Volunteer Opportunities

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something”

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Mitzvah Makers

Let us help you and your family create a meaningful mitzvah project.  Teaching our children ways to help others is an important part of their development. At this special time in a child’s life it is a perfect opportunity to instill values of generosity and kindness and strengthen our Long Island community.

We have many projects to share…. Have an idea? We would love to help you make it happen.

Current  Mitzvah projects include:

  • Loaves of Love
  • Candlewishes
  • Front Porch Pantry Project
  • Teen Toiletry Cases
  • Stress Less packages
  • Fill A Backpack

Studies find that dedicating just a bit of time each week to helping others increases an overall sense of contentment and well-being. It is also the best way to raise empathetic and socially aware children.

For more information contact [email protected] or [email protected]

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Project Fresh

Help us provide fresh fruits and vegetables to pantry recipients.

We have had a great response to our past Project Fresh collections and learned how valuable fresh produce is to our recipients.

Let’s keep it going!

Dates:
November 13 and 14

Collection bins will be located outside the main door of the MIYJCC.

Suggested items: Apples, Oranges, Pears, Carrots, Celery, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Onions, Cucumbers and Squash

All donations will be distributed to the clients of our Rudman Family Food Pantry, Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch and Helping Hands Rescue Mission of Huntington.

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Project Replenish

Our 8th annual Project Replenish event will take place with our partner synagogues in September.

This project helps us replenish the Rudman Family Food Pantry.

Volunteers will be needed to help sort donations and restock the pantry.

For more information, contact Rhonda Green at [email protected].

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PJ Library – Kids Who Care

This program is for families with children ages 3-8. Each event includes a short educational piece on a current issue or holiday combined with a volunteer opportunity.

It will provide parents a chance to teach their children how they can help others and make a difference in their commumity.

For more information contact, Rhonda Green at [email protected]

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Candlewishes

Bring the joy of celebrating a birthday to a child living in a shelter, transitional home or in an underserved community who often has their birthday pass without any celebration.

We will provide their name, age and interests to help you create a personalized birthday box.

Along with a wrapped birthday gift, each box should contain cake mix, frosting, candles, party plates, napkins & decorations.

We partner with LIFQHC (Long Island Federally Qualified Health Center) and Birthday Wishes Long Island.

For more information, contact Gail Warrack [email protected]

a blue backpack that says back to school

Fill-A-Backpack School Supplies Project

Help a child start the school year feeling prepared. Supply a child with a new backpack filled with school supplies. If interested, please register below and we will follow up with child’s name, grade, interests, and school supplies needed.

Stay Tuned for Summer 2023 Dates

Any questions, please contact Gail Warrack at [email protected].

Register Here
a red, blue and green winter coat

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Stay Warm This Winter

We are collecting CLEAN hats, coats, gloves and scarves.

Collection will be ONLY on November 13 and 14

All coats must be CLEAN and ready to wear.

Please bag all donations and place in collection bin outside entrance to the Mid-Island Y JCC.

Ongoing Opportunities

a brown box filled with cereal boxes, toilet paper, and other pantry items

Front Porch Pantry Project

You and your family can make a difference. Help us fill the shelves of the Mid-Island Y JCC’s Rudman Family Food Pantry.

Pick up a collection box, poster and flyers from the JCC. Place the poster on your collection box & put on your “front porch”.

Start your collection by contacting family and friends and distributing flyers to your neighbors to let them know you are running a front porch food collection. When the box is filled, you can return it to the JCC.

For more information, contact Rhonda Green at [email protected]

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Sunshine for Seniors

Add some happy to the birthday of a senior in our community.

You will be provided the recipient’s name and address.

Birthday packages can include cake, flowers, balloons or anything festive.

Please call the senior and deliver your package on their birthday!

For more information, contact Gail Warrack at [email protected].

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Mitzvah Meals

Volunteer to cook and deliver a warm meal to a homebound senior or individual experiencing food insecurity or illness.

You can cook alone or with a group and provide as few as one delivery or as many as 10 deliveries.

For more information, contact Gail Warrack at [email protected].

challah loaves wrapped in cellophane with shabbat candles tied around the front

Loaves of Love

This project connects volunteers with Holocaust survivors twice a month. Challah and Shabbos candles are delivered by volunteers in time for Shabbat.

Kosher Challah bakers needed.

Upcoming dates:

  • November 18

For more information, contact Rhonda Green at [email protected].

green, yellow, and orange cloth bags in a row filled with pantry items

Pantry Package Delivery

Pick up pantry packages from the JCC and deliver to those requesting assistance from the Rudman Family Food Pantry.

Days and times are flexible to meet your schedule.

For more information, contact Gail Warrack at [email protected].

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ShopRite From Home

Pick up and deliver an online shopping order for a local, homebound senior. Days and times vary.

For more information, contact Rhonda Green at [email protected].