Debbie Joseph, Vice President
Community service never rests, no matter the season! There are volunteer activities ongoing during the summer, as well as those that begin with the school year, for which we're currently recruiting volunteers. See the varied activities below and find where you fit in this summer or fall. We need you and urge you to join us.
SUMMER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
DONE IN A DAY
Think of the comfort and cheer we bring to women who have had breast cancer surgery, just by doing a little stuffing and sewing. We have created more than 300 brightly-colored heart-shaped pillows and we aren't stopping yet! Come join us! The pillows will already be sewn. We will stuff them and hand-sew a 4-inch seam. If you can't sew, that's fine; come to stuff and make cards. Call Rebecca Brouman for more information and to RSVP at 216.378.2204 ext. 105.
Date: Friday, July 10, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Chairs: Joanne Grossberg and Susan Ringel
BUILDING BRIDGES WITH BOOKS, NCJW/Cleveland's newest Partners in Literacy project, NEEDS YOU to process library books for the Cleveland Metropolitan School, Warner Girl's Leadership Academy. THE GRAND REOPENING of this library is the afternoon of August 14.
If you love books and can give a few hours per week to process books and/or work on the opening event, contact Ellen Leavitt: firstname.lastname@example.org, chair of the project.
SHARE WHAT YOU WEAR, the wonderful, feel good August 10-11 event where NCJW provides gently used clothing and backpacks full of school supplies to kids in foster or kinship care NEEDS YOUR HELP sorting donations throughout the summer, setting up the event on August 10 and helping children find the clothing they need on the day of the event, August 11th.
If you love to see smiles on children's faces, contact
KOSHER FOOD BANK: Held the second Wednesday of the month
Fill food bags for observant Jews and others who can't afford healthful meals.
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Green Road Synagogue, 2437 Green Road in Beachwood
Chair: Shelly Friedman at 440-247-7900
DIGKNITTY MEETINGS - 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Knit comfort items, such as blankets, hats, scarves, teddy bears and more for foster care children with other caring NCJW members. It's the 21st century version of the 18th century sewing circle.. You can also join to learn to knit with this group! If you knit but can't make the meetings, we can provide you with yarn and patterns.
Wednesday, July 1 at Orange Library
Thursday, July 9 at NCJW/Cleveland Large Conference Room
Wednesday, July 15 at NCJW/Cleveland Large Conference Room
Thursday, July 23 at Beachwood Library
Wednesday, July 29 at NCJW/Cleveland Large Conference Room
HELLO ISRAEL, a social studies program educating sixth graders in schools with little or no Jewish population about Israel and its history, diversity and progress. NCJW/Cleveland will train you to educate students about the cultural, not religious, aspects of the country.
Contact Ruth Dombcik: email@example.com if you are interested. (You don't have to be a former teacher to participate.)
READER'S THEATER, a once-per-week, three-week program for fourth graders combines reading and performance to promote greater l
iteracy and reading comprehension. Volunteers participate in a drama/literacy technique which teaches students to present a play using a script. Training is provided. If you try it once, we guarantee you will love it!
Contact Shelly Friedman: firstname.lastname@example.org or Estelle Bonchek: email@example.com for information. (You don't have to be an actress to participate!)
READING BUDDIES, a one-on-one reading program for first graders, needs volunteers to listen to students read. Just listening helps them progress. The commitment is once per month. Currently we are at Roxboro School in Cleveland Heights and Warner Girls' Leadership
Academy in Cleveland.
Contact Liz Rumizen: firstname.lastname@example.org or Rita Langer: email@example.com for more information.
BOOK CLUB, a fifth grade program, involves volunteers meeting with six students once per
month to discuss a pre-assigned book over a pizza lunch, provided by NCJW. Training is scheduled for Tuesday, July 27 at 10 a.m. The program operates in 12 schools.
Contact Wendie Forman: firstname.lastname@example.org , for more information and to sign up for training.
PARTNERS IN LITERACY
Gently used children's and young adult books, children's costumes, props and accessories such as hats, masks, scarves and costume jewelry are in demand for our programs. We will repurpose these items for use in our projects. Please drop off your donations at the NCJW office during regular hours. Thank you.
OPERATION WARM UP 2015
It's finally hot in Cleveland. It's hard to remember being freezing cold in the winter. And it's even harder to put ourselves in the position of people who don't have coats, hats and gloves to keep them warm. This year, NCJW/Cleveland will once again lead Operation Warm Up, a community collection of winter clothing items for those in need. We will start collecting in November, but you can start helping right now! Here are some suggestions:
When you clean out your closets this summer, put aside these items if they are gently used:
Adult waterproof winter gloves
Winter hats for men, women and children
Adult hoodies (size XL and up)
Use your coupons for this cause! There is a great need for NEW pre - packaged socks and underwear for men, women and children. If you get "extra bucks" at drug stores, department stores and/or general merchandise stores, please consider making these purchases, on behalf of those in need.
Involve your children! Encourage them to save some of their allowance each week from now until the month of October. Then, go shopping and let them pick out socks, gloves, hats, etc. They will learn compassion for those in need, and they will feel great knowing that they can help keep someone warm this winter. Thank you! Co-Chairs: Julianna Senturia and Susan Ringel
Questions? Contact Becky Brouman, Director of Volunteers: email@example.com, or call her at 216-378-2204 ext. 105.