Mitzvah Day Impact Report Digital version 26th June - Page 18



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Mitzvah Day
Impact Report 2008 – 2018
Focus on…Charities
FOCUS ON CHARITIES
Over the past ten years, Mitzvah Day volunteers have created long and
lasting partnerships with hundreds of charities, enabling volunteers to
engage in projects such as replenishing foodbank stores, preparing meals
for their local homeless shelters, collecting stationery for refugees, visiting
care homes, running community-led blood donation sessions, spit drives
for bone marrow, gardening at hospices and many more.
A
t Mitzvah Day, we connect
volunteers to charities both
on our doorstep and abroad,
from a local St Mungo’s
shelter helping vulnerable
and homeless people, to Save a Child’s
Heart in Israel, providing life-saving heart
surgery to children. It’s these connections
that serve to educate both the young and
old on the diversity of need in the world,
and provide the tools to be part of our
humanitarian response.
When Mitzvah Day enabled students from
a Jewish school and a Muslim school to
volunteer at a Muslim-run foodbank, or
when Mitzvah Day supported a synagogue
to open its doors to local asylum seekers,
the benefits were immediately visible.
“ Mitzvah Day, a time of social action had
a collection and we received hundreds
of items of toiletries for the guests”
Camden Church Winter Shelters (C4WS)
Mitzvah Day 2012
CASE STUDY:
Mitzvah Day Together
“Mitzvah Day has been a great
supporter of St Mungo’s. We are truly
grateful for their volunteering days
and thank them and their staff for
their amazing support, which goes
to help make a difference to many
people’s lives.”
Robert Neale, Corporate Partnerships
Officer, St Mungo’s
By removing barriers to inclusion, we
enable all people, regardless of capability,
to feel part of the community and part of
Mitzvah Day.
Mitzvah Day Together promotes equality
and inclusion for all members of our
community. This enables organisations
who are typically treated as beneficiaries
the opportunity to participate as equal
partners.
“Our charity helps people with
disabilities make friends and integrate
into the community. Everyone has so
much to give and there is no reason
why people with disabilities can’t give
as much as everyone else. On Mitzvah
Day we also focused on a different kind
of integration – between Jews and
those of other faiths.”
Esty Bruck
Program Director, The Friendship Circle
in Manchester
“Last year a wonderful thing happened
to us here at Dashwood House.
We received a massive food bank
donation, arranged by Mitzvah Day.
We are a hostel for vulnerable young
women near Notting Hill Gate. The
donation helped keep many of our
clients safe. It may have saved a life.
But certainly, just knowing that
someone cares can make a difference.”
Jonathan, Dashwood House
“Langdon empowers people with learning
disabilities to lead independent lives.
Our members participate in a wide range
of community projects. Mitzvah Day
empowers our members to get involved
in planning and participating in their
social action programmes. Working with
Mitzvah Day is very rewarding for our
members, enabling them to give back to
the community.”
Sonia Muscovitch
Youth Services Manager, Langdon
“It has been a real pleasure to work
with Mitzvah Day over the last few
years. Their passion and commitment
to social action and interfaith
volunteering is inspiring, and an
example for faith and civic groups
across the UK.”
Mohammed Mamdani, Director of Sufra
NW London
CHARITIES
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Mitzvah Day
Impact Report 2008 – 2018
Focus on…Charities





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