You Can Help – Making Life Brighter This Holiday Season


With Thanksgiving and Chanukah around the corner, this is the perfect time of year to show our appreciation for what we have and help others who need a little support. The Associated and its network of agencies are continuing to make lives brighter, with the help of the local community. 

Here are a few ways you can donate your time or your dollars to make an impact this holiday season. 


Casserole Challenge 

Make this holiday season a little happier for the families who struggle with food insecurity. Make your favorite … or several favorite … casseroles (they freeze well) and drop them off at Jewish Volunteer Connection on November 30. These will be delivered Manna House, Living Classrooms, and the Maree G. Farring Elementary School and other local organizations. Now in its sixth year, JVC has delivered 2,200 casseroles since the Casserole Challenge’s inception. Learn more.

Jewish Community Services (JCS) Toy Drive 

Brighten a child’s face this holiday. Help Jewish Community Servies (JCS) purchase toys, books or crafts for client families facing economic hardship this year. JCS is collecting monetary donations to purchase gift cards to make these children’s holiday season special. 

Take Advantage of a Match to Double Your Impact 

Through the end of Chanukah, a generous donor is matching all pledges to The Associated’s Annual Campaign. This is the perfect time to double your impact and help domestic violence victims, teens struggling with mental health and older adults who want to stay independent. Locally, money raised also will help us advocate against antisemitism in Maryland and on local college campuses, build bridges across communities, promote Jewish life and more. Give here. 

#Giving Tuesday 

This year, #GivingTuesday will be the culmination of The Associated’s ’10 Days of Gratitude’ – a new initiative that highlights the incredible work that we do through the voices of our consumers and donors. The day will also encourage the generosity of the Baltimore Jewish community with the incentive of a dollar-for-dollar matching grant that ends with the holiday of Chanukah.

Mitzvah Day 

The tradition continues. For more than a decade, JVC has hosted Mitzvah Day and even during the pandemic, there were in-home opportunities for volunteers. This year, the event will go hybrid, with its signature project of collecting and packing more than 2,000 Winter Care Packages will be held on December 24. Packages will be distributed to people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Other volunteer opportunities include meal service and activities for vulnerable community members. Learn more.

The Jewish Community Food Fund 

Want to help individuals worried about their next meal? The Jewish Community Food Fund  a program of Jewish Community Services, is dedicated to addressing hunger in Baltimore’s Jewish community. Donations from caring community members directly help individuals and families facing economic hardship. They will receive gift cards for use at local grocery stores, as well as additional support services to help them regain self-sufficiency. 


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