Who Cares? JCC Cares!

TEAM COLUMBUS MACCABI BOOK DRIVE From now until May 1 bring your gently used children’s, youth and tween books to the JCC to be donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

JCC Cares is part of what makes the JCC Maccabi Games more than just games. Athletes will take part in several community service projects around Columbus, giving athletes the opportunity to connect with new people, have a meaningful experience, and make an impact!

JCC Cares“Giving back and making a difference are core values in Jewish life,” says JCC Cares Chair Ayelet Ben-David. “By exposing our teens to other communities and showing them that it doesn’t take much to impact others, we hope to ignite the fire of giving so they can take it back with them to their own communities once the Games are over.”

The theme this year is Heart to Heart, expressing our open hand and heart to a variety of communities with whom the teens will engage, such as special needs youngsters, less privileged teens, and seniors.

Each project lasts about 90 minutes. During this time, local rabbis and community educators will start a discussion from a Jewish values perspective on the topic. Then the teens will work with members from each community they’re serving. The project will wrap up with final thoughts and comments from the teens and the project leaders.

JCC Cares requires many volunteers to help at nine different projects throughout the day. Volunteers will assist with project implementation, provide general teen supervision, help the project leader and give a hand in project set up and clean up. The time commitment is about 2-3 hours and most projects will be held at the College Avenue JCC.
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“Basically, [volunteers] need to arrive on site on the time allocated and help make sure that the projects run smoothly and safely for the teens,” says Ben-David.

JCC Cares also facilitates a Tzedakah Project in the months leading up to the Maccabi Games. The JCC Cares committee will collect items to send in care packages to Lone Soldiers in Israel and young patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. You can see the full list of items needed and learn about who it will help here.

Interested in volunteering? Register online. For any questions or comments about the JCC Cares projects contact Yale Glitner at yglinter@columbusjcc.org or (614)559-6215.

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