Last week we posted about Global Youth Service Day, a weekend devoted to celebrating kids and teens making a difference in their communities, all over the world.
One amazing way you can get involved with GYSD, and give it a Jewish spin, is to participate in J-Serve: the National Day of Jewish Youth Service on April 17. This year marks J-Serve’s sixth year providing “teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world.”
Last year, nearly 10,000 teens in more than 70 communities across the world took part in J-Serve This year, J-Serve is working in partnership with Repair the World and Rock the Vote to make J-Serve 2011 even bigger and more far reaching.
The projects already registered for this year – everything from preparing hot meals for elderly residents in Dayton, Ohio, to working with special needs kids in Austin, Texas, to hosting a walk-a-thon to raise money for cancer research in New Jersery – indicate that J-Serve is on track for their biggest and best national day of service yet.
So get off your tuckus and join in the fun! Have an idea? Register yourself and your project idea here, and if you need financial support to kick things off, apply here for up to $500 in micro-grants. You can also stay hooked in to all the service happenings by liking J-Serve’s Facebook page or following them on Twitter.
And below, check out Guster drummer, Brian Rosenworcel, give a delightfully awkward plug for J-Serve!