Mitzvah Brigade

mitzvah1The objective of the Mitzvah Brigade is to provide support to our members and the community.

To fulfill our mission, we are organized into various groups, each with a specific task:

CBA CARE GROUP This team supports CBA members in time of need.  The team members attend shiva minyans, deliver meals to a family sitting shiva and families in need, make personal contact and send a card letting the family know that CBA is there for them.

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES FOOD PANTRY Our volunteers fill shopping bags with available food, give out the bags to people who come to the pantry, stock the shelves, weigh food when a donation arrives and check food for expiration dates.

CANDLESTICK PROGRAM We present candlesticks to B’nai Mitzva during Saturday morning services.

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK This team organizes a family night, when even our young members can assist by going to the warehouse to sort food for distribution.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE We cook meals as a group there for the resident families on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

SAFE HOUSE OF SEMINOLE COUNTY The Safe House offers security for abused women and their children.  We collect paper goods, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoos, linens, etc. for the residents.  We also collect infant and toddler clothes as well as adult women’s shoes for them to wear on job interviews.  We deliver fresh fruits every month.

PRAIRIE LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL We “adopted” this school to help their underserved students.

  1. Emergency Food Pantry There are currently 1040 students, with 850 participating in free or reduced school lunches. This school does not receive Title 1 benefits.  We collect food to help stock an emergency pantry. Our volunteers have packed 850 bags of food that kids took home on the last day of school before Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring breaks.
  2. Clothes Closet We collect clothing for the children, particularly jackets when the weather turns colder.
  3. Tutoring/MentoringOur members volunteer their time to assist teachers in the classroom or help students with specific assignments.

 I-DIGNITY This team assists the disadvantaged in Central Florida to navigate the complexities of obtaining their personal identification, such as birth certificates, Florida ID cards and Social Security cards.  These documents are essential to fully participate in our current society.

Our Mitzvah Brigade is a strong group, but we cannot do the work alone.  There is a need for continued support.  We welcome all women to join our growing committee and also welcome any financial donations earmarked for the Mitzvah Brigade.