David Cameron has given a ringing endorsement to Mitzvah Day, hailing it as "a powerful movement for change, harnessing the enthusiasm of thousands of people who want to give their time to make a difference in their communities.
"It is remarkable that, this year, over 37,000 volunteers will support hundreds of causes, from transforming local community spaces to supporting elderly and vulnerable
The JC's own Mitzvah Day project was completed on Monday as staff visited the Gift charity's Hendon warehouse to help pack barely worn footwear for its Step Up scheme.
Through Step Up - the brainchild of Hasmonean pupil Noah Rubin, 14 - almost 3,500 pairs of shoes have been cleaned and distributed to refugees in countries as far afield as Kurdistan, asylum seekers and those in London homeless s
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Tory Party deputy chair Robert Halfon and shadow health minister Luciana Berger were among MPs who took part in a Mitzvah Day social action project in a packed Commons committee room.
The MPs wrote cards to staff at various charities, thanking them for their contribution to society.