Mitzvah Days 2020

Mitzvah Days 2020

Now More than Ever: Mitzvah Day is Every Day

We look forward to coming together for Mitzvah Day 2020! Even at home we can still make a difference in our community. Please plan to join us for Mitzvah Day Minyan at 10:00 AM. After that, at 10:45 AM, you may choose to join the leadership of Operation Nightwatch, the Portland Backpack Project, and Stone Soup PDX to discuss their ongoing efforts to support our community’s unhoused and food insecure populations, to learn about the WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood’s work with period.org regarding menstrual justice,or–especially for our younger congregants–to tackle a hands on project!

All of our Mitzvah Day(s) programming will be recorded and made available online, so you will have the opportunity to participate in as many projects as you’d like. Sign up to do your part today!

If you’re having technical difficulties on Sunday please give us a call at 503-222-1069 and we can help!

Mitzvah Day Schedule | Sunday, April 26

Mitzvah Day Minyan
Sunday, April 26, 10:00 AM
via Zoom (Meeting ID: 870 5263 5996)

Join us as we kick off Mitzvah Day together!

Learning Sessions and Hands on Projects
Sunday, April 26, 10:45 AM
All links listed below by session/project

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Learning Sessions (these are lecture style)

Operation Nightwatch, the Portland Backpack Project, and Stone Soup PDX
Sunday, April 26, 10:45 AM
via Zoom (Meeting ID: 939 3604 7466)

Meet (via Zoom) with the executive directors of Operation Nightwatch, the Portland Backpack Project, and Stone Soup PDX and learn more about how these organizations are helping community members who are unhoused or food insecure–and how we at CBI can help.

Recommended age groups: Adults and high school students

WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood and period.org
Sunday, April 26, 10:45 AM
via Zoom (Meeting ID: 828 4797 3505)

The Social Action arm of our WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood has been active this year with period.org, partnering with them on the issue of menstrual justice.

Recommended age groups: Adults, middle school students, and high school students

Cloth Masks for NW Towers
Sunday, April 26, 10:45 AM
via Zoom (Meeting ID: 978 2798 6827)

Join Rebecca Friedenwald-Fishman and Bitsie Appleton (both crafters extraordinaire) to learn how to make protective cloth masks for our neighbors at NW Towers.

Recommended age groups: Adults and high school

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Hands-On Projects (these require supplies)

No-Bake Dog Treats for the Oregon Humane Society 
Sunday, April 26, 10:45 AM
via Zoom (Meeting ID: 966 0575 6063)

Make no bake dog treats for the Oregon Humane Society with CBI teacher Alex Mansfield. This project is MESSY so please plan accordingly for clothes and workspace.

For this project you will need: ¾ cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling),  ¼ cup water, and 2½ cups oats.

Recommended age groups: Pre K-5th grade

Completed treats may be dropped off at the SW Portland home of congregant Julia Daigneault (email for her address) by Friday, May 1; she will deliver them to the Oregon Humane Society.

Care Cards for the Portland Backpack Project  
Sunday, April 26, 10:45 AM
via Zoom (Meeting ID: 818 6380 9417)

Portland Backpack provides food sacks for children who are at risk of hunger.  These cards we make will included in food sacks and grocery gift card envelopes that go to families in need.

For this project you will need: card stock or index cards (no larger than 4×6 inches), and crayons, felt tip markers, colored pencils, or stickers.

Recommended age groups: Mini Mensches and grades Pre K-2nd

Take a picture of your care cards and post on social media with the hashtag #SpreadtheBackpackLove. Completed cards may be dropped off outside the sanctuary doors at Fremont United Methodist Church (2620 NE Fremont Street), or at the SW Portland home of congregant Julia Daigneault (email for her address).

The Soul Box Project
Sunday, April 26, 10:45 AM
via Zoom (Meeting ID: 914 8885 6097)

The Soul Box Project collects one hand-folded origami box for every victim of gunfire in the U.S. and displaying tens of thousands of them in public spaces. CBI Congregant Nikki Dorfman will teach you how.

For this project you will need: 2 or more pieces of 8×8 inch paper (origami paper is ideal), 1 wallet-sized plastic card, like a credit card, to help with folding the crease, 1 small strip of tissue paper for each box, and a marker or other basic art supplies to decorate each box.

Recommended age groups: Middle school and high school students

Drop off finished boxes at Nikki Dorfman’s house. Please email her for address.

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Our Community Partners | Weekly Mitzvah Spotlight

While our annual Mitzvah Day programming will be different this year, our commitment to our community partners is unchanged, so sign up to do your part today! Each week, we will feature concrete ways the CBI community can help those who need it… a weekly Mitzvah Spotlight.

We are hoping to deliver 200 masks to our neighbors by May 1. Join the sewing brigade and help us achieve this goal!

Drop off between Tuesday, April 21 and Saturday, April 25 any time at the homes of Sally Rosenfeld’s (click to email for address) or Julia Daigneault’s (click to email for address). They may also be delivered to the CBI Main Sanctuary driveway on NW Flanders on SUNDAY, APRIL 26 FROM 8:30-9:30 AM.

 

We are asking for donations of these specific items. Please fill grocery bag with:

  • TOILET PAPER
  • Peanut butter
  • Nuts
  • Tuna
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Beans

Drop off between Tuesday, April 21 and Saturday, April 25 any time at the homes of Sally Rosenfeld’s (click to email for address) or Julia Daigneault’s (click to email for address). They may also be delivered to the CBI Main Sanctuary driveway on NW Flanders on SUNDAY, APRIL 26 FROM 8:30-9:30 AM.

