Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter - Community Service





Community Service News and Updates:

Winter 2017 - Spring 2017:


OUR QUILTS:

 The afghans from your knitting squares are beautiful! RAIN delivers them to the elderly.
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 Ellie needs some hands that can crochet. The squares for the afgans keep coming, but she needs help to put them together.
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SOCIAL JUSTICE/COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE/SUNSHINE

The Social Justice/Community Service Committee of the BNC Conejo Valley Chapter is actively involved in many areas of community service. It is our firm belief that the act of "giving" reaps a two-fold benefit of also "empowering" the giver. Through your contribution, you can play a part in helping us to reach out to many needy families.

The following are some of the institutions and programs with which we are involved:

RAIN HOUSE – a transitional living center for homeless families. We knit afghans and donate toiletries and clothes for the entire family.

MANNA FOOD BANK – We collect food and toiletries for families to be distributed at the MANNA food distribution center.

HOPELINE – We collect old wireless phones, batteries, chargers and accessories to be put to work in the community by turning unused wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE – We collect soda can tabs that are reconstituted and converted to cash to assist Ronald McDonald House.

HELPING OUR TROOPS - We collect magazines, CDs, DVDs and knit scarves for servicemen and women.

SENIOR CITIZEN SHUT-INS – We knit and distribute afghans for the elderly who are immobile.

FOOD FORWARD.org – Our members designate to Food Forward those gardens with excess fruit and vegetables. The trees are then picked and food donated to food pantries.

JEWISH FOUNDATION FOR THE RIGHTEOUS – This organization provides financial support to more than 750 non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and preserves their legacy through a national education program. We knit and donate scarves to be distributed to these individuals.

TOY DISTRIBUTION - We contribute new, unwrapped toys for children at Holiday time through the Fire Department Toy Drive.

ASSISTED LIVING FACILITES – We deliver gift bags to seniors in assisted living facilities on various religious holidays.

BOOK DISTRIBUTION – We distribute donated books to prison libraries.

Green tip: For computers and electronics:
To find the most responsible recyclers go to www.ban.org/pledge/Locations.html.
To find used motor oil hotlines for each state go to www.recycleoil.org
For Ink/toner cartridges: www.recycleplace.com
VERIZON uses OLD CELL PHONES to give to those who need emergency phones.
Should you replace all of your existing lightbulbs with CFLs—they are more expensive—or wait until they burn out?
Compact fluorescent lamps cost about $2 more—but use 75% less energy than standard bulbs and last much longer (10,000 hours compared to 750). You might consider swapping the highest used bulbs first. Change the kitchen bulbs immediately, but you could wait on the guest room. What is important is that you take even a small step towards creating a healthier and more efficient environment.

Email SOCIAL JUSTICE/Community Service Chairman Gertie Sanders  gertiesanders@gmail.com
with any question.

HERE IS OUR GREEN TIPS LIST:

    To avoid extra amounts of pesticide residue, the most important fruits to buy ORGANIC include apples, cherries, nectarines, strawberries, and imported grapes. This information comes from various co-ops and health newsletters.
    A few tips on HOW TO SAVE WATER for the Brandeis Green-Minded (Should be EVERYONE): Repair dripping faucets and save up to 2700 gallons a year. Water during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter. Use leftover ice cubes to water plants or put them in your pet’s water dish. Turn off water when brushing your teeth to save five gallons.

KAISER-PERMANENTE SUGGESTS HELPFUL HINTS FOR MEDICINES.
  1. KEEP MEDICINE IN ITS ORIGINAL CHILD-RESISTANT CONTAINER. SCRATCH OR MARK OUT THE PATIENT INFORMATION ON THE LABEL.
  2. PLACE SOME WATER INTO SOLID MEDICATIONS. THEN ADD SOMETHING NONTOXIC AND UNPALATABLE SUCH AS KITTYLITTER, SAWDUST, CHARCOAL, COMET OR CAYENNE PEPPER.
  3. CLOSE AND SEAL THE CONTAINER LIDS TIGHTLY WITH PACKING OR DUCT TAPE. IF DISCARDING BLISTER PACKS OF UNUSED MEDS, WRAP IN MULTIPLE LAYERS OF DUCT TAPE.
  4. PLACE MEDICINE CONTAINERS IN DURABLE PACKAGING THAT DOES NOT SHOW WHAT IS INSIDE (A CARDBOARD BOX).
  5. PLACE IN THE TRASH CLOSE TO GARBAGE PICKUP TIME.