On Sunday, October 28th, Jewish Family & Career Services celebrated Mitzvah Day. Mitzvah Day is one of the largest Jewish Community Service Days in Atlanta. There were 13 community service projects with over 200 volunteers taking place across the city.
In light of the horrible tragedy that happened on Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, it was amazing to see the Jewish community come together and unite to make Atlanta a better city.
We had many great projects on Mitzvah Day. A group of young professionals from our VIA (Volunteers in Action) program volunteered at Dwell with Dignity. They re-painted furniture and sorted donations to help take families from homelessness and poverty to self-sufficiency.
Another group of VIA participants planted 1,000 daffodils here at JF&CS in our Daffodil Garden with Holocaust Survivors, in memory of the 1.5 million children that perished in the Holocaust.
In our Families Inspired to Serve (FITS) program, a group of volunteers played Bingo and schmoozed with the residents of the Breman Jewish Home. A volunteer exclaimed that “my kids had a blast we loved every second. I would like to ask if we can volunteer anytime anywhere.”
At another FITS project, volunteers sorted food from Operation Isaiah to help to fully stock our Kosher food pantry.
Thank you to the Mitzvah Day Co-Chairs, Lauren Olens & Allison Lerer and our Mitzvah Day Committee for helping make the event a huge success!
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