Mitzvah Day

 

Join the Keneseth Israel community on Sunday, May 19, as we fan out across Louisville and Southern Indiana to volunteer at a variety of local charities in need of help, such as environmental cleanup, serving food at a soup kitchen, helping in animal shelters, and so much more.

The day will begin with a community breakfast at 9:00 a.m. at Keneseth Israel. Then, everyone will go off to their respective community services sites.

Use the form below to sign up. Full descriptions of each community service site are below the form. 

The Healing Place: Addiction recovery center and homeless shelter for men and women. Provides food, clothing, and shelter daily at no cost to nearly 1,000 clients seeking help for their addictions.

Opportunity: Serving lunch; clothes closet organization; outdoor landscaping cleaning and planting

Spots available: 4 for food services; 3 for clothes organization; 8 for landscaping

Times: 10am-2pm

Ages: 16 and up.

Location: The Healing Place

Animal Care Society: A publicly supported no-kill shelter whose purpose is to find new, safe and loving forever homes for adoptable dogs and cats.

Opportunity: Projects include cleaning, organizing, picking up after the animals, grooming, making toys, and light maintenance

Spots available: 12

Times: 12pm-2pm

Ages: 16 and up.

Location: Animal Care Society

Louisville Nature Center: Strives to teach people about the natural world and provide a place where people can enjoy nature. Includes a sensory garden, rain garden, nature play area, bird blind, and nature garden.

Opportunity: Removing invasive species in our Preserve. Tools and gloves would be provided. Please note: this type of work is outdoors, so volunteers should dress with the weather in mind and in clothes that can get dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required.

Spots available: 15

Times: 10am-1pm

Ages: 18 and up.

Location: Louisville Nature Center

Homeless Outreach: Our outreach volunteers provide meals, supplies, and a listening ear to the homeless.

Opportunity: Make meals and supply bags, and go on the streets to deliver to the homeless. Start at KI for food assembly, then drive downtown to deliver.

Spots available: 10

Times: 10am-1pm

Ages: Any age can make the meals and supply bags; 18 and over to deliver them to the homeless.

Location: At KI, then driving downtown.

Paws with Purpose: provides highly skilled Assistance Dogs as partners to children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs.

Opportunity: 10 people of any age to bake dog treats and make goodie bags for trainers to use with the assistance dogs. Meet and play with some of the assistance dogs.

Spots available: 10

Ages: Good for younger children and families.

Times: 10am-12pm

Location: At KI

Falls of the Ohio: State park in Southern Indiana on the banks of the Ohio River, part of the Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area. The exposed fossil beds are the main feature of the park.

Opportunity: Trash pickup.

Spots available: 10

Ages: Elementary age and up

Times: 10am-12pm

Location: Falls of the Ohio State Park

Uplifting Israeli Soldiers

Opportunity: Write and draw thank you notes for Israeli soldiers.

Spots available: 20

Ages: Good for younger children and families.

Times: 10am-12pm

Location: At KI

Baking day for Caring Committee 

Opportunity: The KI Caring Committee prepares meals for those who are sick, bereaved, or homebound.

Spots available: 10

Ages: Teens and up.

Times: 10am-12pm

Location: At KI

Tissue Paper Flower Pots

Opportunity: Decorate flower tissue paper flower pots for homebound seniors.

Spots available: 15

Times: 10am-12pm

Ages: Good for younger children and families.

Location: At KI

Jewish Family and Career Services: The Sonny & Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry provides support for families in need.

Opportunity: Organize the food pantry.

Spots available: 4 people

Times: 1pm-4pm

Ages: Teens and up.

Location: JFCS

Ronald McDonald House: Louisville’s only organization founded to provide a “home-away-from-home” for families with children receiving healthcare at area medical facilities.

Opportunity: Prepare baked goods on-site in RMH commercial kitchen

Spots available: 8

Times: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Ages: 10 years old and up.

Location: Ronald McDonald House

Alley Cat Advocates: provides for the humane treatment of unowned cats in our region by directing a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program in the safest, most efficient and cost effective way possible.

Opportunities: landscaping around the front and back of our building, including around our catio (where our long term stay cats reside); cutting trap covers (where the cats are housed in)

Spots available: 8

Ages: Teens and up.

Times: 10am-12pm

Location: Alley Cat Advocates

Kentucky Humane Society: Kentucky’s largest and oldest pet adoption agency.

Opportunity: help with cleaning and organizing before opening to the public.

Spots available: 15

Times: 9am-11am

Location: Kentucky Humane Society

Keneseth Israel Cemetery 

Opportunity: Cleaning headstones at the Keneseth Israel cemetery and doing general cleanup

Spots available: 10

Times: 10am-12pm

Location: Kentucky Israel Cemetery

 

ADDITIONAL MITZVAH DAY OPPORTUNITIES

For those who aren’t able to join us on Mitzvah Day itself, here are two ways you can still participate!

Diaper Drive

Purchase diapers and drop them off at KI. We will donate them to the National Diaper Bank Network, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to ensuring that every child in the U.S. has an adequate supply of diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy.

Israel Bond Fundraiser

By buying an Israel Bond, you are making a direct investment in the State of Israel, and also helping KI. Right now, interest rates are especially high – for example a 5-year “Mazel Tov” bond of between $100 to $2,500 is earning 6.23%.

You can purchase Israel Bonds for Keneseth Israel at https://www.israelbonds.com/ and if you need any help, you can call their toll-free number at 1-888-519-4111.