Good Deeds Day
Let’s Do Good Together
Sunday, April 2, 2017
The first Good Deeds Day began in Israel with 7,000 participants. Since its launch in 2007, the annual tradition has spread globally, uniting people all over the world. Last year, 1.5 million people in 75 different countries chose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every person can do something good—be it large or small—to improve the lives of others and positively change the world.
This year, the Rhode Island Jewish community will host a series of good deeds (mitzvot) in various locations throughout the state on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
Programs and activities will include an e-waste recycling event, a nature preserve clean-up, students helping local families prepare for Passover, a community service brunch, bringing hand-made cards to the elderly, collecting Kosher foods for the needy, a panel discussion, and a blood drive—to name a few.
OPPORTUNITIES OPEN TO ALL
- E-waste Recycling at the Dwares JCC | 10:00am – 2:00pm
The Jewish Alliance has partnered with a local e-waste collection company. Help the community and the environment by disposing of electronics that can be recycled, reused or refurbished. All e-waste collected is sent to a certified recycling company so it does not end up in landfills. View flyer for more information.
- Collecting Kosher Foods | 9:00am
The Louis and Goldie Chester Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry will be collecting donated Kosher food. Food donated on April 2 will be matched by Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel as part of their 5th Annual Chametz Collection. Contact: Susie Adler, Jewish Seniors Agency, 401.621.5374.
- Nature Preserve Clean-up | 10:15am
Volunteers will care for the Osamequin Nature Preserve in Barrington by picking up litter, maintaining trails, and removing invasive plants. Contact: Tim Falkner, Barrington Land Trust, 401.330.6276. Additionally, (401)j will assist in the clean up. Contact: Dayna Bailen, 401. 421.4111 ext. 108.
- Community Blood Drive | 10:00am
In addition to numerous good deeds being performed by the children during religious school, Temple Beth-El will hold a community-wide Blood Drive. Contact: Rachel Mersky Woda, 401.331.6070.
- Winter Mitzvah & Human Rights Day | 9:30am
Temple Habonim will offer hands-on activities and learning opportunities for all ages. Contact: David Perolman, 954.826.0539. Additionally, a Human Rights Day program will focus on marriage equality, health care access, women’s reproductive rights, common sense gun legislation, and rights of immigrants. Contact: 401.245.6536.
- CBD Cleans the Beach | 2:00pm
Congregation Beth David will host a beach clean-up in Narragansett and invites volunteers to assist in keeping our beaches and waterways clean and healthy. Contact: Liz Karp, 617.699.5831.
- Kindness in the Kitchen | 8:15am
Judy’s Kindness Kitchen and Congregation Beth Sholom are looking for volunteers to prepare sandwiches and snacks, and deliver the food to Crossroads RI and Emmanuel House shelters. Contact: David Mandelbaum, 401.621.9393.
- Rhode Island Welcomes Refugees | 10:00am
Volunteers will learn how Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island helps immigrants and refugees become productive citizens of our community. Take a tour of the Dorcas facility, including classrooms, computer lab, and the Clothing Collaborative/Refugee Resource Center. Participate by crafting welcome-to-Rhode Island poster. Advocate by learning about upcoming bills and contacting your representatives in the state capital and in Washington, DC. Volunteers are asked to bring a donation of toothpaste, toothbrushes, or dental floss. Contact: Jessica Barry, 401.784.8600.
- Camp JORI Family Mitzvah Day | 1:00pm
Join staff, families, alumni, and friends at Camp JORI on National Good Deeds Day. There will be outdoor beautification projects, crafts, tours of the camp, and refreshments. Fun for the whole family! Contact: Sharon Sock, 401.641.8710.
OTHER GOOD DEEDS TAKING PLACE
- Passover Preparation | 9:00am
Providence Hebrew Day School students (Pre-K through Grade 12) will help local families prepare for Pesach by cleaning, shopping, babysitting, cooking, and shleping.
- Sentiments & Songs | 10:00am
Hebrew school students from Touro Synagogue will be making cards and bringing them to the elderly. They will also spread joy by singing to the seniors.
- Day of Jewish Youth Service | 11:00am
Teens from BBYO New England will partner with J-Serve to participate in the International Day of Jewish Youth Service in the spirit of tikkum olam, gemilut chasidim, and tzedakah.