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ASI Canada and OneFamily Fund (Letters and Videos)
Grades 9-12 / Maximum 40 teens
Hosted by Itamar Kristovsky and Ayellet Shalit, UJA Israel Engagement ShinShinim

ASI-Canada is the only non-profit organization in Canada that supports Israeli soldiers on active duty. By initiating and supporting social, educational, cultural and recreational programs and facilities, ASI-Canada strives to boost the morale of the brave young men and women of the Israel Defense Forces. OneFamily aims to rehabilitate and empower victims of terror, wounded soldiers and bereaved families in Israel, so that they can achieve their emotional and financial independence, and successfully reintegrate into society. At J-Serve, volunteers will write letters to IDF Lone Soldiers and to families in Israel that have been impacted by terror. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to film personal messages for OneFamily youth retreats.

Chai Lifeline Canada (Thank-a-thon)
Grades 10-12 / Maximum 25 teens
Hosted by Carly Baldachin and Noah Ziegler-Hazen, NFTY-NEL

Chai Lifeline Canada is a not for profit organization dedicated to helping Canadian children suffering from serious illness as well as their family members. At J-Serve, volunteers will participate in a thank-athon by calling attendees of our recent fundraising concert to thank them for supporting Chai Lifeline.

Chartwell Constatia Retirement Residence (Bingo with Seniors)
Grades 9-12 / Maximum 40 teens
Hosted by Hailey Appel and Aaron Ovadia, BBYO Lake Ontario Region

Offering independent supportive living, Chartwell Constantia Retirement Residence provides seniors in Thornhill a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the heart of a thriving Jewish community. At J-Serve, volunteers will join seniors for an afternoon of bingo, games, and lively discussion.

Crafting for a Cure (Craft Kits and Letters)
Grades 6-12 / Maximum 80 teens
Hosted by Rachel Goldberg, Lauren Goldfarb, Shayli Liederman and Aly Rosenzweig, Canadian Young Judaea Youth Council

Crafting For a Cure is a not-for-profit registered charity that looks for opportunities to ensure children are having a positive experience when a hospital visit is necessary. At J-Serve, volunteers will assemble craft kits and write letters in Hebrew that will then be taken to children in hospitals across Canada and in Israel.

Dani Toronto (Passover Activities)
Grades 8-12 / Maximum 30 teens
Hosted by Ashley Hermalin and Gabby Holt, BBYO Chapter Ahava BBG #2447

Dani, which stands for developing and nurturing independence, aims to create opportunities for young adults with physical and/or cognitive challenges so that they can participate fully as valued members of the Jewish community and enjoy a meaningful and dignified quality of life. At J-Serve, volunteers will actively participate with DANI clients in a Passover-themed program that includes skits and trivia and then write letters of appreciation to the participants.

JACS Toronto (Focus Group and Telethon)
Grades 9-12 / Maximum 30 teens
Jewish Addiction Community Services (JACS) is a leading education and support agency for addiction and recovery in the Greater Toronto Area, providing a safe, comfortable and spiritual environment to support our community in addressing substance abuse and addiction. At J-Serve, volunteers will learn about the JACS agency, the risks and realities of substance use, abuse and addiction, and how these concerns impact our community, while taking part in a focus group. Volunteers will then make calls to raise funds to assist families struggling with additiction.

Jewish National Fund (Telethon)
Grades 9-12 / Maximum 30 teens
Jewish National Fund has evolved into a global environmental leader by planting more than 250 million trees, building over 240 reservoirs and dams, developing over 250,000 acres of land, creating more than 2,000 parks, providing the infrastructure for over 1,000 communities, and connecting thousands of children and young adults to Israel and their heritage. At J-Serve, volunteers will make telethon calls to raise funds for planting trees in Israel.

Save a Child's Heart Foundation (Bracelets and Cards)
Grades 6-12 / Maximum 40 teens
Hosted by Atarah Gobrin and Ahava Helfenbaum, NCSY Canada

Save a Child’s Heart provides free, life-saving surgery to children from developing countries and trains surgeons and other medical team members from those countries, helping them build their own future centres of competence. At J-Serve, volunteers will make bracelets and create cards for children having surgery to show support from Canada!

Ve'ahavta (Preparing Meals)
Grades 6-10 / Maximum 30 teens
Co-Hosted by Gabriel Glogauer and Nicolas Wilhelm, BBYO Chapter KVK #5003
Co-Hosted by Benjamin Abecassis, Canadian Young Judaea Moatzah Tzierah

Ve’ahavta is a Jewish charitable social service organization dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people of all faiths who are marginalized by poverty. The Mobile Jewish Response to the Homeless (MJRH) van distributes food and supplies to clients living on the streets of downtown Toronto 5 nights a week. At J-Serve, volunteers will help prepare meals to be distributed throughout the week by the MJRH van.

VIVA Retirement Communities (Games with Seniors)
Grades 6-10 / Maximum 30 teens
Hosted by Jamie Mason and Joshua Mason

VIVA's mission is to create places where people live, love and laugh. From healthy delicious meals, to beautiful amenities, to frequent activities, VIVA strives to make sure seniors live life to the fullest and make the most of each and every day! At J-Serve, volunteers will participate in fun games with the senior residents including Passover arts and crafts, board games, card games and more.

Yellow Brick House (Care Packages)
Grades 8-12 / Maximum 30 teens
Hosted by Sophia Rybnik and Sarah Swartz, BBYO Chapters Chaverot BBG #2307 and L'Chaim BBG #2444

At Yellow Brick House, dedicated counselors, educators, staff and volunteers provide a safe and secure place for women and children escaping domestic violence in York Region. At J-Serve, volunteers will create care packages for families that are rebuilding their lives.

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