April Volunteer Opportunities
Please HOLD THE DATE of April 25 for a special program, “Fighting Poverty With Faith: Building Opportunity Through Affordable Housing for All.” The multi faith program, which will be sited at the Bergen County Administration Building, One Bergen County Plaza, Freeholders’ Public Hearing Room 520 in Hackensack, is scheduled for 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. All concerned residents of northern New Jersey are urged to attend. Fighting Poverty with Faith is, to date, a national five year initiative with the goal of cutting poverty in half in the US by 2020. The April 25th program is one of three in the state to help send a message to Trenton and Washington about poverty and one of its root concerns, affordable housing for all.
Sunday, April 28th, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, interior painting project in Bergenfield, using rollers and trim brushes, we will be applying the primer coat of paint in the living room, kitchen, hallway, and bath for a disabled young man living on his own.
Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Rsvp to Stacey Orden at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and project site address.
Age minimum: 12 years old, participants between 12 – 16 years of age need to be accompanied by a participating adult with a one teen to one adult ratio.
Cold water and kosher snacks will be available.
Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding in Little Ferry
Monday, April 29th, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Tuesday, April 30th, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
16 year old age minimum, both skilled and unskilled volunteers are welcome.
Rsvp by Wednesday, April 24th, to reserve your spot and receive more details at email@example.com.
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Bonim Builders is looking for the above professional or proficient lay person to consult with the Bonim Builders Steering Committee. If you possess this skill set and are interested in volunteering, please contact Stacey Orden, Bonim Builders Project Coordinator at 201-820-3903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonim Update - Spring 2013
During the deep freeze of winter, Bonim Builders has been hard at work addressing the needs of low income families in northern New Jersey.
In January, Bonim Builders completed its “makeover” at the Children’s Aid & Family Services facility in Paramus. A fresh coat of paint gave the classrooms and hallways a bright new look for Spring. Thank you to Lowes of Paramus and the Benjamin Moore Company for your support!
Despite harsh winter temperatures, Bonim volunteers came out in record numbers to assist Nechama with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in Moonachie, Hoboken, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, and the Far Rockaways. Many thanks for all your hard work!
February brought volunteers to the aid of an elderly woman needing help packing up for her move to the Jewish Federation Apartments in Paterson.
Bonim, in March, installed a stairwell safety gate and emergency lighting for an elderly holocaust survivor living on her own in Paterson. In addition, a much needed bannister was installed for a blind Lodi teen living with cancer.
Bonim Builders remains committed to Tikkun Olam and “Repairing the World, One House at a Time”! For more information on how you can help, contact Stacey Orden, Bonim Builders Project Coordinator at 201-820-3903 or email@example.com.
NEWS ABOUT BONIM BUILDERS
We are pleased to inform you effective August 1, 2012, Bonim Builders, which is under the professional leadership of Bonim Coordinator, Stacey Orden, will transition from Federation’s Synagogue Leadership Initiative to the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) department, and will be part of JCRC’s Tikkun Olam Initiatives. Also included under Tikkun Olam Initiatives are Mitzvah Day, Good Deeds Day, Bergen Reads, and Kesher Olam. This change provides a natural synergy; it aligns with the overall mission of Federation’s Tikkun Olam efforts. JCRC looks forward to enhancing our communal initiatives through this new relationship with Stacey, the Bonim lay leadership, and its volunteers.
As part of its mission to help families lead more independent lives, Bonim has been performing various home modifications for seniors. Projects include installation of grab bars for the shower, installation of outdoor ramps and railings. We are looking to create a list of volunteers who are able to help install these devices. Projects can be done during the week or on the weekend. If you’re interested in being put on a list for this program contact Stacey.
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Bonim Builders Bnai Mitzvah Project
Years from now, what will your children remember about their Bar/Bat mitzvah?
Is your child celebrating a bar/bat mitzvah and you’d like to work on a meaningful project together? Well, Bonim might be the answer for you! There are many local agencies who are in need of repairs, landscaping, painting, and who don’t have the funds to perform these tasks. There are also families in need in our community whose homes are in need of basic repairs and renovations. Bnai Mitzvah families can sponsor these projects and involve family and friends in the project. Please email Stacey Orden at StaceyO@jfnnj.org for more information.
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Through our mission, "Repairing the World, One House At a Time", Bonim Builders implements building and rehabilitation projects for low income families, the handicapped, and seniors in the northern New Jersey area. Bonim, which means builders in Hebrew, utilizes volunteers for hands-on projects to rehabilitate and refurbish homes and other facilities for those in need thus improving the quality of life for area residents both in the Jewish community as well as in the greater community.
Bonim Builders is an outreach program originally developed through JFNNJ’s Synagogue Leadership Initiative. It was formed in 2002 by members of the Jewish community to create opportunities for synagogues and individuals to connect with the concept of Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world, a core value of Judaism. Bonim has a cadre of over 700 volunteers interested in making a difference in our community. The organization works on its own and in concert with other rebuilding agencies such as Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers of all skills levels are welcome, even those with little or no experience are encouraged to participate! From a novice who has never picked up a hammer to an expert handyman, building opportunities offer something for everyone. Actvities include tasks such as painting, light carpentry, floor installation, window installation, and landscaping.
Building projects are scheduled year round. Volunteers are notified via email when a project is scheduled. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up through our on-line registration form so you can be added as a Bonim Builders volunteer!