Sunday, April 30, 2017
A giant thank you for participating in another outstandingly successful Mitzvah Day. Close to 300 people volunteered!
Thank you all for giving up your Sunday morning to help others in our community in a myriad of ways: preparing food for congregants in need; beautifying our cemetery; sorting 50 boxes of clothing for the Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers; cleaning the food pantry at Lift Urban Portland; preparing a tasty brunch for our neighbors at NW Tower & Annex; singing for the residents of Cedar Sinai Park; cleaning and baking at Ronald McDonald House East; assembling 500 sandwiches for Blanchet House; sorting food at Sunshine Pantry; creating art from trash with the PARTY project; making warm blankets for CODA; making catnip toys for the Cat Adoption Team; baking dog treats and braiding tug toys for the Oregon Humane Society; decorating picture frames for the residents of Cedar Sinai Park; and creating quilt pieces for the Linus Project.
A big thank you to the Sisterhood for the delicious and hearty pancake breakfast that gave us the energy to tackle the day! Thank you to the teachers and staff of the religious school who wrangle and inspire our kids! Thank you to the incredible staff at CBI who help with literally everything and even give a supportive hug from time to time!
We hope you all felt you made a difference, helped to build community and had a blast!
MITZVAH DAY PROJECTS!
FAMILY MITZVAH CENTER
Goodman Hall will be turned into the Family Mitzvah Center, where there will be a variety of projects designated for our younger congregants (grades pre-K through 2). Families can stick together and kids canmove from activity to activity. There will be:
Blanket Making: Make warm fleece blankets for CODA, an alcohol, drug and mental health treatment center.
Catnip Mouse Toy Making: Make catnip-filled mouse toys for the Cat Adoption Team.
Dog Treat Making: Make healthy dog treats for the Oregon Humane Society.
Picture Frame Decorating: Decorate picture frames for residents of Robison Jewish Health Center at Cedar Sinai Park.
Quilt Making: Become a “blanketeer” with Project Linus and help make a handmade quilt that will provide warmth and comfort for an ill child.
Tug Toys for Dog Making: Make dog toys for the Oregon Humane Society.
Location: Blumauer Kitchen
Cook meals to be frozen and assemble bags of nonperishable food to take to congregants in times of need.
All ages welcome
Location: 426 SW Taylors Ferry Road
Plant plants, pull weeds and clean older marble headstones. Wear old clothing and bring gardening tools, like shovels, hoes and clippers.
All ages welcome; under age 14 must to be accompanied by an adult
FRIENDS OF SEASONAL & SERVICE WORKERS (FSSW)
Location: Blumauer Auditorium
Sort Columbia Sportswear donations. FSSW volunteers mobilize and deliver food, clothing, and other resources to low-paid seasonal and service workers.
Ages 4th graders and above
IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (IRCO)
Location: 10301 NE Glisan Street
Inside painting project and outdoor garden cleanup. IRCO promotes the integration of refugees, immigrants and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy and inclusive multi-ethnic society.
Garden clean up for all ages; painting for ages 14 and above
LIFT URBAN PORTLAND FOOD PANTRY CLEANUP
Location: First Immanuel Church, 1808 NW Irving Street
Clean and organize food pantry. Lift Urban Portland aims to reduce hunger and improve the lives of low-income residents in NW and downtown Portland.
Ages 10 and above welcome
NW TOWER & ANNEX BRUNCH
Location: 335 NW 19th Avenue
Cook and serve a tasty brunch for our neighbors.
All ages welcome
Location: 6125 SW Boundary Street
Join the elderly residents at Robison Jewish Health Center at Cedar Sinai Park for a morning of music.
For our younger congregants
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE EAST
Location: 2620 N. Commercial Avenue
Cleanup projects inside and out. Ronald McDonald House East provides housing to families with children being treated at Randall Children’s Hospital and Kartini Clinic.
This is a Jews Next Door project
SANDWICH SACKS FOR BLANCHET HOUSE
Location: Miller Room
Assemble sack lunches – sandwiches, fruit and cookies – and deliver to Blanchet House. Blanchet House of Hospitality offers food, shelter and aid to those in need of a safe place to be nourished and restored.
For middle schoolers
Location: 10895 SW 5th Street, Beaverton
Sort food in freezer. Wear a warm coat! Sunshine Pantry provides food, amenities, housewares and clothing to people in need in the Portland metropolitan area.
Ages 6 and above welcome; under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult
Location: Youth Lounge
PARTY is hosting a project with Trash for Peace, an organization that uses waste as a resource for positive change. PARTY is also collecting feminine hygiene products and art supplies for p:ear, an organization that works with homeless youth.
For grades 8-12