Harvesting Fun and Purpose Through Cross-Generational Good Deeds
JFS recently partnered with Sholom to harvest the vegetable gardens on their campus to be used by Open Arms of Minnesota (OAM), a worthy organization in our community. OAM has an urban farm adjacent to Sholom that they utilize in the fresh, organic meals they prepare and deliver to people with life-threatening illnesses throughout the Twin Cities.
Due to stormy weather on harvest day, the group of JFS volunteers was not able to harvest the crops, but we found a wonderful alternative that resulted in a fun way to harvest joy in the Sholom residents while creating a lasting contribution to the garden.
JFS volunteers Sandy Wolkowicz, Carole Bloom, Linda Stein, Dan Saltzman and Etta Lambright assisted the residents in creating beautiful stepping stones that will be placed in the gardens and provide easier access for Sholom residents. Also joining in the fun were students from St. Paul Talmud Torah who assisted their new “grand-friends” in this mitzvah project and went on to entertain the participants with an impromptu vocal performance.
This was the third in a series of gardening events. The group planted seedlings in the gardens and maintained the growing plants through the summer.
The project was conceived after JFS lay leaders expressed interest in a family-oriented volunteer experience; one where they could work together on a mitzvah project that resulted in tangible evidence of the impact they left on others.