Mitzvah Day 2019

Mitzvamitzvah-day-logoh Day is Sunday, May 19

Join us at 8:30 am for a bagel breakfast – we’ll kick off at 9:00 am with opening ceremonies with our Shir Kids Youth Choir, then we’ll divide into groups to do our projects.

Although online registration for Mitzvah Day has officially ended, we are accepting walk-ins for specific projects still in need of helpful hands.

Questions? Please contact Karen Greenblatt.

NEW IN 2019

REGISTER TODAY!

CHARLOTTE FAMILY HOUSING
Type: In-Person Interaction, Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 12+ with parent or guardian
Max participants: 15 adults plus their kids
Length: 3+ hours
Off-site: 1410 The Plaza, Charlotte
Jewish Value: Housing the Needy
New in 2019

Enjoy a fun-filled day of games, crafts, and lunch while getting to know some of the families in our area supported by Charlotte Family Housing as they transition from a local shelter to more permanent housing. We’ll also help with cleanup and/or repairs needed (details TBD). We’ll arrive by 10:30 am and have a brief orientation before getting down to fun and games. Plan to stay until 1pm (includes lunch).

Open to adults and children age 12 and older. Children may encounter classmates at this venue and will need to respect their privacy and not share with others their current housing situation. CFH will require a background check before volunteering so by signing up for this project, you are giving TBE permission to share your first and last name and your email address.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Type: Painting, Construction
Ages: Adults 18+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 7 hours
Off-site: 5930 Milhaven Lane, Charlotte, NC 28269 – Noted as “Lot number 2
Jewish Value: Housing the Needy
New in 2019

Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity on a new home or critical home repair site. Tasks may include framing, roofing, drywall installation, siding, painting, building sheds, trim work, minor repairs and more. No experience necessary – our site supervisors provide all the on-site support and training needed. Please wear old work/painting clothes, and bring your own bagged lunch. Meet at the site (address will be provided) at 8:50 am (therefore missing breakfast/opening ceremony), and plan to stay all day until 4:00 pm. Adults (18+) only.

 

 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
Type: Engagement
Ages: 16+
Length: <2 hours
On-site
Jewish Value: Pursuing Justice; Ensuring Every Voice Counts
New in 2019

Learn how TBE is using the principles of community organizing to engage our large and diverse congregation around a shared vision of how we can contribute to achieving racial justice in Charlotte. Particpate in a letter writing campaign (to elected officials and other community leaders) related to three core isues: criminal justice, affordable housing and pre-K to 12 public education.

 

JCRI BABY WELCOME KITS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly
Ages: 8+
Max Participants: 8
Length: 60 minutes
On-site
Jewish Value: Welcoming the Stranger
New in 2019

Help us assemble “Baby Welcome Kits” to be distributed through Refugee Support Services as refugee families welcome their newborns. “Welcome the Stranger” is part of the Charlotte Jewish Community Refugee Initiative. Please plan to bring 1-2 small baby toys (under $10) that may be new or gently used (and clean).

 

VOTER REGISTRATION THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Engagement
Ages: 17+
Max Participants: 6
Length: 60 min. – during breakfast, opening ceremony
On-site
Jewish Value: Ensuring Every Voice Counts
New in 2019

Help ensure every voice counts. Educate congregants on the importance of voting and register voters (Charlotte newcomers, new addresses, name changes and 17-year olds) for upcoming elections. This project will primarily take place during breakfast and opening ceremony.

 

GREETING CARDS FOR CONGREGANTS
Type: Crafts
Age: 8+
Max Participants: 20 kids plus their parents
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need
Description Create original greeting cards to be used by TBE’s Hineynu Committee. Cards will be sent to congregants in times of joy and need (birth and adoption, marriage, conversion, loss of loved one). Congregant artists will guide children in creating original works of art on greeting cards. Bring a smock or wear clothes appropriate for arts and crafts.

OPEN TO ALL AGES

REGISTER TODAY!

JOY OF SOX
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 35
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will be creating toiletries kits for the men’s shelters in Charlotte. Help us stuff men’s athletic socks with travel sized toiletries and a hand-made card. This is the perfect project for families with young children.

 

LEVINE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 20
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

We will be decorating and assembling gift bags of arts & crafts supplies that pediatric patients can use to keep busy while in the hospital. We will also decorate cards and write messages of encouragement to add to the bags.

 

SALVATION ARMY CENTER OF HOPE THIS PROJECT IS CANCELLED
Type: Assembly, Meals/Snacks
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 8
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

We will be preparing snack bags for the 120 children residing at the Salvation Army Center of Hope. The Center of Hope is Charlotte’s largest year-round facility for homeless women and children.

 

STERLING ELEMENTARY SUMMER FUN PACKS
Type: Assembly
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 75
Length: >90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Sterling Elementary is Temple Beth El’s partner school. Together, we will be putting together summer fun packs for all 700+ students to take home with them at the end of the school year.

 

SUNRISE ASSISTED LIVING
Type: In-Person Interaction
Ages: All Ages
Length: 30-60 min.
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Sing songs and spend time with our across-the-street elderly-neighbors.

 

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES FOOD PANTRY RECIPE BAGS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 15
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site: JFS
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

We will be putting together Food Pantry Recipe Bags for JFS Clients and Freedom School families. Volunteers will create recipe bags containing ingredients for a meal from the JFS Food Pantry. Volunteers will pull items from the JFS Food Pantry as needed for recipes, put them into bags decorated by volunteers, and attach recipe cards. Please also consider bringing non-perishable donations (no glass) to replenish the food pantry.

SCHOOL AGE & PARENTS: (AGES 5 to 11)

REGISTER TODAY!

STERLING ELEMENTARY SPRUCE UP
Type: Cleanup/Sorting, Gardening
Ages: 8+
Max Participants: 20
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: Sterling Elementary, 9701 China Grove Church Rd. Pineville, NC 28134
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Come to Sterling Elementary to help clean and organize the media center, art room, and music room for summer and prepare those areas for use next year. We will also do grounds clean up if weather permits. Bring your work gloves! Sterling Elementary is Temple Beth El’s partner school.

