The High Holiday season is over for the year, but we are still flying high (um, pun intended) by the amazing projects, events, thought-provoking Shabbat dinners, and other community initiatives that happened over the course of September as part of our Inspire Service campaign.
All around the country, people stepped up to make a difference on the food justice front. Now, we’d like to share a few of those stories. First up: Alissa Mroz of Charlotte, North Carolina was one of our Movement Leaders. She helped to organize an awesome food bank volunteer event in her community. Here’s her story.
How did you get involved with Repair the World’s Inspire Service campaign? What drew you to it?
I found out about Repair the World’s Inspire Service campaign at a Moishe House retreat in Oregon. We were presented with a flyer about the “Different Kind of High Holiday Service” campaign, and I jumped on the chance to utilize the tips I learned at the retreat. Even though I knew my project would be small, I was excited to be part of a movement happening across the country as young Jews hosted these service projects during the High Holidays.
Tell us more about the project or event you helped organize.
We went to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to inspect and sort donated food and household items that are distributed to those in need throughout the community. We brought a donation too since we collected items at a recent Rosh Hashanah party, and it came out to 36 pounds – double chai! It was a nice volunteer project and we were glad to participate.
What was the most challenging aspect of being a Movement Leader in the campaign? How about the most inspiring?
The most challenging aspect of being a Movement Leader is confirming participation. In today’s society, our generation is immersed in technology that allows us to make last-minute decisions and change plans at any second – but event planning and preparation requires advance confirmation. It is difficult to get others to make that commitment! The most inspiring part is that there ARE 20- & 30-somethings willing to give up their time and resources in order to have a little impact on others in the community!
Find out more about Inspire Service, and learn how you can get involved with future campaigns here!