Volunteer Boot Camp 2017

2017 Volunteer Boot Camp

Make your summer hands-on and heart-filled!

Join us for memorable hands-on mitzvah opportunities throughout Greater MetroWest.

Choose one, a few, or many! Experiences for all ages and stages.

Space is limited.

Susan Present, Volunteer Boot Camp Chair
Felice Flitt, Center for Volunteerism Chair
Robin Polson, Women’s Philanthropy Outreach Vice President

Contact Lindsay Norman, manager of the Center for Volunteerism, with any questions at Lnorman@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-2948


Thursday, June 22 • 4-5:30 p.m.

Pack Shabbat in a Box Kits with Friendship Circles.All supplies will be provided.
Partner Agency: Friendship Circle
Audience: Great activity for parents and children (ages 5-10).
Location: Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Road, South Orange
Mitzvah Leader:Alexandra Kerner

Work Side by Side

Wednesday, June 28 • 1-3 p.m.

Work alongside JESPY House clients (adults with special needs) to put together gift packages that will be donated to in-need families attending National Council for Jewish Women's Back to School Store later in the summer. Learn about the amazing work of both JESPY House and NCJW Partner Agencies.
Partner Agency: JESPY House and National Council for Jewish Women
Audience: Adults
Location: JESPY House, 110 Irvington Ave., South Orange
Mitzvah Leader: Julie Sobel Kaplan

Family to Family

Sunday, July 9 • 1-3 p.m.

Family to family afternoon with Syrian Immigrants. Engage with our new community members. Enjoy ice cream sundaes, games, reading stories and more. Please bring donations of new or gently used children’s books to share with these families. SPACE IS LIMITED.
Partner Agency: Temple Emanu El
Audience: Young families (parents and children together)
Location: Temple Emanu El, 756 East Broad Street, Westfield
Mitzvah Leader: TBD

Mystery Mitzvah!

Monday, July 17 • 10 a.m.-noon

Mystery Mitzvah! Join us for a meaningful, surprise encounter. You won’t know what you’re doing until you get there, but we promise it will not disappoint.
Partner Agency: JCC MetroWest
Audience: Adults
Location: 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange
Mitzvah Leader: Amelia Perlstein

Pack Shabbat in a Box Kits

Wednesday, July 26 • EARLY BIRD EXPERIENCE

Pitch in at the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges, one of NJ’s only client-based food pantries. Tasks will include: help escort clients through their shopping experience, organize and stock the shelves, take inventory, and more. Please dress for the summer heat and modestly. Closed-toed shoes are required and only small, cross-body bags or fanny packs are permitted. Please bring your own water bottles. Feel free to bring donations of fresh produce.
Partner Agency: Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges
Audience: Adults and Teens (high school age +)
Time: 8-11 a.m. (The food pantry operations last until about 12:30 p.m.; all volunteers are welcome to stay beyond 11 a.m.)
Location: 105 Main St., Orange
Mitzvah Leaders: Jodi Cooperman and Karyn Leit


Share an afternoon

Wednesday, August 2 • 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Interact and engage with the residents at Lester Senior Housing Community for an afternoon horticultural activity and more.
Partner Agency: Lester Senior Housing Community
Audience: Adults
Location: 905 Route 10, Whippany
Mitzvah Leader: Lisa Olender

Help fight hunger

Tuesday, August 8 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Help fight hunger at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ. Pick fresh produce in their community garden, stock the food pantry, and more. With special participation from the Leaders in Training (LITs) of Camp Yachad and Camp Deeny Riback.
Partner Agency: JFS of Central NJ
Audience: Adults
Location: 655 Westfield Ave., Elizabeth
Mitzvah Leaders: Elyse Deutsch, Carrie Jaffe, and Janice Weinberg

Get in the weeds

Friday, September 8 • 10:30 a.m.-noon

Tend the amazing urban gardens of the award-winning Greater Newark Conservancy. Dress for mess.
Partner Agency: Greater Newark Conservancy
Audience: Adults
Location: 446 Hawthorne Avenue, Newark
Mitzvah Leader: Rachel Schwarz

Our Partners

Center for Volunteerism

Friendship Circle JESPY House NCJW Temple Emanu El Greater Newark Conservancy JCC MetroWest Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges Jewish Community Housing Corporation JFS of Central NJ Camp Yachad Camp Deeny Riback