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Direct Service Opportunities

Food insecurity. It’s a way of life for so many, especially now as people are struggling to survive during this unprecedented time. It is Jewish tradition to take care of those in need. We are commanded to feed the hungry by leaving a corner of our fields unharvested and available to the poor (Leviticus (23:22). In addition to literal food, we need to think about ways to feed people’s souls. We have an obligation to take action. So, what can we at Temple Isaiah do? Glad you asked. Below are some ways you can help from the comfort of your home and/or by going out into the community if you are comfortable doing so.

Disclaimer: Temple Isaiah is not holding any in-person activities in our building. For those of you who are comfortable doing activities outside your home, the following local organizations need volunteers. Please check their current social distancing guidelines and protections and decide for yourself what you are comfortable with.

ENGAGEMENT FROM YOUR HOME

Donations

An important way to help is to make a financial donation. The Social Action Team will use contributions to support local hunger and human services

  • Donate Online Here: Under
    funds, select "Social Action" and in the "Payment Notes" section, please write "for Covid-19 use."
  • You can mail a check to Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street, Lexington, MA 02421. Please write “Social Action COVID” in the memo line


Temple Isaiah Mitzvah Day Project 

We are assembling and delivering supplies for Casa Nueva Vida, a family homeless shelter in Boston with educational and supportive services.

You can purchase items for gift bags for women & children from Temple Isaiah's Amazon Wish List. Note that items will ship to Co-Chair Audrey Gould.

For any questions, please contact Leah Baigell at lbaigell@gmail.com .



Make Sandwiches for Community Day Center of Waltham 

The center provides healthy lunches for 40 homeless individuals every single day. We are coordinating with JCRC to provide lunches on Tuesdays.

Learn More/Sign up

Specific Project Details

For questions, email Leah Baigell at lbaigell@gmail.com 



Card-making for Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Homemade cards mean so much to older, homebound adults. You can use any appropriate cards you have, or you can purchase blank cards and envelopes online, as well as cards with adult-coloring designs. This is a wonderful activity for adults and children of all ages!

Project Overview & Sign Up to Make Cards "Together" via Zoom

Project Details from JF&CS

To make cards on your own, or if you have any questions, email Jane Paulson at je.paulson5@gmail.com.



Bristol Lodge

We provide healthy dinners to 60 homeless men on the first Sunday of each month. Volunteer cooks sign up to make a component of the mea. Others donate funds to purchase food. If you would like to be on the monthly email requesting Bristol Lodge cooks and donations, please email sally.huebscher@me.com

ENGAGEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY
(contact and contactless
)

Food Link, Arlington 

a food rescue organization

Learn More/ sign Up for in-person volunteer opportunities



Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry 

Contactless drop-off food donations and volunteer opportunity to help pack shopping bags for clients

  • Order from their Amazon Wish List and food will be sent directly to the Food Pantry. Note that the shipping address reads Usha Thakrar.
  • Deliver purchased food to their bin outside The Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam St, Lexington (Bin is on the right near the side/back door). Or drop off in the bin at Stop & Shop, 36 Bedford St, Lexington between registers 1 & 2.
  •  Sign Up Here to pack shopping bags. (check available dates)

For any questions, please contact Jane Kramer at jane.a.kramer@gmail.com 



Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS)

Family Table & The Center for Early Relationship Support



Local Area Food Pantries

You are welcome to check out the food pantry in your town and follow their guidelines for how to best support them during this time.

Fri, November 27 2020 11 Kislev 5781