The Jewish United Fund (JUF) and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago strive to provide people in the area with countless opportunities for volunteerism through the Tikkun Olam Volunteer (TOV) Network. This network stems from the traditional Jewish concept of “tikkun olam,” or repairing the world one good deed at a time. TOV works closely with a number of agencies and community service projects in the area to identify needs and provide local volunteers.
TOV maintains multiple programs, such as the Winter Mitzvah Mania. This initiative connects individuals to one-time volunteer opportunities from November to January.
Another important program is Hands on Heroes, which offers one-time volunteer opportunities to families with small children. Understanding the importance of involving the whole family in volunteer opportunities, Hands on Heroes identifies opportunities appropriate for children 8 and under, although some projects may have other age restrictions. Hands on Heroes is currently gearing up for Purim and asking for volunteers to assemble mishloach manot, the traditional food packages for the holiday, and deliver them to families in need in the Chicago metropolitan area.