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Tikkun Olam Opportunities at Home

We wanted to inform you about the many ways in which you can support and help those in need in our community. During this time, it is more important than ever that we reach out to neighbors and family and friends, as well as strangers who are vulnerable, and take care of one another.

If you would like to volunteer to help other Har HaShem congregants (making welfare calls, offering technical support or offering to make deliveries), CLICK HERE. You can also donate to Rabbi Greene’s Discretionary Fund which the Rabbi uses to support congregants in need.

 

Supporting the Hungry:

Jewish context: “Share your bread with the hungry, and take the wretched poor into your home. When you see the naked, clothe him, and do not ignore your own kin.” Isaiah 58:7

 

  • Donate funds to Community Food Share and/or Jewish Family Service.
  • Donate funds or nonperishable food to EFAA (foods in highest need: pasta, rice, canned proteins, cereal).
  • Donate funds or food items to Sister Carmen Community Center (foods in highest need: canned meals and fruit, cereal, toilet paper, household cleaning products).
  • Donate funds or food items to Our Center (foods in highest demand: bottled water, canned meat, canned fruit, healthy snack items).
  • Transfer unused school lunch funds to BVSD families in need: CLICK HERE.
  • Volunteer for a shift at Harvest of Hope Pantry or donate funds or food supplies HERE

Supporting Those in Need:

Jewish context: “Your heart shall not be grieved when you give.” Deuteronomy 15:10

  • Schedule an appointment at the Blood Drive at the Boulder JCC on Monday, August 31 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Schedule here with Blood Drive code 10219. Or donate blood in Boulder by making an appointment here: Donate Blood
  • Donate to Feed the Frontlines Boulder, a program that funds meals for first responders & healthcare workers by locally-owned Boulder restaurants.
  • Volunteer to make face masks for Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center. Or check out the Boulder JCC's Mask and Mask Material Donation Drop-off HERE.
  • Donate to There With Care’s COVID-19 Response Fund to provide essential staple items to families facing critical illness.
  • Order an item off of Casa de Paz’s Target registry to help immigrants released from the ICE detention center in Aurora and their families.
  • Support Bridge House, which runs Community Table, Ready to Work, Path to Home and the Severe Weather Shelter. Email scott@boulderbridgehouse.org to sign up for a safe volunteer slot or to donate supplies (Needed: new to-go containers and men’s white crew socks). Or Order their take and bake meals delivered to your home to support their mission: go to Community Table Take-Bake
  • Donate to the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County.
  • Donate funds or supplies to BCAP (unopened cases or multi-packs from big box stores, preferably delivered from the store: tissues, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, other toiletries. No single items).
  • For COVID Volunteer opportunities for the City of Boulder, including for human services, the library, parks, or open space: go to CountMeIn.
  • Donate funds to Clinica Family Health, a center providing healthcare to the most vulnerable members of our community.
  • Consider buying a meal for a healthcare worker or first responder. Have the meal delivered to a local hospital.

 

Advocacy:

Jewish context: “Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof – Justice, justice you shall pursue, that you may live, and inherit the land which the Lord your God gave you.” Deuteronomy 16:18

  • Write a Letter to an elected official about an important issue to you or your family.
  • Start a campaign about an important issue to you or your family. 
    • Create flyers, present via live stream, get in touch with the local newspapers, and/or start a petition.

Supporting Older Adults:

Jewish context:Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:32

  • Help deliver groceries/run errands for seniors:
    • Volunteer for the Carry-Out Caravan Program – take orders, shop for groceries at King  Soopers and deliver groceries to seniors’ homes: go to Cultivate
    • Volunteer through Har  HaShem: CLICK HERE 
  • Donate funds to Meals on Wheels
  • Write a Letter or Make a Card:
    • Create and send a homemade card with a personal note inside to someone special and include a smaller blank homemade card and envelope with instructions on how they can “send it forward” to someone else.

 

Helping the Environment & Working Outside:

Jewish context: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Gen. 2:15

  • Help the Boulder Jewish Community with their Tu B’Shvat pledge to plant 5780 trees by next Rosh Hashanah: go to JTree Boulder.
  • Plant seeds in small recyclable containers
  • Weed out the backyard or apartment complex
  • Decorate a compost or recycling bin
  • Make seed balls
  • Build and/or paint a birdhouse.
  • Litter Pick-Up

 

Helping Your Neighbor (but ask first!):

Jewish context: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Leviticus 19:9

  • Mow their lawn
  • Wash their car
  • Walk their dog
  • Spring Cleaning

This is a list of organizations in Boulder County that need our help. Har HaShem does not endorse these organizations or have existing relationships with all of them.

 

 
Tue, September 29 2020 11 Tishrei 5781