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Social Action/Chevrah Tikkun

 

 Please save the following dates to join our Social Action meetings either in person or virtually:

Sunday, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 22 & Dec. 13 at 10 AM (Details and links to follow)

Covid-19 Actions:

Support Local Unemployed Seamstresses by Purchasing a Mask

LT Social Action supports congregants Roseanne Amoils and her daughter Alyssa with their initiative that combines local job creation with personal protection. They are making masks! Each mask costs $10 and all monies raised by this project will go directly to local seamstresses who have become unemployed due to the pandemic. To order and for more information, click here .

My Sister's Place
My Sisters Place is in need of cleaning supplies and wipes , masks, new pillows, new twin bedding, thermometers, Band-aides, alcohol, peroxide, cotton balls, peroxide, white hazel and slippers.  Gift cards to CVS, Target or Walmart or packages can be sent  to PO Box 1245, Yonkers New York 10702.

Hope Soup Kitchen Needs Donations
Hope Soup Kitchen is running out of food! You can donate goods directly to them or take items to Sts. John and Paul in Larchmont. 

Drop-In Donations: Donations of non-perishable food may be dropped off at our facility with our appreciation at: 50 Washington Avenue, New Rochelle, NY. Please call first: (914) 636-4010, or e-mail info@hope-cs.org.

Support the Community Resource Center's Emergency Assistance Fund
Our local immigrant community is being deeply impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and its economic impact. Many low-income families are out of work and are struggling to afford the basics of life. The CRC Emergency Assistance Fund is available to anyone in the community in need. This fund will directly support:
• the purchase of food cards and vouchers for families in need of food
• the purchase of medical prescriptions, Epi Pens, inhalers, and expensive over the counter drugs
• subsidized rental assistance

Contribute to the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force

The best way to help is by making a cash donation to The Hunger Task Force. Food donations are discouraged because currently, there isn't a means to receive and distribute food while insuring the safety of volunteers and food recipients.

Contribute to Emergency Food Support for Local Students on Free/Reduced Lunch Plans

Our Mamaroneck school system continues to provide free breakfast and lunches to 987 students in our district during this time. This fund is to provide an additional bag of food to each of those recipients to supplement its contents.

Help provide a Meal for Frontline Workers at SUNY Downstate ICU/Anesthesiology Unit
Help local frontline workers at SUNY Downstate by providing fresh food to their units. You (or your child) can also write a thank you note to the workers there! Please follow the Sign Up Genius for information on where to send letters. 

Below are descriptions of events Social Action has held in the past and intends to hold again in the future. 

Bookbag Literacy Program (Ongoing)

If you would like to volunteer Saturdays from 1:30 - 3:00 PM at the Coachman Family Center, please contact Elissa Bard at elissabard@gmail.com. We are looking for teen volunteers and parent supervisors.

DOROT Homelessness Prevention 

Cook and/or serve a home-cooked meal to seniors at DOROT's Upper West Side location. Contact: jensperkins@gmail.com.

Midnight Run 

Midnight Run is a consortium of synagogues, churches and schools. Volunteers make lunches and soup that we bring in a caravan to the city to distribute to the homeless. We meet at 4:00 pm at Larchmont Avenue Church to sort clothes and toiletries. We return to the church at 8:30 pm to load the cars and drive to the city to go to pre-determined spots where we hand out the goods. We usually are back in Larchmont between 1:30 am and 2:00 am. Children of all ages can help make lunches at home and sort. Children 12 and older can go on the run with their parents. Teens 15 and older may go on the run without their parents as long as their parents consent. Contact Linda Riefberg - linda.riefberg@gmail.com. Organizing lunch preparation and donation of items, as well as participating in the Run, could be a great Mitzvah Project! 

Cook-In for Hope Soup Kitchen 

You do not have to know how to cook for this event. Just meet us in the Larchmont Temple kitchen and we will assign everyone a small task that will come together to form a complete meal from beginning to end. We donate, prepare and cook food for about 250 folks who come to Hope Soup Kitchen on a regular basis to receive a wholesome meal. We prepare a complete meal from beginning to end. Children always enjoy the cook-in, especially baking, accompanied by an adult. Sign up to cook, donate, or serve here.

If you cannot cook with us, you can bring your donation- cooked or raw - to the LT kitchen refrigerator with a HOPE LABEL on the package before 11:00 am on the Sunday we will be cooking. A google doc will be circulated in advance with donation items. We will be serving at HOPE Community Services at 50 Washington Ave, New Rochelle, NY.  If you have a child 13 or older that would like to participate and is comfortable with the population, please feel free to bring him/her with you. There are other opportunities at Hope Soup Kitchen for Mitzvah Projects, such as organizing a meal yourself or with a friend. Contact Jill Sarkozi jill@thesarkozis.net, Elissa Tauber  elissatauber@gmail.com or Clay Tarica claytarica@hotmail.com.

Pleasantville Cottages 

LT shares snacks, plays games and runs activities with the children at the Pleasantville Cottage School in Pleasantville, a school for children with emotional or learning disabilities, ages 12-19. This is a great opportunity for kids 12 and up and adults. We meet at 12:45 PM at Larchmont Temple and drive together to spend about 2 hours with the teens. Contact linda.riefberg@gmail.com or Lisashu50@gmail.com. There are great opportunities for Mitzvah Projects at Pleasantville Cottages, such as “adopting” a bunk and providing birthday gifts or other items for the residents.

Visit with the Coachman Kids 

Larchmont Temple hosts kids form the Coachman Family Center in the Social Hall for lunch and fun activities. Volunteers of all ages encouraged to attend.  For more information, please contact Vicki Ehrlich at drvickiehrlich@aol.com, or Sari Winters at sariwinter@gmail.com. Organizing and leading activities for the kids from the Coachman could be a great Mitzvah Project!

THE MISSION OF THE SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE:

1. To promote hands-on participation in events that contribute to charitable causes and community.
2. To contribute financially to a variety of charitable organizations, funds for which will be derived from the “Social Action Tzedakah Fund.”
3. To promote social advocacy at all levels of government and community.

If you have a desire to help make the world (and especially our community) a better place, please consider participating in the SAC to help us make this happen. We meet once each month to discuss a variety of projects and events that we organize for this cause, and would love your input. You can also help us decide where to donate money from the temple’s social action Tzedakah fund. SAC members incur no financial commitment….just a desire to help repair the world. Come to our next meeting, or simply volunteer at one of our many programs. We welcome your help and input. Contact: SAC@larchmonttemple.org.

 

Sat, September 19 2020 1 Tishrei 5781