SALEM – On Sunday, April 14, teens from all over the North Shore will come together for JTI and CJP Community Action Day (formerly JServe North Shore Mitzvah Day) to lead generations of families, friends, and community members of all ages in projects like baking, cooking, painting, building, and gardening. Participants will spend the day at Plummer Youth Promise, an organization committed to helping troubled youth find meaningful connections to family and build their skills and community connections. The projects of the day will benefit other local organizations including LifeBridge, Lynn Shelter Association, and others.
“This event is an amazing example of our community working together across generations to make an incredible impact,” says Adam Smith, executive director of the Jewish Teen Initiative. “Last year, more than 200 volunteers, ranging in age from 4 to 84, united to help others on the North Shore. One of the unique qualities of this day is watching teens take a leadership role with their peers, adults, and younger students – all in pursuit of repairing the world together.”
Josh Comito, a freshman at St. John’s Prep, and his parents, Robert and Stacey, know a little something about teaming up to do good work for their community. The family volunteered together at last year’s event, where Josh led projects. They are looking forward to repeating the experience.
“I like that I get to volunteer with my family and friends,” says Josh. “My Dad is a social worker and has helped kids who live at the Plummer home. It is very rewarding to help make things better in the community and with kids who have had a very difficult life.”
“I can think of no better way to spend a wonderful and meaningful afternoon,” said Anne Selby, CJP North Shore Committee member and co-chair of Community Action Day. Anne has been deeply involved in Jewish life on the North Shore for decades and is excited to share this experience with her family this April. Last year, Anne was part of the planning committee, but couldn’t attend the day. Her family was well-represented though – daughter, Kate Selby Urman, and son, Joe Selby, along with their spouses and children, Anne’s sister, Judy Mishkin, and her niece, Molly Winston, volunteered.
“Three generations of my family participated in the event – some building tables and chairs, some creating a beautiful mural, some assembling and decorating care packages, and some cooking and baking,” says Kate Selby Urman. “It was a wonderful opportunity for us to give our two young children a valuable experience in the importance and joy of helping others.”
“Passing along the tradition of giving back to future generations has always been important to my family. My parents taught it to us, and we, in turn, have passed it along to our children,” says Anne. “To see my children now passing it on to their children is an absolute joy – L’Dor v’dor” (from generation to generation).
“After experiencing the power of community at last year’s event, I am thrilled to be a co-chair of this year’s effort. There is nothing better than bringing together generations of families, led by teens, to work together to make a difference,” says Sheryl Lappin-Levy, co-chair of JTI & CJP Community Action Day and CJP’s North Shore Planning Committee.
Whether your family is ready to start writing its own multi-generational day of service story, or you simply want to be part of the fun, everyone is welcome to participate. Register at www.cjp.org/actionday.
JServe, the Michael Steinberg Leadership Development Endowment Fund, Pediatric Health Care Associates P.C., Larry Levine’s Kosher Meats & Deli, and the CJP North Shore Planning Committee helped sponsor this event.