Congregation B’nai Israel
Tikkun Olam Opportunities while in Isolation
For the Hungry:
Nourish Bridgeport is running two programs:
Neighbor to Neighbor where groceries are ordered and delivered directly to the needy recipient(s). This is done in coordination with a local market on the east side of Bridgeport that provides free delivery to our organization. A family of four costs $200-250 for a delivery of groceries every 10 days or so. Funding is needed in order to continue this program until the quarantine rules are lifted. There are 50 families involved in this program. Donations help pay for the groceries to feed these families.
Drive through meal service: Nourish Bridgeport has also initiated a drive through meal service at Bessemer center. Last week we gave out 200 meals. We expect this week to increase by 100 meals…to 300. Meals are being prepped at Bessemer and being delivered to transitional housing apartment buildings for people who were either homeless, in drug/alcohol recovery or mental health recovery. This program also needs funding. Check contributions can be made out to NOURISH BRIDGEPORT.
Please mail contributions to: Bob Sussman, 83 Harwich Road, Fairfield, CT 06825
Paypal also accepted on the Nourish Bridgeport Facebook page. There is a link to donate under “learn more”.
Bridgeport Islamic Community Center: Needs financial support to provide meals to the families they help to feed and clothe. The need has greatly increased as many of the people they serve have lost their jobs and several food pantries in the area have closed. In addition, the food bank offerings and rescues from supermarkets that usually provide them with provisions, has diminished greatly.
Bridgeport Rescue Mission: Provides services such as hot meals, shelter, clean clothing, access to medical care for the homeless. In need of monetary donations.
For those in Need:
Homes for the Braves: Is a not-for-profit with a mission of providing housing and services to individuals experiencing homelessness, especially Veterans is in need masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning disinfectant, and gloves. Also requesting items such as games, individually wrapped snacks, single serve fruit, and anything that would benefit the residents.
Our Woven Community: Is a program that provides local resettled refugee women the opportunity to become self-sufficient leaders and become empowered with entrepreneurial skills and economic opportunity. Instead of selling product at events which provides a source of income for the women, the women are currently sewing masks to donate. In order to continue to provide the refugee women with an income during this time, donations are the being requested and can be made through the website, https://burroughscenter.org/programs/owc-program/
Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants: CIRI provides legal, economic, linguistic, and social services to immigrants, refugees, and survivors of human trafficking throughout Connecticut. In need of financial contributions and donations of shelf stable food, household essentials, personal hygiene items, baby products, electronics, and school supplies and gift cards to Gala Foods (1457 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport) Email Christian Mendoza at email@example.com for more information.
Donate blood by making an appointment at the American Red Cross website.
Donate Plasma: People who have recovered from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can donate potentially life-saving plasma to critically ill patients fighting the virus at Danbury and Norwalk Hospitals.
Donate Used Bedding: The Bridgeport YMCA is looking for used bedding and toiletries for nonhospitalized but quarantined COVID-19 patients. Place outside your home, text them at 203.895.7892 with your address and they will come pick it up. They are also accepting cash donation or checks made out to Alpha Community Services YMCA, Bridgeport
Buy a lawn sign for $20 that thanks first responders, essential workers and healthcare heroes. The money is split between donations to Fairfield based Operation Hope and The Center for Family Justice located in Bridgeport and offers services to prevent sexual and domestic abuse and violence. To buy a sign send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Buy a meal: Consider buying a meal for a healthcare worker or first responder. Have the meal delivered to a local hospital.
Write letters of encouragement from you and your children to our hospitals and nursing homes.
Ring a Bell: If you live in Fairfield, every Wednesday night in an effort to bring residents together, the town of Fairfield is asking residents to go out on your front steps or open a window and joyously sound a bell, chime, banging of pots, etc. to show support for one another.
Donate a gift card or meal for an essential worker: Money is being collected to buy $25 gift cards for the 150 employees at the ShopRite on Black Rock Turnpike. Venmo your donation to Katherine Miles @ ShopRiteAppreciation.
Porch Patio Pictures: Have a picture taken on your porch to help local food pantries at Greater Bridgeport Council of Churches and the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Contact Jenna Stern and Louloupix Studio.
Helping your Neighbors:
Help Shop/Deliver Groceries/Run Errands: Contact Kelle Ruden at email@example.com to volunteer to assist congregants of B’nai Israel.
Make and Donate Face Masks
Merkaz Mobile Mitzvot: Join a parade of cars on Friday, May 8 (time to be determined) at the Jewish Senior Services (right side of the building) to life the spirits of residents and staff. Please stay in your cars, follow the lead car and route, bring noise makers, and wear silly hats.
JSS is accepting donations of colored pencils, large print fill-in and crossword puzzle books, adult coloring books, and large print books. Items can be slightly used by must be clean.