March Mitzvah Madness 2022

On the road to making a difference.

March Mitzvah Madness is a month-long initiative of our JCC that focuses on giving back to our local community.  The JCC staff and members come together to create programs and events that bring awareness to and raise funds for outside groups which hold a personal connection for our staff and members.  As a charity ourselves, the JCC recognizes that there are many people outside of the J that also need help. The JCC Board of Directors and Staff feel it is an important part of our mission to look beyond our walls and provide this assistance. 

Jersey Cares: First Night Kit Program

Jersey Cares First Night Kits are distributed to domestic violence shelters, transitional housing facilities, runaway safe havens, foster homes and other agencies with transitional populations in need of hygiene items on the “first night” of their stay.

Items Needed are for Men, Women, and Children. Items requested should be new and unopened.

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Body Wash
  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Combs and Brushes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Chapstick

Save A Child’s Heart: Purchase a Heart

Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) is an Israeli humanitarian organization, working internationally to save the lives of children from countries where access to pediatric cardiac care is limited or nonexistent. Founded in 1995 and based at the Sylvan Adams Children’s Hospital near Tel Aviv in Israel, Save a Child’s Heart has saved the lives of more than 5,800 children from 62 countries and has brought more than 140 local healthcare professionals to Israel for training so they can treat their own children independently and create centers of excellence in their home countries.

Purchase a heart for $10. Proceeds go to SACH.

Birthday In A Bag

Every child deserves to celebrate and feel special on their birthday. Items requested should be new and unopened.

  • Large Party Gift Bags
  • Cake Mix
  • Sprinkles
  • Birthday Candles
  • Kid’s Birthday Cards
  • Decorations
  • Paper Goods
  • Napkins
  • Plastic Forks
  • Disposable Table Covers
  • Playdough
  • Card Games
  • Stickers
  • Puzzles
  • Coloring Books
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Matchbox Cars

Collect for Food Bank Network Somerset County

The mission of The Food Bank Network is to distribute food and to provide other basic human needs to those less fortunate in our Somerset County communities in a manner which recognizes and advances self worth and human dignity. They distribute food through three food pantries, located in Somerville, Bound Brook, and North Plainfield, and a warehouse in Bridgewater.

  • Food Bank Needs
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetables are being collected on Mondays ONLY. (Our JCares Interns assist at the Food Bank on Tuesdays)

New Little Free Library at the JCC

Collecting New and Lightly used children’s books. The JCC is excited to be putting a little free library right by our Blaustein Early Childhood Entrance. It gives children an opportunity to take a book or to leave and share a book with someone else.