I am excited to announce an important event for the Atlanta Reform community. On Sunday morning, February 19, the GARC (Greater Atlanta Reform Clergy) is hosting URJ Mitzvah Day 2012. This event will offer its participants a chance to choose issue areas that they care about, and then get out in the community to do some meaningful work at a worthy organization that deals with those issues. Target issue areas include Hunger, Environment, Homelessness, Aging and Healthcare. Please note that all groups will meet at The Temple in midtown Atlanta before separating into target tracks.
Not only will it be an opportunity to make a difference in the greater Atlanta community, it will also be a fun opportunity to strengthen our bonds within the Reform Jewish Community, across congregational lines.
In order to participate you must register at: https://templesinai.wufoo.com/forms/urj-mitzvah-day-sunday-february-19-2012/. The event is free, and all participants will be given T-shirts and brunch upon arrival.
URJ MITZVAH DAY SCHEDULE:
9:15-9:30am Arrival at The Temple (1589 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30309). Get Nametags, T-shirts, Brunch & Coffee available - bagels, dairy, etc.
10:00 - 11:00am Study in respective volunteer tracks with assigned rabbi
11:00am - 1:00pm Depart The Temple and head to assigned volunteer site
If you are unable to attend but still would like to be a part of this Mitzvah project, please consider making a donation to MAZON, a Jewish Response to Hunger. To donate online, go to: https://mazon.org/donate/.
Detailed information on the Volunteer Tracks:
· Aging Track - Through the JF&CS Aviv Older Adults Division, volunteers will assist senior adults who reside in a NORC(Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) in the Lenox/Toco Hills/Buckhead area with needed home services they can no longer perform themselves. Task could include organizing, cleaning, sorting, yard work, etc.
· Environment Track - Volunteers will be with Upper Chattahoochee River Keepers to assist with river/tributary clean up, including trails. Volunteers should prepare to get dirty and/or wet. Minimum age: 10 years old.
· Healthcare Track - Volunteers will be going to MedShare to sort and help package medical supplies for economically challenged and communities throughout the world. Underfunded hospitals directly order needed supplies from MedShare, which are then shipped globally to their communities.
· Homelessness Track - Volunteers will be going to one of three locations to help serve and prepare meals, interact with residents, clean and beautify the shelter and grounds. Based upon registration, locations will include first The Atlanta Mission, then The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, and finally The Gateway Center.
· Hunger Track - Volunteers will be going to the Atlanta Community Food Bank to assist with food sorting. The ACFB distributes nearly 2 million pounds of donated grocery products each month to more than 700 nonprofit partner agencies serving those wrestling with food insecurity. NOTE: This track can only accommodate 25 volunteers.