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Mitzvah Projects


Service Projects

The roots of Creating Connected Communities were first planted more than 25 years ago as Amy Zeide’s bat mitzvah project. After learning about a need in her community, Amy organized a small holiday party for a local shelter. More than 25 years later, Amy’s Holiday Party has grown into a thriving nonprofit organization, serving thousands of children and families in need year-round and engaging hundreds of teens in meaningful volunteer work.

Honoring our history, CCC helps young teens looking to make their mitzvahs matter more through community service projects. We also provide opportunities for scout troops, synagogues, and school clubs to partner with CCC for group service projects.  We offer opportunities to serve the community in a meaningful and hands-on way through activities, fundraisers, and collections that truly enhance our programs.


CCC’s monthly community-building programs provide children experiencing hardship with thousands of gifts, meals, books and personal care items. CCC also creates countless smiles as they participate in carnivals, create craft projects, dance with a DJ, and so much more!

Mitzvah project opportunities are available at the following types of programs:


CCC’s After-School Programs are partnerships with Title 1 schools providing after-school academic remediation/ enrichment and after-care for children experiencing hardship. Our guests enjoy bounce houses, DJ entertainment, school-themed craft projects, a full meal, and sports activities.

Learn more.


In partnership with other nonprofit organizations serving children and families, CCC’s festivals provide care-free afternoons of fun and community building, including crafts, sports activities, carnival games, bounce houses, food, and a DJ. 

Learn more.


CCC’s signature event, Amy’s Holiday Party, provides hundreds of children experiencing hardship with a chance to celebrate and be celebrated during the holiday season. Children are paired with a teen volunteer who serves as their buddy for the day, helping them take a picture with Santa, choose gifts to take home, and so much more.

Learn more.

Project Ideas Include:

Collecting toys to distribute to children & families at Amy’s Holiday Party

Collecting books, school supplies, or personal care products to ensure that each child at our programs receives books & a Smile Bag to take home. Click here to see CCC’s wishlist of items that are often in the highest demand.

Preparing an arts & crafts or activity station at one of our events, like face painting or Lego building

Creating a food station at one of our programs, such as cookie decorating

Sponsoring a sports activity for one of our outdoor programs or collecting sports balls to distribute

Planning a fundraiser to support one of our programs

Ready to plan your project?

Complete this quick online form and we’ll contact you to discuss your mitzvah project! Questions? Please email Erin Pirkle at erin@cccprojects.org.

Inspired to keep giving back?

Apply to join our Leadership Development Program for 8-12 graders!