Posted on June 17, 2014
Areyvut is thrilled to announce the culmination of the seventh year of our teen philanthropy program! Over this past semester, 23 seventh graders from Yeshivat Noam in Paramus came together to learn what it truly means to be on the board of an organization. Students came away with valuable leadership skills, knowledge of agencies in need, and the ability to allocate their funds to a worthy cause of their choice. This year, our H.O.P.E. (Helping Organizations Provide Essentials) participants allocated their $2,300 in funding to Shirat Devorah, a non-profit that provides programming and support for ALS patients.
Prior to participating in H.O.P.E., many of the participants had never even heard of ALS. For those of you who aren’t sure yourselves, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects a person’s motor neurons. As the neurons die, the ability to control muscle movements disappears. The participants were greatly affected by Shirat Devorah and the people it helps. Many have indicated that they want to continue their work with Shirat Devorah even now that the program has ended.
Since Areyvut introduced our teen philanthropy programming at the JCC in 2007, our 164 program participants have donated $39,300 to 23 agencies throughout the United States and Israel. We are so proud of our participants and the impact they have made. Their dedication to chesed (kindness) and tzedakah (charity) is truly inspiring.
If you would like to follow the lead of our H.O.P.E. participants and support ALS funding, you can check out these worthy organizations: