The arrival of spring is quickly approaching, which brings lots of excitement to the Baltimore community for many different reasons… the end to the cold weather, pretty scenery, opening day at Camden Yards, lacrosse season and, for me, Good Deeds Day.Good Deeds Day is an international day of service that unites people from 93 countries who perform good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet.

Good Deeds Day, sponsored by Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) in Baltimore, falls on April 15 this year – smack in the middle of the month and well into the time when flowers and trees are blooming.

It is incredibly powerful to be a part of a volunteer event that is happening throughout the Jewish community all over the world. I have been told that people feel reinvigorated and filled with purpose when they participate in this day, much like we often feel when springtime finally arrives. Invigorated. Reborn. Motivated. Energetic.For the Hollins’ family, Good Deeds Day is a day reserved for family time, reflection and tikkun olam. Click to read Leslie Hollins’ story.

The Associated Contributors

The Associated Contributors are writers from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.