SPECIAL FOR THE AJT //
Since 1990, ORT Atlanta’s “Honey From the Heart” fundraiser has been sending sweet Rosh Hashanah greetings across the U.S. and around the world while raising money for ORT and many other Jewish non-profits.
Last year, ORT managed to raise almost $150,000; and this year, approximately 30,000 jars of kosher clover honey will be packed and shipped from our processing “hive” in Sandy Springs. That’s something to buzz about, right?
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“Honey From the Heart” was started by a small group of volunteers who painstakingly labeled hundreds of honey jars, wrote out gift cards and addressed mailing labels by hand. Their modest efforts raised a few hundred dollars.
Not wanting to limit the project to only Atlanta, the early volunteers started inviting other ORT chapters to sell “Honey From the Heart” and keep a portion of the profit. Over the years, “Honey From the Heart” has experienced steady growth as people from all over the country asked if their organization could sell the sweet stuff as well.
Now all kinds of Jewish non-profits take part in the program, including sisterhoods, synagogues, religious schools, and other organizations, many located in Atlanta.
A team of “Honey From the Heart” volunteer customer service representatives support a national network of 150 distributors. In addition to the customer service team, “Honey From the Heart” has a roster of over 75 ORT Atlanta volunteers who pack and ship all of the orders while enjoying the camaraderie and tremendous sense of accomplishment that make honey packing sessions so popular.
Many volunteers from the original group remain involved in the project, which has been spearheaded by co-chairs Lesley Berman and Terry Schwartz since the early days. Additionally, ORT’s Next Gen group has helped advance the project in recent years, banding together to come out to the hive and help with packing chores.
It’s this very sweet commitment to excellence in helping raise funds for ORT that will ensure the future success of the “Honey From the Heart” fundraiser.
Want some honey?
To place an order in time for Rosh Hashanah, and help ORT raise funds, visit www.ORThoney.com