Thursday, Oct. 22, is the deadline to register for the Mitzvah Day organized by Jewish Family & Career Services’ Volunteers in Action young-adult group.
VIA is holding Atlanta’s largest community service day for young Jewish professionals Sunday, Oct. 25. The event is open to the community.
Mitzvah Day started in 2002 to engage young adults with VIA and introduce them to JF&CS programs. It has evolved to include organizations outside the Jewish community that need volunteers.
This year, volunteers can choose among 12 projects, partner sites throughout Atlanta, varying start times and family-friendly opportunities.
Visit www.MitzvahDayAtl.org to sign up.
This year’s projects:
- Camp Twin Lakes, which provides life-changing camp experiences to children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other challenges. Volunteers will spend the afternoon planting shrubs and doing other landscaping at the new group home for adults with developmental disabilities. The home is a partnership between Camp Twin Lakes and JF&CS.
- Historic Westside Gardens (project partner: Moishe House Decatur), which addresses the issues of disinvestment and food security as part of the revitalization of the intown Atlanta neighborhoods of Vine City and English Avenue. Volunteers will weed fall crops and turn over the garden beds for winter.
- Hope Lodge, which offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their treatment is in another city. Volunteers will help organize the pantry and kitchen and do light cleaning as needed.
- JF&CS Older Adults Social (project partner: Atlanta Jewish Music Festival). The Naturally Occurring Retirement Community’s goal is to create thriving, inspiring programs to bring seniors out of their homes and decrease social isolation. Volunteers will assist the Toco Hills NORC’s family and friends day with a potluck and with music organized through AJMF.
- JF&CS Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program (project partner: Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta under-40 division), a highly individualized, person-centered supportive living program that enables people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. Volunteers will help get one of the new homes ready for clients to move in to.
- New American Pathways, which offers a variety of programs and services to resettle refugees in Atlanta. Volunteers will help set up an apartment for a newly arrived refugee family or help organize the storage room.
- Oldcastle Nature Trail (project partners: Hebrew Order of David and Young Israel of Toco Hills), an outdoor learning space at the Marcus Autism Center, which is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of children with autism and related disorders. Volunteers will help enhance the trail by removing weeds and invasive plants and by mulching.
- Concrete Jungle — Dog Head Farm (project partner: PAL), which helps distribute food to the hungry. Volunteers will weed fall crops, turn over garden beds for winter and help with general farm maintenance.
- JF&CS Toiletry Packing (Families Inspired to Serve project; families only). Volunteers will pack toiletries for JF&CS clients and make celebration cards for older adults.
- William Breman Jewish Home (FITS project; families only), a nursing home that provides short- and long-term dementia, Alzheimer’s, and skilled nursing care. Volunteers will have an ice cream social with the residents and brighten their day.
- PAWS Atlanta (project partner: Marcus Jewish Community Center Young Adults), which provides love, nutrition, medical care and basic training to enrich the lives of orphaned animals until permanent, safe homes can be found. Volunteers will help with general landscaping and socializing with the animals. This project is full.
- Project Open Hand, which seeks to eliminate disability and untimely death from nutrition-sensitive chronic diseases. Volunteers will pack nutritional meals in the kitchen for delivery to people in need. This project is full.