Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces 
Address
1430 Broadway, Suite 1301 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10018 
Website
www.fidf.org 
Contact Person
Howard Gases 
Title
Director of NJ Chapter 
Phone
(646) 274-9645 
Fax
(646) 710-4775 
Email
howard.gases@fidf.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the mission of providing and supporting social, educational, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. It also offers these services to the families of fallen soldiers.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

We invite you to share the excitement of your Mitzvah Project with the young men and women who defend the State of Israel. Show them you care by adopting an FIDF project or program contributing to the wellbeing of Israel's soldiers. It's never too early for a Mitzvah Project-they are suitable for any age. Let us help you plan your very special day. From honor cards, party themes and party favors, to thank you cards we are here to provide you with guidance and assistance to make this day memorable! Experience Israel like never before the best way to connect your Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience with Israel is to visit the soldiers on a one-day trip to an IDF base.

Organization
Friends of Yad Sarah 
Address
450 Park Avenue, 7th Floor 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10022 
Website
www.yadsarah.org 
Contact Person
Halle Goldblatt 
Title
Development Associate 
Phone
(212) 223-7758 
Fax
(212) 223-7759 
Email
halle@friendsofyadsarah.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
Yad Sarah is Israel’s predominant volunteer-staffed organization, providing a vital array of compassionate health and home care services for people of all ages. Yad Sarah’s free services are delivered by over 6,000 volunteers in more than 100 branches, and bring hope and help to the frail elderly, the homebound, victims of terror attacks, and children with special needs. Though best known for lending durable medical and rehabilitative equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches and oxygen machines, Yad Sarah volunteers drive the injured to medical appointments, help adults and children recover and restore independent functioning in our Day Rehabilitation centers, provide in-home geriatric dental care, and advocate for victims of elder abuse. More than 380,000 people received help last year. As Yad Sarah receives no government assistance, volunteers helping Yad Sarah use every donation right where it is needed now, service.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

* Tour Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, including Yad Sarah's unique Play Center for Special Needs Children, Toy Library, and the Day Rehabilitation Center.
 
* View a brief video and learn how Yad Sarah's 6,000 volunteers have helped more than 380,000 people in Israel last year.
 
* Assemble a walker: Volunteers at Yad Sarah's Lending Service distribute walkers to the frail and the injured.
 
* Sponsor a child and his/her family for a year in Yad Sarah's Play Center. Enable children with special needs to learn and play in a safe environment and to visit Yad Sarahs unique Toy Library.
 
* Design and create holiday or birthday cards for homebound older adults in Israel through Yad Sarah's 15 Homebound Projects Centers. You choose the region in Israel for Yad Sarah volunteers to share your cards!
 
* Adopt a client in the Day Rehabilitation Center. Help children and adults learn to be independent once again.
 
* Bring support and comfort to an isolated older person with the installation of an emergency alarm system.
 
* Organize an equipment drive in your community and collect used wheelchairs, walkers and other items for use in Israel.
 
* Dedicate a wheelchair, walker or an oxygen machine. Invest in medical equipment to help children (and families) such as infant scales, baby car seats, lower arm crutches and reclining bath chairs. Volunteers will lend this equipment, your gift can reach people in Israel over and over!

Organization
Friendship Circle of Bergen County 
Address
310 South Drive 
City
Paramus 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07652 
Website
www.BCFriendship.com 
Contact Person
Zeesy Grossbaum 
Phone
(201) 262-7172 
Fax
(201) 262-7168 
Email
zeesy@BCFriendship.com 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
<div>The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children with special needs and involves them in a full range of Jewish and social experiences. The Circle's unique formula introduces teenage volunteers to the children and both are enriched through shared experiences.</div>

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

Friends@Home! The Frienship circle will match you and another Jewish teen with a child who has special needs. Both Jewish teens will make a weekly visit to their Special Friend's home to share activities. The personal rewards are awesome.

Sports Night: Volunteers play sports with a child with special needs and maximize his or her potential.  This is an incredible bonding opportunity.

Chai-a-thon: Help us raise money by making calls to benefit the Friendship Circle.  There will be refreshments, prizes, and loads of fun!

Yedidainu: The Yedidainu profram is a new initiative between the Friendship Circle and Yeshivat Noam.  On days when the children have vacation, Yeshivat Noam will be hosting the Friendship Circle Kids for a few hours of fun!  This will aloow the parents a few hours of respite while their children enjoy music, sports, cratfs, and more.

