This weekend, volunteers in the Ukraine will visit with senior citizens. Across the globe, in Maryland, others will weed a community garden.
Both projects are part of International Good Deeds Day taking place Sunday, March 25. The worldwide initiative began in 2007 in Israel, and last year more than 160,000 people spent the day giving back to their local communities.
The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary has organized eight service projects in the Raleigh area for International Good Deeds Day and is inviting the community to come lend a hand. The day of service begins the group’s 25th anniversary celebration of serving the local Jewish community.
“While we provide services to the Jewish community, we also want to reach out and help the greater community that we are a part of,” said Barry Schwartz, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary. “This event was in perfect alignment with what we wanted to do for our community and also something taking place all over the world that we could be a part of.”
Volunteers can sign up for specific projects such as delivering food bags to needy families, cleaning the Jewish Community Center and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Helping Hand Mission. Clubs and groups, such as scout troops and sports teams, are also encouraged to participate. International Good Deeds Day is family friendly and children are invited with parent supervision.
Volunteers are asked to bring gas cards and grocery cards for Jewish Family Services to give to those in need throughout the year. Donations are also accepted at Temple Beth Or and Temple Beth Meyer in Raleigh.
“It’s all part of being good neighbors. Life is very hectic these days. But if you slow down and recognize that being a good neighbor is reaching out and helping others when they need it, then you realize that we all need to give back to the community,” Schwartz said.
For more information or to sign up for a project, visit www.shalomraleigh.org or call 919-676-2200.
Revival services in Arabic
The Raleigh Arabic Baptist Church, a ministry of Trinity Baptist Church, is holding a revival called “Jesus Makes Change.” The services will be in Arabic with English translation available. Services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23; 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24; and 1 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. For more information, call 919-270-4245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spaghetti dinner for mission trip
Wakefield United Methodist is having its annual spaghetti dinner and auction from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, to raise money to send its youth group on an Appalachian service project this summer. The dinner will be held in the Life Ministries Building at Wake Forest United Methodist Church at 905 S. Main St., Wake Forest.
During the weeklong mission trip, the youth will help make homes warmer, safer and drier for low-income families in rural Appalachia. The teens also build relationships with the residents and will give each homeowner a handmade prayer shawl at the end of the week. This is the third year that the church has participated in the ASP project and it is sending 31 youth and adults on this year’s trip.
Both a silent and live auction will be held at dinner for a variety of items, including professional services, gift certificates and beach getaways. Advance tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $6 for children at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 919-827-0670.
Easter play at Richland Creek
The community is invited to Richland Creek Community Church’s Easter production at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31. The choir, orchestra and drama ministry will perform the play “A Tale of Two Thieves.” For more information, visit www.richlandcreek.com or call 919-556-9292.
Easter musical at Longview Baptist
Longview Baptist Church Adult Choir is presenting an Easter musical called “This We Believe” during the Sunday morning service. The performance is at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 1, at the church, 2308 New Hope Road, Raleigh. The annual cantata will include songs chronicling the birth of Jesus, promise of the resurrection and Christ’s return. For more information, visit www.longviewbaptist.org or call 919-231-3747.