Community Service Projects
Attitudes & Attire
Chair – Nancy Klompus
Attitudes & Attire offers workshops developing self-esteem and work ethics to economically disadvantaged women. NCJW volunteers act as image consultants to help select professional clothing and accessories for the workplace.
Food + Fit = Fun
Chairs – Sharan Goldstein, Liz Cooper, Robin Zweig
This hands-on, bilingual program helps low-income parents prepare their preschool children for academic succes and a healthy overall lifestyle. Partnering with HIPPY in DISD and RISD, Food+Fit=Fun promotes good nutritional habits and regular physical activities. Volunteer opportunities include teaching the healthy eating curriculum, facilitating fun exercise demonstrations, leading grocery store tours, as well as translating written education materials and recipes.
Partnering with the Dallas coalition for Hunger Solutions, Food+Fit=Fun has expanded to the Senior populatin. Volunteer opportunities include teaching and assisting the “Eating Well is a SNAP” program for seniors at such places as residential living facilities, and recreation and Senior Centers.
Training for all programs is provided.
Connect with the Food + Fit = Fun Facebook page
Chairs – Denise Bookatz, Jo Reingold
This educational enrichment program utilizes NCJW volunteers to introduce 6th graders to the country of Israel – its culture, people, history, geography, economy, and government, both ancient and modern. Volunteers work in pairs, giving classroom presentations lasting for 60-90 minutes. The program promotes mutual understanding and greater respect for diverse cultures.
HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters)
Chairs – Syl Benenson, Carol Tobias
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a parent involvement, school readiness program that helps parents prepare their 3-, 4-, and 5-year old children for success in school and beyond. Throughout the year, NCJW volunteers assist the families with culturally appropriate field trips to the DMA, Nasher, Perot and the Arboretum, encouraging them to tap into and explore their creativity.
Contact Carol Tobias to sign up for field trips. Click here for a calendar and sign-up form.
Kids in Court
Chair – Judy Hoffman
This program assists the Dallas District Attorney’s office in preparing children who are potential witnesses in felony child abuse cases. NCJW volunteers assist in making the courtroom and its procedures familiar to these children and their families.
LEAP (Lending, Education, and Project Mentoring)
Chair – Michelle Goldstein
LEAP builds bridges for survivors of domestic violence by providing a social lending resource, financial education, and supportive giving them increased credit worthiness, financial stability and protective factors leading to economic security.
Kosher Home Delivered Meals – Jewish Family Service
Chair – Bonnie Grossfeld
Meals on Wheels – Visiting Nurse Association
Project Leader – Marilyn Fiedelman
Volunteers deliver kosher meals through JFS and non-kosher meals through VNA, providing a daily hot, nutritious noontime meal and personal contact to disabled, ill and frail homebound clients. NCJW volunteers are the eyes and ears of those clients, while sometimes being their only personal contact.
Chair – To be named
Various one-time, short term volunteer projects throughout the year, assisting in the community outside our standing projects.
Vickery Meadow Food Pantry and Clothes Closet
Chair – Cheryl Pollman
Volunteers assist in all aspects of running this collaborative Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, including assisting clients in their selection of food and clothing, stocking the shelves, and management responsibilities. In addition, funds from our Minnie Hexter Milk Fund help provide for the purchase of shelf-stable milk and other healthy food items.
VMLC (Vickery Meadow Learning Center)
Chair – Julie Lowenberg
Volunteers participate as teachers in an adult literacy program, offered through this Center, which is dedicated to improving the communication and life skills of non-English speaking adults so they may function more productively in American society.
WACHS (Women’s Access to Comprehensive Health Services)
Chair – Pamela Reiter
Through this project, NCJW volunteers provide young people in our community with medically accurate, age-appropriate sexuality education using a curriculum designed by NCJW Greater Dallas Section. The program is also responsible for distributing health information resource cards throughout the community and advocating for greater access to comprehensive health services for women.
Meyerson SymphonyCenter Docents (Emeritus Project – available on special request)
The Meyerson symphony center hosts the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and houses the Herman W. and Amelia H. Lay Family concert Organ. NCJW volunteer docents provide public and private tours of the Center as needed.