Welcome to Repair the World’s 8 Nights of Service: awesome volunteer projects, donation opportunities and tikkun olam ideas to bring service to the center of your Hanukkah celebration!

The holidays are a festive time of year, but they can be difficult for seniors without strong support networks or family members. This Hanukkah, reach out to the elders in your life and brighten their days. Some ideas to get you started:

  • Grandparents Gone Wired: Join Dosomething.org’s  campaign and help your grandmother, grandfather, or someone else you love access the digital age (they offer tips for setting them up on Facebook, Gmail, and Skype)
  • Visit a Veterans Affairs Hospital: Search by zip code to find a VA hospital or facility near you – contact them directly about volunteer and visiting opportunities.
  • Veteran Crisis Hotline: Help spread the word about the Veteran Crisis Line, which connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified responders.
  • Visit Holocaust Survivors: Apply to be a regular visitor for a survivor of the Holocaust through iVolunteer (Read more about this wonderful organization on Repair the World’s blog, here.)
  • Deliver Meals and a Smile: Volunteer with Meals on Wheels to bring a meal to an elderly or housebound person. You can search by zip code to find volunteer opportunities in your area.

Jewish tradition emphasizes the importance of respecting our elders, visiting them, and seeking out their wisdom. How are you planning to honor your elders this holiday season – and beyond? Let us know by tweeting @repairtheworld and #8Nights