Met Council kicked off the summer by coordinating a three day volunteer event with campers from Ramah Day Camp in Nyack. On the first day, volunteers learned about the services Met Council offers to poor and near-poor New Yorkers; discussed the importance of social justice as a Jewish value; and talked about ways that they can aid the community. For the first project, the campers distributed flyers in target communities to educate seniors about Met Council’s Project Metropair, a free handyman service. This outreach event targeted seniors who are eligible for the program and encouraged them to enroll.
Day two took place at Met Council’s Weinberg Residence, affordable senior housing site, where the campers organized our annual Cool Off in July event. This luau themed social encouraged the campers to socialize with the senior residents. The volunteers initiated games with the seniors such as limbo and ring-toss while also running a photo booth and dress-up contest; all of which provided a memorable experience for all those in attendance.
During the final day, campers traveled to Masbia in Flatbush, a free soup kitchen that serves solely kosher meals to individuals and families. Volunteering at the soup kitchen, where the campers helped prepare food and served meals to clients, was a great way to wrap-up their three days of volunteering. Through these three very different, but still meaningful activities, the campers were able to leave with an overall understanding of how different volunteer projects both aid the community and correlate with Jewish values of social justice.