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    Mitzvah Day 2023: Projects

     

    Sunday, January 15 Projects

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    Project and Description Ages
    Time Location
    Young Adult Mitzvah Day Project
    Come join ENGAJ and other community members to help provide hope for those in need by being a helping hand onsite at Project WeHOPE. Please sing up by clicking here.
    Young Adults
    10:00 AM–12:00 PM Project WeHope, 1854 Bay Rd, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
    Stanford Health Blood Drive
    A decision can save a life! Help us kick off our MLK National Day of Service: Mitzvah Day 2023 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.
    17+
    1:00–5:00 PM Goldman Sports & Wellness Center
    Click here to schedule your appointment
    Gardening at Hidden Villa
    Come dig, dig, dig with us so we can set in some new garden bed frames! Garden and digging enthusiasts 12 and up are encouraged to volunteer.
    12+ This project is full
     Hidden Villa
    Los Altos Hills
    Helping Hand at Project WeHOPE
    Help provide hope for tomorrow for those in need by being a helping hand onsite at Project WeHOPE.
    9+ All ages  Project WeHOPE
    East Palo Alto
     

    Friends of the Palo Alto Library Book Sale for Literacy
    Join Friends of the Palo Alto Library for their monthly sale to support the Palo Alto Public Library and its community of readers! Net proceeds from this sale will be used for the purchase of books, media, online resources, equipment and special programs for Palo Alto's five public libraries.

    All ages  This project is full
    Cubberley Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
    Main Saleroom: Portable building at the rear of campus via north entrance road, next to tennis courts
    Children's Room: Portable building at the rear of campus via south entrance road; near Greendell Elementary and Cubberley track
    Bargain Room: Rooms H2 and H3 in the Cubberley Center Main Complex 

     

    Monday Projects

    Check in starts at 9:30 AM and projects begin at 10:00 AM.

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    This project is full
    Project and Description Ages
    Location
    Habitat Improvement with Grassroots Ecology
    Together we will be working to improve habitat and increase biodiversity. It's planting season and we will be planting California native plants and removing invasive plants in our restoration areas at Arastradero Preserve. Restoration activities will involve digging, lifting, carrying, bending and walking on flat and uneven terrain.

    Pearson-Arastradero Preserve has expansive oak woodlands and grasslands with beautiful trees and wildflowers and is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, bobcats, coyotes and many species of birds and insects. The work you do will support the health of the preserve's ecosystems! Visit Grassroots Ecology's Pearson-Arastradero Preserve webpage to learn more about the ecosystem and accessibility considerations. Click here to register for this project only.
     9+

    Please note this project will run from 9:00 AM–12:00 PM, an hour longer than the rest of the projects being offered.
    Arastradero Preserve
    Palo Alto

    Click here to register for this project only
    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!
    All ages
    This project is full
    Half Moon Bay Habitat Restoration
    Join us to 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.
    Older children and adults This project is full
    Planting Trees and Tree Care with Canopy
    "He that plants trees loves others beside himself." ~Thomas Fuller
    Come plant in East Palo Alto for a better tomorrow.
    9+ This project is full
    Garden at Izzi Early Education
    Help fill soil and plant vegetables at Izzi Early Education's raised garden beds to enrich the lives of the children they serve.  

    All ages

    This project is full
    Paint Project at Izzi Early Education
    Help spruce up Izzi Early Education by repainting their faded hopscotch games to ensure their children can have playtime fun.
    All ages

    This project is full

    Hygiene Kits for the Homeless
    Help PATH and Downtown Streets Team provide for those in need by assembling basic and essential hygiene kits.
    All ages
    This project is full
    Warming Kits for the Homeless
    Help Downtown Streets Team keep those in need warm this winter by assembling warming kits.
    What is Needed: 
  • Gloves 
  • Hats/beanies
  • Scarves
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Blankets
  • Warm socks 
  • Hand Warmers
  • All ages OFJCC
    Plants for Happy Seniors
    Plant seedlings and decorate clay pots for Avenidas senior facility.
    All ages OFJCC
    Meal for a Day Kits
    Help Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence feed their community by assembling Meal for a Day kits and creating warm and inspirational messages in English and in Spanish.
    All ages OFJCC
    Snack Bags for Those in Need
    Join Hopes Corner in creating snack bags and positive messages for the people that they serve.
    All ages
    This project is full
    Cat Toys and Blankets for Animals in Need
    Join Town Cats in crafting cat toys and blankets for the kitties in need! 
    All ages This project is full
    Warm Wishes
    Bring your sunny disposition and creative mind to make caring and thoughtful messages for Project WeHope and PATH.
    All ages OFJCC
    Science and at Home Activities for RV Children
    Get creative and problem solve with your children as to how to downsize and love with less while still having fun! Do you know any activities that you have seen and/or enjoyed as a family that can be replicated for unhoused families? Be paired with a RV child, purchase the materials and come assemble activity kits that they can do with their family.
    What is Needed:
  • Any supplies needed to create your activity kit
  • A box for delivery
  • All ages OFJCC

    Spring Cleaning at Family Connections
    Join Family Connections at their Redwood City location to help them spring clean, making it easier to empower under-served families in San Mateo County.

    All ages Family Connections,
    Redwood City
    Shoe Sorting for Those in Need
    Help My New Red Shoes by assisting them in meeting urgent humanitarian needs by joining them at their Redwood City location to sort and pack shoes for families in need in the Bay Area.
    All ages
    This project is full
    Bring Joy to Holocaust Survivors
    Join Cafe by the Bay in creating care packages just in time for Tu B'shvat!
    All ages OFJCC
    Environmental Crafts for the Birds and the Bees
    Give nature a helping hand! Make bird feeders and wildflower seed bombs for our pollinators.
    All ages This project is full
    Breakfast Bags for Those in Need
    Join LifeMoves in helping to make breakfast bags for their drop-in shelter.
    All ages This project is full
    Positive Pillowcase Messages
    Make pillowcases with positive messages for LifeMoves!
    All ages OFJCC
    Keep Cozy
    Join the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and Life Moves assembling backpacks full of warm clothes, cozy blankets and chilly weather must-haves for LifeMoves shelters.
    All ages
    This project is full
    Volunteer to Read to Children!
    Come to the EPACenter in East Palo Alto to read to children to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Volunteers will read books about MLK to children in grades K–5 at the EPA Center in East Palo Alto, from 9:00–11:30 AM. Books will be given to the children and volunteers will also lead a bookmark making activity. Volunteers who can read in other languages such as Spanish, Russian, etc. are welcome! Sponsored by Rotary International.
    Teens and adults This project is full
    Read In, in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Come to the EPACenter to listen to books celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. We'll have free books on hand to read as well as creative ways to mark the holiday.
    Families with kids in grades K–5

    9:30–11:30 AM
    EPACenter
    1950 Bay Road
    East Palo Alto

    Fill Sandbags in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto
    Help your neighbors protect their homes from the weather! Come fill sandbags from 9:30–11:30 AM. Please bring gloves and a shovel if you have them. Sponsored by Kiwanis International. Location will be assigned on Sunday, January 15.
    Teens and adults

    9:30–11:30 AM
    Rinconada Tennis Courts,
    Mitchell Park,
    East Palo Alto Corp. Yard

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    Post-Service Celebration Time  Location
    RSVP to join our in-person youth-driven community event. This post-service celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will have food trucks, speakers, performances, an art installation dedicated to mental health, and partnering organizations with information and additional giving opportunities. 12:30–2:00 PM Mitchell Park,
    Palo Alto
     



     

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