"B'nai B'rith Buddies" Teach Special Needs Children in Michigan
Volunteers in the Great Lakes Region, led by B’nai B’rith‘s Center for Community Action chair, Lila Zorn, spend time as “B'NAI B’RITH BUDDIES” at THE FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE in their community. From 9:30 – 12:00 the team "staff'" the village when schools of special needs children come to learn life lessons like crossing on the green light, shopping at a drugstore, going to the library, etc.
Volunteers choose what they would to be...a doctor, banker, manicurist, etc. and spend 2-1/2 hours meeting some of the most delightful children in the world.
Total: This year the volunteers clocked two visits each month X 2 ½ hours by 24 volunteers X 9 = 540
Sub-total: 70,114 hours
One Year Later: Sandy Day of Service
On November 10, 2013, the B'nai B'rith Young Leadership Network-New York, in partnership with the Alpha Epsilon Pi alumni club of NYC, held a "One Year Later: Sandy Day of Service" community program.
Volunteers drywalled and insulated a basement flooded by the storm in Canarsie, Brooklyn.
Total: There were 16 participants – The B’nai B’rith Young Leadership Network in New York, alumni from the h AEPi Fraternity alumni, and alumni from the AEPhi sorority - who volunteered 80 hours of service.
Sub-total: 69,574 hours
B'nai B'rith Young Leadership Network - Chicago Mitzvah Hours
This spring the B’nai B’rith Young Leadership Network took on their second nationwide mitzvah project. The project was to create kid activity kits for children in Israel affected by terrorism. Groups came together for Mitzvah Hours to stuff kits while networking with other young leaders. In Chicago, the group gathered at the B’nai B’rith Midwest office in downtown Chicago.
Total: 3 volunteers, 3 hours.
Sub-total: 69,494 hours
B'nai B'rith Young Leadership Network - Denver Mitzvah Hours
This spring the B’nai B’rith Young Leadership Network took on their second nationwide mitzvah project. The project was to create kid activity kits for children in Israel affected by terrorism. Groups came together for Mitzvah Hours to stuff kits while networking with other young leaders. In Denver, 20 young leaders gathered at Stoney’s Bar & Grill.
Total: 20 volunteers, 40 hours.
Sub-total: 69,491 hours
B'nai B'rith Young Leadership Network - DC Mitzvah Hours
This spring the B’nai B’rith Young Leadership Network took on their second nationwide mitzvah project. The project was to create kid activity kits for children in Israel affected by terrorism. Groups came together for Mitzvah Hours to stuff kits while networking with other young leaders. In Washington D.C. the group gathered at B’nai B’rith headquarters.
Total: 9 volunteers, 13.5 hours.
Sub-total: 69,451 hours
B.B.R.A.Vo. salutes individuals that help make a difference in B’nai B’rith.
JERRY OLSON – a B'nai B'rith Great Lakes Region member has given countless hours of time making memories for B’nai B’rith with his outstanding photography. We salute him for a year’s worth of service capturing the programs of B’nai B’rith and communal events on film. In addition to being present at every service project , he then shares the photos he takes for publicity and prepares a photo album for the region’s archives.
Total: 50 hours of service are added to our Hours of Service because of Jerry Olson.
Sub-total: 69,437.5 hours
As we mark the one year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy wrecking havoc on the New York metro area we highlight the B'nai B'rith Young Leadership Network-NY who have provided 325 hours of service for Sandy recovery efforts.
The group will continue their service next month with another service project.
A special thank you to the co-chairs of the group Eric Sumberg and Yael Coppleson who have spearheaded this effort.
Total: 325 hours
Sub-total: 69,387.5 hours
The B'nai B'rith Bagel Brigade
On the 20th anniversary of National Make Difference Day we have designated the Bagel Brigade of the Greater San Fernando Valley B’nai B’rith Unit for its service every day of this year during our 170th anniversary recognition and appreciation of Volunteers.
Every day, for 52 weeks each year, the Bagel Brigade, created by Herman Berman, of blessed memory and now organized by its Chair Jerry Magel and Volunteer Coordinator Frank Shapiro collect breads/pastries - picked up by volunteers - and pack them up for pickup by during the week for low income elementary schools from the Costco parking lot in Van Nuys, Calif. When schools are closed, the items are delivered to shelters serving those in need in their community.
Total: 162 volunteers – volunteer 1,256 weekly hours – for a total of 65,312 hours per year.
Sub-total: 69,062.5 hours
AEPi Brothers from Texas Help Oklahoma Farmers in B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Program
Over the weekend of October 18-20 – 35 brothers and pledges of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity traveled from the University of Texas in Austin and Denton, Texas to help farmers in El Reno, Texas, that had been impacted by the May tornadoes that brought destruction and loss of life to this rural community.
With the arrangements of Field of Teams, led by Deborah “Levi” Clifton, and funding by the B’nai B’rith International Disaster Relief Fund the fraternity brothers dismantled a 100 year old barn, with the goal to salvage the wood for future use at the farm. Wielding hammers and crowbars, 35 guys from a 100 year old organization, sponsored by a 170 year old organization, tackled a 120 year barn.
Total: With 540 hours of traveling, and 675 hours of organization working on the project – these volunteers provided 1,225 hours of service for this project.
Sub-total: 3,750.5 hours
Assisting the Georgia Community on Christmas with the Pinch Hitter Program
Since 1980 the Pinch Hitter Program, organized by Achim/Gate City Lodge of B’nai B’rith, located in Atlanta, Ga. has been a wonderful opportunity for the Jewish community to “go to bat” for non-medical hospital personnel on Christmas Day. In 2012 they volunteered in twelve area hospitals and assisted living centers to give non-medical staff members time off to spend with their families.
Volunteers cooked and served food in cafeterias, folded sheets in hospital laundries, read to residents and called bingo in assisted living facilities.
In 2012, volunteers at the facilities participated in shifts varying from 5 to 14 hours.
Total: Approximately 2,000 hours by 252 volunteers at 12 locations
Sub-total: 2,525.5 hours