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
Preparing Seniors for Disasters
In January 2013, B’nai B’rith Young Leaders, in conjunction with the B’nai B’rith Center for Senior Services packed kits for residents at St. Mary’s Senior Housing facility in Washington D.C.
Total: 30 hours by 15 volunteers
Sub-total: 525.5 hours
B'nai B'rith Denver Blood Drive for the Children's Hospital
Bi –Annually, B’nai B’rith Denver hosts the Children’s Hospital Mobile Blood Drive. This past year they were able to organize 54 donations and each donation can save up to three lives!
Total: 40.5 hours by 54 volunteers
Sub-total: 495.5 hours
Feeding the Hungry During the High Holidays
The B'nai B'rith Great Lakes Region brought the Project H.O.P.E. program to their community for the High Holidays. Volunteers purchased and packaged donated food items to be delivered to families in need in the greater-Detroit region.
This program was delivered in time for the Yom Kippur Break Fast - September 2013
Total: 30 hours by 20 volunteers
Sub-total: 455 hours
B'nai B'rith Young Leadership Network - Chicago Volunteers at a Food Pantry
In January 2013 - the B’nai B’rith Young Leadership Network - Chicago had 16 volunteers – working at The ARK, Chicago’s leading social service agency for low income Jews in the area.
Volunteers helped stock the food pantry for an hour and a half and all food in the pantry was given to low income members of Chicago’s Jewish community in need of help and assistance during the winter of 2013.
Total: 24 hours by 16 volunteers
Sub-total: 425 hours
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