- It’s a very difficult time and not always easy to appreciate who needs support.
- If you feel you’d benefit from having regular phone calls at this time, or help with shopping, or you need a meal or some kind of support, please email the Synagogue’s Outreach team through Jill Swartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re unable to visit people right now, but will resume visits again in the future.
- Also, if you’re interested in volunteering to help with community support, please email Outreach at Jill Swartz’s email listed above.
Jill Swartz for the Outreach Team
As the days have become shorter and the cold and wet nights longer, our thoughts are with our less fortunate, vulnerable friends in Victoria.
Presently, Avodah provides support through our ongoing commitments to these local agencies:
- 1UP Single Parent Resource Centre
- Burnside Gorge Community Association
- Out of the Rain
- Quadra Village Community Centre
Additionally Avodah has had special projects like providing fleece blankets to the Dandelion Society and delivering hundreds of pairs of underwear to numerous small groups.
We rely on the generosity of congregants and friends to continue this work and to increase our commitments.
Please consider making an end-of-year donation to our shul’s social action group, Avodah.
Saturday, December 1 between 11 am – 12 pm — We have invited Debi O’Boyle, Manager for Care Families & Quality Assurance, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria to speak to our congregation during the service on Saturday, December 1st about the current needs of their program. Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria has responded to the needs of children, youth, and families in the Capital Region for 58 years. They are a not-for-profit agency accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF). They are affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.
For more than 30 years, Care Families have supported youth while they attend Boys & Girls Club programming. Each Care Family supports one youth at a time and receives 24 hour support from qualified staff. Adolescence is a time when youth learn skills, practice healthy relationships, and take on increased responsibility in preparation for adulthood. Care Families support youth learning life skills and lessons—sometimes for the first time and help youth get on the right path to becoming successful self-sufficient adults. For more information go to website: https://bgcvic.org/become-a-host-family/
On October 22 from noon to 2:30 pm in the St. John the Divine Anglican Church Hall at 925 Balmoral Street, Congregation Emanu-El, the Community of St. John the Divine and Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT) will host a KAIROS Blanket Exercise Workshop. Continue reading KAIROS Blanket Exercise Workshop
Congregation Emanu-El’s Youth Group is helping Avodah collect toiletries and other items for the homeless. Continue reading Bring items for homeless to Brechner’s Open House
HeroWork is a charitable organization that renovates non-profits community infrastructure through fast-paced leadership-driven events called Radical Renovations. HeroWork does this at a fraction of the normal cost and time, through fast-paced renovation events. These are akin to a modern-day version of an old fashioned barn-raising. Continue reading Call for Volunteers for HeroWork’s Anawim House project