Project information

Mitzvah Day 2012

Mitzvah Day is an opportunity for people to give back to the community, without fundraising, whilst working together. Mitzvah Day builds bridges within and across communities, and develops ongoing links with charities. Anyone can take part in Mitzvah Day, regardless of gender, religion or location.

January 2012 - November 2012

Charity information: Mitzvah Day UK

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  • Need

    Need

    Although the desire is often there, many people lack the opportunity to give back to the community in a meaningful way. The prospect of donating money is easy but does not always appeal; people are looking for a way to really get involved and be part of a giving community. In addition, there is a lack of cohesion between local communities, and joint action is difficult to initiate. All faiths consider the values of social action to be important.

    Solution

    Mitzvah Day is a simple way to initiate social action projects that are doable, meaningful and enjoyable. Anyone can get involved, and projects are carried out together, rather than by individuals, to ensure community-building. Projects are based on charities’ needs, making them useful for the recipients. In addition, Mitzvah Day has proven to be a significant method of starting inter faith relationships, in a non-controversial way.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase the number of communities and charities involved in Mitzvah Day 2012.

    Activities

    » Use our media partnerships to spread the word about Mitzvah Day and its broad achievements
    » Use existing contacts to find connections in new organizations, communities and charities
    » Work centrally to identify new umbrella bodies whose constituents can become involved.

    We would be able to statistically demonstrate a larger number of communities and charities taking part.


    Aim 2

    To ensure that all projects that take place have meaning and the potential for longevity instilled

    Activities

    » Provide education about the beneficiaries of the project, e.g. a speaker or written materials
    » Guide the charities to ensure that their project leads on to long-term opportunities, and that these are communicated to participants
    » Provide ready-made projects

    Using our post-Mitzvah Day survey, we will have qualitative data to determine our success


    Aim 3

    Introduce local faith partners to run a project together on Mitzvah Day 2012

    Activities

    » Centrally identify local faith communities who would be willing to partner with the Jewish community
    » Match with appropriate local Jewish communities
    » Assist the local partnerships to find a suitable project

    Success would entail 50 Jewish communities joining with a community of another faith for at least one project on Mitzvah Day.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Mitzvah Day has the potential and ability to bring communities into social action. This can be measured. Additionally, MD can build long-term relationships across faith communities, and with charities. The projects will help to break down barriers between communities. We will demonstrate success by monitoring the relationships that are built and developed on Mitzvah Day via our survey and local coordinators.

    Risk

    As the focus is all on one day, potential issues include cancellations by groups or charities, thereby letting one side down. These situations can be avoided by ensuring ‘back-up’ projects are available, and by managing the expectations of all parties involved. In addition, cross-communal and inter faith relationships can be sensitive. Our staff member working on this project would take care to nurture those on both sides of the relationship so that any potential issues can be ironed out.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive our monthly newsletters keeping them up to date with new developments, as well as a personal invitation to an event on the day, and a copy of our annual report afterwards.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £35,000 Operating costs Communications, printing, resources, rent, phone costs
      £65,000 Staff costs Salaries

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Pears Foundation £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Mitzvah Day takes place nationwide and is open to all participants regardless of age, gender, affiliation, location or level of wealth. Because of the nature of the day – giving time, without fundraising – projects are open to anyone and do not exclude any groups or individuals.

    Beneficiaries

    The causes (200+) that benefit from Mitzvah Day projects are wide ranging and include the elderly, disadvantaged children, disabled individuals, the homeless and disadvantaged international communities. In addition, the participating communities will of course benefit from the flourishing relationships developed.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Mitzvah Day is 5 years old, but in that time, has grown to become a huge success. In 2010, 20,000 volunteers took place across 200 projects, 30 of which involved an inter faith element. We have developed a model that works (which has been replicated by the Hindu Sewa Day) and we have a network of dedicated volunteers to ensure that this can be achieved.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Laura Marks

    Laura Marks founded Mitzvah Day in 2006 and has developed it into the huge success it is today.

    Michelle Bauernfreund

    Michelle manages the running of the charity centrally.

    Daniela Pears

    Daniela has a keen interest in inter faith activities and strives to assist the development of new relationships wherever possible