April 15, 2018-A Day For Good Deeds!


Good Deeds Day is a global day that unites people from more than 75 countries to do good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet. Since 2007, millions of people from thousands of organizations and businesses join together every year to volunteer and do good.


We're glad you're joining us!


Sites include volunteer opportunities with Federation's Young Adult Division (YAD) and Federation's Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and include these community organizations:

  • Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity*
  • Arthur Kramer Elementary Community Garden
  • Austin Street Shelter
  • Brighten The Day of a Survivor with Dallas Holocaust Museum's Young Leadership Initiative*
  • Catholic Charities
  • Equest
  • Friendship Circle and BBYO*
  • Hope's Door New Beginnings Center
  • Jewish Family Service Food Pantry and Federation's Younger Set*
  • Taekwondo with Kesher
  • Legacy Senior Community and LEADS*
  • PJ Library and Music Together Dallas
  • SPCA of Dallas
  • Texas Ramps​


*Indicates site is closed for certain organizations.


Below are the various site descriptions. Scroll through them to find a site you'd like to volunteer and click Sign Me Up!


You may sign up for more than one site. Please note that site selections are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Feminine Hygiene Products Drive-OPEN TO EVERYONE

Members of Federation’s Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Center’s Younger Set will coordinate a collection of feminine care items for women in need which will be donated to Jewish Family Service. Collection boxes will be placed in locations around Dallas from Monday, February 27 through Wednesday, March 29. Donations will also be accepted on Good Deeds Day. We are asking participants to bring: sanitary pads, tampons, panty liners, deodorant, soap, body lotion, disposable razors & shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, adult feminine Depends, shampoo & conditioner, hair gel, mousse and hairspray.

Full or travel size products are welcome, including hotel samples. All products must be brand new and unopened. There is a drop off location at the Jewish Federation, or you can bring supplies directly to JFS.

Site 1: Jewish Family Service Food Pantry-Open only to Federation's Younger Set Members

Location: Jewish Family Service, 5402 Arapaho Rd, Dallas, TX 75248
Volunteers needed: 15-20
Time: 2-4 pm
Project: This site is closed for the members of Jewish Federation’s Younger Set. Volunteers at this site will help restock the JFS food pantry. Volunteers will be restocking, making emergency bags, cleaning refrigerators, unwrapping canned goods, and reorganizing the diaper/hygiene area.
Site Description: Jewish Family Service provides professional, effective and affordable mental health and social services that promote lifelong self-sufficiency and well-being for anyone in need.

Site 2: The Legacy Senior Community- Open only to Federation LEADS members
Location:  Legacy Communities at Willow Bend, 6101 Ohio Dr, Plano, TX 75024
Volunteers Needed: 20-30
Time: 1:30-3 pm
Project: This is a closed site for Federation's Leadership, Education, and Development Series (LEADS). Volunteers will spend the afternoon playing board games and bingo with the seniors who live at Legacy Willow Bend. Your presence will help spread joy and laughter to those at Legacy for years to come! LEADS participants will also have the opportunity to hear from Legacy staff talk about the impact Federation dollars on the Legacy community.

Site Description: Legacy Willow Bend offers memory care, assisted living, and healthcare divisions.

Site 3: Taekwondo with Benji Ackerman
Location: JCC Dallas, Fruhman B, 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
Volunteers needed:  25-30
Minimum age: 9
Time: 2-3:30 pm
Project: In partnership with Shearith Israel’s Kesher (special needs) Program, attend a beginner’s Tae Kwon Do lesson with double black belt, Benjamin Ackerman. This site is about celebrating people of all capabilities and how every person in our community brings value to all. Volunteers are needed to participate in Benjamin’s lesson to give him the teaching opportunity that he enjoys so much. All volunteers/participants should embrace one another and help all attendees feel welcome. Benjamin lives with his own special needs, but his many strengths, especially his humor, is something to not miss! Please wear comfortable workout clothes and tennis shoes to be an active participant in Benjamin’s lesson.

Site Description: The Kesher (special needs) Program creates meaningful programming for people of all abilities, provides exceptional resources for people of various learning differences, and educates their staff with multiple tools for teaching students in whatever manner they learn best. The Kesher Program is dedicated to advocating the needs for all Jewish individuals with disabilities and including them in a meaningful Jewish life in our Shearith family.

