NSTI's Spring 2012 Service Learning Opportunities

Other Volunteer / Community Service (Local Opportunities)

Other Volunteer / Community Service (National Opportunites)

 
LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES
Lymphoma Research Foundation

The 2009 Massachusetts Lymphomathon is scheduled for May 2nd , Salem Wilows. The Lymphomathon is a non-competitive 5K walk in which survivors, family, friends, community, and corporate teams walk in honor of those whose lives have been touched by lymphoma. Funds raised by participants will support LFR’s mission to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by the disease.
 
Juvenile Arthritis Foundation
The AJAO (American Juvenile Arthritis Organization) is a council of the Arthritis Foundation devoted to serving the special needs of children, teens and young adults with childhood rheumatic diseases and their families. The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis. 300,000 children in the U.S. and 5,900 in Massachusetts have juvenile arthritis. The North Shore Arthritis Walk raises awareness and funds to support arthritis research and community programs and services. Join us on May 22, 2011 to walk to fund a cure! www.northshorearthritiswalk.org
 
Sunshine Camp
Camp Sunshine, situated on the shores of Sebago Lake in Maine, provides respite, support, joy, hope, and fun to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families throughout the various stages of a child’s illness. The year-round program is free of charge to all families and funds are raised solely through donations.
 
HealthLink
HealthLink is a Massachusetts North Shore citizens group working to protect public health by eliminating toxins in the environment through research, education and community action.

Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital
Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital is a 160-bed private, non-profit hospital located in historic Salem, Massachusetts. We have been providing care for residents of greater North Shore communities since 1975. Shaughnessy has 120 long-term care hospital beds and a 40-bed transitional care unit, sometimes referred to as a skilled nursing facility.
 
Marblehead Conservancy
The Marblehead Conservancy was formed in 2001 to preserve and protect open space in Marblehead. For the last 7 years, the Conservancy’s Trails Committee has sent out Trail Crews twice a week to restore and maintain walking trails and also to remove invasive plants and replace them with native species. So far we have done this mostly in 6 conservation areas. We have a lot of experience supporting individuals and groups who wish to help with these kinds of projects, including Boy Scouts, schools, and day camps.
 
Compost4Solar
Selling compostable plates to raise money for solar panels for a school in Israel.  Contact Carmel Valianti from  Temple Ahavat Achim at carmelvs@comcast.net
 
Lynn Shelter Association – Bridge House Family Shelter
The Bridge House Family Shelter occupies a Victorian house here in Lynn and houses 11 homeless families.  Our families have a variety of issues facing them as they work with us to regain their self-sufficiency. Together, the staff and the parents work to set goals, to define areas of concern and to ensure that each family has what it needs to reach independence. Families needing housing assistance should contact the regional office for placement. Interested in helping our families at the Bridge House—call: 781-593-3898
 
Riverhouse, Beverly
River House, Inc. is a year-round homeless shelter for the chronically mentally ill homeless located in Beverly, Massachusetts. The shelter provides 16 beds and the safe haven provides five single rooms for formerly homeless individuals moving into more permanent housing. Over the course of the winter season, River House serves more than 100 different individuals. On the North Shore, River House serves the towns of Beverly, Salem, Wenham, Danvers, Peabody and others.
 
Tikkun Olam Family Work Trip to Maine
Participants on the trip will help repair housing for low-income families. A local public charter school with modern boarding accommodations will provide space to the group for dormitory-style housing. After work is done for the day, we’ll be able to explore the area, swim, hike and relax together. Housing issues have been a part of the consciousness of the Jewish people since our Exodus from Egypt, when we endured 40 years of homelessness in the desert while living in temporary housing. This extended homelessness compels us to understand that every person deserves decent housing, regardless of income, background or religion. Contact: Steve August: fudgeaugust@hotmail.com
 
Habitat  For Humanity, Lynn
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.  Project- Opportunity for families to help rehab homes in Lynn.
Contact: David Gass,  davidgass@comcast.net

Beverly Bootstraps
The Food Pantry at Beverly Bootstraps Community Services continues to struggle to keep food on its shelves in the face of dramatically growing demand in these unprecedented economic conditions. Please consider helping by using your family’s bar or bat mitzvah celebration as a philanthropic event by asking guests to perform a mitzvah by bringing non-perishable foods to the food pantry. Food drive guidelines are available at beverlybootstraps.org.
 
