Happiness is not made by what we own. It is by what we share.”
Rabbi Jonathon Sacks
We facilitated two events to benefit Afghan refugees:
- A bag packing event for refugee children with students of Green Hills School. Jewish Family Services, the only resettlement agency in Washtenaw County, finds homes for these families.
- A drive to collect winter clothes for adult refugees. Families of Angell School students donated these items.
No Waste Wednesdays
As we see the vast amount of single-use plastic and paper items that are generated in our schools, we have been investigating opportunities that support more sustainable practices. Consistent with our mission to teach children to care for the environment, we are piloting a “No Waste Wednesdays” program in a fifth-grade class in a Saline Elementary. School. The challenge is to see how much paper and plastic waste can be eliminated from their school lunches.
To launch this program, we provided a reusable container to students who bring lunch from home and a set of cutlery and a cloth napkin to students who eat hot lunch at school. The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor made a presentation to the group that demonstrated how non-biodegradable materials threaten the environment. We feel that this message can resonate with young people and in turn influence behaviors at home. We hope to scale this program to other classrooms throughout the community.
Community Action Network
Responding to a request for supplies, The Generosity Project donated hundreds of dollars in diapers and baby care items to CAN. CAN partners with children, youth, and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves and improve the communities in which they live.
We encourage you to contact us with opportunities that we can translate into events. Email Lindsay@thegenproject.org.