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Around 1,000 people went out into the greater Washington, D.C., area on Wednesday to volunteer and help the needy as part of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s D25 day of service event.
“We put a lot of passion and a lot of heart into the project this year,” said Erica Steen, director of community engagement at the DCJCC, who has been running the event for eight years.
Visiting the elderly, serving meals and helping host Christmas parties at local shelters and more, the volunteers, singly and in groups found a way to share the spirit of the season with the larger community with
more than 50 service organizations and more than 80 projects.
“Each project had its own successes,” Steen said. “The goal was providing opportunities to help the community give back and really make an impact in the lives of the clients.”
Steen and her group started planning during the summer and it paid off, with few problems arising during the event, just one reason she looks forward to doing it again next year.
“I think everybody feels a little bit better and feels the holiday cheer a little more aerward,” she said.