 

LOAVES AND FISHES
Type: Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 10+
Max Participants: 30
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: Loaves and Fishes Warehouse – Fordham Park, 648 Griffith Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. Please park in front of bay doors 6-10 and enter the warehouse by using the steps between bay doors 10 and 11.
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

Come to the Loaves & Fishes warehouse to help restock the shelves and lend a hand where needed! Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit, non-denominational organization, founded and operated by local religious congregations and community organizations. This organization helps to meet the needs of the growing hunger problem in Mecklenburg County. Bring water, gloves, closed toe shoes (REQUIRED), and clothes that can get dirty. Please also consider bringing non-perishable donations (no glass) to replenish the food pantry.

 

JCRI BABY WELCOME KITS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly
Ages: 8+
Max Participants: 8
Length: 60 minutes
On-site
Jewish Value: Welcoming the Stranger
New in 2019

Help us assemble “Baby Welcome Kits” to be distributed through Refugee Support Services as refugee families welcome their newborns. “Welcome the Stranger” is part of the Charlotte Jewish Community Refugee Initiative. Please plan to bring 1-2 small baby toys (under $10) that may be new or gently used (and clean).

 

HOPE HAVEN: SWEET DREAMS
Type: Crafts
Ages: 6+
Max Participants: 25
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will decorate pillowcases, provide pillows, and make cards to let the recipients know we care. Hope Haven provides life skills and a supportive residential environment to break the cycle of homelessness and addiction.

 

CHARLOTTE GREEN
Type: Gardening, Painting
Ages: 10+
Max Participants: 15
Length: 60-90 min.
Off-site: 1908 Genesis Park Place, Charlotte
Jewish Value: Caring for the Environment

We will be signs painting and cleaning up gardens! We’ll be doing our part to help Charlotte Green in their dedication to sustain community gardens. Charlotte Green has been working with inner–city residents for 27 years. They help create gardens to both beautify the neighborhood, and also to produce food for neighborhood residents.

 

GREETING CARDS FOR CONGREGANTS
Type: Crafts
Age: 8+
Max Participants: 20 kids plus their parents
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need
Description Create original greeting cards to be used by TBE’s Hineynu Committee. Cards will be sent to congregants in times of joy and need (birth and adoption, marriage, conversion, loss of loved one). Congregant artists will guide children in creating original works of art on greeting cards. Bring a smock or wear clothes appropriate for arts and crafts.

 

A CHILD’S PLACE THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Meals/Snacks
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 25
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

Our aim is to provide snack bags for homeless children who are at risk of experiencing hunger to take home after school. Help us as we pack 500 snack bags to be distributed to children at A Child’s Place.

 

HEBREW CEMETERY
Type: Gardening, Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 40
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: Hebrew Cemetery, 1801 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28206
Jewish Value: Honoring the Deceased

Visit this sacred place and learn about the Mitzvot and traditions for burying and honoring the deceased. We will be removing moss and mildew from headstones and doing general grounds cleanup. The cemetery is peaceful, and children truly love this project. Please consider bringing them. What to bring: a bucket, a stiff brush, LOTS of old rags, gardening gloves, rakes, gardening shears for bush trimming, lawn bags, and mild dish detergent.

 

HEMBY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 25
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Make get well bags filled for Hemby Children’s Hospital. We’ll fill 75 bags with craft supplies that can be used while in bed. We’ll also include notecards with get well messages.

 

SHALOM PARK COMMUNITY GARDENI THS PROJECT IS CLOSED

Type: Gardening
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 15
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site: Shalom Park Community Garden
Jewish Value: Caring for the Environment; Feeding the Hungry

Mitzvah day participants will assist in caring for the Shalom Park Community Garden. This may include weeding, mulch spreading, planting summer crops, and harvesting (volunteers may divide harvest to take home), etc. Expect light work (no heavy lifting). Volunteers may choose to bring their own gardening gloves, tools will be provided. Please wear sunscreen, bug spray, and appropriate outdoor clothing.

 

THE SAFE ALLIANCE HOME KITS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

Help us prepare 50 bags for the Safe Alliance domestic violence shelter. Our theme is baby bundles. In addition to preparing the bags, you will decorate your bags and write a short note.

 

JOY OF SOX
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 35
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will be creating toiletries kits for the men’s shelters in Charlotte. Help us stuff men’s athletic socks with travel sized toiletries and a hand-made card. This is the perfect project for families with young children.

 

LEVINE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 20
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

We will be decorating and assembling gift bags of arts & crafts supplies that pediatric patients can use to keep busy while in the hospital. We will also decorate cards and write messages of encouragement to add to the bags.

 

SALVATION ARMY CENTER OF HOPE THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Meals/Snacks
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 8
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

We will be preparing snack bags for the 120 children residing at the Salvation Army Center of Hope. The Center of Hope is Charlotte’s largest year-round facility for homeless women and children.

 

STERLING ELEMENTARY SUMMER FUN PACKS
Type: Assembly
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 75
Length: >90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Sterling Elementary is Temple Beth El’s partner school. Together, we will be putting together summer fun packs for all 700+ students to take home with them at the end of the school year.

 

SUNRISE ASSISTED LIVING
Type: In-Person Interaction
Ages: All Ages
Length: 30-60 min.
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Sing songs and spend time with our across-the-street elderly-neighbors.

 

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES FOOD PANTRY RECIPE BAGS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 15
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site: JFS
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

We will be putting together Food Pantry Recipe Bags for JFS Clients and Freedom School families. Volunteers will create recipe bags containing ingredients for a meal from the JFS Food Pantry. Volunteers will pull items from the JFS Food Pantry as needed for recipes, put them into bags decorated by volunteers, and attach recipe cards. Please also consider bringing non-perishable donations (no glass) to replenish the food pantry.

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL & ADULTS: (AGES 12 to 17)

REGISTER TODAY!