Inn Between Shelter, Peabody
The Inn Between Shelter in Peabody, operated as a family shelter by Citizens for Adequate housing, Inc. since 1985. The shelter provides services and programs including training in life, parenting, and employment skills; assistance in finding and maintaining permanent housing; and legal, medical, and mental health referrals. for homeless parents and children in Peabody.  Contact person is Virginia Sidmore 978-531-9775.
 
The Food Project, Lynn
The Food Project creates fertile ground for new ideas about youth and adults partnering to create social change through sustainable agriculture. Our goal:  sustainable, local food systems that bridge race, class, age, and more to ensure food security for all.  Dig in!
Contact:  Shatara Francisco,  sfrancisco@thefoodproject.org
 
My Brothers Table
My Brother’s Table is a free cafeteria in downtown Lynn where volunteers serve 80,000+ meals annually (lunch M-F plus dinner 365 days a year). Everyone is welcome and no city, state, or federal funds are sought or accepted.  Contact: Ilya Stacy, istacy@mybrotherstable.org.
 
Jewish Family Service
Jewish Family Service of the North Shore is a private, non-profit social service agency servicing the entire North Shore, from Lynn to Cape Ann. All of our services are provided on a non-sectarian basis to provide a myriad of assistance for you and your family. Please visit the various sections of our website for more information, or contact us directly. Our caring professionals are always ready to help. (978) 741-7878
info@jfsns.org
 
Centerpieces for Troops
Ideas for centerpieces and other ways to assemble useful items that can be sent to our troops overseas. Explore creative combinations of useful items, stations to send thoughtful notes and more!
Cindy and Zach Blonder, contacted at: CMBlonder@comcast.net
 
Department of Children and Families, Massachusetts
The Department's vision is to ensure the safety of children in a manner that holds the best hope of nurturing a sustained, resilient network of relationships to support the child's growth and development into adulthood.  Contact: Carla King 978-825-3800, carla.king@state.ma.us
 
Friendship Circle,  Chabad Lubavitch of the North Shore
Pairs up teens and handicapped children for long-term relationship. Contact person:  David Nathan, dnathan@gmail.com
 
Reach Out and Read, Lynn Community Health Center
Children and parents participate in National Reading Program. Though our pediatric literacy program, community volunteers of all ages read stories to children in our pediatric, family practice, and behavioral health waiting rooms. Parents witness the pleasures and techniques of reading aloud and children are opened up to the world inside books. Learn more about volunteering for ROR or donating gently used children’s books. Contact: Cindy Steger Wilson 781-596-2502  ext. 717  cstegerwilson@LCHCNET.ORG
 
Cradles to Crayons, Boston
Cradles to Crayons works to combat childhood poverty by providing, free of charge, low-income and homeless children from birth to pre-teen  with the basic essentials they need to be safe, warm, ready to learn and valued. Contact:  Christine McCall, christine@cradlestocrayons.org or call 617-471-8417.
 
Grosvenor Park Nursing Center, Salem
The Salter and Bane families, each with four decades of experience providing exceptional quality health care for the area's seniors, joined together to produce the landmark healthcare center, Grosvenor Park. Their unwavering commitment to excellence can be seen and felt throughout their unique and beautiful facility.
 
Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home
Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home has been nurturing the community's frail elderly since 1919, providing skilled nursing and residential care for complications of aging, rehabilitation, Alzheimer's, dementia and end-of-life care. CJNH is a modern, 123-bed residence with uncommon amenities located in the heart of Chelsea, Massachusetts. CJNH observes Jewish traditions, while meeting the spiritual needs of all residents. Devoted caregivers deliver outstanding personal assistance and nursing care. The Home is known for its excellent kosher food and award-winning, innovative programs. CJNH feels like home. It is a warm, pleasant, supportive environment dedicated to the promotion of health and comfort for every resident.
 
Jewish Rehabilitation Center
Located in Swampscott, Massachusetts, on Boston’s North Shore, the Jewish Rehabilitation Center is a skilled nursing center with special care units for residents with memory loss, a short-term rehabilitation facility and adult day center. On its Peabody campus, the JRC is home to an 130-apartment assisted living community, including the Legacy Program, 32 suites for individuals with memory loss. With strong roots in its Jewish heritage, the JRC is a not-for-profit organization, enhancing the community through outstanding choices for seniors by providing excellence in service, promoting quality of life, supporting wellness and maximizing independence through a continuum of care. The JRC is devoted to enriching the lives of seniors. 

