Yom Give Back 2014 – Jenna Statfeld

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Yom Give BackWOW—Yom Give Back was a tremendous success on May 4th, and it is all thanks to each of you. We gave back to the community in so many ways. We had 62 volunteers, 10 team leaders and 5 volunteer sites. We collected and donated 11 bags of toiletries to the homeless shelter at Anshe Chesed. We visited the elderly in their homes, or accompanied them to a Yom Ha’atzmaut concert. We created notes and good wishes for the needy. We decorated flower pots to make the homes of the elderly more beautiful.

Thank you for your passion and your ruach. Thank you for working so hard to make yesterday happen — from reaching out to site after site, to spreading the word to your friends and getting them to register, to shlepping food yesterday when the rain began, to greeting people when they arrived, to setting up and cleaning up, to keeping the energy at Yom Give Back to exhilarating. Thank you also for your wisdom and advice — I learned so much from each of you during this process, and came out of every one of our meetings feeling deeply inspired by you.

I hope you all feel great about how Yom Give Back went — we got a ton of rave reviews both from participants and from camp leadership. I think this will be the first of many Yom Give Backs, and I think this was the perfect kick-off to the more regular presence of community service and chesed by the Ramah Alumni community.

Thank you for being part of this team – it is an honor to be working with you.

Jenna Statfeld