VOTER REGISTRATION THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Engagement
Ages: 17+
Max Participants: 6
Length: 60 min. – during breakfast, opening ceremony
On-site
Jewish Value: Ensuring Every Voice Counts
New in 2019

Help ensure every voice counts. Educate congregants on the importance of voting and register voters (Charlotte newcomers, new addresses, name changes and 17-year olds) for upcoming elections. This project will primarily take place during breakfast and opening ceremony.

 

ALEXANDER YOUTH CARNIVAL
Type: In-Person Interaction, Games
Ages: 16+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 60-90
Off-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will be hosting a carnival, with fun games, activities and crafts for 32 children, ages 5-14 at the Alexander Youth Network. The Alexander Youth Network provides a temporary home for children dealing with home life challenges and behavioral and emotional difficulties. Join us at AYN for a pizza luncheon following the carnival.

 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
Type: Engagement
Ages: 16+
Length: <2 hours
On-site
Jewish Value: Pursuing Justice; Ensuring Every Voice Counts
New in 2019

Learn how TBE is using the principles of community organizing to engage our large and diverse congregation around a shared vision of how we can contribute to achieving racial justice in Charlotte. Particpate in a letter writing campaign (to elected officials and other community leaders) related to three core isues: criminal justice, affordable housing and pre-K to 12 public education.

 

SANDWICH-MAKING FOR URBAN MINISTRIES THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Meals/Snacks
Ages: 12+
Max Participants: 16
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

Help assemble sandwiches for lunch at Urban Ministry Center. The center distributes up to 500 sandwiches each day to the hungry (and we’ll help with 200-300 sandwiches).

 

SHALOM PARK FREEDOM SCHOOL JOURNAL PACKAGE
Type: Crafts
Ages: 12+
Max Participants: 18
Length: >90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Shalom Park Freedom School brings 80 low-income CMS students to Shalom Park each summer for a six-week literacy-based camp. We will be decorating notebooks to be used as journals for the scholars and assembling new crayons and colored pencils and writing cards for all 80 scholars. The activity will be more fun for people who love to color and draw!

 

CHARLOTTE FAMILY HOUSING
Type: In-Person Interaction, Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 12+ with parent or guardian
Max participants: 15 adults plus their kids
Length: 3+ hours
Off-site: 1410 The Plaza, Charlotte
Jewish Value: Housing the Needy
New in 2019

Enjoy a fun-filled day of games, crafts, and lunch while getting to know some of the families in our area supported by Charlotte Family Housing as they transition from a local shelter to more permanent housing. We’ll also help with cleanup and/or repairs needed (details TBD). We’ll arrive by 10:30 am and have a brief orientation before getting down to fun and games. Plan to stay until 1pm (includes lunch).

Open to adults and children age 12 and older. Children may encounter classmates at this venue and will need to respect their privacy and not share with others their current housing situation. CFH will require a background check before volunteering so by signing up for this project, you are giving TBE permission to share your first and last name and your email address.

 

FREEDOM SCHOOL PREPARATIONS
Type: Assembly
Ages: 12+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 60 min.
Off-site: 3605 Latrobe Drive, Suite D, Charlotte, NC 28211
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Help Freedom School Partners prepare for upcoming summer programs. We will pack first aid kits for the various Charlotte-area Freedom School sites and prepare parent meeting “welcome bags” for the Freedom School families. Some lifting, bending, and carrying involved, so please wear sneakers/shoes with good support and clothes you don’t mind getting a little dusty.

 

HOSPITALITY HOUSE OF CHARLOTTE THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Meals/Snacks, Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 12+ with parent or guardian
Max Participants: 12
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: 1400 Scott Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Join Brotherhood as they help at the Hospitality House of Charlotte, a facility that hosts patients (and families) that require medical care but don’t live near the hospital. We’ll prepare and serve lunch for approximately 30 people, as well as assemble snack bags they can take to the hospital. We may also perform some cleanup/sortng tasks at the facility.

 

STERLING ELEMENTARY SPRUCE UP
Type: Cleanup/Sorting, Gardening
Ages: 8+
Max Participants: 20
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: Sterling Elementary, 9701 China Grove Church Rd. Pineville, NC 28134
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Come to Sterling Elementary to help clean and organize the media center, art room, and music room for summer and prepare those areas for use next year. We will also do grounds clean up if weather permits. Bring your work gloves! Sterling Elementary is Temple Beth El’s partner school.

 

LOAVES AND FISHES
Type: Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 10+
Max Participants: 30
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: Loaves and Fishes Warehouse – Fordham Park, 648 Griffith Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. Please park in front of bay doors 6-10 and enter the warehouse by using the steps between bay doors 10 and 11.
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

Come to the Loaves & Fishes warehouse to help restock the shelves and lend a hand where needed! Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit, non-denominational organization, founded and operated by local religious congregations and community organizations. This organization helps to meet the needs of the growing hunger problem in Mecklenburg County. Bring water, gloves, closed toe shoes (REQUIRED), and clothes that can get dirty. Please also consider bringing non-perishable donations (no glass) to replenish the food pantry.

 

JCRI BABY WELCOME KITS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly
Ages: 8+
Max Participants: 8
Length: 60 minutes
On-site
Jewish Value: Welcoming the Stranger
New in 2019

Help us assemble “Baby Welcome Kits” to be distributed through Refugee Support Services as refugee families welcome their newborns. “Welcome the Stranger” is part of the Charlotte Jewish Community Refugee Initiative. Please plan to bring 1-2 small baby toys (under $10) that may be new or gently used (and clean).

 

GREETING CARDS FOR CONGREGANTS
Type: Crafts
Age: 8+
Max Participants: 20 kids plus their parents
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need
Description Create original greeting cards to be used by TBE’s Hineynu Committee. Cards will be sent to congregants in times of joy and need (birth and adoption, marriage, conversion, loss of loved one). Congregant artists will guide children in creating original works of art on greeting cards. Bring a smock or wear clothes appropriate for arts and crafts.

 

HOPE HAVEN: SWEET DREAMS
Type: Crafts
Ages: 6+
Max Participants: 25
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will decorate pillowcases, provide pillows, and make cards to let the recipients know we care. Hope Haven provides life skills and a supportive residential environment to break the cycle of homelessness and addiction.

