Despite the frigid temperatures, things have truly been heating up at NCJW this winter! We hosted a successful Pic-a-Bag volunteer project on December 25th, the Jewish community’s Mitzvah Day (pictured above). Our Executive Vice President, Jacki Herzog, led a team of 20 volunteers in their efforts to pack 300 bags for children being abruptly removed from their homes by social workers from Allegheny County’s Children, Youth, & Family Division (due to potential abuse, neglect or imminent danger). The bags contain essential personal hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo in addition to a clean t-shirt, crayons, and a cuddly stuffed animal. The County was very grateful to receive our delivery of the bags which “will provide many children and youth with the necessities that many of us take for granted.” We hope to continue the Pic-a-Bag project throughout the year, partnering with a number of organizations that serve children in need.
Also, we are eagerly awaiting NCJW, Inc.’s 46th National Convention, which will be held March 6-8 in St. Louis. The National Convention occurs once every three years, and it provides an opportunity for NCJW members and leaders from all across the country to convene and learn about issues important to women, children, and families. We are particularly proud that our own Christine Stone will be installed as the Assistant Treasurer of the board of directors of NCJW, Inc. at this year’s Convention. For more information about Convention, please visit this website: http://www.ncjw.org/convention2014.
Finally, we are happy to report that our Stay at Home Ball (SAHB) has been quite successful under the leadership of chairs Hilary Spatz and Roxanne Wolk, and we are almost 90% of the way towards reaching our SAHB goal of $75,000. If you have not yet made your annual SAHB gift to NCJW, don’t worry…it’s not too late. Donate online, mail your donation to our office at 1620 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217, or you can call Cheryl at 412-421-6118 x203.
Thank you for all you do to support the efforts of NCJW!
Andrea K. Glickman