Sets of cups, towel sets, packages of paper towels & toilet paper, basic cleaning supplies, and laundry baskets


Men's, women's & children's general items. NEW black or white socks, NEW black & white undershirts. Gently used socks of any color.  


Sunscreen & anti-insect spray, razors (male/female) hotel/sample sized shampoos, conditioners, lotions, feminine products, soaps, and shaving creams


Bottled water, Hard boiled eggs, jars of peanut butter & jelly. Non-perishable canned & boxed food items


Bags/cans of cat & dog food, treats, pet supplies & accessories. Ziploc bags (sandwich, quart & gallon sized)

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Sixth Annual Community Mitzvah Day Sunday, November 9 ~ 9:00 am

A Day of Service for Gainesville 

The Jewish Council of North Central Florida, in partnership with Chabad and Hillel at UF, Congregation B'nai Israel and Temple Shir Shalom, is excited to announce our biggest community Mitzvah Day yet! Students, children, seniors, and everyone in between, will be working together to heal the world and our local community in a day of service.

Below is the list of projects for the day. Click on the hyperlink (in blue) for the project that you wish to volunteer for. To help avoid confusion, please do not register for more than one activity. If you are able, feel free to donate supplies needed for as many projects as you would like to support! In many cases, gently used clothing and other items are critical! 

For more information about Mitzvah Day projects and donations, please contact JCNCF Community Engagement Associate, Damien Boada at 352.371.3846 or 

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:00 - Registration & Breakfast at The Tabacinic Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student and Community Center.
  • 9:30 - Welcome by Dawn Burgess-Krop, JCNCF President 
  • 9:35 - Guest Speaker, Mitch Chupak, Jaffa Institute - Israel 
  • 9:45 - Depart to Projects

Projects at Chabad (2021 NW 5th Avenue) 

Bake Sale to benefit Colel Chabad Israel: Chabad will be selling baked goods at Mitzvah Day to support Colel Chabad Israel, an Israeli Organization with soup kitchens, daycare centers, and more to support the poor and the orphans in Israel. Click here for more information about Colel Chabad.

PJ Library Family Mitzvah Projects: Families with young children (8 and under) can stay at Chabad after breakfast and do a circuit of kid friendly activities to support several charities. Projects include:

Make cards and write notes to IDF Lone Soldiers and/or American Veterans

Make beaded bracelets for the girls and young women of Beit Ruth

Decorate place mats for Meals on Wheels

Make snack bags for Meals on Wheels 

Tie a knotted no-sew fleece blanket for the Children's Home Society

Toys for Joy! for hospitalized children: Chabad and its UF student group are accepting new packaged toys or donations to buy new toys. All the toys will be distributed during the Thanksgiving and Chanukah holidays to hospitalize children in the Gainesville area. Bring your donation on Mitzvah day!

Projects at Congregation B'nai Israel (3830 NW 16th Boulevard)

Bread of the Mighty Food Drive: Bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Bread of the Mighty (collection at B'nai Israel and Shir Shalom)

Stone Soup Casserole Brigade: The casserole brigade is back and ready to make meals for local charities. Make sure to sign up for a casserole and bring ALL the ingredients necessary.


Projects at Hillel (2020 West University Avenue)

Feeding the Hungry: Volunteers will make sandwiches and organize supplies to be distributed to the homeless and hungry at Bo Diddley Community Plaza.

This project is full but still needs supplies!

Supplies needed: peanut butter, jelly, sliced cheese, bread, hard boiled eggs, cookies, bananas, Ziploc sandwich bags, and bottled water.

Lone Soldier Care Packages: Volunteers will organize and assemble care packages and write letters to send to Lone Soldiers serving in Israel. 

Supplies needed: hotel or sample sized shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, shaving gel, razors (male/female), tooth brushes and paste, deodorant (male/female), sun screen, anti-insect bite spray or wipes, socks (black or white standard male & female adult cotton socks which can be matched with appropriate deodorant/razors), adult large black or white undershirts.

Project at the JCNCF Office (3835 NW 8th Avenue)

Move-in Packages for Veterans: Volunteers will assemble move-in packages with basic house-hold goods for Veterans who are in need of support.

Projects at Temple Shir Shalom (3855 NW 8th Avenue) 

Bread of the Mighty Food Drive: Bring non-perishable food items to donate to Bread of the Mighty (collection at B'nai Israel and Shir Shalom).

Packing pastry baskets for local charities: Volunteers will organize and wrap donations from the Flour Pot Bakery and Publix into baskets that will be distributed to Al'z Place, Elder Care, and Gainesville Community Ministry.

Pet Care Supply Packaging: Volunteers will take large bags of dog and cat food and break them down into quart and gallon sized bags to be distributed via the St. Francis House Pet Care Clinic. This project is full but still needs donations!

Sorting Clothing: Volunteers will sort clothing according to the needs of several area charities: Tacachale, Displaced Homemakers, BOLD, Pace, and the Helping Hands Clinic. All Mitzvah Day volunteers are encouraged to contribute to this project and may drop off their clothing donations on Mitzvah Day collections sites or before.

  • Team Leader: Sharon Hirshik - 
  • Specific clothing items needed: men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, purses, new and used undershirts and t-shirts of all sizes, new and used socks, collared shirts, khaki pants teenage boys and young me, women’s clothing for job interviews and work, school uniform appropriate clothes for children and teenagers.

Other Project Sites

Adopt-a-street clean up: Dr. Pawliger and his team will be cleaning up NW 8th between 13th and 22nd Streets. Necessary equipment, supplies and water will be provided.

Making Dinner for Veterans at Fisher House: This project is sponsored by the Temple Shir Shalom Social Action Committee. Volunteers will help make and serve a meal to Veterans at Fisher House. 

Field Day at the YMCA: Volunteers will be doing a field day filled with fun outdoor activities with local children at the YMCA. (5201 NW 34th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32605)

Alachua County Animal Services: Volunteers will have the opportunity to exercise and play with the dogs and cats at the Alachua County Animal Services Station (3400 NE 53rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609). This project will be run by the Jewish Law Student group. This project is reserved for Students!

Baking Cookies at the Ronald McDonald House: Volunteers will be baking cookies for the children and families at the Ronald Mcdonald House. (1600 SW 14th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608). This project is full!

The Sedoctaves at the Village: The UF Student A Capella group will be preforming for our beloved senior citizens at the Village. They will also work on a Mitzvah Project together. This project is reserved for the Sedoctaves and residents at The Village!