Mitzvah Day 2023

Mitzvah Day is the largest single day of volunteering in the metropolitan Detroit Jewish community. There are several volunteer and giving opportunities on Mitzvah Day, December 25th. Mitzvah Day brings together volunteers across faiths to visit organizations through metro Detroit. Please contact the organizations directly to sign up for volunteer opportunities and mention “Mitzvah Day” when doing so.

NOTE: Volunteer opportunities are removed from the dashboard once volunteer limit is reached

St. Stephen Lutheran Church
1235 Lawndale
Detroit, MI 48209

David McKay

Description of Agency:
34 years of serving families in need.
Volunteer project: Volunteers will be delivering toys and food.
Arrival details: Stay in car and further instructions will be given
Items volunteers need to bring: Toys, food, (clothing optional)

Children: All ages
Shifts: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

11850 Woodrow Wilson
Detroit, MI 48206

Rev. Sue Pethoud
313-883-2277 ext. 203

On December 25: Carl Agnott – 313-883-2271×244

Description of Agency:
Social service agency providing food, housing, healthcare, and jobs
Volunteer project: Kitchen work – prep and serve whatever is on the menu for the day –
potentially also doing prep for the next day too.

Arrival Details:
Call Cass Community for gate code. Park near the back of the lot – enter down the ramp to the kitchen

Dress Code:
Closed-toe shoes

Children: 12+
Shifts: 9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m.

6710 W Maple Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Beth Robinson – – 248-592-5062

Description of Agency:
Senior residence 

Volunteer Project:
Help with festive holiday afternoon including games, bingo, and menorah lighting

Children: yes
Shifts: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

3737 Lawton St 
Detroit, MI 48208 

Melissa Gould – 248-514-5224 – 

Description of Agency: 
Dedicated to feeding the hungry who are unable to make it to a soup 
kitchen and providing overnight shelter for those residents who have no place to sleep. 

Volunteer Project:  Prepare food and cleanup

Arrival details: Find parking on the street or pull up to the gate, press the button, and let us 
know you’re here for prep.

Dress Code: 
Please wear comfortable closed toed shoes and clothes you do not mind getting a little dirty 

Shifts: 8 a.m.-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Children: 18+ 

5601 Hatchery Rd
Waterford, MI 48329

Contact: Liz Vachon–  248-674-5325

Description of agency: Skilled nursing and assisted living

Volunteer project: Visit with residents in “The Leas,” assisted living and the Pavilion skilled nursing

Arrival details: Two doors labeled “The Leas,” and “Pavilion.” Masks must be worn at all times. 

Dress code: Anything comfortable (no pajamas)

Children: 12+

Shifts: 10 a.m.-noon, 1:45-4 p.m.

Contact: Jessica Tierney – 248-940-2607 –
On December 25: Jacob Gottlieb – 248-940-2751 

Description of agency: Provides residential care for adults with developmental disabilities

Volunteer project: Play board games and bake cookies with JARC persons served

Shifts: 10 a.m.-noon

Children: 3+


  • Katzman (West Bloomfield, call for address)
  • Keller/Walch (Farmington Hills, call for address)
  • Medow (Huntington Woods, call for address)

445 Ledyard St 
Detroit, MI 48201

Contact: Tehilah Tolbert – – 313-962-9446 ext. 230

Description of agency: Substance abuse and homeless shelter for men

Volunteer project: Assist in kitchen, preparing and passing out meals, passing out gifts to current residents

Children: 12+

Shifts: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

9525 E Highand Rd
Howell, 48843  

Contact: Cassidy Timo – 810-632-2155 –   

Description of agency: Non-profit organization that delivers fresh hot meals to homebound seniors in the Livingston & Western Oakland Counties

Volunteer project:  Delivering meals to homebound seniors on Christmas Day

Arrival details: When you arrive look for a white van at the front of the school. Park near the van, give your name and we will get your route sheet and the meals      

Children: All ages, children accompanied by an adult 

Shifts: Pickup is from 9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and then routes can take up to an hour and half to complete depending on the drive and how many people are on the route.

41215 Fox Run Rd
Novi, MI 48377

Contact: Holly Wolfe – 248-668-8630 –

Description of agency: Healthcare building in continuing care retirement community 

Volunteer project: Social, games, and individual visits on all 3 neighborhoods – Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Assisted Living

Arrival details: At the gatehouse, let them know you are volunteering at Rose Court. The guard will give you directions to Rose Court. Please enter through the front door at Rose Court Continuing Care. 

Children: All ages

Shifts: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.