Let's open up our children's eyes.. and help make them into mensches!
The Family Social Action Group or FSAG organizes amazing and meaningful volunteer opportunities for families with children in kindergarten through 5th grade (younger and older siblings are welcome!) We offer wonderful opportunities to work side by side with your children and show them about caring and helping others in the greater Boston community and that show them how they can make a difference! It is also a wonderful way to connect with other TBE families. Get ready to roll up our sleeves! If interested in leading any programs or volunteering and getting on the elist for the schedule of events, please contact co-chairs Maya Florence, [email protected] and Sarah Docktor, [email protected].
Cradles to Crayons in Brighton
Saturday, October 27
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Get ready to roll up our sleeves and show our children that they can help make a difference in supporting children in our larger community at Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
Several organizations have limits on the number of people they need for a given event. We encourage you to respond as early as possible when you receive the email invitation!
These volunteer opportunities are aimed at families (they are not intended to be drop-offs.) If you have older or younger children, in most cases we would love for them to join, however, please review the email for the event. We will note if there are any age restrictions.
September 2018- Our Family Social Action Group met in our sukkah to put together seasonal craft kits for preschool children in the Parent Child Home Program, an early intervention program that provides literacy, parenting and school readiness services.
March 22, 2018- Family Social Action Group worked with Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston to put together Passover packages. They packed a total of 220 bags!
November 18, 2017- Family Social Action Group had a great day volunteering at Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides children from 0-12, living in low-income and homeless situations with the essential items they need. We inspected, sorted, and packaged donations.
March 27, 2017 - We had a wonderful day at Jewish Family and Children's Services in Waltham. We helped Family Table, the largest kosher food pantry in New england, by packing over 240 bags of passover essentials for Jewish families in the area.
March 18, 2017 - What a great day at Cradles to Crayons! Thank you all for your hard work. Our group helped a combined 680 kids get the shoes, winter hats and mittens/gloves that they need.
September 24, 2016 - Thank you for all of your hard work making blankets & toys for Buddy Dog! We made nine dog tug toys and 16 blankets! As well collecting some collars and dog food. Buddy dog is very lucky to have your support. Clcik here to learn how to make the toy.
March 12, 2016 - TBE families met at Hebrew Senior Life at Newbridge on the Charles in Dedham for a project decorating Memory Boxes for residents in Assisted Living Memory support. Our 16 very creative children decorated boxes that will hold memorabilia for residents struggling with Alzheimer's disease, and once filled, will serve as a conversation tool with family members and visitors. The children were also given the name of a specific individual so they could further personalize their box. Families were then given the opportunity to go to the Memory support unit to greet the residents. A special thank you to Lynda Bussgang, of HSL and member of TBE for organizing and hosting us.
February 6, 2016 - 26 Family Social Action group participants had a great morning at the Cradles to Crayons: Giving Factory. Both adults and children helped inspect and sort clothing for 71 children, as well as inspect and clean 343 pairs of shoes! Along with the important work we did to help a great organization, we also built Kehilah Kedosha (a holy community) by working side by side with other temple members. Thank you again to all who joined us!
January 18, 2016 - TBE teamed up with the JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council) and City Mission for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. We helped make 260 fleece scarves and 15 fleece blankets that will be donated to local shelters throughout Boston. We also made 30 science kits for Boston public schools & over 100 cards for home-bound seniors in need. Click here to view pictures.
November 19, 2015 - TBE visited Hebrew Senior Life, Newbridge on the Charles, to help with their Shabbat Morning service. Through sevice leading and sharing stories we made the residents' Shabbat extra special!
April 11, 2015 - Our TBE families enjoyed an educational nature walk through the Mass Audobon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary. We learned so much about the animals, plants and the impact of changing weather and climate. Rabbi Rachel Saphire started the day with a great inspirational teaching on how we should prioritize caring for the earth.
JF&CS Passover Packaging
March 16, 2015 - TBE friends assisted JF&CS Family Table with packaging up bags of traditional Passover foods for grateful recipient families.
January 2015 - Our TBE children worked hard creating arts and crafts bags for local children at Cradles to Crayons.
January 2015 - At the Boston Cares MLK Day event, we had a great day with other TBE Family Social Action group (FSAG) members & several hundred other community volunteers. Our members worked on several projects primarily focused on supporting disadvantaged youth around bedtime. Our children built lap desks that kids can use for homework, crafted bedtime journals for kids to write their thoughts, and made dream catchers for children to hang by their beds for inspiration. As an additional activity, some helped make Valentines for homebound seniors.