 

CHARLOTTE GREEN
Type: Gardening, Painting
Ages: 10+
Max Participants: 15
Length: 60-90 min.
Off-site: 1908 Genesis Park Place, Charlotte
Jewish Value: Caring for the Environment

We will be signs painting and cleaning up gardens! We’ll be doing our part to help Charlotte Green in their dedication to sustain community gardens. Charlotte Green has been working with inner–city residents for 27 years. They help create gardens to both beautify the neighborhood, and also to produce food for neighborhood residents.

 

A CHILD’S PLACE THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Meals/Snacks
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 25
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

Our aim is to provide snack bags for homeless children who are at risk of experiencing hunger to take home after school. Help us as we pack 500 snack bags to be distributed to children at A Child’s Place.

 

HEBREW CEMETERY
Type: Gardening, Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 40
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: Hebrew Cemetery, 1801 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28206
Jewish Value: Honoring the Deceased

Visit this sacred place and learn about the Mitzvot and traditions for burying and honoring the deceased. We will be removing moss and mildew from headstones and doing general grounds cleanup. The cemetery is peaceful, and children truly love this project. Please consider bringing them. What to bring: a bucket, a stiff brush, LOTS of old rags, gardening gloves, rakes, gardening shears for bush trimming, lawn bags, and mild dish detergent.

 

HEMBY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 25
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Make get well bags filled for Hemby Children’s Hospital. We’ll fill 75 bags with craft supplies that can be used while in bed. We’ll also include notecards with get well messages.

 

SHALOM PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Gardening
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 15
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site: Shalom Park Community Garden
Jewish Value: Caring for the Environment; Feeding the Hungry

Mitzvah day participants will assist in caring for the Shalom Park Community Garden. This may include weeding, mulch spreading, planting summer crops, and harvesting (volunteers may divide harvest to take home), etc. Expect light work (no heavy lifting). Volunteers may choose to bring their own gardening gloves, tools will be provided. Please wear sunscreen, bug spray, and appropriate outdoor clothing.

 

THE SAFE ALLIANCE HOME KITS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

Help us prepare 50 bags for the Safe Alliance domestic violence shelter. Our theme is baby bundles. In addition to preparing the bags, you will decorate your bags and write a short note.

 

JOY OF SOX
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 35
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will be creating toiletries kits for the men’s shelters in Charlotte. Help us stuff men’s athletic socks with travel sized toiletries and a hand-made card. This is the perfect project for families with young children.

 

LEVINE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 20
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

We will be decorating and assembling gift bags of arts & crafts supplies that pediatric patients can use to keep busy while in the hospital. We will also decorate cards and write messages of encouragement to add to the bags.

 

SALVATION ARMY CENTER OF HOPE THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Meals/Snacks
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 8
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

We will be preparing snack bags for the 120 children residing at the Salvation Army Center of Hope. The Center of Hope is Charlotte’s largest year-round facility for homeless women and children.

 

STERLING ELEMENTARY SUMMER FUN PACKS
Type: Assembly
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 75
Length: >90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Sterling Elementary is Temple Beth El’s partner school. Together, we will be putting together summer fun packs for all 700+ students to take home with them at the end of the school year.

 

SUNRISE ASSISTED LIVING
Type: In-Person Interaction
Ages: All Ages
Length: 30-60 min.
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Sing songs and spend time with our across-the-street elderly-neighbors.

 

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES FOOD PANTRY RECIPE BAGS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 15
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site: JFS
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

We will be putting together Food Pantry Recipe Bags for JFS Clients and Freedom School families. Volunteers will create recipe bags containing ingredients for a meal from the JFS Food Pantry. Volunteers will pull items from the JFS Food Pantry as needed for recipes, put them into bags decorated by volunteers, and attach recipe cards. Please also consider bringing non-perishable donations (no glass) to replenish the food pantry.

ADULTS & SENIORS: (AGES 18+)

REGISTER TODAY!

JCRI LANDSCAPING THIS PROJECT IS CANCELLED
Type: Gardening, In-Person Interaction
Ages: 18+
Max Participants: 18
Length: 2 hours
Off-site: Locations/homes TBD
Jewish Value: Welcoming the Stranger

Help a refugee family with needed landscaping projects in their first homes. Projects may include weeding, mulching, planting, trimming shrubbery, and a fencing project. Volunteers should bring their own gardening/work gloves and gardening tools (pruning shears, trowels, rakes, etc). Please wear/bring sunscreen, bug spray and appropriate outdoor clothing, as well as a rain poncho/jacket in case of light rain. Specific home addresses TBD.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Type: Painting, Construction
Ages: Adults 18+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 7 hours
Off-site: 5930 Milhaven Lane, Charlotte, NC 28269 – Noted as “Lot number 2
Jewish Value: Housing the Needy
New in 2019

Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity on a new home or critical home repair site. Tasks may include framing, roofing, drywall installation, siding, painting, building sheds, trim work, minor repairs and more. No experience necessary – our site supervisors provide all the on-site support and training needed. Please wear old work/painting clothes, and bring your own bagged lunch. Meet at the site (address will be provided) at 8:50 am (therefore missing breakfast/opening ceremony), and plan to stay all day until 4:00 pm. Adults (18+) only.

 

 

CLASSROOM CENTRAL KIT ASSEMBLY: A SPICE PROJECT
Type: Assembly
Ages: Adults (SPICE only)
Max Participants: 15
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Educating our Children
The group will prepare pencil pouch kits, art kits, and STEM kits for students to enable them to have the basic tools they need to be successful in school.

 

VOTER REGISTRATION THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Engagement
Ages: 17+
Max Participants: 6
Length: 60 min. – during breakfast, opening ceremony
On-site
Jewish Value: Ensuring Every Voice Counts
New in 2019

Help ensure every voice counts. Educate congregants on the importance of voting and register voters (Charlotte newcomers, new addresses, name changes and 17-year olds) for upcoming elections. This project will primarily take place during breakfast and opening ceremony.

