or in a role leading up to the event, the time is now to raise your hand. JCC Maccabi Games® & Access will not be an effort of any one group, organization, or program.

Learn more and register!


Join Us In Welcoming Refugee Families Into Our Community

With the number of refugees around the world increasing exponentially, Jewish Family Service, one of the primary refugee resettlement agencies in San Diego, anticipates resettling over 500 individuals in the coming year. Based on the guiding values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming others), JFS is partnering with HIAS to pilot a new Co-sponsorship Program to build a community of support for newly arrived refugee families.  

The Lawrence Family JCC and Congregation Dor Hadash have partnered to form a group of volunteers to sponsor a refugee family and assist with Housing, Transportation, Health, Cultural Adjustment, Schooling, and Jobs and Finance. If you are interested in being a part of our efforts to welcome and support a refugee family, please contact Kari Griswold, Community Engagement Manager at


Blood Drives at the LFJCC

8:00am - 2:00pm | 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037
All visitors will require proof of vaccination for entry into LFJCC facilities

Friday, March 4, 2022
Monday, June 6, 2022
Friday, September 9, 2022
Friday, December 9, 2022

The Red Cross urgently needs blood drives to run as planned and blood donors of all blood types to give now to prevent any potential shortages during this public health emergency. 

Register now! (Sponsor Code: LFJCC) 

Questions? Contact Denise Coughlin at 858.602.8042 or


Mutual Aid Volunteering Opportunities:

JFS Project 19: Providing Home-Delivered Meals through Volunteer Drivers. Register at: | For additional questions, we encourage people to email or call 858-637-3050. Note: Long term commitment requested.

Welcome the Stranger: Volunteer with San Diego Rapid Response Network Migrant Shelter Services operated by JFS. Asylum seekers arriving in our community are in desperate need of your help. They have traveled thousands of miles to flee violence, persecution, and other hardships in their home country in search of a safer, better life. If you are interested in supporting these incredible families, email


Repair the World: Connecting volunteers with community-based non-profits help meet the urgent needs of the communities we serve. Remote and in-person opportunities available.

At-home Mitzvot (good deeds):

  • Assemble hygiene kits for families experiencing homelessness in San Diego. Hygiene kits may include shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, hand sanitizer, comb, pair of socks, lotion, body wipes, bottled water, etc. Drop kits off at the JCC by scheduling a time with Kits will be distributed to Jewish Family Services Safe Parking Lot Program families. 
  • Support our LGBTQ+ community through education and activism. Learn more about allyship and building an inclusive Jewish Community here


Questions? Contact Kari Griswold | Community Engagement Manager | | 858.362.1108