Tailgate With A Purpose This Fall

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When Dori Chait moved to Baltimore in 2005, she quickly discovered that in the fall, everything revolves around the Ravens. So today, the former New Yorker is incorporating what she’s learned about her adopted community into a volunteer project she hopes others get behind.

You turned something uniquely Baltimore into a way to give back? During football season, it seems as if everyone is either at or watching a Ravens game. It’s hard to get many Baltimoreans engaged in other things. So I thought why not create a volunteer project that you could do as a group right before or after the game. Or during halftime?

You kicked it off on September 11th? I was chairing Day to Unite for Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) in conjunction with the Governor’s Day to Serve. That happened to be the Ravens’ opener. With Tailgate with a Purpose, we encouraged people to volunteer in between watching the game.

This is the second year of Tailgate. What’s new? This year, JVC will be hosting a Community Tailgate with a Purpose at the Park Heights JCC on Sunday, September 10! We will be streaming the game, doing service projects and learning how to incorporate service throughout the year. Ilene Schwartz is chairing Day to Unite this year and I am so excited for her to take the reins and expand on last year’s Tailgate with a Purpose program!

What makes these projects special? An important piece of JVC is service learning, and each tailgate bag includes a list of volunteer projects and guided questions to make it meaningful.

Why is this a great program for young children?  Click to read full article.

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