 

ALEXANDER YOUTH CARNIVAL
Type: In-Person Interaction, Games
Ages: 16+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 60-90
Off-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will be hosting a carnival, with fun games, activities and crafts for 32 children, ages 5-14 at the Alexander Youth Network. The Alexander Youth Network provides a temporary home for children dealing with home life challenges and behavioral and emotional difficulties. Join us at AYN for a pizza luncheon following the carnival.

 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
Type: Engagement
Ages: 16+
Length: <2 hours
On-site
Jewish Value: Pursuing Justice; Ensuring Every Voice Counts
New in 2019

Learn how TBE is using the principles of community organizing to engage our large and diverse congregation around a shared vision of how we can contribute to achieving racial justice in Charlotte. Particpate in a letter writing campaign (to elected officials and other community leaders) related to three core isues: criminal justice, affordable housing and pre-K to 12 public education.

 

SANDWICH-MAKING FOR URBAN MINISTRIES THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Meals/Snacks
Ages: 12+
Max Participants: 16
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

Help assemble sandwiches for lunch at Urban Ministry Center. The center distributes up to 500 sandwiches each day to the hungry (and we’ll help with 200-300 sandwiches).

 

SHALOM PARK FREEDOM SCHOOL JOURNAL PACKAGE
Type: Crafts
Ages: 12+
Max Participants: 18
Length: >90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Shalom Park Freedom School brings 80 low-income CMS students to Shalom Park each summer for a six-week literacy-based camp. We will be decorating notebooks to be used as journals for the scholars and assembling new crayons and colored pencils and writing cards for all 80 scholars. The activity will be more fun for people who love to color and draw!

 

CHARLOTTE FAMILY HOUSING
Type: In-Person Interaction, Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 12+ with parent or guardian
Max participants: 15 adults plus their kids
Length: 3+ hours
Off-site: 1410 The Plaza, Charlotte
Jewish Value: Housing the Needy
New in 2019

Enjoy a fun-filled day of games, crafts, and lunch while getting to know some of the families in our area supported by Charlotte Family Housing as they transition from a local shelter to more permanent housing. We’ll also help with cleanup and/or repairs needed (details TBD). We’ll arrive by 10:30 am and have a brief orientation before getting down to fun and games. Plan to stay until 1pm (includes lunch).

Open to adults and children age 12 and older. Children may encounter classmates at this venue and will need to respect their privacy and not share with others their current housing situation. CFH will require a background check before volunteering so by signing up for this project, you are giving TBE permission to share your first and last name and your email address.

 

FREEDOM SCHOOL PREPARATIONS
Type: Assembly
Ages: 12+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 60 min.
Off-site: 3605 Latrobe Drive, Suite D, Charlotte, NC 28211
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Help Freedom School Partners prepare for upcoming summer programs. We will pack first aid kits for the various Charlotte-area Freedom School sites and prepare parent meeting “welcome bags” for the Freedom School families. Some lifting, bending, and carrying involved, so please wear sneakers/shoes with good support and clothes you don’t mind getting a little dusty.

 

HOSPITALITY HOUSE OF CHARLOTTE THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Meals/Snacks, Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 12+ with parent or guardian
Max Participants: 12
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: 1400 Scott Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Join Brotherhood as they help at the Hospitality House of Charlotte, a facility that hosts patients (and families) that require medical care but don’t live near the hospital. We’ll prepare and serve lunch for approximately 30 people, as well as assemble snack bags they can take to the hospital. We may also perform some cleanup/sortng tasks at the facility.

 

STERLING ELEMENTARY SPRUCE UP
Type: Cleanup/Sorting, Gardening
Ages: 8+
Max Participants: 20
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: Sterling Elementary, 9701 China Grove Church Rd. Pineville, NC 28134
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Come to Sterling Elementary to help clean and organize the media center, art room, and music room for summer and prepare those areas for use next year. We will also do grounds clean up if weather permits. Bring your work gloves! Sterling Elementary is Temple Beth El’s partner school.

 

GREETING CARDS FOR CONGREGANTS
Type: Crafts
Age: 8+
Max Participants: 20 kids plus their parents
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need
Description Create original greeting cards to be used by TBE’s Hineynu Committee. Cards will be sent to congregants in times of joy and need (birth and adoption, marriage, conversion, loss of loved one). Congregant artists will guide children in creating original works of art on greeting cards. Bring a smock or wear clothes appropriate for arts and crafts.

 

LOAVES AND FISHES
Type: Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 10+
Max Participants: 30
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: Loaves and Fishes Warehouse – Fordham Park, 648 Griffith Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. Please park in front of bay doors 6-10 and enter the warehouse by using the steps between bay doors 10 and 11.
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

Come to the Loaves & Fishes warehouse to help restock the shelves and lend a hand where needed! Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit, non-denominational organization, founded and operated by local religious congregations and community organizations. This organization helps to meet the needs of the growing hunger problem in Mecklenburg County. Bring water, gloves, closed toe shoes (REQUIRED), and clothes that can get dirty. Please also consider bringing non-perishable donations (no glass) to replenish the food pantry.

 

JCRI BABY WELCOME KITS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly
Ages: 8+
Max Participants: 8
Length: 60 minutes
On-site
Jewish Value: Welcoming the Stranger
New in 2019

Help us assemble “Baby Welcome Kits” to be distributed through Refugee Support Services as refugee families welcome their newborns. “Welcome the Stranger” is part of the Charlotte Jewish Community Refugee Initiative. Please plan to bring 1-2 small baby toys (under $10) that may be new or gently used (and clean).

 

HOPE HAVEN: SWEET DREAMS
Type: Crafts
Ages: 6+
Max Participants: 25
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will decorate pillowcases, provide pillows, and make cards to let the recipients know we care. Hope Haven provides life skills and a supportive residential environment to break the cycle of homelessness and addiction.

