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April 20, 2022

April Focus: Volunteering

April is National Volunteer Month—a time to take stock of how we give back to those around us. Whether you’re looking for your next project or wondering how volunteering could enhance your life, we hope you take something valuable away from this email.

 
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Find your fit—see how TOV can help tailor your Tikkun Olam

JUF’s Tikkun Olam Volunteer Network, a.k.a. TOV, offers so many ways for you to make a difference in the community. Hear about the myriad of volunteer opportunities from TOV’s director, Marissa Comin—and email TOV@juf.org so they can match you to the project that’s just right for you.

 

Inclusion Ambassadors ready to welcome peers in the disability community

This spring, 14 newly trained Peer Inclusion Ambassadors will begin serving as community connectors at events and programs in the Chicagoland area. After training with JCFS Chicago, Keshet, and Libenu, the Jewish young adult Ambassadors will join their peers with intellectual/developmental disabilities at local community events to foster a welcoming environment and positive experience for all. Organizations utilizing the support of Peer Inclusion Ambassadors include: YLD, Russian-speaking Jewish Division, One Table, and Base. 

Know someone who’s interested in volunteering as a Peer Inclusion Ambassador or would like an Ambassador to join them at an upcoming event? Email us here!

 
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Celebrity volunteers using their star power for good

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher just raised $35 million for Ukraine, but they’re far from the only celebrities to use their platform for good. From Justin Bieber to George Clooney and many more, check out these celeb volunteers for inspiration.

 
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We all know volunteering is good for the community, but did you know it's good for you, too?

Learn more about the personal benefits of volunteering and get started with some handy tips on finding the perfect project.

 
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Looking for a way to give back?

How 'bout 73 of them? Check out this list of volunteer opportunities—including some that you can do without even leaving home. Find the volunteer fit that’s right for you!

 

A moment of reflection with Rabbi Ilana G. Baden

The great Talmudic sage Hillel taught: Al tifros min hatzibur—do not separate yourself from the community. As we reflect on these words, we realize that this statement should be taken as a baseline for communal involvement. At minimum, we should be part of the community. However, a much more desirable goal would be to go beyond that, and actually contribute toward the community’s ongoing viability and vibrancy. We do this by stepping up and stepping in. Sharing our time, talent, and experience through volunteerism is a wonderful way to fulfill our sacred commitment to participating in our community. 

Rabbi Ilana G. Baden, Temple Chai, Long Grove

 

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