You Made it Matter!

Last Sunday, our Temple community came out in huge numbers to help the homeless, sick, hungry, and underprivileged in our region. Our project sites at Temple, JBSC, and around the D.C. metro area were transformed as hundreds of volunteers worked together to make a difference.

As Mitzvah Day 2015 drew to a close, our project site leaders counted an impressive number of accomplishments:

  • 20 wooden tables and benches were constructed as part of our partnership with Bread for the City;
  • 50 birthday boxes were created for children with serious illnesses;
  • 8 friends from Jewish Foundation for Group Homes participated with volunteers in activities at JBSC;
  • 50 gift bags filled with useful toiletry items were packed for the Before 30 program at Friendship Place and hundreds more were created for people in need in Maryland and D.C.;
  • 200 new backpacks were stuffed with books for Martha’s Table’s Nutrition and Literacy program;
  • 700 turkey sandwiches were made for people in need;
  • just under 4,000 individual snack bags were made for distribution to D.C.’s homeless population;
  • over 11,000 WHC Hunger Project meals were packed for the Capital Area Food Bank.

All of this and so much more was achieved during this year’s Mitzvah Day.

If you weren’t able to join us last weekend, you can still make a difference. Book collections for Martha’s Table’s Nutrition Literacy Backpack project will continue until the end of April. Visit our Amazon Wish List page to purchase books for this initiative. Your purchase will arrive at Temple and will be distributed to Martha’s Table early next month.

We’d like to thank the ECC families, Religious School students, WHC teens, WHC’s auxiliaries, and everyone who came out to lend a helping hand. We’d also like to extend a special thanks to our Mitzvah Day Chairs: Sandy Kouzel, Sara London, and Amy Winston. You made Mitzvah Day 2015 a success.

Mark your calendars now and get ready to join us next year as we celebrate 25 years of Mitzvah Day at WHC – see you on April 17, 2016!

Click Here to View the Mitzvah Day 2015 Photo Gallery