 

CHARLOTTE GREEN
Type: Gardening, Painting
Ages: 10+
Max Participants: 15
Length: 60-90 min.
Off-site: 1908 Genesis Park Place, Charlotte
Jewish Value: Caring for the Environment

We will be signs painting and cleaning up gardens! We’ll be doing our part to help Charlotte Green in their dedication to sustain community gardens. Charlotte Green has been working with inner–city residents for 27 years. They help create gardens to both beautify the neighborhood, and also to produce food for neighborhood residents.

 

A CHILD’S PLACE THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Meals/Snacks
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 25
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

Our aim is to provide snack bags for homeless children who are at risk of experiencing hunger to take home after school. Help us as we pack 500 snack bags to be distributed to children at A Child’s Place.

 

HEBREW CEMETERY
Type: Gardening, Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 40
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: Hebrew Cemetery, 1801 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28206
Jewish Value: Honoring the Deceased

Visit this sacred place and learn about the Mitzvot and traditions for burying and honoring the deceased. We will be removing moss and mildew from headstones and doing general grounds cleanup. The cemetery is peaceful, and children truly love this project. Please consider bringing them. What to bring: a bucket, a stiff brush, LOTS of old rags, gardening gloves, rakes, gardening shears for bush trimming, lawn bags, and mild dish detergent.

 

HEMBY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 25
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Make get well bags filled for Hemby Children’s Hospital. We’ll fill 75 bags with craft supplies that can be used while in bed. We’ll also include notecards with get well messages.

 

SHALOM PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Gardening
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 15
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site: Shalom Park Community Garden
Jewish Value: Caring for the Environment; Feeding the Hungry

Mitzvah day participants will assist in caring for the Shalom Park Community Garden. This may include weeding, mulch spreading, planting summer crops, and harvesting (volunteers may divide harvest to take home), etc. Expect light work (no heavy lifting). Volunteers may choose to bring their own gardening gloves, tools will be provided. Please wear sunscreen, bug spray, and appropriate outdoor clothing.

 

THE SAFE ALLIANCE HOME KITS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

Help us prepare 50 bags for the Safe Alliance domestic violence shelter. Our theme is baby bundles. In addition to preparing the bags, you will decorate your bags and write a short note.

 

JOY OF SOX
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 35
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will be creating toiletries kits for the men’s shelters in Charlotte. Help us stuff men’s athletic socks with travel sized toiletries and a hand-made card. This is the perfect project for families with young children.

 

LEVINE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED

Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 20
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

We will be decorating and assembling gift bags of arts & crafts supplies that pediatric patients can use to keep busy while in the hospital. We will also decorate cards and write messages of encouragement to add to the bags.

 

SALVATION ARMY CENTER OF HOPE THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Meals/Snacks
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 8
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

We will be preparing snack bags for the 120 children residing at the Salvation Army Center of Hope. The Center of Hope is Charlotte’s largest year-round facility for homeless women and children.

 

STERLING ELEMENTARY SUMMER FUN PACKS
Type: Assembly
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 75
Length: >90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Sterling Elementary is Temple Beth El’s partner school. Together, we will be putting together summer fun packs for all 700+ students to take home with them at the end of the school year.

 

SUNRISE ASSISTED LIVING
Type: In-Person Interaction
Ages: All Ages
Length: 30-60 min.
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Sing songs and spend time with our across-the-street elderly-neighbors.

 

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES FOOD PANTRY RECIPE BAGS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 15
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site: JFS
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

We will be putting together Food Pantry Recipe Bags for JFS Clients and Freedom School families. Volunteers will create recipe bags containing ingredients for a meal from the JFS Food Pantry. Volunteers will pull items from the JFS Food Pantry as needed for recipes, put them into bags decorated by volunteers, and attach recipe cards. Please also consider bringing non-perishable donations (no glass) to replenish the food pantry.

PROJECTS WITH IN-PERSON INTERACTION

REGISTER TODAY!

ALEXANDER YOUTH CARNIVAL
Type: In-Person Interaction, Games
Ages: 16+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 60-90
Off-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will be hosting a carnival, with fun games, activities and crafts for 32 children, ages 5-14 at the Alexander Youth Network. The Alexander Youth Network provides a temporary home for children dealing with home life challenges and behavioral and emotional difficulties. Join us at AYN for a pizza luncheon following the carnival.

 

CHARLOTTE FAMILY HOUSING
Type: In-Person Interaction, Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 12+ with parent or guardian
Max Participants: 15 adults plus their kids
Length: 3+ hours
Off-site: 1410 The Plaza, Charlotte
Jewish Value: Housing the Needy

Enjoy a fun-filled day of games, crafts, and lunch while getting to know some of the families in our area supported by Charlotte Family Housing as they transition from a local shelter to more permanent housing. We’ll also help with cleanup and/or repairs needed (details TBD). We’ll arrive by 10:30 am and have a brief orientation before getting down to fun and games. Plan to stay until 1pm (includes lunch).

Open to adults and children age 12 and older. Children may encounter classmates at this venue and will need to respect their privacy and not share with others their current housing situation. CFH will require a background check before volunteering so by signing up for this project, you are giving TBE permission to share your first and last name and your email address.

 

JCRI LANDSCAPING THIS PROJECT IS CANCELLED
Type: Gardening, In-Person Interaction
Ages: 18+
Max Participants: 18
Length: 2 hours
Off-site: Locations/homes TBD
Jewish Value: Welcoming the Stranger

Help a refugee family with needed landscaping projects in their first homes. Projects may include weeding, mulching, planting, trimming shrubbery, and a fencing project. Volunteers should bring their own gardening/work gloves and gardening tools (pruning shears, trowels, rakes, etc). Please wear/bring sunscreen, bug spray and appropriate outdoor clothing, as well as a rain poncho/jacket in case of light rain. Specific home addresses TBD.

 

SUNRISE ASSISTED LIVING
Type: In-Person Interaction
Ages: All Ages
Length: 30-60 min.
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Sing songs and spend time with our across-the-street elderly-neighbors.

ON-SITE PROJECTS

REGISTER TODAY!

A CHILD’S PLACE THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Meals/Snacks
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 25
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

Our aim is to provide snack bags for homeless children who are at risk of experiencing hunger to take home after school. Help us as we pack 500 snack bags to be distributed to children at A Child’s Place.

