Lead By Example: Good Deeds Week
Doing good is not just something that fills a slot on your calendar. Doing good is a central method by which we as the Camp Chi family use to exemplify our values of Kavod (Respect), Chesed (Kindness) and Kehilah (Community). It is also a way of life that we as Jews have obligation to fulfill . Over the last few years, we created our Chi Does Good series to share opportunities and resources with to help our community learn more about the issues facing us in the world today and provide ways to get involved and give back. However, even before it became a regular public appearance in Winkle’s Blog, giving back and doing good were core components of the Camp Chi summer curriculum and year-round programming.
Similarly, Good Deeds Day began as a global day to unite people from across the globe in acts of service benefitting others and the planet and has since become an annual tradition of doing good. Now, as we begin to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel we’ve been in, Good Deeds Day has turned into Good Deeds Week. Between April 11 and April 16, we are calling on the Camp Chi Family to lead by example, do good and find ways to help others in the community. You can register here to view opportunities and learn more. We are also going to give you an opportunity to make a difference in the world with other likeminded members of the Camp Chi family.
We are thrilled to kick off Good Deed Week by introducing the Shalom Corps Program, JCC Chicago’s Camp Chi and Jewish Student Connection’s brand-new initiative. The new venture for teens will provide an overview of social justice areas, connections to local organizations addressing those issues, and 60 hours of community service filled with leadership experience. This free initiative is a great a way for teens to fulfill service hours, find a group of people who share their priorities, and learn more about social justice, it’s causes and how to make an impact. The program includes summer programming at camp and educational trainings. Upon completion of the Shalom Corps program in May 2022, you will receive a certificate and direct language to put on your college applications!
The inaugural event is happening on Monday April 26 from 6:30-8:30pm. Even if you can’t make the event, register for the program and stay connected with us on how to learn more. Several additional trainings will take place before the summer begins and during the summer you and your friends will have the opportunity to do good while at Camp, then pick back up with more local service options and trainings in the fall.
We have always led our community with programming, resources and connections, now your turn to step up, lead by example, and show everyone just how Chi Does Good all year long through the Shalom Corps program!