One of the most meaningful aspects of being a leader in an organization like the Jewish Federation of Howard County is being reminded regularly about how much we come together to help those in need.
As a parent of two middle school girls, I am constantly looking for ways to teach them the Jewish value of “Tikkun Olam “ –repairing the world. I am proud to say that on March 29th, the Federation is again participating in the international Good Deeds Day movement. This year we are hosting 10 volunteer sites, where hundreds of community members will personally make an impact by helping those in need. Projects include distributing food and clothing to the homeless, making health kits for homebound clients, and cleaning up our local roads.
Over the last three years that I have been involved in planning Good Deeds Day programs in Howard County, what I love most is seeing families make an impact. I especially love seeing families bring their children together to help pack lunches for school children who cannot afford meals on weekends. It is one thing to educate your children about those less fortunate, but it is another to involve them in a project that makes a difference in someone else’s life.
Federation also assists those in need through the work of Michalah Hoffman, its Jewish Community Social Worker. Michalah sees clients on a regular basis and provides them with resources, home necessities, and emotional support. Her FED TOV volunteer program, ongoing throughout the year, connects trained volunteers from our community with Jewish seniors in need of assistance –empowering these older clients to live independently. This month, FED TOV celebrates its first anniversary, and we look forward to many more years of growing this program.
Teaching our children to repair the world and helping those in need brings us together as a community. This spring, we hope you will partner with us through your continued financial support and your time, helping us build and inspire a stronger community in Jewish Howard County.