Volunteering at the Avalon Centre that is run entirely by volunteers to assist those who have been forgotten, overlooked and left behind. This includes the homeless, people with mental health and physical problems and disabilities, the elderly, refugees and anyone else who may benefit from our support Services offered at Avalon include: The Drop-In, The Homeless and Clothes Distribution Programme, Day with Avalon trips and The Saturday Getaway Programme. Avalon also offers individual support. On Mitzvah Day we undertook various tasks including sorting of clothes, gardening, cleaning the kitchen and other areas of the centre.
1. Preparing desserts and salads to be distributed to the hungry in Alma Park, in collaboration with Temple Beth Israel’s Nourish program.
2. Making “fidget blankets” for people with vision impairment and dementia.
3. Making greeting cards / letters / art work (eg origami, pictures) for upcoming chagim that can be given to people in our community.
The Kehilat Nitzan Blood Drive has been an integral part of Mitzvah Day since its inception, and we gladly welcomed all adults (16+) who donated either blood, plasma or platelets at the Red Cross Blood Bank donation centre in Caulfield South.
Thanks to donations from Woolworths Metro North Caulfield and Woolworths Glenhuntly plus contributions from many of our members and friends , NCJWA(Vic) were able to make up over 100 gift bags which will be donated to people who visit Community Information Glen Eira for Emergency Relief.
Photos taken at Gandel Besen House, Mount Scopus Memorial College. Residents from Emmy Monash Aged Care visited children ahead of Mitzvah Day, some of them spending quality time with their great grand children at the centre. They made cakes together, sang songs and presented the residents with cards and flowers.
We put on a barbecue lunch for asylum seekers in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. Our children played with their children, and also made balloon animals and made henna patterns together. Some of the asylum seekers have been in limbo for five years or more and were very appreciative of our hospitality. The beautiful weather helped!
Stand Up's Mitzvah Day Community Picnic celebrated the friendship between the Jewish and Sudanese communities. The day included soccer and basketball, arts and crafts activities, music, singing and dancing, henna and face painting, an animal farm, BBQ lunch and much more. Man y organisations partnered with Stand Up including The King David School and Mount Scopus Memorial College.
JWA is a unique innovative organisation that reaches out specifically to Australian Jewish mothers to dynamically connect them with their heritage and traditions. This is achieved via a whole range of projects including classes, Shabbatons, personalized learning community service, introduction to families in the Orthodox community and the exciting JWRP trip to Israel. JWA teamed up with Monash Health Stepping Stones Adolescent Unit to give adolescents experiencing significant psychiatric, emotional and behavioural difficulties a kit consisting of stationery, magazines, pens, small board games, stickers and textas, and knick knacks, such as rubiks cubes.
C Care Cookoff 2017 - rolled up sleeves and helped prepare and/or deliver hundreds of healthy meals to the needy. In just an hour and a half - volunteered, cooked, shared and made a difference in the lives of our recipients.
With the help of youth from Betar and Habonim Dror, JNF participated in Mitzvah Day through the Clean Up Australia environmental initiative. This year, JNF took to Balaclava Train Station and surrounding nature strips with the support of youth groups to maintain this local hub.
We did the following:
* finishing off product making
* packaging products,
* sticking labels on,
* writing cards,
* tying ribbons
Impact helped to finish off product making, packaging products, sticking labels on, writing cards and tying ribbons on gifts which will be distributed to Victorian women fleeing extreme violence at home.
A Mitzvah Day collaboration between Jewish Care and AZYC, running a mini ‘carnival’ for residents. The day included an array of activities led by the various Youth Movements for residents of Montefiore Home and Smorgon Nursing Home, as well as a BBQ lunch for volunteers. It was a fun and exciting day getting the youth highly involved in their elderly community at Jewish Care.
"The S Project" was proud to support children and teenagers in palliative care and their families to use Art as therapy and enjoyment during their time in palliative care. Together with Very Special Kids we collected Art Supplies to support to these organisations to distribute to patients and their families during a very challenging time.
Gabbi Sar-Shalom decided to utilise her 40th birthday to do a Mitzvah Day project with her synagogue ARK centre who collected numerous items for care packages for Foster kids and then asked her family and friends to pack them for 230 Kids. In conjunction with Melina Shamworth from M.A.D. Woman foundation, friends, family and people who heard about the project, packed all afternoon.