In preparation for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, the 6th graders of the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale wanted to experience what it felt like to be a “chesed-doer,” or someone who performs an act of loving-kindness. What better way to feel the powerful effects of doing chesed than volunteering for Met Council’s POS program?
The Paperless Office System (POS) is an exciting program in collaboration with Met Council, Human Resources Administration (HRA), Single Stop USA and the Robin Hood Foundation that allows New Yorkers to have improved access to public benefits, such as Food Stamps and Medicaid. In an effort to spread the word about this program, the students distributed over 2,500 pamphlets to various businesses throughout Co-op City.
After the students distributed the materials, they discussed their experiences and how their volunteer efforts were in line with the concept of doing chesed. Their understanding and appreciation for the project they undertook was evident in their positive feedback. Met Council is so proud to have facilitated this empowering experience for the 6th graders of the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale and hopes that this volunteer opportunity will instill within them the obligation to continue performing tikkun olam or “repairing of the world.”