several people painting benches
East Bay Tikkun Olam and Chessed Days 2016 volunteers working at Youth Spirit Artworks.

East Bay volunteers to fan out in community

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After a successful East Bay Tikkun Olam Chessed Day last month, another has been set for June 25, and organizers are looking for more volunteers to join the growing list of participants.

The first Chessed Day on May 7 attracted 200 volunteers from seven Jewish organizations. They went to 10 sites, including Highland Hospital, Redwood Regional Park and AgeSong senior living.

Organizers are encouraging June 25 volunteers to sign up in advance. Opportunities include working with the Alameda County Community Food Bank and painting rooms at a local homeless shelter.

The event is co-sponsored by Beth Jacob Congregation, Temple Beth Abraham and Temple Sinai in Oakland; congregations Beth El, Beth Israel and Netivot Shalom in Berkeley; Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, JCC of the East Bay, Midrasha, Oakland Hebrew Day School and Tehiyah Day School. The program is funded by a grant from the Jewish Federation of the East Bay.

For more information about volunteer projects and to sign up, see