March 2014 Alpha House Volunteer Week
We invite you to be a part of this annual congregational volunteer effort to support local families experiencing homelessness. During our volunteer week we will provide shopping, food and hosting duties from Sunday, March 16 through Sunday, March 23. To sign up online, click here. For more information please call or email Ellen Dobrusin: 994-6244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the week, volunteer slots are available for food donations, dinner service (5:00pm-6:45pm), playtime with young children (6:45pm-8:00pm) and overnight shifts (9:00pm-7:00am). We’ll need volunteers to help prepare and serve breakfast on Sunday morning (8:30am-10:00am), March 16th and to shop for weekly staples (about a 3 hour commitment).
If you are new to the vital role that Alpha House plays in our community, we urge you to check out their website at http://alphahouse-ihn.org/ . Alpha House is conveniently located at 4290 Jackson Rd Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (near Quality 16 Theater). The supporting congregations of the Interfaith Hospitality Network @Alpha House rotate through Alpha House to provide daily meals, supplies and other support. Many BIC volunteers say that spending time at Alpha House was one of the most rewarding experiences they have shared with BIC friends and family.
There are many different ways to get involved and new volunteers are especially encouraged to join in the valuable work that Alpha House does in caring for those who are without homes of their own. We invite families to “adopt” an evening and provide both a complete meal and hosting duties. High school students, especially, can feel invested in the mitzvah of helping the community while earning service hours. Other groups within Beth Israel are also invited to help – gather up your friends from the book club or movie group or Israeli dancing class and help out for an evening! We have shifts available for individuals who would like to provide a portion of a meal, people who would like to spend a few hours sharing an evening with the Alpha House residents, or those who can stay overnight. If you want to help, we have a way for you to do so!
We look forward to working with all of you to support the tremendous work that Alpha House does!
Your BIC Alpha House Volunteer Coordinators
Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Fridays at 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday – Thursday
*service and minyan times are as listed above unless otherwise specified on the calendar