Put a smile on someone’s face. And yours.

Mitzvah-in-a-Minute (MIM) is a program which focuses on providing community service opportunities for NCJW/Essex members while helping women, children, and families in need of assistance in our region. We choose an agency or group that is of need and try to provide our volunteers with a one time, two-hour opportunity.

2023 Mitzvahs-in-a-Minute

March:  Help Homeless and Trafficked Youth 

The Covenant House Newark Shelter provides immediate housing and care for more than 800 youths ages 18-21 every year. Homeless and trafficked youth suffer disproportionately from trauma, sexual and physical abuse, involvement in the foster care system, domestic violence, mental health challenges, and life on the street. Our March Mitzvah-in-a-Minute is an opportunity to provide much needed bath, grooming, clothing and other items for residents at the Newark Shelter. We will also be providing small gift bags to residents with our hand-written notes of encouragement and support.  Click here for more information and to register.  

January:  Fighting Hunger on College Campuses 

Food insecurity affects approximately 40 percent of college students.  Our January Mitzvah-in-a-Minute hosted a collection for the Red Hawk Food Pantry on the campus of Montclair State University.  Our volunteers sorted, counted and weighed donations before delivering them to the pantry. Thanks to the generosity of NCJW/Essex members and friends, we were able to provide nearly 2000 individual food items and almost 800 personal care and household items. Together it was 800 pounds of donations! 

2022 Mitzvahs-in-a-Minute

September:  Diaper Drive

Read more about our 2022 Diaper Drive in support of National Diaper Need Awareness Week, with donations going to the Community FoodBank of NJ and the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges. 

November:  Fall Food Drive

Read more about our Fall Food Drive and how we put together lunch bags for Christine’s Kitchen in West Orange and our own CFW clients.  

December:  Holiday Toy Drive & Gift Wrap

Read more about our Holiday Toy Drive and Gift Wrap  for clients of the Focus Hispanic Center for Community Development and our own Center for Women.  NCJW/Essex was happy to partner with  LTownCares and Coldwell Banker Realty to provide holiday gifts.

For more information on MIMs, please call (973) 740-0588 or email abenedict@ncjwessex.org

Mitzvah-in-a-Minute Book Drive

The recent Mitzvah-in-a-Minute Book Drive was a big success! We collected over 300 books for Alex’s Book Club Cart, an annual book drive that collects new books for Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center’s Pediatric floors. 

Alex’s Book Cart was established to honor the memory and legacy of Alex who passed away in 2018 at age 11. Alex “was an amazing boy who was filled with joy and happiness” and one of his favorite things was books. The new books will be added to the book cart in the Pediatric Unit and the Pediatric ICU of the Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center. During their hospital stay, children and teens will receive books that they can use during their stay and then take home. It is the hope that this will provide some comfort during their hospital stay. 

Thank you to everyone who participated for your generous support. 

 MIM Book Drive Co-Chairs Justin Hirschtritt and Tara Heyderman

“I want to make a difference in my community by volunteering, leading, organizing, contributing.
Where else can I do so much and have so much fun? NCJW/Essex suits me perfectly.”