Social Action/Chevrah Tikkun
The Social Action Committee meets monthly on Sundays at 10:00 AM (Location TBA)
2017-2018 Meeting Dates:
September 24, October 22, November 12, December 10 (9:30 AM start), January 28, February 11 (9:30 AM start), March 11 )9:30 AM start), April 22, May 6, June 10.
Visit with the Coachman Kids (October 22, November 12, 1:00 PM, )
Please join Larchmont Temple in welcoming the kids from the Coachman Family Center in White Plains with a fun filled day of outdoor activities, fun games and lunch.
Volunteers of all ages encouraged to come help. For more information or to sign up, please contact Vicki Ehrlich at email@example.com, Sari Winters at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Linda Riefberg at Linda.email@example.com. Organizing and leading activities for the kids from the Coachman could be a great Mitzvah Project! We will have other dates as well!
Midnight Run (October 21, December 9)
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. We are also looking for donations of new or gently used backpacks and sneakers. Contact Linda Riefberg - firstname.lastname@example.org. Organizing lunch preparation and donation of items, as well as participating in the Run, could be a great Mitzvah Project! We will have other dates as well!
Coat Drive: Sunday, November 12 - Sunday, December 17
Please donate your gently-worn men's, women's, and children's coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to the annual Coat Drive. Donations can be left on the coatracks outside the Axelrod Conference Center. All items will be donated to Midnight Run, My Sisters Place, the Coachman, and The Sharing Shelf. For more information, contact Vicky Stein: email@example.com.
Cook-In for Hope Soup Kitchen (December 17)
You do not have to know how to cook for this event. Sunday, December 17th at 12:30 we will meet at Larchmont Temple to 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 will be preparing a complete meal from beginning to end. Please be on time, since we set up stations on arrival. Children always enjoy the cook-in, especially baking, accompanied by an adult.
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 Sunday. 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. on Monday, December 19th at 4:30 PM. 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. For more information, please contact Deb Schleien at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are other opportunities at Hope Soup Kitchen for Mitzvah Projects, such as organizing a meal yourself or with a friend."
Pleasantville Cottages (November 12)
Share in snacks, play games and run 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. Meet at 1:15 pm at Larchmont Temple and drive together. Stay for about 2 hours. Contact Jennifer Perkins at email@example.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.
Join us as we bring a day of fun and TLC to women in a shelter in the Bronx. We are not experts, but somehow we manage to offer nails, makeup, and hair styling to the women, and then have bingo for fun prizes. The women enjoy being pampered, and enjoy the conversation and games. We drive together to the shelter on Fordham Road, only about a 20 minute drive, and stay for about two hours. Teens are invited to come and help. Meet at Larchmont Temple at 12:15 pm. Contact Linda Riefberg - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.