Levine JCC Cares

The Levine JCC wants to engage its members in a variety of social action programs within the community. Under the banner of LJCC Cares, we will bring opportunities for families, seniors, adults and teens to perform Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Gemilut Hasadim (acts of loving kindness) by serving the greater Charlotte community in ways that connect us with others and are motivated by the pressing issues of the day.

New Program

Healing Ourselves, Healing The World

There is no better time than the start of the year to engage in Tikkun Olam – repairing the world – and there is no better way to do that than by focusing on healing ourselves.  Learn how the two go hand-in-hand and join us in our year-long journey to accomplish both of those. 

February 2018 Newsletter - Small steps to live more self- and earth-friendly inside your home.
April 2018 Newsletter - Small steps you can take outside your home to heal the world. 
Summer 2018 Newsletter
Learn more about Freshlist: Local, fresh produce delivered to the Levine JCC weekly

Click here for an overview of the yearlong program.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is to provide the families of children being treated in area medical facilities with a safe, affordable and caring “home away from home.” It primarily serves families in the Southeast who travel a significant distance to receive specialized medical care at Levine Children’s Hospital and Hemby Children’s Hospital. The doors of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte will always be open to families from across our region and beyond. Sign-ups are limited; must be at least 12 years old.  Sign up by clicking on the Sign Up Genius link below. 

Volunteer Meal Preparation teams plan a menu, purchase ingredients and prepare a home-cooked meal at the Ronald McDonald House for families staying there. All volunteers will be asked to donate a portion of the ingredients. Sign-ups are limited to eight volunteers, who must be at least 12 years old and accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, March 3, 2019
Sunday, May 19 2019

Sign Up Now!

Levine JCC Butterfly Project - Overglazing

6,000 students will again participate in the LJCC Butterfly Project workshops this academic year, and will each paint a ceramic butterfly in memory of a specific child who died in the Holocaust. We need help applying a coat of clear glaze on the painted butterflies to prepare them for firing in the kiln. If you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves and getting a little dirty, this is a great opportunity for you!  Ages 12 and up.

  • Coming soon!

RSVP to julie.rizzo@charlottejcc.org

Monthly Mitzvahs for Teens

Join other teens as we volunteer to do our part in Tikkun Olam, “healing the world.” We will collaborate with community service organizations and other Jewish Agencies to promote community engagement and build partnerships.
For more information, contact Michelle Rusgo at michelle.rusgo@charlottejcc.org or 704.944.6739.

Veterans Day Teen Community Service Project

Bright Blessings

Join us for a service project to bring joy, care and hope to more than 8,000 homeless and impoverished children this year. Minimum age: 5 years.

  • Next date coming soon!

For more information, contact Julie Rizzo at julie.rizzo@charlottejcc.org or 704.944.6730.

Levine JCC Kids Triathlon

This annual event raises money for pediatric rehabilitative services at Levine Children’s Hospital and the Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program, which is part of Carolinas Rehabilitation. Children ages five through 14 swim, bike and run for a cause. Over its seven-year history, more than $608,000 has been granted to LCH and ASAP. This money is raised via corporate sponsorships and individual fundraising by the participants. For more information, click here

To get LJCC Kids Triathlon participants comfortable with all parts of the race: Swimming / Biking / Running / Transitioning. Participating in the Kids Tri is optional and not a requirement to sign up.  The Kids Tri Training Program begins Saturday, April 20th.  For more information, click here.

For information on corporate sponsorship of the 8
th Annual LJCC Kids Triathlon to be held on June 2, please contact Julie Rizzo at julie.rizzo@charlottejcc.org or 704.944.6730.  

Room in the Inn

Since 1996, the Urban Ministry Center has partnered with colleges and congregations of many faiths to open their facilities to provide shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months.  The LJCC, Temple Beth El and Temple Israel are privileged to be one of those partners.  Each site offers a warm, safe place to sleep, serves three meals (dinner, breakfast and bag lunch) and then returns the guests the following morning to uptown Charlotte.  The basic goal is to keep homeless people from freezing on cold winter nights.  A greater goal is to provide a more personal relationship to homeless people, at least for a night, and to foster a deeper understanding of the depth and complexity of the issue.
Please check back late fall 2018 for winter volunteer opportunities. 

Sign Up Now!

Camp S.O.A.R.

Camp S.O.A.R. (Special Olympics Athletic Retreat) is a free three-day camp for children and adults with special needs. Camp SOAR provides a fun and memorable experience for both its campers and its volunteers.  Volunteers must be rising 9th graders or older and make a commitment to volunteer for a complete session.  For more information, please contact Stephanie Garner at stephanie.garner@charlottejcc.org or 704.944.6742.

Oasis Senior Enrichment Program

Volunteers are needed to present a lecture or series of lectures on a subject in which the volunteer is knowledgeable. For more information, contact Jill Lipson at jill.lipson@charlottejcc.org or 704.944.6792.


The LJCC has adopted a street to clean up!  At least three times a year, the LJCC will be gathering small groups of people to collect trash and illegal signs from Jefferson Road and a portion of Preston Road, located on the north side of Shalom Park.  Click below to sign up.

  • January 27, 2019

Sign Up Now!

Collection Drives

JFS Food Pantry

Donate food and personal care items to help members of the Jewish community through difficult times. Click here to access the list of current needs. 

Volunteer Drivers

Do you regularly visit Shalom Park? For Shabbat services? To work out at the J or participate in a cultural program?  Jewish Family Services is recruiting volunteers to transport seniors in our community who also like to engage in Shalom Park activities but have no transportation.  Shalom Park is partnering with Centralina Connection to implement the Volunteer Transportation Services Program.  Click here for more information. 

News, resources and information

LJCC Cares Summer 2018 Newsletter 

Shalom Green Challenge 

Monthly challenges connected to Jewish values to live more sustainably at home.


Interested in volunteering?

If you would like to be on the LJCC Cares distribution list to receive e-mail messages when volunteer opportunities arise, please contact julie.rizzo@charlottejcc.org.

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