April 5, 2011 was the 5th annual Good Deeds Day in Israel. Thousands of Israelis volunteer in hundreds of good will projects, linking business and philanthropy.
Every year the SCN team in Israel takes time off from “our community” in order to lend a hand in our ‘local’ community. Together we decide where best to contribute. The team has packaged food for families in need, planted a garden to brighten a youth center and this year painted an art workshop for youth at risk.
We chose to contribute in a special high school located in a difficult neighborhood of Tel-Aviv. It is a ‘last chance’ for troubled youth. The school tries to provide skills for its students who will most likely not complete high school, no less see college. One of the skill set options provided is for artistic jewelry making. They create beautiful wares, taking pride in creation and later selling their merchandise through websites or local businesses, thus giving them basic training in entrepreneurship.
With our normal camaraderie we set to work refreshing their studio for the year ahead. They in turn spoiled us with brownies baked in the confectioner class!
4 hours later the job was done. A newly painted workshop, red window trimmings and all was drying nicely. I hope that when they come into their new workshop the fresh look inspires them to greater creation and that the thought that there were people in the community that cared enough to do so gives them hope.
image credit to Idit 🙂