Organization
Friendship Circle of the Rivertowns 
Address
303 Broadway 
City
Dobbs Ferry 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10522 
Website
www.chabadrt.org 
Contact Person
Rabbi Benjy Silverman 
Title
Director 
Phone
(914) 693-6100 
Fax
(914) 693-6100 
Email
office@chabadrt.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
The program endeavors to match special needs children with teenage mentors. On a weekly basis these volunteers will visit the homes of challenged youngsters and establish a bond through interaction, whether it is crafts, computer games, sports, or music. The weekly visits will be eagerly awaited and help boost moral. The teenagers learn to share and give. They come to recognize that their input and involvement can make a difference. Suddenly as if by osmosis they come to realize that their issues are trivial and pale in comparison to those of their respective junior partner. Furthermore assuming the responsibility to volunteer on a regular weekly basis for such a noble cause is a plus and an impressive addition on a resume. For the parents the visits will offer a weekly respite. Knowing that their son/daughter is in good hands will free them to go shopping, to the gym, or spend uninterrupted quality time with the other children. The success of each match will be considered and evaluated by a core of professionals who will review the data flow from the volunteers and parents.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Friends @ Home Program

Organization
Fuel For Truth 
Address
165 East 56th street 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10022 
Website
www.FuelForTruth.org 
Contact Person
Zak Meyers 
Title
Director of Programming 
Phone
212-594-4435 
Fax
212-504-2811 
Email
info@fuelfortruth.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
Fuel For Truth is the Special Forces of Israel advocacy. We equip young Americans with the basic facts and skills necessary to advocate to young adults, to increase support for Israel in her battle against radical Islamic terror. Israelis, Americans and citizens of all democracies must work together to combat the global threat of radical Islamic terror. Even though information is more accessible today than at any other time in our history, there is a lack of motivation to learn – especially among college students and young adults. Enemies of America, Israel, and of peace have poured millions of dollars into PR campaigns to spread inaccurate information and foster hatred here in the United States. It is imperative that this misinformation is countered with truth for future generations to understand the genuine partners of peace.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
We could possibly produce an event at their school, similar to the way we do it at college campuses, but directed toward the younger demographic. OLD SKOOL CAMPUS PROGRAM: Fuel For Truth sends recent graduates back to universities to help inform and educate students about the issues relating to our cause. We send our most social and advocacy trained ALUMNI back to their campuses to identify 30-50 student leaders. This core group of student leaders helps build a larger audience for a follow up social/educational event for 100-400 people. The Old Skool Campus Program has reached more than 2,300 students at universities throughout the Northeast and is in the process of expanding from coast to coast.

Organization
Furniture Sharehouse 
Address
PO Box 702 
City
Larchmont 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10538 
Website
www.furnituresharehouse.org 
Contact Person
Kate Bialo 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
(914) 661-7259 
Email
bialok@aol.com 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
We are a furniture bank -- we collect gently used furniture from the public and redistribute it free of charge to families moving out of homeless shelters, etc.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Collection drives -- furniture, or smaller pieces, like lamps, TVs, microwaves

Organization
G'mach Zichron Chaya 
Address
Halevona 7 
City
Hashmonaim 
Zip
73127 
Contact Person
Ilana Katz 
Phone
(201) 824-5077 
Email
ilanasn@aol.com 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
G'mach Zichron Chaya was started in Israel in January 2010 to provide formalwear for those in need. The g'mach, in memory of Roberta Ray Katz, provides women's gowns/dresses, mens suits/tuxedos, girls dresses, boys suits and tuxes and baby formalwear. To date the g'mach has been unbelievably successful in providing for people all over central Israel and we hope to continue this worthy cause. The g'mach is currently looking for clothing donations in good condition. To drop off clothing in Teaneck, NJ or Manhattan or to make an arrangement for clothing to be picked up, please e-mail ilanasn@aol.com or call 201-824-5077. Thank you and tizku l'mitzvot! Ilana and Ely Katz

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Children in this age range are more than welcome to do the chesed of collecting clothing items and having them sent to Teaneck or Israel.

Organization
Generation On 
Address
281 Park Avenue South 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10010 
Website
www.generationon.org 
Contact Person
Bill Preston 
Title
New York City Outreach and Activation Civic Corps Member 
Phone
(718) 483-9290 X305 
Fax
(917) 746-8171 
Email
wpreston@generationon.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:

Children for Children (CFC) promotes hands-on youth volunteering and giving programs that instill the values of community involvement and civic engagement in children from all backgrounds - starting in early childhood and extending into adolescence.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Children for Children's (CFC) Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program makes it easy for young adults to incorporate giving into this special event, and ensures that they will have a direct voice in determining how their donation will be used to help under-resourced schools provide a high quality education. Particpants have the opportunity to visit and do a project with students at the school that benefits from their special Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration.

Organization
Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation 
Address
800 Yamato Road, Suite 101 
City
Boca Raton 
State/Country
FL 
Zip
33431 
Website
www.giftoflife.org 
Contact Person
Marti Freund 
Title
Senior Development Associate 
Phone
(561) 982-2900 
Fax
(561) 982-2901 
Email
mfreund@giftoflife.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
Gift of Life facilitates bone marrow, blood stem cell, and cord blood transplants for children and adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Since tissue type is inherited, a patient's best chance of finding a genetic match lies with donors of similar ethnicity. Gift of Life strives to increase the representation of Jewish donors in the registry in order to overcome the devastating effects of the Holocaust, which severed bloodlines and made the donor search particularly difficult for Jewish patients needing transplants.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

Here are just a few ideas of activities that can be done to help further Gift of Life's mission:

* Work with parents and adults in the community to coordinate a donor recruitment drive in your community and/or at your bar/bat mitzvah party.

