Mar 17, 2015
Everyone Counts on Super Sunday & Good Deeds Day
Hundreds of Volunteers to Assemble 20,000 Meals for Food Pantry and Make Calls
This Super Sunday, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is not only counting on the Jewish community to once again answer the call on March 29. With the theme of “Everyone Counts.” They’re also inviting volunteers to be part of this year’s international “Good Deeds Day” with a hands-on helping project. In addition to hundreds of volunteers making calls throughout the community, they’ll be assembling 20,000 kosher meals to be donated to the Jacobson Family Food Pantry at Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services.
Everyone will head for the Federation campus, 9901 Donna Klein Boulevard, Boca Raton in shifts from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. From individuals and groups, from country clubs, agencies, synagogues and everyone in between, they’ll band together as one community to support the Federation’s vital work to help those in need here in South Palm Beach County, in Israel and throughout the world.
“We are thrilled to be co-chairing Super Sunday, the single biggest fund raising day of the year for our Jewish Federation,” said Bryan Drowos, who is co-chairing Super Sunday/Good Deeds Day with his wife, Joanna, and with Michele and Ken Pritzker. “Even beyond the thousands of phone calls and texts made by volunteers to raise critical dollars and the help we’ll bring through our Good Deeds Day service project, we have a terrific opportunity to gather our community together on the Federation’s beautiful 100-acre campus right here in Boca Raton. When we all come together to do great work, just imagine the impact we can have!”
Raffle prizes, meals, snacks and camaraderie will make the day fun for the volunteers, who are asked to commit two hours of their time. The first Phone-a-thon shift is from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (breakfast starting at 9:00 a.m.); second shift 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; third shift 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Teens in grades 8-12, accompanied by a parent or youth group leader, are especially invited to make calls during third shift.
Volunteers ages 7 to 107 are also needed to assemble the 20,000 packages of kosher meal fixings. Part of Good Deeds Day, the assembly will take place from 2:00-4:00 p.m. PJ Library® of South Palm Beach County will offer a Mitzvah program for children ages six and under during this shift. Youth may earn community service hours for participating in any of the day’s volunteer activities.
“Our Good Deeds Day project is another opportunity to fulfill a mitzvah for our community,” said Co-Chair Michelle Pritzker. “The meals we will package will go far to stock the shelves at the Jacobson Family Food Pantry at JFS, which provides for more than 650 members of our community. The Food Pantry is but one of the many vital programs supported by our Federation – programs that count on our community’s compassion and generosity. On Super Sunday, every volunteer counts, every dollar counts, every person in need counts - everyone counts!”
All over the world, hundreds of thousands of people choose to volunteer on Good Deeds Day and put into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. Good Deeds Day began in 2007 by businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison, and launched and organized by Ruach Tova (NGO), a part of The Ted Arison Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Arison Group. It has been observed every March since then, and keeps growing. More information is available at Good-deeds-day.org. Good Deeds Day 2015 involves 900,000 good deed doers from the full spectrum of society, in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Super Sunday is generously sponsored by Barclays, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Greenberg Traurig, Greenspoon Marder Law, HJ Sims, The Matron Bute Marcus Wealth Management Group/Merrill Lynch, and by In-Kind Sponsors Atlas Party Rental and Hotwire Communications. Everyone is invited to become a Telephone Underwriter at $100 per phone, or a Hunger Hero At $100 per sponsored family.
Photo Caption (L-R): Super Sunday Co-chairs: Ken & Michele Pritzker, Bryan & Joanna Drowos