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Better Our World From Home


Tikkun Olam, “Repairing the World,” is possible even from home!

 

 Please send photos of you and your family doing good for others to Rabbi Ryan Daniels: 

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New Opportunities

 

Feed the Homeless

Sunday, May 15 from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For nearly three decades NSCI’s Feed the Homeless program has helped to feed thousands of people around Chicago. Join us one Sunday a month to prepare 750 hot and brown-bag meals for food programs in Lake & Cook Counties. Click here to sign up for your preferred time slot.

 

Adult Mitzvah Corps Sorting Event for The Ark

Wednesday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

All adults are invited to join Adult Mitzvah Corps at NSCI to sort donations for The Ark Food Pantry and learn how The Ark creates a safety net for Chicagoland Jews in need. Please bring travel-size toiletries that will be used to make hygiene kits. Click here to RSVP.

 

Non-Perishable Food Collection for The Ark

Help stock The ARK’s food pantry by donating kosher, non-perishable food. Please bring donations to NSCI’s Administrative Office outer lobby during regular business hours (Mon-Thurs, 9am-5pm and Fri, 9am-4pm). Call ahead to let us know you’re coming: (847) 835-0724. 

 

Baking Cookies for Fill a Heart 4 Kids

Tuesdays May 3 and June 7

From your own home, help bake cookies for children who are experiencing homelessness or living in foster care settings. Interested? Contact Lois Davis.

 

Family Promise at NSCI

Sunday, June 5-Sunday, June 19

For 7 years, NSCI has partnered with Family Promise Chicago North Shore, an Evanston-based coalition of interfaith houses of worship that care for and house families who are experiencing homelessness. There are many ways for you and your family to participate behind-the-scenes or in person to make our guest families feel comfortable and welcome!

Click here to RSVP.

 

Beth Emet Soup Kitchen

Wednesdays, May 25 & Sept. 14 from 4 - 7 p.m.

Volunteer to provide meals to food insecure individuals at the Beth Emet Soup kitchen. You can package meals onsite, prepare food or prepare food at home and deliver to the soup kitchen. Advance signup is necessary. To sign up or ask questions, contact Brooke Hazan, our NSCI Beth Emet Soup Kitchen Liaison.

 

Ongoing Opportunities

 

We're Always Collecting Stuff!

While we host special in-kind collections during specific months throughout the year, we are always collecting toiletries for The Night Ministry, kosher non-perishable food for The Ark and children’s books, toys and clothing for Cradles to Crayons. Call ahead to let us know you’re coming: 847-835-0724.

 

 

Family Promise Chicago North Shore needs our help!

Most needed right now is Clorox/Lysol cleaning supplies, paper towels, water bottles and baby wipes. Additionally, they are in need of $25 gift cards for Jewel and Target. Donations can be dropped off at their Evanston Center (1417 Hinman Ave, Evanston), Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. After being buzzed into the church building, please leave donations on the front marble table marked "Family Promise." If you bring gift cards, please phone first so that a member of the Family Promise staff can meet you at the door: (847) 475-4500. Questions or need help getting your donations to Evanston? Call Ann Weisberg at (847) 254-0579. 

 

Additonally, please help provide meals to our Family Promise guests until we can once again welcome them into our congregational homes. You're invited to prepare a home-cooked meal or support our local restaurants and have food delivered to the Day Center where they are currently staying. And if you'd like, you're welcome to bring your own family and enjoy a socially-distanced meal together.

There are many opportunities, please click here to sign up.

 

Feed the Homeless Update

Sign up online to purchase the ingredients and make sandwiches for The Night Ministry, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing essential services to Chicago’s food insecure and transient population. We have agreed to make 125 sandwiches each date listed below, and invite you to sign up here to make a minimum of 25 sandwiches. For those interested in a larger mitzvah project, perhaps as part of a b'nei mitzvah celebration or other family simcha, you may sign up to make as many as the full 125!

Click here to sign up now!

 

Love Your Neighbor:  How To Help

As a caring community, we strive to meet the growing needs of our NSCI family. During this time in particular, we are aware that these needs are constantly changing. If you are able to lend a hand to someone in need (phone call check-ins, etc.) please let us know HERE. As we become aware of needs in our community, a member of the NSCI staff or lay leader will be in touch with a specific task.

 

 

Donate to NSCI’s Feed the Homeless Fund to provide meals to Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Meals Ministry. A $6 donation provides a catered meal for 1 guest.

 

Help Family Promise Chicago North Shore provide hotel rooms and food for families experiencing temporary homelessness. Click HERE to volunteer and help prepare meals for families in need of food or HERE to donate.

 

Fund Cradles to Crayons’ efforts to provide much needed diapers, school supplies, hygiene items and other essentials to Chicago’s children. Click HERE to donate. 


Caring for Medical Workers and First Responders

GiveInKind Meals for Chicago Area Healthcare Workers 

Click HERE to provide a meal or snacks for hospital staff at a local hospital. 

 

Illinois COVID-19 PPE Donations

Click HERE to donate personal protective equipment to first responders in Illinois. 

 

‘Thank you’ notes and pictures for essential works and first responders

For sample notes and other ways to help, visit Highland Park Community Foundation's website: HERE

 
Doing Acts of Loving-Kindness for Neighbors 

Highland Park welcomes fabric mask donations:  click HERE for sew and no-sew patterns on the City's website. Completed face coverings may be donated in the City of Highland Park's Payment Drop Box, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in the Hazel Street Parking Lot adjacent to City Hall, or during normal business hours, they can be left at the rear entrance of City Hall. Mask donations should be placed in a plastic bag and labeled large or small, or kids/adults.

 

Use sidewalk chalk or hang signs to share positive messages to lift the spirits of neighbors walking or driving by.

 

Donate blood and platelets with the American Red Cross (HERE) or NorthShore University HealthSystem (HERE) to help ensure blood is available for those who might need it.

 

Order take-out or purchase gift cards to support local restaurants who closed their dining rooms to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

For more volunteer-at-home ideas, visit: juf.org/tov/covid-19.aspx

Mon, May 23 2022 22 Iyar 5782