Tikkun Olam

Around the World

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Hurricane Idalia. TAI Member and longtime Red Cross Volunteer, David Silver, has been sent to the region to assist those in need. Please consider a contribution to the Red Cross or other relief organization. 

We pray for all those impacted by the devastating fire in Maui, especially the residents of Lahaina; and for all those who are joining in the relief efforts. In addition to the Red Cross, please consider monetary donations to the organizations listed below.
Hawaii Community Foundation
Maui United Way
Council For Native Hawaiian Advancement

Your help is needed now more than ever to vital necessities to Jews in Ukraine, and to the tens of thousands of refugees in neighboring countries. 
Donate to JDC

Ways to Contribute in the Lexington Community

There are many ways to contribute and volunteer your time in the Lexington area. Here are some suggestions:
1. The Bluegrass Community Foundation raises funds for local needs. Click here to donate.
2. Donate Blood
  • Kentucky Blood Center – Click here for more info or call 800-775-2522. 
  • The Red Cross – Click here to schedule a donation time.

3. Volunteer to pack and deliver meals for Meals on Wheels

4. Volunteer with Glean Kentucky, a Lexington based non-profit serving as the vital link between food waste and food insecurity. Watch this video and if you think you’d like to help, sign up to be a volunteer.

5. The Community Response Coalition of Kentucky (CRCKY), an entirely volunteer-run organization, helps provide community support to families negatively impacted by immigration enforcement. They provide COVID-19 assistance; rent and utilities assistance to people with life-threatening illness; community resources; legal services; and ICE detention services.

Volunteers are needed in the following positions:
– Intake Workers
– Food delivery personnel-9:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturdays. CRCKY is also about to enter into a new collaboration with Woodhill International Market. They will provide us with boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables. Volunteers are needed to pick up and deliver boxes of food from the Woodhill Community Center between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm on Thursdays. We are very excited to add another source of fresh fruits and vegetables to our delivery roster, but we need volunteers to make this happen.
– Board members
– Bookkeeping
– Social media coordinators
– Volunteers to table at community events
– PR material translators (includes flyers, social media, etc.)​

To get involved, visit their volunteer page.

6. Please consider donating to the following organizations as they work to help those overcome food and medical insecurity:
God’s Pantry
Commonwealth Forgiveness Project (medical debt relief)

7.  Provide rides – ITNBluegrass, dignified transportation for seniors, seek generous, kind individuals to step forward to volunteer to drive. Candidates must be 23-79 years of age with good driving records. To find out more, visit www.itnbluegrass.org or call Executive Director Jennifer Gripshover at 859-421-0705.
Please note that TAI urges congregants who are at risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus to consult with their doctors about whether these opportunities are recommended.