Each year, our community joins together to do 8 days of good deeds to celebrate the 8 days of Hanukkah. In 2021, we have a variety of opportunities for volunteers of all ages to show their compassion and gratitude for our community.

Make an impact with 8 Days, 8 Ways, and encourage your friends to do the same by posting on social media about how you’re making a difference. Tag @JVCPalmBeach on Facebook and @jewishvolunteercenter on Instagram along with #8Days8Ways.

 


THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
Tuesday, November 16, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Deliver to either Mandel JCC location:
5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens / 8500 Jog Road, Boynton Beach
Ensure local families can have a hearty, healthy and festive Thanksgiving by donating turkeys and non-perishable food. For health and safety reasons, please register with your location preference to drop off your donated items during our contactless event.

Donations will support Family Promise of North/Central Palm Beach County, The Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach and The Salvation Army.


MAKE HANUKKAH CARDS FOR SENIORS
Mail by Tuesday, November 30
No matter your age, you can bring smiles to the faces of seniors at MorseLife and recipients of meals from Kind Kitchen with this at-home volunteer opportunity! Simply click here to download Hanukkah cards, and check out the Facebook pages for JVC and PJ Library® for tips on how to personalize them. Print and decorate as many as you’d like, and we’ll deliver your notes during the Festival of Lights. This initiative is done proudly in partnership with PJ Library, Mandel JCC, Meyer Preparatory, community members and our synagogue partners.

Please mail completed cards by November 30 to:
Jewish Volunteer Center, 1 Harvard Circle, Suite 100, West Palm Beach, FL 33409.


PICK UP & DELIVER HANUKKAH MEALS
Wednesday, November 24, and Thursday, December 2
The Kind Kitchen of Palm Beach,
844 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach

Join JVC, The Kind Kitchen of Palm Beach and Alpert Jewish Family Service (JFS) to safely deliver festive kosher holiday meals to our community’s homebound seniors and community members facing extreme hardship this holiday season. Volunteers are needed to help pack meals, as well as assist with picking up meals and delivering them to the doorsteps of those in need. Open to all ages; limited spaces available. Please note: Registration is not a guarantee of participation, as volunteers are based on community need.


CELEBRATE HANUKKAH & HELP LOCAL WOMEN DURING COMMUNITY EVENT
Sunday, December 5, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Rosemary Square,
700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach

Let love and light fill your heart as you join our community for a free, high-energy, family-friendly Hanukkah event at Rosemary Square. Stop by the JVC and Women’s Philanthropy activity station to assemble hygiene kits that will be donated to the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches.


HELP LOCAL MOTHERS IN NEED
Friday, December 10

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies,
4601 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres

Since COVID-19 began, there has been a 200 percent increase in mothers who receive infant essentials from Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies each month. There are three ways this season you can help their Basics 4 Babies program:
    • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Drop off formula, baby food, diapers, and new or gently used baby clothing (sizes 0-12 months) and baby blankets for families facing financial hardships. No registration necessary.
    • 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 12:30 to 2 p.m. – Volunteer during one of two shifts to organize supplies. Social distancing and masks required. Volunteers must be age 16 and older. Space limited; registration required.
    • Completely contactless option: Purchase supplies on the Basics 4 Babies Amazon Wishlist.

This Opportunity is Full.


READ TO CHILDREN
Monday, December 13, from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Boynton Beach

Spend the morning celebrating the winter holidays by reading to children in kindergarten with the Anne & Sam Klein Literacy Program. Volunteers will read to children in small groups, and a book will be donated to each child for their personal home library. Space is limited. Please RSVP to jessica.fried@jewishpalmbeach.org; school location and time will be provided upon registration confirmation.


PACK LUNCHES OF LOVE
Friday, December 17, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Deliver to either Mandel JCC location: 5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens / 8500 Jog Road, Boynton Beach

A staggering number of people in our community don’t know where their next meal is coming from. You can help by packing brown bag lunches that will be delivered to individuals and families in need. Please wear gloves and masks when preparing and placing the following in brown bags: non-perishable sandwiches (PB&J or nut butter and jelly) and snacks preferred, as well as water, chips, dessert, and messages of kindness and support. Our team will deliver the lunches on your behalf to our partners at St. George’s Center, St. Ann Place and The Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach.


BEACH CLEANUP & SEA TURTLE EDUCATION
Tuesday, December 28, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Ocean Reef Park, 3860 N. Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach

Join us for a beautiful day as we learn about sea turtles and the importance of keeping our shoreline clean to protect these animals which are critical to our ecosystem, and then participate in a beach cleanup. Registration required; open to all ages.

 

 


We are closely monitoring the continuously changing situation with COVID-19 and will adjust our event plans based on public health guidance.

For more information on any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact volunteer@jewishpalmbeach.org or call 561.242.6653.