Hi JFriends, we are volunteering on Mitzvah Day in 2 weeks: Sunday 19 November 2017 for the 3rd year now, join us for a Mitzvah (it’s free). Let’s make a difference!
Picture this in mind: Sunday 1pm in Hampstead, cosy warm community library, the smell of old books, students working and us JFriends spread between the rows of books-cleaning and tiding up the shelves. After the session there is an option of going together for drinks.
About the Charity:
Keats Community Library is local volunteer-run community library. It is run by the community for the community.
When Camden Council closed Heath Library in 2012, a group of local residents started a charity to take it over, and soon 40 volunteers had stepped forward to run it. It’s a much loved local hub now, providing not only a brilliant library with up to date fiction and non-fiction, but also rhyme-time for toddlers, creative writing and chess classes for children, and occasional events such as a magician, a puppeteer and family concerts. For the grown-ups there’s a Reading Group, and fabulous (and affordable) evening events with such luminaries as Michael Palin, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Diana Rigg, Howard Jacobson, Sir David Hare, and recitals by singers from the Royal Opera House.
The Library is housed in a lovely Grade II listed building with a beautiful stained glass dome. It is next to Keats House Museum, surrounded by a lovely garden.
Whilst the volunteers have their hands full dealing with the books and the borrowers, the library needs extra volunteers to give the shelves a good old clean. Just an hour or two of your time would make a difference and they will provide cleaning materials, tea and biscuits!
Lend a hand to Israeli charity Zichron Menachem at its 25th anniversary celebration event and bring a smile to the face of a child with cancer.
Zichron Menachem was founded by Chaim and Miri Ehrental after their oldest child, Menachem died of leukaemia at the age of 15. Since then the charity has helped 3,500 families, organising free camps, running a day centre in Jerusalem to enable children with cancer and their healthy siblings to learn and have fun, and much more.
At the gala you will have the chance to dance, sing and celebrate together with over 150 kids spending the week at Zichron Menachem's London summer camp, helping with the entertainment, games and activities for the kids.
JFriends volunteering for Basket Brigade 2015 – Spreading the Love
The Basket Brigade project aim to make this, and every Christmas, a special one for thousands of needy people across London. The YES Group London Basket Brigade is on the 23rd December every year, when volunteers come together to pack and deliver food hampers for the needy.
It costs us just £10 to feed a family of 4. For this inside a roasting tin they provide the ingredients for a full Christmas dinner. They receive a Chicken/Vegetarian option, Stuffing, Gravy, Potatoes, Parsnips, Carrots, Brussels Sprouts, Mince Pies, Xmas Pudding, Custard and Satsumas. And for this year, we’d love to get enough donations to also add in crackers :)
Those who join this project on the day as volunteers get an experience they will never forget! They get a gift of of overwhelming love, friendship and contribution. Words cannot describe the reaction they get when they hand over a basket at a needy home; it is one of total gratitude.
Mitzvah Day project brings together over 37,000 people each year, to take part in collective, hands-on social action projects which make a real difference to local issues.
We, JFriends who wish to volunteer and make a difference, will go for cooking and gardening for a hospice in Belsize Park. It is not just an opportunity to bond with old and new JFriends, it's a way to make others happy!