Community service presents students with the opportunity to enhance educational and personal development. Incorporating chesed gives our talmidim a sense of satisfaction that they are contributing to the community and various organizations, making a difference in the lives of others. Volunteer work may also be a springboard for future opportunities. Students may become involved in such projects as the Clothing Drive, Toy Drive, Tomchei Shabbos, and the Blood Drive. Students also visit hospitals and nursing homes and work with children from Yachad and Kulanu.
Many students are involved in I-Shine. This program provides after-school structure to children living with illness or loss in their families. When parents can’t be home after school, I-Shine volunteers offer support and encouragement at bi-weekly sessions that combine homework help, activities, dinner and the chance to befriend others living with similar challenges.
DRS has established the “Nedivei Lev Service Society.” This program is designed to encourage our students to become more involved in chesed as well community and school service. The primary component is an end of year assembly honoring the contribution of students who have distinguished themselves throughout their four years of high school. The programs take place both during and after school hours. Involvement includes community-wide projects such as the annual Tomchei Pesach campaign, a yearly blood drive and chesed weddings for needy couples.
The end of year assembly which takes place in May, includes the entire student body as well as the honorees’ parents. Video testimonials from people who have been helped by the inductees over the four years is an integral part of the program.
There are so many different worthy organizations to help our fellow Jews. DRS students help out by bringing in money to contribute to the worthy charity that the boys are collecting for. Some of these charities include buying gifts for sick children in the hospital, sending shaloch manot to soldiers in the Israeli army , Tomchei Shaboss and Od Yosef Chai. You can also come up with ideas for various tzedakot to assist, collect the money or let us know about worthy organizations! Many times throughout the year, unfortunately, there will be a need to raise money for specific tzedakah projects. Money will be raised through traditional tzedakah collections as well as through special fundraising projects.
Once a year the boys at DRS run a clothing drive for different needy families in the Tri- State area .You can help organize, publicize, and collect the clothes themselves or you can help by bringing in clean, neat clothing during our clothing drive.
Help put a smile on the face of sick child by helping out with the toy drive. Donate new toys or money to our Ohel Chanukah toy drive. This drive entails collecting and distributing all the toys that are collected as well as picking out and purchasing the toys themselves.
Collect and run a hat drive that distributes new baseball hats for children with cancer. This can be easily done and is a big mitzvah.
Help pack and distribute packages, containing food for shabbos, to needy families. This great opportunity takes place every Thursday night and before holidays.
NURSING HOME VISITS
Spend some time each week – a weeknight, Friday, Shabbos or Sunday afternoon – visiting a nursing home in your area. Try to form a relationship with one or two special residents. Many Elderly Recreational Homes need assistance in teaching basic computer skills to the residents. This is a great opportunity to help the elderly and have fun as well. They will soon look forward eagerly to your visits!
Contact your local hospital’s volunteer department to find out about its requirements for visiting (each hospital has its own). Try setting aside Shabbos afternoon or a Sunday to brightening the day of a lonely, sick person.
Join the DRS Blood Drive committee and take part in a mitzvah that is so important .DRS runs their annual blood drive in April. You can help by scheduling appointments with parents in the weeks before the blood drive or attending the blood drive itself to give out papers, cookies and juice.
CHESED SHEL EMET
When a family is very poor, even a funeral is too great an expense. The Hebrew Free Burial Society provides burial for all Jews. We also take our tenth grade trip to help clean up the cemetery, and restore the cemetery to its original state.
COMMUNITY MENTORING PROGRAM
This program is designed to have DRS boys help guide children in the community. As a community mentor you are paired up with a boy who really just needs a “big brother”. This can entail going out for pizza or helping with his homework. This is a great chance for you to positively influence a younger boy in the community.
Yachad mainstreams developmentally disabled children with their peers, attending Shabbatonim, Good Sports and other Yachad events are fun and meaningful.
KULANU SHADOW PROGRAM
A child with developmental disabilities would often benefit from being included in activities with his non-disabled peers (this is called “mainstreaming”) but often cannot because of his or her special needs. Kulanu will set up a high school student with a child with special needs so that he or she can participate in Shabbos morning groups or another weekly activity.
Are you good in a math? Love Biology. If so you can help teach a
Particular subject to someone else in the school that needs some assistance. The peer-tutoring program is a great chance to help other students in the school.
The Jewish Educational Program is a great opportunity to help children who don’t receive a Torah education. JEP provides them with the opportunity to learn about their Jewish heritage or help them with Hebrew homework.