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November 2010

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Educating and engaging seniors to do social action;

Empowering grandchildren to make the world a better place;

And creating a legacy from one generation to another.

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Volunteer opportunities in or near your zip code
How-to guides for helping your friends, neighbors and community
Charitable donations through AARP Foundation
Share and post options to help you recruit volunteers for your service initiative

A Note from Bubbe Sharon


Happiness: the Beginning of Helping Yourself and Others

Earlier this month, I read an article on happiness.  It spoke about happiness as an attitude of life.  I asked why some people always complain about the "small stuff” in their lives, while others seem to have serious problems and still see beauty in the world.  My mother died of cancer slowly and painfully, yet every day of her life she would look out the window and say, "Isn't this the most beautiful day that God ever made?"   I then began looking for quotes on happiness and found many.  These are just a few of them on which to reflect.

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

“Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.” - Leo Tolstoy

“The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. -Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.”- Groucho Marx

“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.”- George Santayana

I’ve discovered the secret of happiness is 
Learning how to glide
I’ve discovered the secret of happiness is
Just enjoy the ride
Don’t let the journey be tainted by pride and

I’ve discovered the secret of happiness is
Not to mourn the past
I’ve discovered the secret of happiness is
Not to run too fast
You can still beat them by coming in last
‘cause the secret 
The secret of happiness is…

I’ve discovered the secret of happiness is
Not to be afraid
I’ve discovered the secret of happiness is
All illusions fade
Don’t fear the future you’ll just be delayed
The secret
The secret of happiness is…

Living in the now
Livening in the times it takes to blink
I think is how

“Secret of Happiness” from the musical Daddy Long Legs. Music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, book by John Caird. Based on the novel by Jean Webster

Ten Ways to Fight Hunger


  1. Tell 5 friends and relatives about hunger in the U.S.
  2. Once a month, don't make that non-essential purchase and save the money for hunger relief.
  3. Start a food drive of your own at your school or synagogue.
  4. Don't waste. Take only what you're going to eat.
  5. Grow a garden and donate the food. Get your friends to help you or start their own.
  6. In honor of next year's Hunger Action Month (in September), write an article about hunger for your school's newspaper or a letter to the editor of your local paper.
  7. Bring your own lunch and donate what you would've spent on school lunch to a hunger relief organization.
  8. Write to your representatives and senators in Congress to ask for more programs to help the hungry. Find your representative.
  9. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank. Food bank locator:
  10. Spend a few minutes on You'll practice vocab and for every answer you get right, they'll donate 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.

Holiday Wishlist from Volunteer Expeditions

You Can Make a Difference!

Please help the people of New Orleans by donating and sending these "Wish List" items in time for the 2010 holidays. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

Please send your donation/gift with a card to one (or all) of the following organizations below.  Your gift will help meet the needs of struggling families during these difficult economic times.

Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development
Warrenetta Banks
5130 Chartres
New Orleans, LA 70117

St. John's # 5 Church and Social Ministry
Pastor Bruce Davenport
3831 Hamburg Street
New Orleans, LA 70122

UNITY of Greater New Orleans (A Collaborative of 60 Agencies Working to End Homelessness)
Frances Misenheimer
(504) 821-4496 x 109
2407 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70113


**Categories with asterisks should be directed to the Lower 9th Ward and St. John's**
Cleaning Products
-- Disinfecting Wipes
-- Pinesol
-- Disinfectant Spray (Lysol)
-- AntiBacterial Hand Soap
-- AntiBacterial Cleaning Sprays
-- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
--Swiffer Dusters
--Mr Clean Magic Erasers
Laundry/Dishwasher Items
--Dishwasher Soap (tablets)
--Fabric Softener Sheets
--Liquid Laundry Soap
Plastic/Paper Supplies
--Garbage Bags (7, 13, & 30 gal)
--Sandwich Bags (zipper seal)
--Freezer Bags
--Toilet Paper
--Paper Towels
--Bathroom Dixie Cups (5 oz.)
--Styrofoam Cups and Bowls
--Plastic Cups
--Heavy duty paper plates

Merry Mitzvot with the JUF's TOV Network

MM2010Chanukah and Christmas are coming.  It is a perfect time to do a kind action for others. Do anything from setting up to serve dinner to the homeless- to organizing gifts for clients of the Ark- to delivering meals to those in need.  Go to or call 312-357-4762 for information and to sign up to help.  They need you desperately!

The Tikkun Olam Volunteer (TOV) Network is JUF's connection point for people who want to donate their time to help others in need. In accordance with tikkun olam, the Jewish concept of repairing the world one good deed at a time, TOV places members of the Jewish community with Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation affiliated agencies and with community service projects that need volunteers.

Whether you are interested in volunteering once a week or once a year, in the city or in the suburbs, with the elderly or with children, by tutoring or by serving food to the homeless, TOV's volunteer advisors will work hard to find the best match to meet your needs and interests.

Make it a Season to Remember by Volunteering with TOV!

The JUF TOV Volunteer Network's winter calendar of one-time volunteer projects, Merry Mitzvot, is here! Merry Mitzvot offers many opportunities to give back during the holiday season. From sorting donations to serving food, you are sure to find a way to make your holidays more meaningful.

Sign-ups are open now and projects run from Friday, November 19, 2010 through Monday, January 3, 2011!

Sign up now to volunteer!

As a Family, Gather Light! -- a new guide from Sharon Halper

flame.jpg872eeae3-cb0e-40dd-a92d-b53fbcf5320eLargeMonthly GSA contributor Sharon Halper gives us a guide about the light in our lives.  Click here to read Sharon's latest guide!


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