Community Service (National Opportunities)

Israel Guide Dogs for Blind
Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind works to improve the quality of life of visually impaired Israelis by providing them with safe mobility, independence, and self-confidence through the assistance of guide dogs. Students can help by raising $500 toward the care and food of a future guide dog by baby sitting, working odd jobs, or applying a portions of a student’s bar or bat mitzvah gift.

Hadassah Medical Organization – Israel
From the very beginning, Hadassah's pacesetting progress has set the standard for medicine in Israel; this standard is excellence. An impressive list of achievements -- each of them trailblazing -- is testimony to Hadassah's vision and mission. Today, the Hadassah Medical Organization continues to march forward to make the world a better place through healing, teaching and research. Donations can be earmarked to a department of particular meaning to the individual.

Save A Child’s Heart (SACH)
SACH is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project, whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and to create centers of competence in these countries. SACH is totally dedicated to the idea that every child deserves the best medical treatment available, regardless of the child's nationality, religion, color, gender or financial situation.

Kids For Our Troops / Homes For Our Troops
We know kids of all ages want to get involved in the effort to help and support our American Heroes. Homes for Our Troops has created this website to help parents, children, teachers, students, club leaders and civic organizations find out how they can get involved in our effort to provide specially adapted homes for our most severely wounded soldiers.

Friends of Israel Defense Forces
The FIDF initiates and helps support social, educational, cultural and recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. The FIDF also provides support for the families of fallen soldiers.

Kulanu
Kulanu is an organization which reflects the community of interests of individuals of varied backgrounds and religious practices dedicated to finding and assisting lost and dispersed remnants of the Jewish people. Kulanu’s activities concern these dispersed groups, including research, contacts, education, donation of religious books and articles, facilitation of conversion when requested, and help with relocation to Israel if desired.

ORT, America
ORT America promotes the understanding and appreciation of Jewish values through a global network of schools and training programs in 62 countries that boast more than three million graduates to date. Worldwide Jewish and secular communities are strengthened in those towns and cities that ORT programs exist. The cutting edge education acquired at ORT schools, colleges and international programs provide marketable skills that enable 300,000 students and beneficiaries annually to attain successful careers, become community leaders and live independently.

ArtsBridge
The mission of Artsbridge, Inc. is to provide a safe environment, which cultivates creativity, voice, respectful listening and dialogue in order to empower today’s youth to become leaders in the quest for peace in and between their own communities. For generations, children on both sides of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict have witnesses and suffered trauma. Though most have never met their Israeli or Palestinian counterpart, they have come to see “each other” as “the enemy.” There is no trust, and no sense of understanding for the lived experiences of the other. For many Palestinian and Israeli youth, there is difficulty imagining a future that includes peace and coexistence with their neighbors. As hard as it is to imagine peace and coexistence, it is even harder for them to recognize they have potential to bring about positive change in their environment and their future.

Knitting for Angels
To provide children in need, including those in orphanages, hospitals, and institutions, with a handmade treasure which will provide them warmth and comfort. The items, knitted by volunteers, are sent to children in the United States and on five continents. Contact: Becky Shepard, shepardb@aol.com or Director at knittingforangels@comcast.net.

Locks of Love
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

Birthday Wishes
Our mission is simple: To bring birthday parties to homeless children. Birthday Wishes recognizes the importance of a birthday in a child's life and believes that the gift of a birthday celebration provides normalcy, joy and hope in these children's otherwise unsettled lives. Our grassroots philosophy fosters the spirit of volunteerism and community service in the adults, children and families who donate their time and resources to our mission. Contact : Rachel Freeman 866-388-9474 ext.7224 rachel@birthdaywishes.org

Pitch in for Baseball
Pitch in for Baseball is the central organization for the collection of new and gently used youth baseball equipment. The charity then sorts that equipment and delivers to children in underserved communities both in the United States and around the world. Contact: Mark Shapiro, 215-646-4603; cell 215-740-2715

AMIT
For more than 20,000 children in Israel, many of whom live in poverty, are immigrants, and do not have families with whom to celebrate, to share life’s experiences, or to plan the milestone of a Bat/Bat mitzvah. Amit’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program offers the opportunity to have a child approaching his or her Bar/Bat Mitzvah to bond with an Amit child in Israel who is also preparing for this special day. Contact person Rebecca Grossman 212-792-5690 rebekahg@amitchildren.org

Smile Train
Unlike many charities that do many different things, The Smile Train is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache. The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250 and takes as little as 45 minutes. This is our mission: To provide free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries, to provide free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals.

