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Yom Rishon, 5 Adar I 5776


20th Annual Mitzvah Day

Sunday, May 15, 2016


8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Mitzvah Day Kickoff
Check in at your team table in the social hall, rev up with a continental breakfast, and
get into the Mitzvah Day spirit at the kick0ff withour clergy and staff.

9:00 a.m. Mitzvah Day Projects Begin Off-Site
Mitzvah Day projects at Temple and various locations begin.
Projects last 2-3 hours at sites around Denver.

10:00 a.m. Jr. Mitzvah Day and Mitzvah Village Begin
Jr. Mitzvah Day and Mitzvah Village Support Check In & Kickoff in the Social Hall.

Noon - 1:30 p.m. BBQ Lunch
Celebrate your Mitzvah Day accomplishments with a BBQ cooked up by Temple's Brotherhood.

Sample Projects from Mitzvah Day 2015

Outdoor Projects
9:00 a.m. start

These hands-on projects, some outdoor and some indoor, take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at sites away from Temple Emanuel. When registering, please indicate your top three choices in order. Once assignments are made you will be contacted by your projects Captain with all the details.

#1 Bluff Lake Nature Center

Project: Gardening, site maintenance, trail work
Location: Eastern edge of the former Stapelton airport, along Sand Creek.
Minimum Age: 8

#2 Ekar Farm and Community Gardens
Prepare ground and transplant food for JFS Weinberg Food Pantry.

Location: Ekar at Denver Academy of Torah, 6825 east Alameda, Denver
Minimum Age:

#3 Four Mile Historic Park
 General spring cleaning & gardening.

Location: 715 South Forest St., Denver
Minimum Age: 12

#4 Jewish Family Service Group Home
 Spring clean-up of grounds including planting & getting flower beds ready for planting.

Location: 2310 S. Holly St. Denver, CO 80222
Minimum Age: 8

#5 Denver Children's Home
Project: Gardening

Location: 1501 Albion St. Denver
Minimum Age: 18

#6 Urbiculture Community Farms
Project: Transplant & plant produce at garden in the Santa Fe Art District
Location: 823 Kalamath St. Denver
Minimum Age:

#7 Golden Hill Cemetery
Project: Cemetery cleanup
Location: Lakewood, CO
Minimum age: 10

Indoor Projects
9:00 a.m. start

#8. Kavod Senior Living
Project:Help residents with small projects in their
apartments like hanging pictures, moving furniture, etc.
Location:22 South Adams Street, Denver
Minimum Age:13

#9 Denver Health Newborns in Need  -closed-
Project:Hospital tour, assemble warm welcome bags for new babies and stuff activity bags for kids in the emergency department.
Location:Denver Health
Minimum Age: 5

#10 Senior Housing Options
Project:Engage with the residents by playing games, making birthday cards, and socializing.
Location:The Barth Hotel, 1514 17th Street, Denver
Minimum Age:10

#11 Shalom Park

Project:Spring cleaning and time with residents.
Location:1400 E Belleview Dr. (Parker Rd. & Bellview)
Minimum Age:13

#12 Food Bank of the Rockies

Project: Volunteers will work as an assemby line filling boxes with food for needy recipients.
Location: 10700 E. 45th Ave. Denver, CO 80239
Minimum Age:10 

#13 VA Hospital

Project: Visit the people at the hospital and in the nursing home.
Location: VA Hospital, 9th & Clermont
Minimum Age:18

#14 Children's Hospital

Project: Host a craft party for the enjoyment of patients and their families.
Location: Children's Hospital, Anschutz Medical Campus
Minimum Age:13

#15 Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry

Project:Sort product in the garage; wash bins, shelving and tables; Clean regrigerators; pack meal bags; stock shelves; break down boxes and containers after sorting.
Location:3201 Tamarac Drive, Denver
Minimum Age: 12

#16 Stinkbug Project
Project:Prepare, cook, bag & label dog biscuits for sale. They will be sold to raise money for trained companion dogs for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Location:Mile Hi Co-pack commercial kitchen, Aurora
Minimum age:8


Mitzvah Village
10:00 a.m. Start

Mitzvah Village is a great way for participants age 9 and up to work on a variety of projects all in one place - the Temple Emanuel Social Hall. Projects include sorting and packing hygiene items, bagging ingredients for meals, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and more. Mitzvah Village runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Temple Emanuel Sanctuary Seats
Minor woodwork & seat repairs in sanctuary.

Jewish Family Service Hygiene Drive
Project: Sort and pack donated hygiene items.

Project Linus:
Project:Cut fleece & knot ends to create polar fleece blankets for kids in crisis.

Judi's House Nourishment Program

Project: Prepare meal for 40-50 children and adults who are affected by a family member's loss due to cancer.

Weinberg Food Pantry
Project: It's Italian tonight! Help bag spaghetti dinners for the clients of the WFP.

Delores Project
Project: Prepare food for an evening shelter for homeless women.

The Denver Peanut Butter Plan
Project: Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless in Denver.

Temple Emanuel Grounds Project
Project: General spring cleaning and gardening.

Denver Urban Ministries
Let's make chilli! Scoop & pack beans and spices to make a yummy chili dinner.

Ronald McDonald House - Cool Caps
Project: Decorate baseball caps for the cildren at Children's Hospital.

Hineini Helps
Project: Work with Temple Emanuel's Hineini Project (Jewish young professionals in their 20s and 30s) put together kits with essential hugiene supplies, snacks and a water bottle for the homeless.

Brandon House - Night Lights
Project: Night Lights - paint a night light for the sleepy sacks for homeless children.

Jr. Mitzvah Day Projects
10:00 a.m. Start

Young children ages 3-8, along with parents, stay at Temple for tzedakah projects for the whole family. Have fun with cooking, painting, creating birthday boxes and a while lot more! Go from project to project based on your child's interest and attendtion span! Jr. Mitzvah Day runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Allied Kavod - Thinking of You
Project: Spin Art - Drop some paint on the spinner and make a beautiful card.

Brandon House - Sleepy Sacks
Project: Fill a pillowcase with nightime treats for a homeless child.

Delores Project - Muffin House
Project: Make muffins for breakfast for the ladies at the shelter. Come mix, bake and pack muffins with us.

Delores Project - Burrito Factory
Project: Wrap beans & cheese and make lunch burritos for the women at the shelter.

Father Judy House - Birthday Boxes
Project: Assemble and wrap birthday boxes for low-income children.

Father Judy House - Fleece Blankets Gift Baskets
Project: Fleece Blankets - Snip and tie blankets and pillows for house warming baskets for families at a shelter.

Gathering Place - Sack Lunches
Project: Sack Lunches - Make sandwiches for low-income women who need lunch at work.

Project Angel Hear - Decorate a Bag
Project: Make a sick person smile with a decorated lunch bag.

Wagging Tails - Read a Book
Project: Read a Book - Teach a dog to sit still by reading a book to a dog.

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  We encourage every participant to make a donation of one or more of the following:

-Canned and non-perishable foods for Jewish Family Service's Weinberg Food Pantry
-New underwear and socks for kids 5-18 years old to support Clothes for Kids
-Toiletries: Full-sized hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, soap, and deodorant for Jewish Family Service
-Empty large shoe boxes for Jr. Mitzvah Day projects
-Cake mix & icing for Jr. Mitzvah's birthday boxes
-Lightly used or new children's books: preschool through middle school level

We have drop-off bins in each foyer - bring these items leading up to and on Mitzvah Day.