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Count Me In: Social Justice Initiative at the PJCC

Count Me In

Join like-minded people to do good in the world, make friends, and build community.

JFCS Rosh Hashanah Bag Assembly Event

Sunday, September 15 · 1:00-3:00 pm
Join us to spread sweetness into the New Year at Jewish Family and Children Services (JFCS)! Help assemble Rosh Hashanah holiday bags to be given to seniors during this High Holiday season. This is a great event for individuals, families and kids of all ages. Assembly will take place at the JFCS location in San Mateo. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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Advocacy Pop-Up

Tuesday, September 17 · 9:30–11:00 am · Lobby
Sign petitions, pick up materials that will educate you on how to talk about the refugee crisis with friends, and learn how to communicate with your congressperson about this issue.

34th Annual Bayfront Cleanup Day

Saturday, September 21 · 8:30 am-12:00 pm

Join other PJCC members and your neighbors to make a positive impact on our community and clean it up! Volunteers will pick up debris and litter around lagoons and trails. Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes. To thank volunteers, Foster City will be providing a barbecue, musical entertainment, and prizes after the cleanup. All ages welcome.

Meeting time and location will be announced closer to the Cleanup Day. Our group will be located in Foster City.

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Garden Service Day

Sunday, October 6 · 1:00-3:00 pm · Hamlin Garden
Get your hands dirty and join us for a service day in the PJCC Justice Garden! All levels of experience are welcome. This program is designed for adults of all ages and children ages 3+.

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Good Deeds & Good Drinks: Count Me In Cocktail Hour

Thursday, October 24 · 6:30-8:30 pm
Learn about local volunteer organizations where you can donate your time to helping others. Do good, feel good!

If you preregister and attend, you’ll receive a guest pass to the PJCC.

Organizations will include:

  • CASA of San Mateo
  • IsraAid
  • Jewish Coalition for Literacy
  • Jewish Family and Children Services
  • Mission Hospice
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • and more!

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The Invisible Damage: Trauma and Mental Health
How IsraAID Confronts Trauma-Induced Psychological Distress

Tuesday, November 19 · 7:00-9:00 pm
Speaker: Odelya Kraybil, PhD
Mental health and psychosocial well-being are among the most critical, and perhaps the least obvious considerations in humanitarian response. Those affected by a disaster or traumatic incident—whether survivors, witnesses, or responders—may confront new challenges long after the initial traumatic experience ends. Gain an understanding of the unique IsraAID community-based approach to psychosocial programs. Learn the basics of psychological first aid, and the key concepts of psychosocial support. Identify the three stages of trauma response: psychological first aid; psychosocial support; and trauma processing. Participants will come away with a candid assessment of the global mental health landscape, and an appreciation for IsraAID’s avant-garde solutions in this realm.

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“Pop Rocks” Pop-Up

Thursday, November 21 · 9:30–11:00 am · Lobby
Decorate a rock with a word of chesed—lovingkindness—and spread a little love today.

Second Harvest Brown Bag Volunteer Program

On the first and third Fridays of the month from 8:30-11:30 am, volunteers are needed to help distribute food to low-income seniors at Foster City Parks and Rec.  For more information, contact 650.378.2780 or msolomon@pjcc.org, or register online.

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Foster City Cleanup Crew

Come together with your neighbors and help keep our community beautiful! Each month, the Foster City Cleanup Crew will gather to clean litter out of our streets, waterways, and beaches. Cleanups are typically scheduled for the last Sunday of the month. Locations are selected two weeks in advance (based on input from Parks Department). Organized by residents of Foster City.

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