Got Mitzvah?

During the Jewish Federation’s 100th annual Mitzvah Day, which is this Sunday, there will be hundreds of service projects offered throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Here is a guide to the ones most convenient to the Hollow.

For (almost) Teens: The Jewish Community Center

Perfect for pre-teens eager to experience independence. Teen Connection, the precursor to BBYO, is hosting a service project for grades 6-8. From 1 to 5 p.m.

For Foodies: Temple Emanu-El

The next time your stomach grumbles, imagine the pains of those who go without enough food every day. Go to Temple Emanu-El and help make sandwiches for the homeless. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For Creative Thinkers: Children’s Medical Center

Who hasn’t suffered from the boredom blues while waiting at a doctor’s office? Assemble sheets of word games and crossword puzzles to help adults with sick children pass the time while waiting at the hospital. From 9 a.m. to noon.

For Environmentalists: White Rock Lake

Clean White Rock Lake. My suggestion: Bring your bikes and scooters, so you can enjoy the lake once the project is over. From 10 a.m. to noon.

For Green Thumbs: The Dallas Holocaust Museum

Preserve the Holocaust survivors’ memories and rejuvenate the Garden of Remembrance. Replant and water shrubs in the garden. Ages 12 and up. From noon to 3 p.m.

For Outdoor Groupies: The Dallas Arboretum

Volunteers will enjoy the fresh air while greeting guests, passing out candy, and running the pumpkin cart during the Arboretum’s Family Fun Weekend. A great option for younger families because there is plenty of space to run and play in the garden. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 1 to 4 p.m.

For Party Planners: Vickery Meadow Learning Center

Organize and set up a Halloween-themed party for the children and families at the center. From 1 to 4 p.m.

For Personal Connections: The Legacy at Preston Hollow

Play bingo with the assisted-living residents at The Legacy at Preston Hollow. Socialize with residents eager to share their stories. From 2 to 3:30 p.m.

For the Young at Heart: The JCC

Design, assemble, cut, and glue counting books to help the pre-literacy curriculum at Educational First Steps childcare centers. From 2 to 4 p.m.

Still don’t see the project for you? Click here for a complete list of the events.

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Imani Chet Lytle

Imani Chet spends most of her time behind the scenes at People Newspapers handling design and marketing tasks, but you can occasionally catch her out and about covering the latest museum openings, musical concerts, and delicious new food menus in the area – and all through her trusty dusty iPhone camera. Catch some of the action on our instagram page: @peoplenewspapers

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