Merry Mitzvah Volunteers Helped with Many Projects

[Archived from January 09, 2009]

[by Amy Benovitz]

Thank you to all donors and builders of Louisville’s 300th Habitat for Humanity Home. The Jewish community and Sophie Reskin were major sponsors for this home at 3024 W. Madison for Tawanta and Dudley Cox.

Starting in September we built a home in 14 weeks. We had seven major build days with celebrity crew leaders: Rabbi Joel Wasser, Rabbi Joe Rooks-Rapport, the University of Louisville Interfaith Center, Anita Solomon, Rabbi David Ariel-Joel, Aly Goldberg, Cantor David Lipp, Rabbi Robert Schlossberg and Bornstein-Benovitz Family.

We built in the sun and rain, provided lunch and labor, got poison ivy, received major media coverage, had a lot of fun, painted, sanded, and made a home for a wonderful family.

At the dedication on December 14, Cantor Lipp made everyone cry with his beautiful singing and strumming to end the dedication.

In addition to the Habitat house, for Merry Mitzvah 2008, volunteers from the Louisville Jewish community winterized homes with Project Warm, provided gifts and meals at several Wellspring Mental Health facilities and Buckhorn Presbyterian Children’s Agency.

We served meals and mingled with clients of Maryhurst, Ronald McDonald House, Cathedral of the Assumption Soup Kitchen, and St. Vincent DePaul Open Hand Kitchen, and we made 500 sandwiches for St. Vincent’s Osnaman Center and 330 food baskets for Schuhman Center.

We entertained at Four Courts Senior Center, Home of the Innocents, Volunteers of America Family Shelter and Hospice. We donated cookies to the Cathedral of the Assumption Soup Kitchen and wrapped presents at Brooklawn.

In addition, eight carloads of warm coats, sweaters, gloves were donated and delivered to several agencies including Coalition for the Homeless. We provided new clothes and gifts for Jewish children as well as refuges served by Catholic Charities.

Special thanks to anonymous donors of checks, coats and blankets and the students of the Temple Religious School.
Need has no season and every agency can use you any day, call Amy Benovitz, 425-0373, to learn how you can help



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