Beginning in 1986, in cooperation with Women In Need Inc (now renamed WIN), Congregation Rodeph Sholom worked on behalf of WIN, in a social action program funded by contributions to the Rodeph Sholom Food Drive (formerly named Project Moving On). WIN provides temporary shelter and support services for families (usually mothers with children) until they are ready to leave WIN shelters and move to permanent housing.
Every month WIN at Rodeph Sholom provides at least five of these WIN families with cartons of food and kitchen supplies as they move to their new homes. Tucked into the cartons as well are gifts of books, toys and clothing for the children, donated by Rodeph Sholom families. To date, the program has helped more than 3,500 families, including more than 6,000 children.
Volunteers are needed for:
1) Packing boxes for families – two volunteers are needed, twice a month for about 2 hours. Adults or mature teens welcome. Takes places on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, but flexible as to timing during the day or in the evening until the synagogue closes.
2) Shelving groceries and donations: once a month, groceries are purchased and need to be put on the shelves. Takes approximately one hour. One or two volunteers are needed.
3) Sorting and shelving of toys and clothes: several times a year, volunteers are needed to go through donations and place them on the shelves. One or two volunteers are needed
If you would like to be part of this project, please be in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to provide your name, telephone number and an email address where you can be reached.
And please keep in mind that if you have children’s clothing, books or toys in good clean condition with no missing parts that your children or grandchildren have outgrown or no longer use, Project Moving On at Rodeph Sholom would welcome your donations. Items can be left at the Security Desk in the CRS lobby whenever the building is open. Donors wishing a receipt for their records must provide full name and mailing address.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please go to rodephsholom.org/give, select “Other” and note that you would like these funds to go to WIN/Project Moving On.