April 18, 2021

On Good Deeds Day, hundreds of thousands around the world choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good to improve the lives of others and positively change the world.

Help us build a better future in Howard County with a day of tikkun olam. For questions, contact Shauna Leavey

Choose from these Good Deeds Day sites!

School Supplies Drive
@ The Kindness Pantry

Where: Where: Drop off @ Private Home (Address provided upon registration)
Look for the labeled bin on the front porch!

When: 10:00am-4:00pm
What: Join us in support of The Kindness Pantry. This organization was created to ensure that all of our kids in Howard County elementary schools have the school supplies and snacks for snack time, available at his or her school, in order to thrive and succeed. Donations should include pencils, crayons, composition notebooks (wide and college ruled), pencil sharpeners,pink erasers, glue sticks, markers, kid scissors, and eraser caps.
Who: Open to all ages!

Personal Care Kits
@ Columbia Community Care (CCC)

Where: Where: Drop off @ Private Home (Address provided upon registration)

When: 10:00am-6:00pm

What: This local, grassroots organization supports those experiencing food insecurity in Howard County. Please fill a paper shopping bag or reusable shopping bag with some of the recommended personal care items: toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, napkins, shampoo, conditioner, soap bars, hand soap, toothpaste, dental floss, feminine pads, laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, Lysol/other disinfectant. In addition, feel free to include children's items like coloring books, art supplies, crayons, markers, colored pencils.

Who: Open to all ages!

Thank you Letters
@ A Million Thanks

Where: Drop off @ Private Home (Address provided upon registration)

When: 12:00-3:00pm

What: Write letters and messages of appreciation and support for our military, past and present.

  • Guidelines: If using commercial, store-bought greeting cards, cannot have pre-printed messages inside. All purchasedcards must be blank on the inside and the space should be filled with a handwritten message of support and appreciation.
  • Be creative! Talk about yourself and maybe draw a picture too! Tell them their service does not go unnoticed.
  • Please do not put your letter or card in an envelope. They will be bundled & sent together
Who: Open to all ages!

Road Cleanup: Grace Drive

Where: Grace Drive, Columbia, MD (Address provided upon registration)


  • Shift 1 | 10:30-11:30am
  • Shift 2 | 12:30-1:30pm

​​What: Help clean a stretch of road in town. Please wear bright colors and bring your own gloves.

Who: Adults and children 7+ with parent/guardian supervision. Guardians are vital to the safety of minor participants.

Mugless-Mugs of Love
@ Meals on Wheels

Where: Drop off @ Bet Yeladim Back Parking Lot
8910 Old Annapolis Rd, Columbia, MD 21045
Look for the labeled bin!

When: 10:00am-4:00pm

What: Pack the following in a gallon-sized zip loc bag: a card with a kind greeting, a handful of candies, a small pocket-sized notebook, pencil/pen, soup / hot cocoa / tea packets, and any other small gift. These will be given to clients of Meals on Wheels as a cheerful gift.
Who: Open to all!

Spring Garden Helpers
@ Freetown Farm

Where: Freetown Farm

8000 Harriet Tubman Way, Columbia, MD 21044
Park towards the front of the farm.


  • Shift 1 | 10:00am-12:00pm (FULL)
  • Shift 2 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

What: Join Freetown Farm to get the garden ready for spring planting! BYO work gloves and water. Participants must wear masks. Tools provided

Who: Open to all ages! (Each shift limited to 10 participants)

Casserole Collection
@ Elizabeth House

Where: Drop off @ Private Home (Address provided upon registration)

What: Casseroles must be frozen. Click here for guidelines and recipe suggestions.
PLEASE NOTE: Drop-off instructions will be sent to you - please disregard the instructions included in the link above.

Who: Open to all ages!


Paint Kindness Rocks
@ The Kindness Rock Project

Where: Temple Isaiah Parking Lot
12200 Scaggsville Rd., Fulton, MD
When: 3:00-4:00 pm
What: Paint your own kindness rock to support teen mental health. Learn more about The Kindness Rock Project here.
Who: 8th-12th graders (space limited for social distancing)

Bake for Front Line Workers​

Where: Drop off @ Temple Isaiah
12200 Scaggsville Rd., Fulton, MD

When: 10:30am

What: Bake your favorite goodies & drop them off. They’ll be donated to front-line workers to give them a bit of cheer! Optional: Join TI for a zoom bake-along & story. Or, bake on your own!

Who: Open to all ages!

Summer Camp Backpack Drive

Where: Drop off @ Private Home (Address provided upon registration)
When: 4/16 & 4/18 (Times provided upon registration)

What: CHANA works with families who have experienced traumatic family relationships. We are collecting backpacks & items to put in them for kids to enjoy summer camp! One of the best things for children in these families is for them to be able to have a summer camp experience with their peers and enjoy a happy and healthy time with their friends. You can help by purchasing backpacks and summer camp items like towels, goggles, water bottles, fans, sunglasses, shampoo & conditioner, cloth face mask, sunscreen, shower caddy, and other needed items for camp so they are able to have a special summer experience.You can also include a small gift card to Target for clothes for camp.
Who: Open to all ages!

Blessings in a Backpack

Where: Drop off @ Private Home (Address provided upon registration)
When: 10:00am-8:00pm

What: Pack "Blessings in a Backpack" for students at an elementary school in Howard County. Each week, staff members deliver a bag of food for the weekend for students with food insecurity. In the comfort and safety of your home, you will purchase supplies & pack blessing bags. In a PLASTIC SHOPPING BAG, please pack 2 of each items: juice boxes, packet of fruit snacks, breakfast/granola bar (no nuts), fruit cup, snack bag (cheez-its, pretzels, etc.), main course (microwave mac and cheese cup, canned soup, beefaroni, tuna, etc.). Items should be non-perishable. We ask that each household pack 5-10 bags.
Who: Open to all ages!

Good Deeds Day Committee

Lindsey Foster-Blumberg, Allyson Glassband, Vicki Harvey, Nicholas Lamanna, Rachel Petroff-Kessler, Eric McCormick, Laura Salganik, Holly Schotz, Rachael Simon, Jessica Taubman, Allison Weil, Meredith Zuckerman

Jewish Federation of Howard County

FED Partner Sponsor

FED Partner Sponsor