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Marin Community Fridges
Rodef Sholom Mitzvah Meals
The Rodef Sholom Immigrant Rights Fund
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program
Bag Lunches for St Vincent De Paul Dining Room
Rodef Sholom supports Trans HeartLine 
Mitzvah Kitchen challahs
Help Extra Food
Seed ReLeaf
Marin Food Bank
CERES Community Project
Homeward Bound Family Shelter
Jewish Literacy
Marin Community Clinic Health Hub Food Distribution

 Bridge Hospice in San Rafael
 

Marin Community Fridges
Congregation Rodef Sholom is partnering with Venetia Valley School and old  Gallinas Children's Center, with support from Seed Releaf and ExtraFood, to host a Community Fridge that will provide food for all our communities here in the Santa Venetia neighborhood. We are seeking volunteers to caretake this community effort by stocking and cleaning the fridge—sign up HERE to help with this new program. After you sign up, a Rodef Sholom community member will contact you with more information. We are grateful that on Saturday mornings we will be able to stock the community fridge with fresh produce from our FEED Sonoma CSA. 

The need for financial and nutritional aid has grown in this past year both within the Rodef Sholom community and beyond. Marin Community Fridges is a new endeavor connected with a national movement that sets up community refrigerators in public locations so anyone in need can take what they need. These fridges are run by the people, for the people. The fridge is open 24/7 to the front right of our building and if you are in need of food we invite you to stop by anytime. 

Rodef Sholom Mitzvah Meals
To support our community we are delivering meals to congregants in need on Wednesdays. Meals are being funded by our COVID fund and provided by Mangia Nosh Catering. Meals are picked up in Terra Linda between  12–2:00 pm and delivered to congregants throughout the county.  To sign up to deliver meals click here.

The Rodef Sholom Immigrant Rights Fund assists undocumented immigrants whose struggles are made even more challenging during this time.

Volunteer to Support our New CSA program Help support our new community supported agriculture program and connect with congregants (socially distanced, of course!) on Shabbat mornings from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Volunteers' tasks include distributing farm boxes during pick-up at the temple, and delivering produce boxes to congregants' homes in Marin.  For more about Rodef's CSA program and events and opportunities to get involved, feel free to contact Kris Malone Grossman at krismalonegrossman@gmail.com

Provide Bag Lunches to St Vincent De Paul Dining Room
St. Vincent De Paul is feeding more Marin County residents than ever.  Join our monthly project and make 5 - 10 bag lunches at home  to be delivered to St Vincent De Paul Dining Room by our project coordinator, Nancy Bernstein. Sign up and find out more info here.

Rodef Sholom supports Trans HeartLine 
This team of congregants provides much needed food monthly to support those healing from gender confirmation surgery at the Trans Heartline Home. Click here to find out more about this program. To join our volunteer team contact Rachel Mercer or Renee Gold.  

Volunteers needed to deliver Mitzvah Kitchen challahs to congregants who are celebrating, in mourning or recovering from illness. These challahs are delivered on Fridays.  To join our team of drivers and bring some joy to our community, contact Laurie Kimball.

Help ExtraFood.org get meals to Marin’s food-insecure. ExtraFood is working with Insalata’s and nine other restaurants to get 6,000+ freshly-made meals to children, seniors, and families who struggle with hunger. Here’s how you can help

Seed Releaf is partnering with restaurants and local farms to feed community members affected by Covid-19. They aim to prepare and  deliver 200 free meals per week that are plant-based, locally-sourced, organic, and made from scratch. Click here to volunteer

The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is opening a number of pop-up pantries throughout San Francisco and Marin and they are are looking for volunteer assistance at these pantries. Many of the more than 275 community food pantries have had to close recently due to other COVID-19 challenges – reduced volunteers, loss of a location, or other concerns. To support those who no longer have access to their food pantry, visit this link to learn more and sign up.

CERES Community Project trains and schedules volunteers to help with cooking and delivering meals to their clients. Go to Ceres Project to learn more about their mission, volunteer needs, and how you can help.

Homeward Bound Family Shelter, 430 Mission Ave in San Rafael, needs: rice, pasta and pasta sauce, mac and cheese boxes; canned beans (pinto, black, refried), tortillas; bread (not a lot), potatoes, onions, fruit and veggies (not a lot), Snacks: crackers, chips; Frozen meals: pizzas, burritos, meals w meat, waffles, desserts. The packages can be left upstairs in the porch, next to the door.

Can You Read This?  That means you can help a child who can’t.  In just one hour a week you can help an at-risk child learn to love reading.  Take part in this rewarding tikkun olam program. Join the Jewish Coalition for Literacy as a volunteer reading tutor and make a difference in a child’s life.  Sign up for a free tutor training workshop at jclread.org.

Marin Community Clinic Health Hub Food Distribution
Health Hubs are distributing food to 1000 Marin County residents per week. Volunteers needed at the San Rafael (Wednesdays) and Novato (Thursdays) campus from 11:30 - 3:30 pm.   Volunteer service will include, unloading and sorting food supplies, packaging and organizing food bags, distributing and recording food to the community and more.  For more information click here.  To volunteer email florenciaparada@marinclinics.org

Are you looking to give back to your community and help people? Bridge Hospice in San Rafael is looking for volunteers. Here is what you can do as a volunteer:

  • Make companion connections either via phone calls or virtual visits. Have a conversation or even play an instrument or sing. This provides unlimited joy for the hospice patient and their families!
  • Make or write a friendly card or become a pen pal to show that you care
  • Knit or crochet a blanket or other item that brings happiness
  • Other ideas are welcome

If you are interested in finding more about being a hospice volunteer, email Volunteer Coordinator Diane Castro, or call her at 415-583-2753.


VENETIA VALLEY SCHOOL POP UP FOOD DRIVE - THE RESULTS

When close to 80 percent of Venetia Valley School parents impacted by COVID-19 lost their jobs, Brenda Camarena, Family Center Director at Venetia Valley School, and Moji Javid, Director of Synagogue Engagement at Rodef Sholom Congregation, partnered to mobilize staff and volunteers to help their community. With support from Extra Food, Seed Releaf, Dine11 Marin, Conscious Kitchen, Mission Food Hub, and many other organizations and donors successfully operated a food supply distribution site that provided over 1,500 meals, produce, and essential weekly supplies to the Santa Venetia Neighborhood. In addition, they collected private donations to fund grocery store gift cards for these same families. 

From April-July 2020, we distributed:

  • 39,000 meals
  • 3,000 grocery & household supply bags
  • 500 school supplies & book bags
  • 50 baby supply bags
  • 2,500 produce boxes
  • 1,900 gallons of milk
  • 760 boxes of cereal
  • 800 masks
  • over $16,000 is restaurant certificates
  • over $40,000 in Safeway and Target gift cards
  • 200 deliveries to families with no transportation

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