Leket Israel, Israel’s National Food Bank and premier food rescue organization, collects and rescues 40 million pounds of healthy, surplus food annually that would have gone to waste, and distributes it to those in need. Leket does this by working with hotels, corporate kitchens, army bases, farmers, and others to collect hot meals and produce that aren’t going to be eaten and delivers them to its 200 nonprofit partners throughout Israel. Through these initiatives, Leket Israel helps to feed over 175,000 people per week including families, Holocaust survivors, elderly, youth at risk, and more.
Migdal Ohr is among Israel’s leading social services agencies for children at risk. They serve over 12,000 orphaned, abused and impoverished children annually by providing free essential life-changing services including, housing, clothing and food; a first-rate education, medical care and counseling.
Bnei Akiva is at the forefront of Religious Zionist education for youth, by youth. We have chapters across the United States, Canada, and the world over. Bnei Akiva school–year and summer educational programming takes participants and members from childhood through the college years.
IDF Widows and Orphans Organization is a non-profit charity that was established in 1991 as the sole organization recognized by the State of Israel to represent the widows and orphans of Israel’s fallen soldiers. Today we work with over 8,000 women and children who have lost their spouse or parent serving in the IDF and Israel’s security forces. Although it is impossible to fill the void of a lost spouse or parent, IDFWO works tirelessly to be the helping hand of warmth that these families need, by means of a therapeutic network of social, emotional, and educational programs, along with financial aid.
Livnot U’Lehibanot is a holistic, physically and spiritually challenging Jewish experience that connects participants to their heritage and community in an open environment. Livnot U’Lehibanot is an unaffiliated, non-profit organization that has been running co-ed Israel experience programs since 1980. Based in the mystical city of Tzfat, we offer Jewish adults aged 21-30 with minimal Jewish background an amazing adventure that facilitates an exploration of Israel and Jewish heritage through awe-inspiring hikes, meaningful volunteering, workshops, local Israel music and Shabbat celebration, and more. The Livnot campus is unlike any hotel or hostel. All participants work as a team to create an atmosphere of participation and communal living.
OneFamily is the premier organization dedicated to serving the needs of Israel’s thousands of victims of terror. We empower victims of terror to rebuild their lives, rehabilitate and reintegrate through emotional, legal, and financial assistance programs geared toward each of the following: Orphans, Bereaved Parents, Parents of Injured Children, Widows and Widowers, Young Adults, and Youth Injured and Bereaved.
Skilled Volunteers for Israel (SVFI) is a US nonprofit whose mission is to connect Jewish adults with Israel through high impact volunteering. SVFI individualizes each volunteer assignment by matching participants’ skills and interests with relevant and meaningful volunteer opportunities in nonprofit and educational organizations in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. SVFI’s volunteers immerse themselves in Israeli society by living and working with the local population. Local staff provide personalized orientation and support throughout the volunteer’s stay.
Their program is unique because they specifically target older adults and active retirees who bring a wealth of life and professional experience to Israeli partner organizations.
United Hatzalah is an independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Services organization that provides the fastest and free emergency medical first response throughout Israel. United Hatzalah’s service is available to all people without regard to race, religion or national origin. With almost 4,000 volunteers throughout the country, our average response time around Israel in 3 minutes or less, and 90 seconds in major cities such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Yad Ezra V’Shulamit works hard to fight hunger through many projects – from our food basket project to our employment desk, children’s centers and our feed-a-baby project we work around the clock to break the cycle of poverty, feeding hungry children and families in Israel. We provide 3,000 food baskets throughout Israel each week and 20,000 on Rosh Hashanah and Passover.
Yad Leah is a volunteer based organization whose staff and supporters share a collective dream of alleviating poverty in over 30 communities throughout Israel. By collecting new and gently used clothing in the United States, Yad Leah provides upwards of $4 million dollars worth of new and lightly used clothing, bringing warmth and joy to thousands of people. Yad Leah sorts, packs and ships the clothing that it collects to Israel, where it is sold to Israel’s neediest at a fraction of its true value in a store-like environment. By providing families with an opportunity to shop for affordable clothing, Yad Leah treats its customers with the dignity that is due all human beings.