Opportunities at Beth El

Tikkun Olam Opportunities While Practicing Social Distancing

Good Deeds Day flyerWhile COVID-19 prevents us to volunteer together, social distancing will not prevent us engaging in social action! Select a Tikkun Olam project that you can do on your own or with your family by following the directions below. These projects can be done at any time.

Sew Face Masks
University of Maryland School of Nursing is in dire need of face masks. Here the two patterns: https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Cloth-Mask, or https://sweetredpoppy.com/how-to-sew-a-surgical-face-mask/. If you have questions or need sewing guidance, please email Deb Greenspan at dbg003@hotmail.com. Please mail your masks to Susan Dorsey, 5401 Hamlet Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214.

Send Cards to Residents at Charles E. Smith Life Communities Hebrew Home and the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
Please use large print. Embrace your creativity, draw a picture, make a collage. Whatever you do will bring a smile to our residents. Mail your cards/drawings to EESLC, Charles E. Smith Life Communities, Attn: Activities Director, 6121 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852 or JFGH, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852.

Make Sandwiches for Shepherd’s Table
Make cheese and/or PB&J sandwiches. Contact heather@silverspringcares.org to set up a time and date for delivery at 8106 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910. Please note that Shepherd’s Table is not taking any food donations until after May 4, 2020. Please contact them before making your sandwiches.

Donate Supplies to Central Union Mission
Central Union Mission is in great need of hand sanitizer, isopropyl alcohol, Clorox wipes, Lysol, boxes of tissues, and masks. Drop off these items at the Men’s Shelter at 65 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001. The shelter is not accepting other items at this time. Contact Marc O’Brien at mobrien@missiondc.org if you have any questions or need more information.

Donate to Manna Food Center
Manna Food Center is accepting non-perishable food donations in large blue bins outside Manna’s warehouse at 9311 Gaither Rd in Gaithersburg. Drop off any time. Food is accepted 24 hours a day. Visit https://mannafood.org/give-food/most-needed-foods-list/ for a list of the most needed foods.

Jewish Earth Alliance Letter-Writing Campaign
Jewish Earth Alliance is asking Congress to protect us from COVID-19 and accelerating climate change. Your help is needed. Visit www.jewishearthalliance.org to find an Action Alert/Sample Letter. Email your letters to Letters@JewishEarthAlliance.org. All ages are welcome to participate. Contact Jen Odintz at jenodintz@gmail.com with questions or for more information.

Donate Blood
Since hospitals in our area and across the country still need blood in these difficult times, please consider donating blood.  American Red Cross has a blood donor center in Rockville, and NIH has a blood donation center in Bethesda.  If you still wish to give blood, we recommend you check with at least one of those two.  Please visit their websites for information on how to set up appointments and precautions on how to donate safely. For the Red Cross go to https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus–covid-19–and-blood-donation.html, and for NIH go to https://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/blooddonor/urgentupdates.html.

Help Low Income Kids Learn to Code
Code In The Schools is a nonprofit organization that teaches coding to low-income children in Baltimore. They are currently looking for laptops, tablets, mice, keyboards, and HDMI cables. If you have any to donate, or would like to make a financial contribution, please fill out the form at https://www.codeintheschools.org/donate.

Other Tikkun Olam Opportunities

This spreadsheet includes Tikkun Olam opportunities at Beth El. The activities are listed by category so that you can easily find projects that interest you. There is information for each project, including a Beth El contact. Websites are included for you to learn more about different organizations that Beth El partners with. If you are interested in any of these projects, please get in touch with the Beth El contact listed.

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