Site 4: SPCA of Dallas
Location: SPCA of Dallas, 2400 Lone Star Dr, Dallas, TX 75212
Volunteers needed: 10
Minimum age: Volunteers ages 10-14 must be accompanied by adult
Time: 9-Noon
Project: At SPCA, one of the greatest gifts a volunteer can give is time and support to keep the facility in top working shape, helping us keep our pets healthy and safe. On Good Deeds Day, volunteers will help deep clean our clinic, providing much-needed maintenance and support for the services SPCA provides. While you likely will not interface directly with the pets, there may be an opportunity for a few of them to come and play during your shift. 

Site Description: SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas with two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and serves as an active resource center providing an array of programs and services that bring people and animals together to enrich our lives. The agency serves all demographics of the metro DFW area.

Site 5: Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity-Open only to members of Alpha Omega Fraternity
Location: JCC Dallas, Fruhman A, 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
Volunteers needed: 20
Time: 10-11:30 am
Project: This is a closed site reserved for the Dental Association volunteers. The Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity will be compiling oral hygiene kits for Jewish Family Service using donated dental items.     

Site Description: Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity offers dentists, oral health professionals and students a welcoming fraternal community that honors the organization’s Judaic heritage, provides opportunities to attain professional excellence and promotes access to oral health care for all.

Site 6: Hope's Door New Beginnings Center
Location: Hope’s Door New Beginning Center, 860 F Avenue, Suite 100, Plano, TX 75074
Volunteers needed: 10-15
Time: 10 am-12:30 pm
Minimum age: Volunteers ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 16+ may volunteer solo. Volunteers 18+ must complete a background check at www.hopesdoorinc.org/volunteer and bring a signed copy of their statement of confidentiality.
Project: Volunteers will be onsite to help with cleaning and organizing offices, donation room, food pantry, and children's play room.

NOTE: All volunteers 18 years of age and older must complete the online background check 72 hours before the event - the link is at www.hopesdoorinc.org/volunteer. Additionally, please bring the Statement of Confidentiality with you. The cost to run the background check is $3, which is the applicant's responsibility.

Site Description: Hope's Door New Beginning Center specializes in comprehensive intervention and prevention services for all members of a family affected by intimate partner and family violence – from victim to abuser.

Site 7: Texas Ramps in Partnership with Moishe House
Location: Dallas Ramp Project Warehouse, 4720 Simonton Rd, Dallas, TX 75244
Volunteers needed: 18
Minimum age: 16
Time: 7:30 am-2 pm
Project: Have you ever changed a person’s life in a single day? The Texas Ramp Project does it hundreds of times a year by building wheelchair ramps for disabled or elderly people who can’t afford one. In a few hours, you will give these individuals the freedom to leave their home again—the home where they want to remain but whose steps have imprisoned them. Volunteers should be prepared for safe construction work – flip flops or similar shoes are unsafe and should not be worn. Please bring drills (if available - we're hoping for at least one for every two people), work gloves, lunch (or snacks), bug spray, sunscreen and plenty of water.

Site Description: The Texas Ramp Project builds wheelchair ramps for disabled or elderly people who can’t afford to buy one.

Site 8: Austin Street Center
Location: Austin Street Center, 2929 Hickory Street
Volunteers needed: 12
Time: 10 am-Noon
Minimum age: None
Project: The shelter is in need of some general facility enhancement – deep cleaning the shelter, wiping down beds, help in the clothing donation room filling orders and organizing, and if weather permits, some outdoor grounds and garden clean up.
Site Description: Austin Street Center is an emergency shelter that serves both men and women who are in need of shelter, a place to sleep, shower, clothing and meals. Austin Street Center works beyond these basic needs and also helps with the transition out of homelessness.

Site 9: Kramer Elementary Community Garden
Location: Kramer Elementary School, 7131 Midbury Dr, Dallas, TX 75230
Volunteers needed: 14
Time: 9 am-1 pm
Project: Bring a hat and sunscreen, this activity will take place outside and will involve breaking a sweat! Help beautify the community and Kramer's community garden, a local neighborhood elementary school near the JCC. Volunteers will help with the garden by sanding and staining four picnic tables, painting four wooden pallets, trimming back Ivy and perennials, and weeding of vegetables. If you have your own gloves, please bring them. If not, they will be provided. If you have an electric sander with sandpaper, please bring.

Site Description:. This garden has a wonderful bricked central area with a gazebo. An area of plots to the west are used by classrooms and students, while an eastern set of beds are used to demonstrate good gardening practices and to grow food to donate to a local food pantry.

