Looking to Make a Difference?
Our congregation has many current programs that provide ways to get involved and make a difference. Current opportunities are below, and don’t forget to bookmark this page so you can check back for any additional programs that come up.
RAC-NJ: Voting Rights
Following the recent launch of The Reform Movement’s 2022 Every Voice, Every Vote Campaign, leaders and activists across the country have started to take action to protect our democracy in this election.
To ensure that we act with strength, purpose, and impact, we hope you will join Every Voice, Every Vote Foundational Training. which will focus on the core relational organizing principles to strengthen our voter engagement team, as well as how to engage in effective partnerships and combat voter suppression through an anti-oppressive lens. This training will be offered twice, at the following dates/times; please register here to attend one of these sessions:
Wednesday, June 15 8:00 PM EDT
Thursday, June 16 3:00 PM EDT
Another action you can take with RAC is to write postcards to engage under-represented voters in advance of the 2022 election. Sign up here: https://urj.tfaforms.net/730
SOMA Refugee Resettlement Program
After nearly four months, the SOMA Refugee Resettlement effort is continuing — and will continue for eight more months.
At this time, we could use more volunteers to help to drive our Afghan refugee family to the occasional appointment and to help them to navigate public transportation in our area. Also, the family would love to meet families with children of a similar age for playdates and friendship, as well as to help with conversational English. Please contact Shayna Schmidt at Shayna.email@example.com if you would like to volunteer.
At the same time, we are exploring the possibility of supporting a Ukrainian family to settle in our community. If you are interested in the possibility of getting involved on a leadership level in this effort, please contact Alan Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Saturday Soup Kitchen
TSTI’s Second Saturday Soup Kitchen offers prepared meals for our food-insecure neighbors. Congregants compose and drop off nutritious meals and bottled water to Epiphany & Christ Church on Main Street in Orange every month.
Co-chairs: Karyn Boosin Leit & Jeff Lind (email@example.com).
Volunteers needed for 2022 TSTI Second Saturday Soup Kitchen dates:
June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12 & December 10
Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges
IFPO is an all-volunteer, supplemental food pantry helping to meet essential human needs of food-insecure residents of Orange, East Orange, and West Orange, NJ, with dignity and respect. We currently serve close to 600 clients each pantry Wednesday.
TSTI members regularly volunteer at the IFPO, primarily by bagging, unloading, and distributing bags of non-perishable groceries, toiletries, as well as a hearty box of produce. You can also donate to the IFPO through a special TSTI fund.
For information about volunteer opportunities for adults and high school students and to receive the sign up link, email IFPOranges@gmail.com.
Co-chairs: Karyn Boosin Leit and Janet Schwamm.
Help for Ukraine
In order to get desperately needed relief to Ukrainians as quickly as possible, we have been asked to make direct monetary donations rather than send goods.
This is an initial list of organizations working on the front lines to provide aid. Please check back frequently. We will be updating this list as the needs change.
Your donations can help provide food, medical support, shelter and other aid at a critical time.