Congregation B'nai Israel

2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 | (203) 336-1858 | |

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Tikkun Olam Opportunities

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.

Operation Hope
If you’re stocking up on your pantry basics, Operation Hope’s most pressing needs are cash, checks and grocery store gifts cards, which allow them to purchase fresh produce, dairy and meat for their clients. Regular-size items (not bulk) are appreciated as they continue to put together bags for clients to pick up curbside. Drop off at their pantry M-F, 9am-5pm at 636 Old Post Road. Or simply shop their Amazon Wish List and send the donation directly to them at And, monetary donations are always welcome so they can purchase exactly what they need for their clients, click here to donate. 

-Lysol spray, cleaning wipes and cleaning supplies
-Oatmeal (not bulk)
-Cookies (regular sized packages)
-Travel size deodorant
-Bagged stuffing
-Canned green beans, corn & peas
-Microwave popcorn
-Shelf-stable (boxed) milk
-Baked beans

Mercy Learning Center:
The mission of Mercy Learning Center (MLC) is to provide basic literacy and life skills training to low-income women using a holistic approach within a compassionate, supportive environment. All women are welcome without regard for race, religion, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin.

The rear parking lot at MLC is open every Friday from 10 am to 12 noon for deliveries.  Folks can come and drop off food, diapers, and gift cards.

Please leave donations by the back of the building and the janitor will take them into the building. (He will be outside waiting during the delivery period.)  Everyone who is dropping off must have a mask and practice social distancing.

Donors must include their name(s) in the bag, envelope, or container so we can distribute appropriate thank you letters in the near future. 

These are basic items that will help.  (There are more items on our wish list but these are the most essential right now.)

·      bags of rice and bags of any type of dried beans, lentils, etc.
·      tomato paste, tomato sauce, or diced tomatoes
·      oatmeal, cream of wheat, corn meal, flour, cooking oil
·      powdered or evaporated milk
·      pasta
·      canned fruit, applesauce
·      canned vegetables
·      canned meats
·      toilet paper, bars of soap, other toiletries
·      Diapers: sizes 4, 5, and 6
·      Gift cards: Stop and Shop, Shop Rite, Walgreens, CVS

Financial donations are always welcome by check (preferred) or via the MLC website (link above).

CT Food Bank
Offers food for those in need. Visit the website to donate food in Bridgeport or to make a financial contribution.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission:  Provides services such as hot meals, shelter, clean clothing, access to medical care for the homeless.  In need of monetary donations.

Al’s Angels Covid Recovery Food Drive: 

Food is being delivered to families battling financial issues as a result of the Covid crisis in Norwalk, Fairfield, Westport & Bridgeport – thru Al’s Angels Partners.

Every Saturday from 10am-3pm in front of Saugatuck Sweets – 28 Reef Road.  Here is a list of items being collected:

Canned Vegetables – Canned Fruit – Peanut Butter – Jelly – Baking Products – Boxed Milk – Dry Beans – Children’s Diapers -Fruit Juice – Potatoes – Cookies – Apples – Pasta – Tomato Sauce – Soup -Canned Tuna – Mac & Cheese – Cereal – Individual size Water – Energy Bars -Toilet Paper – Paper Towels – Coffee – Tea

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,

Connecticut Institute for Refugees and ImmigrantsCIRI 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 for more information.

Donate blood by making an appointment at the American Red Cross website.

Donate PlasmaPeople 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 BeddingThe Bridgeport YMCA is looking for used bedding and toiletries for non hospitalized 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

Expressing Gratitude:

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

Buy a mealConsider 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 BellIf 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.

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 to volunteer to assist congregants of B’nai Israel.

Make and Donate Face Masks

Jewish Senior Services:  Send email messages to the residents anytime to or  Messages will be printed out and distributed. 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.