 

Operation Nightwatch Portland
1432 SW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
(503) 220-0438

Operation Nightwatch provides nighttime hospitality for Portland’s unhoused population to promote dignity, community, and social connection.

Living without shelter is perhaps the loneliest experience there is. Shunned, rejected, isolated, houseless people live most of their lives in social isolation. Evening is the loneliest time of day. Hungry, cold, and hurting, anyone who needs help, but finds everything is closed, finds the hours unimaginably long. Through our Hospitality Centers we provide not only a safe place where those on the streets can find food, socks, clothing, blankets, and medical care, but also caring staff and volunteers who will listen to their stories and welcome them as friends. For at least a few hours a few evenings a week, we offer a place where they may feel at home.

Donations

You can make a monetary donation on their website or donate items directly to the organization. If you would like to donate any of the listed items below, please contact Operation Nightwatch to organize the delivery.

 

Wishlist

blankets • sleeping bags • socks • backpacks • tarps • rain gear • books • playing cards • razors • lip balm • deodorant • lotion • toothpaste • tampons • Puma athletic socks (Costco) for foot clinic special needs (Men’s Crew 6-12) • winter appropriate shoes/boots (male 10-13 / female 7-9)

Stone Soup PDX
306 NW Broadway Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
503-719-4772

Stone Soup PDX is a non-profit foodservice training enterprise based in Portland, Oregon, providing life skills and hands-on culinary expertise to people who are at risk of homelessness.

While Stone Soup has closed our restaurant doors temporarily due to COVID-19, we remain focused on our mission to advocate for dignity and employment opportunities for people at risk of homelessness. Starting in mid-March, we started working with Multnomah County to manage meal production for new shelters in Portland, which were brought online to maintain adequate social distancing measures. This means Stone Soup and our partner restaurants will be cooking and delivering breakfast, lunch and dinner for hundreds of unhoused women and men, seven days per week. All totaled, we’re helping to organize about 9,000 meals a week!

 

The Soul Box Project

The Soul Box Project raises awareness of the U.S. gunfire epidemic by counting and honoring victims, offering healing participation to those seeking solace, and providing dramatic visual support for all initiatives working for a safer, more civil society.

The Soul Box Project is showing people the numbers. We are collecting one hand-folded origami box for every victim of gunfire in the U.S. and displaying tens of thousands of them in public spaces. Visit their webpage to make a donation.

Friends of Seasonal & Service Workers
2228 NE Glisan Street
(503) 231-4826

FSSW is an all-volunteer organization that is “dedicated to materially assisting seasonal, farm and service workers struggling for collective solutions to their poverty conditions through their own independent, community–backed organizing efforts.”

Donations FSSW is in need of non-perishable food. You can drop off donations at their NE Glisan site. Call ahead to find out their drop off hours.  Also call when you arrive to let them know that you are outside and they will collect your donation.

Sunshine Pantry
13600 SW Allen Boulevard
(503) 841-9418

Sunshine Pantry, a family-run food bank, gathers, collects, and purchases food and amenities to distribute to families in need in the community. They currently supply food, toiletries, and clothing to 500+ families a month. No child should go to bed hungry.

From Sunshine Pantry: For all food donations, we ask that you contact Sunshine Pantry prior to dropping off so that you have instructions and times/dates for the drop-off.

For cash donations, please use our PayPal button or send your donations to Sunshine Pantry at 13600 SW Allen Boulevard, Beaverton, OR 97008.

We are always in need of volunteers. Please contact us at (503) 841-9418 for all volunteer opportunities. We look forward to serving our community and we appreciate all the community partners that have continued to contribute to our organization.

Food Priority Needs:

Tuna and Peanut Butter • Canned and dried beans • Soups and sauces: all types, including tomato (whole, diced & paste) • Peanut butter and jelly • Lunch box items for kids • Cereals & grains: oats, rice etc. • Canned meats and meals: tuna, stew, chili • All pastas and macaroni & cheese • Baking goods: flour sugar (white & brown) honey, cooking oil • Baby formula • Sugar-free and gluten-free products • Pet food

Paper & Hygiene Products

Diapers • Toilet paper, napkins, tissue paper • Plastic garbage bags • Plastic sanitary gloves • Soap, shampoos, conditioners • Makeup • Women’s sanitary needs • Cleaning supplies • Laundry detergent

Portland Backpack Project 
503-610-2986

Portland Backpack serves children who are at risk of hunger by providing food sacks for weekend days when food scarcity is higher. We believe that engaging the community in our efforts creates a greater impact that reaches beyond reducing hunger.

Donations

Portland Backpack is suspending food distribution and is now collecting grocery gift cards for the families that they serve. They can be mailed to 2620 NE Fremont Street, Portland, OR 97212.

Care Cards

We need care cards!  If you haven’t made care cards before they are the notes of care and encouragement that go inside our food sacks or inside the envelope with a gift card.  They can’t be bigger than 4” by 6”.  If you have card stock or index cards that works best.  Use crayons, felt-tips, stickers, colored pencils and write messages from your heart!

Cards can be dropped off in the box labeled “Care Cards” on the covered patio of the sanctuary doors of Fremont United Methodist Church at 2620 NE Fremont. You can also mail them to Portland Backpack at the same address. Thanks for being such a caring community!

Red Cross Blood Donation Center
3131 N. Vancouver Avenue

Schedule an appointment  at www.redcrossblood.org to give blood and platelets. Give blood, help save lives!

Union Gospel Mission
3 NW Third Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
503-274-4483

Union Gospel Mission provides more than 250,000 meals a year to the homeless and people in need. In addition to meals, the Mission provides food boxes, a day room with coffee and snacks, clothing, hygiene items, referral services and emergency cold weather shelter to the homeless. Visit their webpage to make a donation.