Hillel used to say:
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
And if I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?”
Tikkun olam means 'repair of the world' and has come to refer to social action and the pursuit of social justice. The concept is defined by acts of kindness. The OFJCC is committed to doing its part to help heal the world. Our efforts include:
- Mitzvah Day which brings volunteers together for the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Projects address issues of poverty, hunger, housing and homelessness, aging, the environment and more.
- Mitzvah Corps, our ongoing hands-on volunteering opportunities, which include preparing, delivering and serving meals at local shelters; visiting the elderly; making cat toys and dog biscuits for homeless animals and more
- National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11. Projects included making cards for active duty American soldiers and first responders; no-sew blankets and care packages for homeless veterans; cookies for first responders; flowerpots for firefighters; and treats and toys for service dogs
- Giving Garden: vegetables grown are given to food banks
- High Holidays Food Drive
- Donation bins to collect clothing, food and toiletries for those in need