This Sunday is THE ASSOCIATED/Jewish Volunteer Connection's Community Mitzvah Day! From 9:00 a.m. and throughout the day, Jewish Baltimoreans will be able to donate their time to make a difference in the greater community.
At the Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center, around 400 volunteers will come together to preapre winter care packages for the homeless and others in need. The packages are distributed through area soup kitchen and shelters. Each package contains handmade hats and scarves that volunteers have been working on for nearly the last year.
(You can still make a donation to purchase more care packages through GiveCorps. If you haven't, give now>>)
At the same time, in the "Mitzvah Room," families will write cards to soliders, make wheelchair sacks to assist the elderly, prepare greeting cards for sick children in Baltimore's Israeli sister city, Ashkelon, among other things.
At the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, families with young children will also participate in mitzvah projects geared towards those under 10. And, around town, roughly 200 volunteers will visit geriatric centers, bring gifts to those less fortunate and add joy to the hallways of local hospitals, for example. Some will serve meals at local soup kitchens.
Mitzvah Day is of of the Baltimore Jewish community's way of demonstrating the Jewish value of "tikkun olam" [repairing the world]. It teaches Jewish children the importance of giving of their time - to help those like themselves, but also to assist the world.
If you would like to volunteer, you don't need to register. Just come to the Weinberg Park Heights JCC on Sunday, December 25, between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. and make a difference.
For more information, visit www.jvcbaltimore.org.