Mitzvah Corps continues to be an active group with an outstanding core of volunteers, but more are needed to truly serve the community’s needs. Besides providing hands-on assistance and support to the HNT “family,” our ongoing projects include High Holiday outreach, Shabbat challah and wine deliveries, meal preparation, thinking-of-you cards, and visits to congregants. Do you know someone who needs a helping hand? Consider being a part of Mitzvah Corps; you will find that you are receiving much more than you are giving while providing comfort, warmth, and caring through your mitzvot. Contact Judy Ziedman at email@example.com or 425-883-6482 to volunteer.
Tutor a Child…Change Their World
Join our corps of tutors helping elementary students with math and reading. No experience required, but tutors are sought who can volunteer on a regular weekly basis with one or two students. This consistency means kids and tutors can get to know and bond with one another on a schedule that works for you. Get involved by emailing Linda Krisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each month a dedicated crew of HNT volunteers prepares and serves meals to homeless youth in the University District. During the pandemic, menus are split amongst volunteers, prepared at home, and dropped off in the U District. Email our Teen Feed leaders at TeenFeed@h-nt.org for questions or to be added to the Teen Feed volunteer list.
Congregations for the Homeless Shelter Meals
HNT aspires to provide at least two monthly meals for 100 homeless men. This is a great activity for families, friends, or your book group, and HNT will provide organizational support. It’s all done potluck-style with food you can buy or make at home, and it’s easier than you think! You choose the date for lunch or dinner that works for your group. See our guide for How to Captain a Shelter Meal, or email ShelterMeals@h-nt.org for more details or to volunteer. During the pandemic, volunteers are only expected to drop dishes off outside the shelter only (not serve).
Elizabeth Gregory Home Shelter Meals
This facility acts as a permanent address for so many in need for social services, job applications, etc… as well as providing access showers, laundry, computers, and referrals for needed services. The second Sunday of every month, we provide a hot lunch for 40 which can be dropped off Friday afternoon or Sunday morning by 10:30 AM at the day center in the U District.
Harborview Magazine Drive
HNT collects recent magazines for the waiting rooms of Harborview Medical Center. These materials provide a welcome distraction to those spending seemingly-endless hours in the waiting room. After tearing off your address, please drop current magazines in the marked basket in the Upper Foyer.
Resources for Community Outreach
The Social Action/Social Justice Committee has developed an online resource guide with a sampling of the many worthy organizations that need support. Our hope is to provide inspiration as each of us wrestles with the challenge of how we each, in our own way, make a difference in the lives of others, and by doing such, enrich our own lives immeasurably. Click here for the guide.
Making a Difference With Frankel Religious School
FRS is all about making a difference with our own two hands. From Pre-Gan (Preschool) to 8th Grade, classes work on specific mitzvah projects and regularly collect tzedakah to causes of their choice. These projects aim to give voices to the silent, see the unseen, and give back to the community. In addition to FRS and USY social action projects, our new 8th grade program, Gesher (bridge), will create two all-school mitzvah opportunities during the year to continually give back and provide for those in need.