Mitzvah Day 2020

Besides volunteering for one or more of the many Mitzvah Day projects, please also consider donating some of the items below to help these worthy organizations. 


VA Hospital:
for Veterans Hospital

NEW OR GENTLY USED books & current magazines for adults (no food magazines, please). Be sure to remove address labels before donating!

Family Promise of Greater Cleveland
for homeless families

baby & child supplies: new/unopened diapers (size 4, 5, 6 only), baby wipes, baby/kid shampoo, baby laundry detergent, kid toothpaste & toothbrushes

For Kids At
Area Hospitals 

For Kids at Hospitals: 

NEW/UNOPENED small arts and craft supplies that can fit in gallon-size Ziploc bags

Mitzvah Day Fair

Would you like to make a tax-deductible donation to help support Park's Mitzvah Day?  Click here and select the "Dr. Gilbert N. Silbiger Mitzvah Day Fund" in the Congregational & Community Outreach section. Thank you!

For Families with Pre-School & Elementary-age Kids,
but open to all ages! 
Drop-in projects at Park Synagogue East 
from 10:00 am-12 noon

  • Make Bookmarks for Park's Little Free Libraries at Cory (please bring new or gently-used children's books to donate)

  • Stuff Heart Pillows for cancer patients

  • Fill Activity Bags for children in area hospitals                                                                  (Please bring small arts & craft items that will fit in gallon-size ziplock bags)

  • Decorate Placemats for senior adult lunch program

  • Make Fleece Pet Toys for Rescue Village

  • Knot fringes on non-sew Fleece Blankets (ages 10 & older)

  • Decorate Cards for US soldiers

  • Take Hands-only CPR & AED Training

Mitzvah Projects

Take a look through these great projects and make your selection(s) online below! Register now to get your first choice project! Registration deadline May 7!


#1 Cleveland Chesed Center
Provides food, clothing and household items to people in need 
Project: Stock shelves with food and/or organize clothing room.
9:30 - 10:30 am @ Chesed Center

1898 S. Taylor Rd.,
Cleveland Hts., 44118

Number of volunteers needed: 5-8

Ages: 8+

Of special note: Volunteers must wear closed toe shoes

#2 Cleveland Kids' Book Bank
Fosters improved literacy in area kids

Project: Sort & pack books to distribute to children in need. 

9:30 am - Noon 

@ Cleveland Kids' Book Bank

3635 Perkins Ave. Cleveland 44114

Number of volunteers needed: 20

Ages: 13+

Of Special Note: Wear closed-toed shoes. 

#3 Cleveland Metroparks

Project: Weed & Mulch flower beds

9:30 am - 11:30 am 

@ Polo Field @ Chagrin Reservation

41324-44998 S Woodland Rd,
Chagrin Falls

Number of volunteers needed: 10-20

Ages: 12+

Of Special Note: Wear closed-toed shoes. 

#4 Deliver cookies

Project: Deliver cookies to area police and fire departments.

Pick up cookie trays between

11:00 - 11:30 pm @ PSE
27500 Shaker Blvd.

Number of volunteers needed:

8 families. Great Family project!

#5 Fostering Hope 
Enriches the lives of foster children
Project: Pack Journey Bags and decorate cards for foster kids.
1:30 - 3:00 pm
@ Beech Brook

3737 Lander Road, Pepper Pike

Number of volunteers needed: 5-20

Ages: Great Family Project!

#6 Menorah Park 
Skilled nursing and Rehab facility 

Project: Plant flowers for the residents to enjoy all summer

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

@ Menorah Park

27100 Cedar Rd, Beachwood 44122

Number of volunteers needed:

6 families

Ages: for families with kids 13 & under

#7 Park Synagogue East Library

Project: Sort & pack books to be donated to Better World Books or dust book shelves. 

1:00 am - 3:30 pm @ PSE

27500 Shaker Blvd.

Number of volunteers needed: 6-8

There is lifting involved.


#8 Bag Lunches for the Homeless 

Project: Prepare & pack 200 bag lunches for homeless people.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

@ PSE Social Hall

27500 Shaker Blvd.

Number of volunteers needed: 30-40 

Ages: 8+

Of special note: no volunteers with peanut allergies. Volunteers are asked to contribute food for the lunches.

#9  Domestic Violence Child Advocacy Center (DVCAD) 
Project: Help prep & cook dinner for 50 people living at DVCAC.
Pack: 1:00-3:30 pm
@ PSE Kitchen

27500 Shaker Blvd.

Number of volunteers needed: 10

Ages: 13+

#10 Greater Cleveland
Food Bank Collects, packs & distributes food to people in need. 

