Avodah: Fall Update

for Avodah

Emanu-El’s Avodah Social Action Group is happy to inform you that Avodah has
received grants from the following organizations:

  • Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island: $3,000
  • The Betty Averbach Foundation: $4,500

substantial financial support will help us greatly to carry out our important
programs to help youth, adults and families who are experiencing homelessness
and poverty in Victoria.  Thanks to the generosity of these donors, as
well as to the consistent support of our congregation, we look forward to
continuing to make a difference in the lives of people in need in Victoria,
with renewed strength and dedication.

Action Week, Oct. 17–20


(Credit: en.wikipedia.org)

Homelessness Action Week, Avodah is now collecting much-needed winter items and
everyday essentials.  

Most needed items: 

  • socks & underwear
  • gloves and mittens
  • toques and scarves
  • razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss
  • gravel-sized hygiene
  • deodorant, nall clippers and files.

Also needed:  

  • combs and small brushes
  • lip balm, Q-tips
  • feminine hygiene products, Band-aids, toilet paper
  • non-scented baby wipes, baby powder
  • dog & cat food
  • non-perishable snacks, 
  • USB flash drives
  • pens,
    pencils and notepads. 

goods, such as peanut butter, tuna, canned fruit, cereal always needed as well.

You can
bring items to the Avodah box in the synagogue foyer; or you can take items to
the following drop-off locations, between Oct. 11 and 17

  • Our Place
  • Anawim
  • Rock Bay Landing of Victoria Cool Aid Society
  • St.  Vincent de
    Paul, or 
  • Greater Victoria Public Library branches.

Oct. 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a day when
anti-poverty advocates in Canada join together to call for a federal anti-poverty
plan to address systemic causes of poverty. You can check out www.chewonthis.ca for more details.

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