Site 10: PJ library and Music Together® Dallas
Location: Centre for Dance, 7517 Campbell Rd Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75248
Volunteers needed: 12 kids and 12 seniors. (All adults accompanying children are welcome, but must register.). Seniors should be able to get up and move as this is an interactive activity.
Age Minimum: 0-5 for kids
Time: 11:30 am-12:15 pm, please arrive a little early as the class will start at 11:30 am.
Project: In Music Together Generations classes, teachers and families foster meaningful musical relationships across the ages, as “Musical Grandfriends” join the music-making circle. Expanding the class community in this way enriches the experience for families and makes these classes some of the most satisfying to teach.  Elders are invited, but never pressured, to participate in class, with the support of an on-site staff member, and are respected as important music models. Please bring your grandparents, as long as everyone attending is registered.

Site Description: Music Together® Dallas is a research-based early childhood music and movement program for families with infants/ toddlers/ preschoolers in Dallas. We offer parent-child classes with parent education and encouragement of parent role modeling to children between zero and seven years old. Music Together Dallas was founded in 1999, and has brought harmony to thousands of metroplex homes in the Dallas area. Our mission is to make an impact on every single child's lifelong learning experience with music and to nurture their parent’s awareness about the cognitive, academic and behavioral benefits of the Music Together curriculum.

Site 11: Friendship Circle and BBYO-Open only to members of BBYO
Location: JCC Dallas, 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
Time: 2 pm
Project: This is a closed site for BBYO teens. BBYO teens will be joining Friendship Circle to enjoy cooking as part of the April Sunday Circle.
Site Description: Sunday Circle is a new program where Friendship Circle teens and children come together for 2.5 hours of activities involving sports, music, arts, and science. If you are a BBYO teen, please use the Jot form that was sent to you to register.

Site 12: Equest
Location: Equest at the Texas Horse Park, 811 Pemberton Hill Road, Building 4, Dallas, Texas 75217
Volunteers needed: 10-15
Age Minimum: Kids must be accompanied by an adult
Time: 10 am-1 pm

Project: On Good Deeds Day, volunteers will help maintain the barn's cleanliness, orderliness, and function. Tasks might include, but are not limited to: horse care, stable chores, barn sprucing up, trail work and possibly work on their sensory trail, brush clearing and tree lopping, grooming tools and bucket clean-out, disinfecting feed and water buckets and rinsing out, cobwebbing and other cleaning, gardening, and much more. No prior horse experience is required! Come prepared - dress for the weather and wear sturdy supportive shoes, as well as sunscreen and bug spray. You'll likely get a little dirty, but you'll definitely have a blast!

Site Description: Equest - a charity that uses equine therapy to support people with diverse needs. Equest works to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted activities and therapies.  

Site 13: Catholic Charities of Dallas
Location:  JCC Dallas, 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
Volunteers needed: 7-10
Time: 4-7 pm
Project:  This volunteer opportunity partners with the Catholic Charities of Dallas to help build food collection bins that are placed at schools throughout DISD. Volunteers will build 3-4 complete 5'x5'x4' donation boxes using pre-cut wood & wheels/casters. Please bring hammers and power screwdrivers if you have. Catholic Charities will supply the wood and screws/nails + instructions.

Site Description: Catholic Charities is an organization that helps our community’s most vulnerable by taking on the effects of poverty and helping all those in crisis move toward a better life.

Site 14: Brighten the Day of a Survivor in Partnership with Young Leadership Institute (YLI)
Location: At a survivor's home; usually the Legacy Willow Bend in Plano or a private home near the JCC.
Volunteers needed: 8 families
Time: Various times in the morning and afternoon depending on what you were assigned
Age: YLI is comprised of adults from age 25 to 45. However, any adult could volunteer in our program
Project: YLI families will visit the homes of Holocaust survivors and spend the day with them.

Site Description: In 2017, YLI launched the "Brighten the Day of a Survivor" social action program where more than 55 families meet with up to 14 individual survivors monthly. These visits positively impact our treasured survivors and brings happiness to each survivors’ daily life. Whether enjoying some home baked challah or playing with the little one of a YLI volunteer, each survivor is reminded that they are valued and loved.

Site 15: Catholic Charities of Dallas in partnership with the Jewish Communities Relations Council
Location:  Catholic Charities Cardinal Farrell Community Center, 321 Calumet Street, Dallas, TX 75211
Volunteers needed: maximum 20 people
Time: 1-3 pm
Project:  This volunteer opportunity partners with the Catholic Charities of Dallas to help restore the Musical Learning Center and Nature Area. Volunteers will paint and restore both locations. All tools and supplies will be provided by Catholic Charities. The rain plan will consist of assembling educational packets for parents. 

Site Description: Catholic Charities is an organization that helps our community’s most vulnerable by taking on the effects of poverty and helping all those in crisis move toward a better life.