Worldwide Animal Fund-Adopt a Zoo Animal
The World Wildlife Fund, started in 1961, is the largest multinational conservation organization in the world. Its mission is to protect natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species, promote the use of sustainable, renewable, approaches for using natural resources, and develop more efficient uses of resources and energy while maximally reducing pollution. Contact: Liane and Zack Biletch - lbiletch@comcast.net

Heifer International
Non-profit organization whose goal is to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance and sustainability. Contact: Kate Sheehan 216 Wachusett Street, Rutland, MA 01543-2099; 877-663-1681.

Survivor Mitzvah Project
The Survivor Mitzvah Project considers all Jewish Men, Women and Children who experienced the Holocaust "Survivors," whether they were in ghettos, concentration camps, partisan groups, the Russian army, the Gulag, slave labor camps, or whether they were hidden or fled to Russia to escape the killing squads. In every case the German war machine decimated lives and entire families and these survivors were left with nothing. Because the definition of "Survivor" used by the German government to determine reparation is narrow, many elderly people receive no compensation at all, even though they suffered tremendously under the Nazis and in post-war Soviet times. The Survivor Mitzvah Project seeks to help these people who receive no reparations from the German government. The Survivor Mitzvah Project complements rather than duplicates the fine work being done by major organizations and other charitable and humanitarian groups. Contact: Zane Buzby

Holocaust Museum, Houston - The Butterfly Project
In an effort to remember them, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. The butterflies will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition, currently scheduled for Spring 2012, for all to remember. As of Summer 2008, we have already collected an estimated 400,000 butterflies.

Jewish National Fund
Over the past 107 years, JNF has evolved into a global environmental leader by planting 240 million trees, building over 200 reservoirs and dams, developing over 250,000 acres of land, creating more than 1,000 parks, providing the infrastructure for over 1,000 communities, bringing life to the Negev Desert and educating students around the word about Israel and the environment. Jewish National Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 1901. It all started with a dream. Theodor Herzl, a Viennese journalist, witnessed virulent anti-Semitism at the Dreyfus trial. He knew it was time to take action, and was determined that before the Fifth Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland came to an end, a national fund would be established to purchase land for a Jewish State in Ottoman-controlled Palestine.

Yemin Orde
The Yemin Orde Wingate Village is a home and school to more than 500 immigrants, disadvantaged and at-risk youngsters from 20 countries around the world. Located just south of Haifa in the Carmel Mountains, the village integrates children from diverse cultures and backgrounds, cultivating their self-esteem and building leadership through innovative educational and community outreach programs. Known particularly for its work with young Ethiopian Jews, Yemin Order has attracted widespread acclaim from within and outside Israel. Contact: Barbara Goldman goldilox1@comcast.net

American Jewish World Service
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community. Contact: Lakshmi Sirois Lsirois@verizon.net or Jessica Soria, 212-792-2814

Special Olympics Israel
The Special Olympics movement was founded by Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968 In the USA. Today there are over 2¼ million individual athletes with intellectual disabilities active in 169 countries over the world. The goal of Special Olympics worldwide is to change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities emphasizing potential, ability and acceptance. S.O. Israel relies solely on donations and sponsors to provide the local and national programming of the over 4900 athletes that make up S.O. Israel. The sport branches are: athletics, aquatics, cycling, equestrian, basketball, football, gymnastics, table and lawn tennis, judo, bowling, and motor activity. Contact: Steven Ross and Sean Canty 781-598-3033 Stevenross@aol.com or bettyross1@aol.com

Marigold Fund Foundation
Marigold’s mission is to help Afghans rebuild their country after decades of war, and to establish substantial friendship and understanding between Afghans and Westerners. Marigold seeks to inspire common folk from Western lands and elsewhere to join in offering respectful, cooperative and creative service to Afghanistan in an historic time of need. This field of service is in a context of generations of warfare, a mixed political history between Afghanistan and and the West, and the realities of current events. In all of this, Marigold’s response is to serve and to share in ways that enable improved education, health, and home making. Currently, the scope of our programs are limited to Takhar Province, in northeast Afghanistan. Contact: Don Moskowitz 617-787-1901 ext 130 dmoskowitz@bamha.org

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