Join the local Jewish community to help others this Spring. Mitzvah Day is a wonderful opportunity for individuals and families to get involved and make a difference in our community. By participating in a Mitzvah Day project you will be sharing in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Volunteer just a little of your time and help support various projects around our community.
A huge thanks to this year’s partners and sponsors: Temple Beth Israel, TBI Sisterhood, TBI Brotherhood, TBI Talmud Torah, the Grossman Fund, Or haGan, Back to the Roots Landscaping, Toby’s Family Foods, Genesis Organic Juice, Clif Bar and Bagel Sphere.
For more information, or if you have questions about any of the projects, please contact Emily Heilbrun at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-484-1371.
Below is the list of projects for 2018. Please note that if you can’t participate on Mitzvah Day, there are ways to help either before or after. Click the “Register Here” button to sign up for a project.
Projects on Mitzvah Day:
Create Blankets for Children in Need Project Full
Volunteers will make blankets for Bags of Love. No sewing experience needed! Bags of Love is a Eugene organization which provides necessities and comfort items to children who are in crisis due to neglect, abuse, poverty or homelessness. Bags of Love works with over 50 agency and school locations throughout Lane County and beyond.
Prepare Head Start Snack Bags
We will help Talmud Torah students decorate bags and fill them with healthy snacks. The bags will go to local Head Start students to supplement food on weekends and holidays.
Make Caps for Cancer Patients Project Full
Volunteers will make caps for cancer patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. We’ll teach you how! The caps will be distributed through the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. No previous experience is necessary for this project.
Garden at Native Plant Nursery
Volunteers will work at the Native Plant Nursery at Mt. Pisgah and assist with various projects that could include weeding, hoeing, salvaging native plants and seed harvesting. The Native Plant Nursery is a program of the Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah.
Prepare Meals for Needy People
Please refer to Ways to Help Before and After Mitzvah Day, below, to register for this project, which will take place prior to Mitzvah Day.
Beautify University Park
Volunteers will weed and mulch the landscape beds in University Park. In addition, we may also paint picnic tables and restrooms. The park is located at 24th & University, Eugene.
Work at Cascades Raptor Center
The Cascades Raptor Center has one of the largest collections of native raptor species in the Pacific Northwest. Volunteers will help with building a fence and other general outdoor tasks. Gloves and tools provided. Please park across the street when volunteering, to leave space for visitors. Adults only.
Bake Cookies for the Dining Room
We will be baking large quantities of cookies for serving at The Dining Room, a Food for Lane County program. Adults only. Please note that this project runs until 2:30. A light lunch will be provided.
Serve at Eugene Service Station
The Eugene Service Station provides basic needs for homeless adults. Volunteers will help with lunch food preparation and distribution, table bussing, and general cleanup. Volunteers may also assist with laundry/shower line management. Adults only. (Agency policy prohibits minors from volunteering.)
Help with St. Vincent de Paul’s Community Garden
Volunteers will help maintain, weed and clean up the community garden at St. Vincent de Paul’s South Hilyard Terrace Apartments, an affordable housing complex near Tugman Park. Gardening supplies provided but please bring your own gloves. Please park in the lot next to the garden. (Please note that anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Lend a Hand at First Place Family Center
First Place Family Center is Eugene’s only day shelter for homeless families. Volunteers will help with general outdoor landscaping maintenance. Then we will also host a pizza party and work with First Place Family Center staff to lead a children’s activity. Please park across the street in the Civic Stadium parking lot.
Breakfast Setup Project Full
Help to set up breakfast on Mitzvah Day, 7:30-9:30 am.
Breakfast Cleanup Project Full
Help to clean up on Mitzvah Day, 9:00-11:00 am.
Ways to Help Before and After Mitzvah Day:
Prepare Meals for Needy People
We will be preparing meals in the TBI Kitchen and freezing them for Jewish people who are in need. NOTE: This project occurs BEFORE Mitzvah Day, on Thursday, May 31, 1- 4pm at TBI.
Deliver Snack Bags to Head Start
Volunteers will help deliver the snack bags that were assembled on Mitzvah Day to Head Start. The snack bags will be in boxes for easier carrying and loading; a vehicle with ample cargo space will be helpful. Snack bags will be delivered June 4-8, 8a-4p.
Assist with Kitchen Items and Food Drive for Womenspace and Sponsors, Inc
Talmud Torah students will be collecting kitchen items and food on Mitzvah Day from households in the TBI neighborhood. On the previous Wednesday, volunteers will distribute flyers and bags to notify neighbors. Items can be left at door, without disturbing neighbors. Routes will be provided. Each route should take approximately 1 hour. This task can be done any time on Wednesday, May 30. If you would like to sign up for more than one route, please note this in comments.
Deliver Food/Kitchen Items to Womenspace and Sponsors, Inc
Deliver food and kitchen items collected during Mitzvah Day to Womenspace and Sponsors, any time during week of June 5-8, 9a-5p.
Talmud Torah Projects:
Mitzvah Day is not just for adults. Talmud Torah participates too! Students will sign up for projects through Talmud Torah. Some will join projects with adults while others will participate in those listed below, which are exclusively for young people in Talmud Torah.
Parents, please consider signing up to help with these projects. Email email@example.com.
Kitchen Items and Food Drive
Students will collect kitchen items and food to donate to Womenspace and Sponsors, Inc. (TBI Neighbors will be notified and will receive a flyer and bag prior to Mitzvah Day).
Flower Pots for South Hills
Children will paint flower pots and fill them with annual flowers to deliver to residents of South Hills Rehabilitation Center.
School Kits for Refugees
Talmud Torah students will fill hand-sewn bags with school supplies to be sent to refugee children overseas.
Packaging Meals for Needy People
Students will package and label food to put in the TBI freezer to distribute to Jewish people in need. (Meals will be prepared prior to Mitzvah Day.)
Singing at South Hills Rehab Center
Children will join Marc Zola in singing songs to residents.
School Garden Project
Talmud Torah students will assist with various garden related projects at Camas Ridge School.
Craft Bags for First Place Family Center
Children will assemble an array of craft supplies into gift bags for children at First Place Family Center.