 

CLASSROOM CENTRAL KIT ASSEMBLY: A SPICE PROJECT
Type: Assembly
Ages: Adults (SPICE only)
Max Participants: 15
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Educating our Children
The group will prepare pencil pouch kits, art kits, and STEM kits for students to enable them to have the basic tools they need to be successful in school.

 

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
Type: Engagement
Ages: 16+
Length: <2 hours
On-site
Jewish Value: Pursuing Justice; Ensuring Every Voice Counts
New in 2019

Learn how TBE is using the principles of community organizing to engage our large and diverse congregation around a shared vision of how we can contribute to achieving racial justice in Charlotte. Particpate in a letter writing campaign (to elected officials and other community leaders) related to three core isues: criminal justice, affordable housing and pre-K to 12 public education.

 

HEMBY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 25
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Make get well bags filled for Hemby Children’s Hospital. We’ll fill 75 bags with craft supplies that can be used while in bed. We’ll also include notecards with get well messages.

 

HOPE HAVEN: SWEET DREAMS
Type: Crafts
Ages: 6+
Max Participants: 25
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will decorate pillowcases, provide pillows, and make cards to let the recipients know we care. Hope Haven provides life skills and a supportive residential environment to break the cycle of homelessness and addiction.

 

JCRI BABY WELCOME KITS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly
Ages: 8+
Max Participants: 8
Length: 60 minutes
On-site
Jewish Value: Welcoming the Stranger
New in 2019

Help us assemble “Baby Welcome Kits” to be distributed through Refugee Support Services as refugee families welcome their newborns. “Welcome the Stranger” is part of the Charlotte Jewish Community Refugee Initiative. Please plan to bring 1-2 small baby toys (under $10) that may be new or gently used (and clean).

 

GREETING CARDS FOR CONGREGANTS
Type: Crafts
Age: 8+
Max Participants: 20 kids plus their parents
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need
Description Create original greeting cards to be used by TBE’s Hineynu Committee. Cards will be sent to congregants in times of joy and need (birth and adoption, marriage, conversion, loss of loved one). Congregant artists will guide children in creating original works of art on greeting cards. Bring a smock or wear clothes appropriate for arts and crafts.

 

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES FOOD PANTRY RECIPE BAGS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 15
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site: JFS
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

We will be putting together Food Pantry Recipe Bags for JFS Clients and Freedom School families. Volunteers will create recipe bags containing ingredients for a meal from the JFS Food Pantry. Volunteers will pull items from the JFS Food Pantry as needed for recipes, put them into bags decorated by volunteers, and attach recipe cards. Please also consider bringing non-perishable donations (no glass) to replenish the food pantry.

 

JOY OF SOX
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 35
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will be creating toiletries kits for the men’s shelters in Charlotte. Help us stuff men’s athletic socks with travel sized toiletries and a hand-made card. This is the perfect project for families with young children.

 

LEVINE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Crafts
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 20
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

We will be decorating and assembling gift bags of arts & crafts supplies that pediatric patients can use to keep busy while in the hospital. We will also decorate cards and write messages of encouragement to add to the bags.

 

SALVATION ARMY CENTER OF HOPE THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Meals/Snacks
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 8
Length: 30-60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

We will be preparing snack bags for the 120 children residing at the Salvation Army Center of Hope. The Center of Hope is Charlotte’s largest year-round facility for homeless women and children.

 

SANDWICH-MAKING FOR URBAN MINISTRIES THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly, Meals/Snacks
Ages: 12+
Max Participants: 16
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

Help assemble sandwiches for lunch at Urban Ministry Center. The center distributes up to 500 sandwiches each day to the hungry (and we’ll help with 200-300 sandwiches).

 

SHALOM PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Gardening
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 15
Length: 60-90 min.
On-site: Shalom Park Community Garden
Jewish Value: Caring for the Environment; Feeding the Hungry

Mitzvah day participants will assist in caring for the Shalom Park Community Garden. This may include weeding, mulch spreading, planting summer crops, and harvesting (volunteers may divide harvest to take home), etc. Expect light work (no heavy lifting). Volunteers may choose to bring their own gardening gloves, tools will be provided. Please wear sunscreen, bug spray, and appropriate outdoor clothing.

 

SHALOM PARK FREEDOM SCHOOL JOURNAL PACKAGE
Type: Crafts
Ages: 12+
Max Participants: 18
Length: >90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Shalom Park Freedom School brings 80 low-income CMS students to Shalom Park each summer for a six-week literacy-based camp. We will be decorating notebooks to be used as journals for the scholars and assembling new crayons and colored pencils and writing cards for all 80 scholars. The activity will be more fun for people who love to color and draw!

 

STERLING ELEMENTARY SUMMER FUN PACKS
Type: Assembly
Ages: All Ages
Max Participants: 75
Length: >90 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Sterling Elementary is Temple Beth El’s partner school. Together, we will be putting together summer fun packs for all 700+ students to take home with them at the end of the school year.

 

THE SAFE ALLIANCE HOME KITS THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Assembly
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 60 min.
On-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

Help us prepare 50 bags for the Safe Alliance domestic violence shelter. Our theme is baby bundles. In addition to preparing the bags, you will decorate your bags and write a short note.

 

VOTER REGISTRATION THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Engagement
Ages: 17+
Max Participants: 6
Length: 60 min. – during breakfast, opening ceremony
On-site
Jewish Value: Ensuring Every Voice Counts
New in 2019

Help ensure every voice counts. Educate congregants on the importance of voting and register voters (Charlotte newcomers, new addresses, name changes and 17-year olds) for upcoming elections. This project will primarily take place during breakfast and opening ceremony.

OFF-SITE PROJECTS

REGISTER TODAY!

ALEXANDER YOUTH CARNIVAL
Type: In-Person Interaction, Games
Ages: 16+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 60-90
Off-site
Jewish Value: Supporting Those in Need

We will be hosting a carnival, with fun games, activities and crafts for 32 children, ages 5-14 at the Alexander Youth Network. The Alexander Youth Network provides a temporary home for children dealing with home life challenges and behavioral and emotional difficulties. Join us at AYN for a pizza luncheon following the carnival.

