BECOME A VALLEY VOLUNTEER!
It is a mitzvah to help those in need. Valley Temple’s Social Action committee has selected several projects which provide maximal benefits for others and a limited time commitment from members. There are activities to appeal to members of all ages and areas of interest and occur at different times throughout the year. No special skills are required — just your desire to help others. Be prepared to feel good about yourself as you extend a helping hand to your neighbor.
OVER-THE-RHINE SOUP KITCHEN
An ongoing project, our members bake brownies, cook and serve a hot meal approximately four times a year to those less fortunate. A great activity for adults and teens.
VALLEY INTERFAITH FOOD AND CLOTHING CENTER/HIGH HOLYDAY MITZVAH BAG PROJECT
This agency distributes food and clothing to those in need. Our volunteers assist in collecting, sorting and organizing groceries and other items for needy families. School supplies are also collected for the “Back to School” program. A special program is the High Holyday Mitzvah Bag Food Drive: bags are distributed at Rosh Hashonah and members are asked to return the bags filled with food, toiletries and baby products at Yom Kippur — a project in which everyone can participate! This has been VIFCC’s largest donation of the year. The idea is to take the amount of food you would use to feed your family for one day (since you may be choosing to fast on Yom Kippur) and fill one or more bags to donate. Volunteers also help load the truck at the Temple and unload at VIFCC.
PEOPLE WORKING COOPERATIVELY- “Rake Day”
A citywide day of raking and yard cleanup in November for elderly and handicapped homeowners.
Temple members collect, sort and/or deliver Pesach baskets to approximately 300 families with other Temples for a city-wide Pesach Delivery Project. A great family project, as well as a special way to help people of the Jewish faith.
PROJECT LINUS (a Sisterhood Chai Life activity)
Providing security through blankets — Volunteers participate in a national project by creating handmade blankets, which are given to infants, children, and teens in hospitals, shelters, police cruisers and fire trucks around the city.
With the help of our talented Sisterhood, led by the baking skills of Clare Deutsch, Temple members bake over a thousand hamantaschen each year. Our Religious School third grade class and their parents learn of the Purim mitzvah of mishloach manot (literally, the sending of portions) and pack goody bags to be delivered to those in our congregation who are elderly, ill, or cannot get out to celebrate Purim with us at Temple