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    2022 Mitzvah Day: Projects

    Month-long Project

    Project and Description Dates Location
    Tide Pod Drive for Project WeHOPE
    Join the OFJCC Fitness Team and the OFJCC Leslie Family Preschool throughout the month of January in their Tide Pod Drive. Please donate your laundry detergent pods (Tide or otherwise) to the donation bins at the fitness center or at the preschool entrance to help those in need clean their clothes!
    All month in January Goldman Sports & Wellness Center or Leslie Family Preschool


    Sunday, January 16 Projects


    Project and Description Ages/Area of Interest and Availability
    Time Location
    Stanford Health Blood Drive
    A decision can save a life! Help us kick off our MLK National Day of Service: Mitzvah Day 2022 by donating blood. Stanford Blood Center will be at the OFJCC. Donors must be at least 17 years of age. Please schedule your appointment today by clicking here.
    3:00–7:00 PM Goldman Sports & Wellness Center
    Sunday Kick-off Project: Doors Outdoors with Hidden Villa
    Nestled in a beautiful valley overlooking the farm, Hidden Villa's historic hostel hosts rustic retreats for folks looking to enjoy the farm and wilderness. Come help give it a make-over by helping paint the cabin doors to welcome adventurous spirits and sand and stain picnic tables to hold intimate feasts!
    This project is full
    10:00 AM–12:00 PM
     Hidden Villa
    Sunday Kick-off Project: Native Seeds, Happy Bees!
    Using native plant seeds help Hidden Villa create gardens for pollinators with just one throw! Together we will create a little ball, packed with seeds that can be thrown into the dirt for flowers to grow later in the spring. These flowers will attract all kinds of bees, butterflies and birds which will help grow fruits and vegetables too.
    This project is full
    10:00 AM–12:00 PM
     Hidden Villa


    Monday Projects

    The Welcome Ceremony starts at 9:00 AM at the OFJCC. Projects begin at 10:00 AM.


    Project and Description Ages/Area of Interest and Availability
    Thank You Packages for Healthcare Workers
    Join El Camino Health to show your appreciation for our healthcare workers and honor all the hard work they have put into keeping us all healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. Pack a healthy snack bag and write a heartfelt thank you card. Want to pack and write more than one? The sky is the limit; we hope you will make as many packs as your heart desires! We have lots of thanks to go around!
    This project is full
    Give the Gift of Cozy: No Sew Blankets and Positive Pillowcase Messages
    Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to people in need by making homemade no- sew blankets and decorating pillow cases with positive thoughts and inspirational messages for LifeMoves
    This project is full OFJCC
    Start Your Day off Right, Breakfast Burrito Bags
    "Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life." ~A.A. Gill
    Join LifeMoves and make a grab-and-go breakfast with homemade burritos for someone in need while learning about the work they are doing every day to help one of our most vulnerable populations.
    This project is full OFJCC
    Birds and the Bees Craft Circle
    Give back to our planet. Participants will make zero waste bird feeders, bee feeders and bee bomb pollinators to help mother nature and some of her littlest helpers thrive.  

    This project is full

    Visit Holocaust Survivors
    Give joy to Holocaust survivors by making Tu B' Shvat plates, decorating clay pots and planting seedlings for them to enjoy. Once your plates are made and your home brightening plants have been planted, Café by the Bay, a program of JFCS, will pair you with a Survivor for you to visit for an opportunity of creating connection and community. The project will happen at the OFJCC and then you will visit individual senior residences. Age: For Teens (must show proof of vaccination must be masked)
    (Must show proof of vaccination and be masked)

    Helping Seniors

    Home and then individual senior residences

    Half Moon Bay Habitat Restoration
    Join us at Francis Beach where we will work on dune and bluff restoration along this beautiful state coast. Protect and preserve the natural environment by planting native plants and removing non-native vegetation
    This project is full Francis Beach, Half Moon Bay
    Garden Tending for Seniors at Avenidas
    “Never underestimate the healing power of a quiet moment in the garden.” ~Nature Hills Nursery
    In order to plant, first we must prepare! Help Avenidas clean out their garden patio to make room for new flowers just in time for spring! Participants must show proof of vaccination.
    This project is full  Avenidas
    270 Escuela
    Mountain View
    Planting for Wildlife at Arastradero Preserve with Grassroots Ecology
    Help beautify and nurture Arastradero Preserve by planting natives, weeding non-native species, helping with watering, and taking general care of plants.  
    This project is full Arastradero Preserve
    Planting Trees in honor of Tu b'Shvat with Canopy
    "He that plants trees loves others beside himself." ~Thomas Fuller
    Planting trees is planning for our future and the future of all Mother Nature’s creatures. Come plant for a better tomorrow!
    This project is full
    East Palo Alto
    Garden at Izzi Early Education
    Help clear out and replant Izzi Early Education’s raised garden beds to enrich the lives of the children they serve.
    This project is full
    Izzi Early Education
    Paint Project at Izzi Early Education
    Help spruce up Izzi Early Education by repainting their faded parking spaces and steps.
    This project is full
    Izzi Early Education
    Hygiene Kits for the Homeless
    Help Project WeHOPE stock their Mobile Homeless Services by assembling basic and essential hygiene kits for the homeless.
    This project is full  

    Plants for Happy Homes
    Plant seedlings and decorate clay pots for JFCS's adults with special needs in an assisted living facility.

    This project is full
    Build Library Boxes!
    Build small-space home libraries for families living in recreational vehicles (RVs) in our communities.

    What is needed:
    • A sturdy box (a good shoe box or gift box)
    • Feel-good decorative stickers
    • Educational items
    • Bi-lingual (English and Spanish) books from K to 12
    • Geometric School Set
    • Pocket English & Math Dictionary
    • Quick Study Guides
    • Coloring books
    • Dry erase lap boards
    • Writing & letter boards
    • Writing improvement work books K-12
    • Crayons/Markers/pencils
    • Small space educational games
    • Gas cards (To help computers stay charged)
    • Food gifts cards (So children can eat when they are not in school)
    Activity: Bring your box and some of the items listed above. You and your family can pick a child/family off a list that will be provided the day of the event. You will decorate the box and fill it up with items that you and other participants brought for the Karat School Project (KSP) to hand deliver it to that child during one our bi-weekly distribution.
    Families with School-Age Children

    Poverty and Homelessness


    MLK Jr. Day Celebration Virtual Post-Service Event
    RSVP to join our online youth-driven community event. This post-service celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will have speakers, performances and organizations with information and additional service activities options. 12:00–1:30 PM

    Register for the Virtual Event


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