Ongoing Projects and Places to Volunteer

Get Involved with Agudas Achim’s Ongoing Social Action Projects

 
CRIMINAL JUSTICE

     To ease the isolation of prisoners in remote Virginia State prison in solitary confinement the SAC would like to provide pen pals to those prisoners who have no one outside the prison to communicate with.  If you are interested to start such a correspondence, please e-mail Paula.herssonringskog@gmail.com. Submit your address, age, and interests.

Food Insecurity in Alexandria 

We cook monthly meals and the annual Christmas Day meal for the Carpenter’s Shelter through monthly meals.   We also do food collection on a periodic basis for the shelter.

We collect food on a regular basis to support ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically (ALIVE!)‘s Family Emergency and Last Saturday food programs. For over 40 years ALIVE! is the largest private social service safety net for those in need in Alexandria. It is primarily staffed and managed by volunteers representing 41 congregations. We also assist with furniture delivery for ALIVE!  See the ALIVE website for further information on specific volunteer opportunities.

This year, Operation Isaiah – the food drive of the Conservative Movement – will again join with other Jewish movements and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to make the High Holy Day season the time of a combined Jewish response to hunger in North America. The goal is to mobilize Jews to take part in the work of tikkun olam, mending the world, by collecting food and funds for hungry people.  Beginning on Rosh Hashanah, grocery bags and lists of requested items will be available in the lobby of the synagogue. Families are asked to take one home, go to the supermarket and bring back at least one bag with food on or before returning to the synagogue for the Kol Nidre service. These are later distributed to local food banks of the congregation’s choosing.

Housing in Alexandria and the DC Metro Area

Agudas Achim’s Sisterhood collects travel-size toiletries and unopened cosmetics for the Carpenter’s Shelter throughout the year. You may drop them off in a box on the left side in the Coat Room.

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