Community Outreach

Volunteers Needed!

Temple Israel has learned that the National Guard will soon be leaving New Rochelle and that there will be immediate needs for volunteers. The National Guard has been  supporting a number of social service agencies since March and now a number of of these agencies are desperate to secure weekly volunteers moving forward to enable them to serve those in need. Agencies are seeing a significant increase in demand and can’t manage their operations without the help of regularly/weekly committed volunteers.
Per Tali Strom, UJA’s Senior Westchester Community Mobilizer, “Volunteer sign-ups for two agencies in New Rochelle have immediately been created by Volunteer New York! to help make this as easy a process for the volunteer. Please see on each link the volunteer days/times/responsibilities.

If you are aware of Spanish speakers in your community, this is a real need at this time. There are opportunities for small groups to sign up together for a weekly opportunity. As always, each organization follows all safety guidelines for volunteers. These organizations are finding themselves having to shift quickly and are not getting the volunteer response they need in this moment.”

To sign up individual names, please follow these links below:

HOPE volunteer signups:

Food Delivery to Seniors –
Mobile Food Pantry –
Food Pantry Receiving Team –
Food Pantry Packing & Distribution Team –

New Rochelle Community Action Partnership (CAP) signups:

Calling Recent Graduates – Send Your Commencement Gown to the COVID-19 Front Line

If you’re looking for a meaningful second life for your commencement gown, you can donate it to serve as protective wear on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization Gowns4Good will upcycle the purple gowns as Personal Protective Equipment medical care workers. “Graduation gowns are more effective than other PPE alternatives given their length, sleeves, and easy zippered access,” reads the organization’s website.

The initiative reached the New Rochelle community thanks to Volunteer New York! and Daniel Ostrager, a rising junior at New Rochelle High School and temple member, brought the Gowns4Good initiative to New Rochelle who discovered the local effort when he was told about it by an out-of-state friend.

A box will be set up at New Rochelle City Hall to drop off the gowns. To find out if you have the type of gown that is eligible for donation and for instructions on cleaning your gown to ensure it will meet the standards for use as PPE, Volunteer New York! asks you opt-in here // to express interest.The organization asks that donors do not drop off gowns without registering first.

Thanks Daniel for bringing us this initiative to share with the Temple Israel community.

Through private philanthropic funding and UJA-Federation of New York and Westchester, the WJCS Center for Jewish Programs supports more than 40 local synagogues, Jewish community centers, day schools, and geriatric centers, as well as individuals in the community, through unique and individualized educational, spiritual, recreational, and mental health initiatives.

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