In the days following Hurricane Sandy, BBYO, the official youth group of the JCC of Mid-Westchester, organized over 80 middle school teens in a number of service projects that took place at the JCC.
On Monday and Tuesday, teens from the area came together to make blankets for children who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy, cards to cheer up the elderly who can’t leave their homes, and baked cookies and decorated cupcakes for families who are in shelters. All of the baked goods, cards, and blankets went to Temple Beth-El in Rockaway Park to be donated to families in need in their area.
In addition, last Sunday tweens and teens were invited to the JCC to watch a movie. Many of the attendees had been living without power since the storm, and with school cancelled all week, welcomed an opportunity to socialize with others in a warm, lit facility. The JCC has made the shower and locker facilities available to members of the community for the duration of the power outage, as well as welcomed those in need to enjoy light and warmth in the building. The JCC is also collecting food and critical supplies in conjunction with UJA-Federation of New York’s Women’s Philanthropy Families Feeding Families initiative to help Hurricane Sandy victims.
The Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester, a proud beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the community by providing cultural, social, educational and recreational/fitness programs, human services and Jewish identity-building opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information, visit the JCC of Mid-Westchester website at www.jccmw.org.
BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement, is a place that is dedicated to fulfilling teens interests and supporting them as they develop into the next generation of Jewish leaders. From community service and world travel to social activities and leadership experiences, BBYO makes anything possible for Jewish teens. BBYO is for teens in grades 9-12 and BBYO Connect is for youth in grades 6-8. For more information about the BBYO chapter at the JCC of Mid-Westchester please contact Rachel Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bbyo.org