Good Deeds Day 2018


     Agudas Achim is celebrating our Second Annual Community Wide International Good Deeds Day by volunteering on April 15, 2018 alongside Jews across 93 countries worldwide. Over the next few weeks, we are also collecting an assortment of essential items for those in need.
     For our part, we have tried to put together a group of Tikkun Olam activities to promote acts of kindness that will appeal to congregants of all ages and all abilities. In addition, we will be partnering with other Northern Virginia congregations for two of our activities.
     All congregants, teens, children, and all preschool families are invited to join us by signing up at the link below. Congregants are also welcome to sign up to help with religious school Good Deeds Day activities during the morning.


Volunteer Opportunities

To sign up for any of the opportunities below click here.

Home Repair for a Low Income Family
     We are joining with Congregation Etz Chaim to work with Yachad, a Jewish service organization that partners with congregations to help preserve affordable housing by bringing together crews of volunteers to repair the home of a low income or disabled family in Washington, DC or Prince Georges county. Each congregation has committed to providing at least ten volunteers - including teens age 14+.
     The shifts are 3 ½ hours (9:30-1 and 12:30-4) and the location will be announced closer to Good Deeds Day. No previous home repair skills are required!!
Project leader: Howard Frank 

Painting and other projects for Alive Child Development Center 
     As we did last year, we are providing volunteers to assist the ALIVE Child Development Center which provides child care/preschool to low income families in Alexandria. We will be painting the main hallway at the center (all supplies provided), hanging several bulletin boards, and possibly planting some flowers. The preschool families are taking the lead in this project, but everyone ages 15+ are welcome to volunteer. Time: 12:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Project leaders: Jennifer Munz and Roger Landsman

Agudas Teens helping at DC Central Kitchen 
     Work with DC Central Kitchen staff to cut, chop, peel and prep food in their kitchen to prepare meals for the hungry– no cooking or food service experience required! (9:00 a.m. - noon). This project is limited to Agudas teens and their parents until April 1. After that date any remaining slots are open to congregants. 
Project Leader: Rachel Albert 

Young families visiting homebound congregants
     Parents can sign up to visit with a homebound congregant with their young children. Bring a homemade sweet, a picture, a story, and/or a song. Families will be matched with congregants closer to Good Deeds Day. Time to be arranged on an individual basis.
Project leader: Hannah Kraushaar

Knitting and Crocheting for babies and children at Fairfax Children's Hospital
     Calling all needleworkers to join together from 12:30 - 3:30 or 4 p.m. in the lobby to knit or crochet blankets and hats for babies in the NICU and babies and children on the cancer ward at Fairfax Children’s Hospital. Patterns will be available.
Project leaders: Patti Rounsevell and Andi Bregstone

Four Mile Run Stream Cleanup 
     Once again, we are joining with Congregation Kol Ami and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment to clean up a portion of Four Mile Run. Wear clothes that can get dirty. All supplies will be provided and congregants of all ages are encouraged to participate. Time: 12:20 - 2:30. p.m.
Project leader: Jay Berman

Religious School

     Chaya and the Religious school staff have a wonderful program planned for our students to learn about food insecurity and then to take action by making sandwiches and packages of gorp which will be delivered to agencies that serve adults and children. If you would like to help with the religious school activities, sign up here. (You will be done before the afternoon's activities begin).


     We are collecting the following essential items (See the boxes in the lobby beginning March 25th):

  • New socks and underwear for homeless individuals served by Pathways to Housing, DC
  • Bras and feminine hygiene products for Guest House, (transitional housing for women leaving prison)
  • Diapers for the DC Diaper Bank Cell phones for victims of domestic violence served by the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Used jeans to be recycled into insulation for Habitat for Humanity. (condition does not matter).
     We look forward to seeing you at Good Deeds Day. We hope to make this year's event even more successful than last year. If you have any questions, please contact one of us.
Barbara Elkin
Esther Miller
Co-chairs, 2018 Agudas Achim International Good Deeds Day