* Hold a fundraising event - your own original idea - benefiting Gift of Life.

Examples:

     - Organize a bake sale

     - Run a race raising funds for Gift of Life

     - Run a face painting booth at your synagogue's Purim Carnival

     - Run a 3 on 3 basketball tournament

     - Create tzedakah boxes, where donations go to Gift of Life

     - Design cards for our life-saving donors on their donation days

     - Sell Mishloach Manot baskets

* Collect items (or raise funds to purchase items) to comfort donors during their collections, such as blankets, DVDs, portable DVD players, books on tape, etc.

** With a little creativity, there is no limit to how you can help Gift of Life! **

Organization
Global Goods Partners 
Address
115 West 30th Street, Suite 400 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10001 
Website
www.globalgoodspartners.org 
Contact Person
Joan Shifrin 
Title
Co-founder and Co-director 
Phone
(212) 461-3647 
Email
jshifrin@globalgoodspartners.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
Global Goods Partners (GGP) is a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty and promoting social justice by strengthening women-led development initiatives for marginalized communities in Asia, Africa and the Americas. GGP pursues this mission by partnering with community based organizations (CBOs), associations, and cooperatives worldwide that integrate their commitment to community development—specifically improvements in education, health, women's rights, and employment opportunities—with socially responsible income-generating enterprises. GGP provides its partners with direct access to new markets in the United States, increasing their revenue and global awareness of their work. GGP uses proceeds from product sales to provide technical assistance and grant support to its partners, assisting them in building stronger, more effective community development programs, with the goal of achieving financial sustainability. This partnership allows the CBOs to ease their dependency on outside funding from foundations and private resources. GGP believes that improving the financial status of women globally is an integral part of eradicating poverty and building civil society: a broadly representative civil society cannot be created without the voices of women. At its roots, women’s empowerment is about women gaining the skills and confidence to develop themselves fully as human beings and challenging existing male-dominated power structures in order to participate fully as equals, in their families, communities and countries. Supporting women’s cooperatives and micro enterprises is one way of promoting empowerment. When women receive the tools to learn a craft, manage their finances, or start and run a business they gain experience, confidence, practical skills, and economic independence. These skills and experiences enable women to move beyond achieving simple economic improvements to making a real positive impact on the well-being of their families and their communities.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
GGP works closely with Bar/Bat Mitzvah students to help them design the type of Tzedakah projects that interest them. Many students have brought Global Goods Partners to their schools and/or communities by selling products or setting up a Fair Trade fashion show or participating in festivals with GGP products and information about GGP community-based partner organizations (CBO). Some have worked closely with one of their partner CBO's in the developing world and highlighted their community development projects as well as the handcrafted products they produce. There are many ways to participate in CBO work and CBOs welcome student ideas. Also, many students have purchased GGP products for their party favors, centerpieces and gift bags.

Organization
Good People Fund 
Address
384 Wyoming Avenue 
City
Millburn 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07041 
Website
www.goodpeoplefund.org 
Contact Person
Naomi Eisenberger 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
(973) 761-0580 
Fax
(973) 275-0346 
Email
naomie@goodpeoplefund.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:

The Good People Fund, inspired by the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (fixing the world), responds to significant problems such as poverty, disability, trauma, and social isolation, primarily in the United States and Israel. It provides financial support, guidance and mentoring to charitable activities of modest proportions that are undertaken by Good People acting singly or in small groups. Target endeavors are those that, by their personal scale and often unusual nature, might otherwise find it difficult to attract sufficient support.

The Good People Fund operates responsively, flexibly, and with a minimum of bureaucracy. It serves as a means for donors to reach many groups and individual needs and acts as an instigator of good, inspiring people to do Tikkun Olam (to fix the world) and to give Tzedakah (charity) responsibly and regularly. To expand these good works (Ma'asim Tovim), the Good People Fund also educates youth, adults, teachers, recipients and donors about the process and power of helping others.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
The Good People Fund represents over 100 programs/organizations in both Israel and the US as well as certain other geographic areas. We have numerous ideas for projects that involve many of these organizations.

Organization
Habitat for Humanity International 
Address
121 Habitat St. 
City
Americus 
State/Country
GA 
Zip
31709 
Website
www.habitatyouthprograms.org 
Contact Person
Cody Logsdon 
Title
Campus Chapter Associate 
Phone
800-HABITAT, ext. 7545 
Fax
(229) 410-7054 
Email
clogsdon@habitat.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat builds affordable houses in partnership with families in need. The houses are sold at no profit on a no-interest mortgage. Mortgage payments are used to build more houses for people in need.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Habitat for Humanity welcomes people of all faiths to work together to eliminate poverty housing. Although children ages 11-13 are not allowed to perform construction, there are opportunities for younger volunteers that involve landscaping, painting and other lighter tasks, all of which are important to the creation of an affordable home. Visit our website, www.habitatyouthprograms.org, for information on small building projects, advocacy events and fundraising activities. To volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, contact the local affiliate in your area, which you can find on Habitat's website, www.habitat.org