Homeless Solutions: Volunteers Needed
for Children’s Project
Our section is looking for volunteers to help at Homeless Solutions in Morris Township. Each month children who live in the program’s transitional housing gather for a one-hour reading program (7–8 p.m., usually on a Tuesday night). They read an age-appropriate book and then do an arts-and-crafts project based on the story. The children love spending time with the program volunteers and are excited that the reading program will continue through 2010–2011. That is where you come in . . .
We need teenagers and adults to help the children with their arts and crafts, lending a lap to sit on and a smile. The children range in age from 3 to 14. The program runs once a month and we’re hoping that enough volunteers come forward so that volunteers have some flexibility in the months they choose. Please share some of your time with these children. The experience is wonderful!
For more information or to sign up, contact Kim Kramer Ganz at 973-267-4119 or e-mail her at
Food for Hunger Programs
Morristown Community Soup Kitchen - Twice yearly, members of our section volunteer to cook and serve lunch to community guests at The Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, NJ. For many, it is the only warm meal they eat that day. The section regularily collects non-perishable groceries for delivery to the Interfaith and Kosher Food Pantries in the community, providing families who need emergency supplies to enable them to prepare home-cooked meals during lean periods.
Bone Marrow Donor Drives
Drives are conducted to help find genetically compatible, living marrow donors for those suffering from life threatening blood diseases.
Home Repair Mitzvah Project
Through our Home Repair Mitzvah Project, we help low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners, who are unable—either physically or financially—to maintain their homes. We have assisted these people by bringing in contractors to repair faulty electrical wiring and plumbing, as well as doing spackling and flooring work.
Feelie Hearts for Grieving Children
Through intergenerational sewing circles, and at home, we make small, soft, stuffed fleece hearts, called “Feelie Hearts,” for grieving children both in the United States and in Israel. More than 2,000 of these hearts have been sent out since 9/11, and they bring comfort to little ones who carry them to school and keep them under the pillow at night. This project has also inspired other organizations, both within the NCJW family and further afield, to sew these hearts and give them away with heartfelt good wishes. The latest batches have gone to the littlest victims of Hurrican Katrina.
Community Beautification Projects
The section has worked with several not-for-profits including the Morris Land Conservancy working to restore local and national parks, historic landmarks and other properties in Morris County. Our volunteers have spent countless hours painting and repairing fences, clearing brush, planting, weeding and working on other beautification projects.
A Mitzvah for Israeli Soldiers
Belle Schwartz is knitting and crocheting black hats for Israeli soldiers, and you can help! (No more knit scarves—these get caught in the rifles.) To accompany the hats, she makes black fleece scarfs, 7–7.5 inches wide and about 60 inches long. She then cuts fringes at each end about 1.5 inches long. If you’d like to help by making hats and/or scarves, please contact Belle for more details or to make arrangements to get them to her (