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.

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

Be a part of our November Mitzvah-in-a-Minute to benefit NCJW/Essex Center for Women clients and Christine’s Kitchen, a “soup kitchen” operated out of Holy Trinity Church in West Orange. Check out our Amazon Wish List to purchase food items for the bags and join us on Monday, November 21 to pack the bags for clients of both the CFW and Christine’s Kitchen.  For more information and to sign up, click here.

December:  Holiday Toy Drive & Gift Wrap

NCJW/Essex is partnering with LTownCares and Coldwell Banker Realty to provide holiday gifts for clients of the Focus Hispanic Center for Community Development and our own Center for Women.  Gifts, which should be unwrapped and suitable for children ages 3 – 13 years, are being collected at the Coldwell Banker Realty office at 2 East Mount Pleasant Ave. in Livingston. (The box is located at the back of the conference room.) All gifts should be dropped off by December 12.

Sign up here to volunteer to wrap the gifts on Wednesday, December 14 and get them ready for a holiday delivery!

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.”