Helping others–in whatever way works for you–is a central part of spiritual life. We offer many different ways to get involved.
Backpack Buddies-Perfect if you have an hour and appreciate some social time with fellow congregants. For Backpack Buddies, we need four volunteers weekly to pack backpacks with food. This activity takes about 45 minutes and occurs on Wednesday mornings starting at 9:00AM. We coordinate weeks with the Religious School, which participates as part of its curriculum at least once a month.
St. Xavier’s Soup Kitchen—This is something you might enjoy doing with your teen, and has the satisfaction of working within a community in need. We require 14 volunteers one Sunday a month from November-June to help prepare and serve meals to visitors at the St. Xavier’s Soup Kitchen in Chelsea. All volunteers must be over the age of 14, and children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Days for Girls—Help empower girls and women at this once-a-month program for Days for Girls, a grassroots non-profit organization that makes and distributes re-usable, sustainable feminine hygiene kits to over one million women and girls worldwide. All are welcome to help create kits for girls and women in New York City, around the country, and abroad. You do not need to know how to sew to participate. Run by Sisterhood, this is a great parent-and-child (age 11+) opportunity. No registration required.
CRS Men’s Shelter—When you volunteer to spend a night at CRS in our Men’s Shelter, you are providing immediate, in-the-moment assistance for someone who has no where to sleep. We provide a safe and warm place for 8 homeless men to sleep per night. We are especially looking for people who would consider doing this for one night during the winter months. Shifts are done by two people-you may sign up alone and someone else will sign up as well, or you and a friend can sign up together.
Mitzvah Weekend—Want to try something new? Meet people? Not sure what you’d really enjoy? Every autumn for the past 20 years, Rodeph Sholom produces a big day of social action and volunteering. On this days, we do mitzvot both at our building and in our community. We clean parks, paint walls, spend time with seniors, pack food for our local food bank. We send out information to our members for the event in early fall.
Congregation Rodeph Sholom uses a third-party site to streamline registration for many of our volunteer opportunities – from our Backpack Buddies program, to staffing the shelter, to serving at the soup kitchen, there is an activity for everyone.
Simply visit crsnyc.volunteerhub.com and create an account. Once logged in, click on the “All Events” tab to see what programs are in need of your help and sign up! Thank you for taking the time to contribute to our community.
To see the volunteers registered for any event on Volunteerhub:
1. Click on the event on the day you are looking for information
2. The second page you are taken to has a gray bar at eye level with three tabs: Summary, Registered Users, and Hours
3. Click on “Registered Users” and you will be able to see the first and last name of whoever is signed up to volunteer on that day