During the Jewish Federation’s 100th annual Mitzvah Day, which is this Sunday, there will be hundreds of service projects offered throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Here is a guide to the ones most convenient to the Hollow.
For (almost) Teens: The Jewish Community Center
Perfect for pre-teens eager to experience independence. Teen Connection, the precursor to BBYO, is hosting a service project for grades 6-8. From 1 to 5 p.m.
For Foodies: Temple Emanu-El
The next time your stomach grumbles, imagine the pains of those who go without enough food every day. Go to Temple Emanu-El and help make sandwiches for the homeless. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
For Creative Thinkers: Children’s Medical Center
Who hasn’t suffered from the boredom blues while waiting at a doctor’s office? Assemble sheets of word games and crossword puzzles to help adults with sick children pass the time while waiting at the hospital. From 9 a.m. to noon.
For Environmentalists: White Rock Lake
For Green Thumbs: The Dallas Holocaust Museum
Preserve the Holocaust survivors’ memories and rejuvenate the Garden of Remembrance. Replant and water shrubs in the garden. Ages 12 and up. From noon to 3 p.m.
For Outdoor Groupies: The Dallas Arboretum
Volunteers will enjoy the fresh air while greeting guests, passing out candy, and running the pumpkin cart during the Arboretum’s Family Fun Weekend. A great option for younger families because there is plenty of space to run and play in the garden. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 1 to 4 p.m.
For Party Planners: Vickery Meadow Learning Center
Organize and set up a Halloween-themed party for the children and families at the center. From 1 to 4 p.m.
For Personal Connections: The Legacy at Preston Hollow
Play bingo with the assisted-living residents at The Legacy at Preston Hollow. Socialize with residents eager to share their stories. From 2 to 3:30 p.m.
For the Young at Heart: The JCC
Design, assemble, cut, and glue counting books to help the pre-literacy curriculum at Educational First Steps childcare centers. From 2 to 4 p.m.
Still don’t see the project for you? Click here for a complete list of the events.