Volunteer Projects and Ideas during Coronavirus Situation

During this time when so many people are scared or isolated, acts that demonstrate the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repair the world) are more important than ever. Below are many ways that the Jewish Volunteer Center is offering you to help people get through this, while spreading kindness, compassion and goodwill.

If you decide to post a photo or video of your mitzvah (good deed) on Facebook or Instagram, remember to tag @JVCPalmBeach and #beamensch. If you have questions or would like more project ideas, email volunteer@jewishpalmbeach.org.

Click here for Jewish Federation’s full list of projects, activities and community programs for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

If you or someone you know needs help, call our friends at Alpert Jewish Family Service at 561.684.1991.

projects & ideas

Foster a pet.
Animals need foster homes while waiting to find their forever home, especially now while there are limited volunteer resources onsite to care for animals. This is great for all ages, especially those who live alone and are looking for companionship during this time of physical distancing and isolation.
Big Dog Ranch Rescue
Peggy Adams
Furry Friends

Collect food to donate to a food bank.
Perfect when you are cleaning your house for Passover! Put together a box of canned good and other non-perishables (or chametz!) that you may not need. Many donation sites may be closed, but you can donate them when they reopen.
Palm Beach County Food Bank
CROS Ministries

Collect clothing to donate.
Cleaning out and organizing your closet is a great way to pass the time, and your clothes may be a great resource for someone in need. Note that many donation sites may be closed, but you can donate them when they reopen.
Place of Hope (especially kids’ clothing, toiletries and other items)
Joshua Tree Thrift Shop
Dress For Success
St. Ann’s Place (in need of toiletries, too)

Collect books to donate.
Clean out those dusty book shelves! Note that many book collection and donation sites may be closed, but you can donate them when they reopen.
Palm Beach County Libraries
Literacy Coalition
Place of Hope

Donate household items when collection sites reopen.
Clean out dishes, serving pieces, flatware and more that could be of use to someone in need. While many donation sites may be closed, you can bring what you’ve collected when they reopen.
Place of Hope
Joshua Tree Thrift Shop

Scavenger hunt for loose change around the house.
Search your home to find loose change for tzedakah box to donate to organization of choice. Spend time researching organizations online to determine where to donate. This is a great way to being teaching your youngsters about the impact and importance of philanthropy.
If you’d like to support the Jewish Volunteer Center, please contribute to Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County here.

Check in on a neighbor to see if they need help.
Once you’ve made sure you and yours are all taken care of, check in on a neighbor who may need food or need to have something picked up. Seniors in particular may be having a difficult time or be anxious about going out right now, and they may not be comfortable taking the first step in asking for help.

Reach out to someone to brighten their day.
Call or video chat with a friend or family member who you know is living alone or sick. Reaching out to people and seeing faces or hearing a voice can go a long way during this time while people many feel isolated.

Make a blanket for a local children’s hospital to share with their patients.
Create a special blanket to spread love to children who are sick or in recovery. Don’t know how to sew? No problem. Click here to learn how to make a no-sew blanket. While many hospitals and care centers may currently not be allowing donations, we are in touch with our local partners and can ensure your blanket gets to them once safe to do so.
Send us an email when you’ve created your blanket and we’ll take care of getting this to children in a local hospital.

Do five Mitzvot (good deeds) and share your list on social media.
It doesn’t matter how small. Here are some ideas for little things you can do: make a bed, put away laundry, wipe down light switches and railings, cook or clean up from dinner, draw a picture to send to a loved one.

Take photos of your mitzvot and when you post about it on Facebook, tag us @JVCPalmBeach so we can inspire others.

Write sidewalk messages of positivity and kindness.
Many people are using this time to take walks around their neighborhood. What if they could be inspired when they walk by your home? Use sidewalk chalk on your driveway or walkway to lift the spirits of those who pass.

Share kindness on social media.
There is enough bad news to go around right now. Be a source of good and kindness to help people get through this unsettling situation. Share an inspiring quote or write something nice on the social media page of a friend for family member who you haven’t spoken with in a while. This is the perfect time to reconnect and spread joy.

Say thank you to our service men and women.
Show kindness to the US armed forces. Knit or crochet scarves and hats, make paracord bracelets, write handmade cards, and more. Our friends at Operation Gratitude have a lot of ideas, instructions and ways to get your act of kindness to someone who would appreciate it.
Operation Gratitude

Shape our future by completing your US Census form.
The 2020 census is a nonpartisan way to count every person in our country. Billions of dollars are allocated to states to fund education, medical needs and more based on the results. Now more than ever, you can help your community receive proper funding. You should have received a letter with information about completing the form. Visit the US Census Bureau website if you would like to learn more.

Share your gratitude with your child’s teacher.  
Write a thank you note or take a short video of yourself from you and your child, and email it to their favorite teacher as an expression of gratitude for all their hard work during this time. Maybe have your child add some of their own words, pictures or video. A great family project.

Draw pictures for nursing homes.   
Ask your kids to draw pictures that nursing homes can windows facing in. Scan or upload it to email and send it to volunteer@jewishpalmbeach.org, and we’ll ensure they’re shared with nursing homes to tape to residents’ windows and bring them some joy.

Be a part of our Community Cares Phone Tree.  
Take part in our effort to check in on community member who may need our help. Email volunteer@jewishpalmbeach.org to let us know you’re interested. We’ll give you the names and numbers of people in our community who you can call every few weeks to make sure they’re safe and have what they need to get through this situation. 

Make a toilet paper roll bird feeder.   
There has been quite a craze over toilet paper, so what can you do with all the empty rolls!?!? Create a DIY bird feeder and hang it outside to invite nature into your view while caring for wildlife. Click here for instructions.

Sleep-In to End Homelessness: Camp Out
Our friends at the Lord’s Place want to ensure that Friday, April 3 remains a night dedicated to those who are homeless. Instead of the public event at which hundreds have slept outside overnight for the past 12 years, the agency will provide “SleepIn for SleepOut Kits.” Set up sleeping bags and tents in your home or backyard, and spend the night focused on the issue of homelessness and how to help those in need. We will send you a virtual program for viewing during your SleepIn. Share your SleepIn for SleepOut stories in real time via social media, using the hashtag #TLPSleepInforSleepOut.
Click here to learn more and take part in this effort.

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