Project: Sort & pack surplus food for people in need. 

9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Greater Cleveland Food Bank

15500 S. Waterloo Rd.

Cleveland, OH 44110

Number of volunteers needed: 25-30

Ages: 12+

Of Special Note: Must wear shoes with closed heel & toe & sign a release.

#11  Trinity Cathedral-
A Place at the Table 
Provides meals for people in need. 
Project: Set-up, serve and clean-up lunch for people in need
11:30 am - 1:30 pm 
Trinity Cathedral

2230 Euclid Ave.,

Cleveland, OH  44115

Number of volunteers needed: 6-8

Ages: 15+


#12 JFSA Group Homes 
Operates group homes for developmentally disabled adults
Project: Run bingo games & serve refreshments to disabled adults. 

1:20-2:30 pm @ PSE 
27500 Shaker Blvd.

Number of volunteers needed: 4-6

Ages: 8+

#13 Montefiore Home 
Skilled nursing and rehab facility

Project: Transport residents to/from bingo and assist them during games.


1 David Myers Pkwy,

Number of volunteers needed: 15

Ages: Great Family Project


#15 The Weils
is an assisted living facility for seniors.

Project: Park Volunteer Choir performance for residents.  1:30 pm 

@ The Weils

16695 Chillicothe Rd.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Number of volunteers needed: For Park Volunteer Choir Members and Family Only

#16 Youth Ability
Provides supportive services to teens & young adults with disabilities

Project: Exercise & socialize with teens/young adults with disabilities to encourage them & model correct movements

9:45  - 11:30 am

@ Beachwood High School

25100 Fairmount Blvd.,

Beachwood 44122

Number of volunteers needed: 6-10

Ages: 13+

Of special note: dress to workout

#14 Ronald McDonald House 
Provides housing for families with hospitalized children
Project: Prepare & serve brunch for families

10:00  - 11:00 am 
@ Ronald McDonald House

10415 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Number of volunteers needed: 8

Ages: 13+


#17 American Red Cross
We need your blood! 

Project: Donate blood to the American Red Cross Blood Bank.

9:00 am - 3:00 pm @ PSE

27500 Shaker Blvd.

Number of volunteers needed: unlimited

Ages: 17+

Of special note: Please make an appointment: Call 216-371-2244, ext. 202. Check blood donor restrictions at Walk-ins welcome as time allows.

#18 Cleveland Sight Center
Provides services to visually impaired individuals

Project: Assemble craft for Sigh Center booth at Parade the Circle.

1:00 - 3:00 pm @ PSE

27500 Shaker Blvd.

Number of volunteers needed: 4-10

Ages: 10 & older

#19 Cards & Letters to US & Israeli Soldiers

Project: Make cards & write notes for U.S & Israeli Soldiers.

9:00 am to 3:00 pm @ PSE Lobby

Drop-in's Welcome!

Number of volunteers needed: unlimited

Ages: all ages welcome

#20 Cookie Baking

Project: Bake cookies at home for area police and fire departments.

Great family project!

Drop off at PSE from

9:30 to 10:00 am

Number of volunteers needed: unlimited

Ages: all ages welcome

#21 Hands-only CPR &
AED Training

Project: Take a few minutes to learn this new CPR technique. You may save a life!

10:00 am- 1:00 pm @ PSE 

27500 Shaker Blvd.
Drop-ins welcome!

Number of volunteers needed: unlimited

Ages: Any

#22 University Hospital Seidman Cancer Center Heart Pillows

Project: Stuff and sew closed heart pillows for UH Seidman Cancer Center breast cancer patients.

1:00 - 3:00 pm @ PSE

27500 Shaker Blvd.
Drop ins welcome!

Number of volunteers needed: unlimited

Ages: Any

Also need people to sew pillows before Mitzvah Day!


#23 Eliza Bryant Village 
is a residential facility for seniors.

Project: Bring your docile pet to visit with the residents.

2:30 - 3:30 pm

@ Eliza Bryant Village

7201 Wade Park Ave.,

Cleveland 44103

Number of volunteers needed: 8 pets and their families

Ages: All

Of special note: Pets must have up-to-date shots. Great family project!

#22 Rescue Village Provides care and adoption for abandoned pets.


Help with a variety of projects at shelter, take tour and meet-n-greet animals.

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

@ Rescue Village

15463 Chillicothe Rd.,

Novelty 44023

Number of volunteers needed: up to 20

Ages: 8+

Of special note: Great family project!

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