 

CHARLOTTE GREEN
Type: Gardening, Painting
Ages: 10+
Max Participants: 15
Length: 60-90
Off-site: 1908 Genesis Park Place, Charlotte
Jewish Value: Caring for the Environment

We will be signs painting and cleaning up gardens! We’ll be doing our part to help Charlotte Green in their dedication to sustain community gardens. Charlotte Green has been working with inner–city residents for 27 years. They help create gardens to both beautify the neighborhood, and also to produce food for neighborhood residents.

 

CHARLOTTE FAMILY HOUSING
Type: In-Person Interaction, Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 12+ with parent or guardian
Max Participants: 15 adults plus their kids
Length: 3+ hours
Off-site: 1410 The Plaza, Charlotte
Jewish Value: Housing the Needy

Enjoy a fun-filled day of games, crafts, and lunch while getting to know some of the families in our area supported by Charlotte Family Housing as they transition from a local shelter to more permanent housing. We’ll also help with cleanup and/or repairs needed (details TBD). We’ll arrive by 10:30 am and have a brief orientation before getting down to fun and games. Plan to stay until 1pm (includes lunch).

Open to adults and children age 12 and older. Children may encounter classmates at this venue and will need to respect their privacy and not share with others their current housing situation. CFH will require a background check before volunteering so by signing up for this project, you are giving TBE permission to share your first and last name and your email address.

 

FREEDOM SCHOOL PREPARATIONS
Type: Assembly
Ages: 12+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 60 min.
Off-site: 3605 Latrobe Drive, Suite D, Charlotte, NC 28211
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Help Freedom School Partners prepare for upcoming summer programs. We will pack first aid kits for the various Charlotte-area Freedom School sites and prepare parent meeting “welcome bags” for the Freedom School families. Some lifting, bending, and carrying involved, so please wear sneakers/shoes with good support and clothes you don’t mind getting a little dusty.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Type: Painting, Construction
Ages: Adults 18+
Max Participants: 12
Length: 7 hours
Off-site: 5930 Milhaven Lane, Charlotte, NC 28269 – Noted as “Lot number 2
Jewish Value: Housing the Needy
New in 2019

Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity on a new home or critical home repair site. Tasks may include framing, roofing, drywall installation, siding, painting, building sheds, trim work, minor repairs and more. No experience necessary – our site supervisors provide all the on-site support and training needed. Please wear old work/painting clothes, and bring your own bagged lunch. Meet at the site (address will be provided) at 8:50 am (therefore missing breakfast/opening ceremony), and plan to stay all day until 4:00 pm. Adults (18+) only.

 

 

HEBREW CEMETERY
Type: Gardening, Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 5+
Max Participants: 40
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: Hebrew Cemetery, 1801 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28206
Jewish Value: Honoring the Deceased

Visit this sacred place and learn about the Mitzvot and traditions for burying and honoring the deceased. We will be removing moss and mildew from headstones and doing general grounds cleanup. The cemetery is peaceful, and children truly love this project. Please consider bringing them. What to bring: a bucket, a stiff brush, LOTS of old rags, gardening gloves, rakes, gardening shears for bush trimming, lawn bags, and mild dish detergent.

 

HOSPITALITY HOUSE OF CHARLOTTE THIS PROJECT IS CLOSED
Type: Meals/Snacks, Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 12+ with parent or guardian
Max Participants: 12
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: 1400 Scott Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Join Brotherhood as they help at the Hospitality House of Charlotte, a facility that hosts patients (and families) that require medical care but don’t live near the hospital. We’ll prepare and serve lunch for approximately 30 people, as well as assemble snack bags they can take to the hospital. We may also perform some cleanup/sortng tasks at the facility.

 

JCRI LANDSCAPING THIS PROJECT IS CANCELLED
Type: Gardening, In-Person Interaction
Ages: 18+
Max Participants: 18
Length: 2 hours
Off-site: Locations/homes TBD
Jewish Value: Welcoming the Stranger

Help a refugee family with needed landscaping projects in their first homes. Projects may include weeding, mulching, planting, trimming shrubbery, and a fencing project. Volunteers should bring their own gardening/work gloves and gardening tools (pruning shears, trowels, rakes, etc). Please wear/bring sunscreen, bug spray and appropriate outdoor clothing, as well as a rain poncho/jacket in case of light rain. Specific home addresses TBD.

 

LOAVES AND FISHES
Type: Cleanup/Sorting
Ages: 10+
Max Participants: 30
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: Loaves and Fishes Warehouse – Fordham Park, 648 Griffith Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. Please park in front of bay doors 6-10 and enter the warehouse by using the steps between bay doors 10 and 11.
Jewish Value: Feeding the Hungry

Come to the Loaves & Fishes warehouse to help restock the shelves and lend a hand where needed! Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit, non-denominational organization, founded and operated by local religious congregations and community organizations. This organization helps to meet the needs of the growing hunger problem in Mecklenburg County. Bring water, gloves, closed toe shoes (REQUIRED), and clothes that can get dirty. Please also consider bringing non-perishable donations (no glass) to replenish the food pantry.

 

STERLING ELEMENTARY SPRUCE UP
Type: Cleanup/Sorting, Gardening
Ages: 8+
Max Participants: 20
Length: >90 min.
Off-site: Sterling Elementary, 9701 China Grove Church Rd. Pineville, NC 28134
Jewish Value: Educating our Children

Come to Sterling Elementary to help clean and organize the media center, art room, and music room for summer and prepare those areas for use next year. We will also do grounds clean up if weather permits. Bring your work gloves! Sterling Elementary is Temple Beth El’s partner school.

 

SUNRISE ASSISTED LIVING
Type: In-Person Interaction
Ages: All Ages
Length: 30-60 min.
Jewish Value: Visiting the Elderly/Sick

Sing songs and spend time with our across-the-street elderly-neighbors.

THINGS TO KNOW - 2019

Things to Know Mitzvah Day 2019