In honor of this year coming to a close, I want to take some time to recall all of the incredible programs and events we have had throughout the year. We have helped so many people and touched so many lives. Thank you for an incredible year full of fundraising, advocacy, curiosity, love, passion, and, most notably, Seaboard Changemakers!
- Maddie Dahl, Social Action/Tikun Olam VP
We kick-started the year with the first issue of the Seaboarder where we featured our first Seaboard Changemaker, sophomore Natalie Skigen from Beth Emeth in Herndon, VA. Through her article, we learned an insider's perspective of living with epilepsy and the ways she brings together her community to find a cure.
Next we arrived at 20th Century Seaboard Encampment back in August. The week was a blast! We participated in a meaningful, thought-provoking Social Action Game of Life where we discovered the harsh truths about poverty in the US and learned how we can get involved in our own communities at home. We continued our exploration of poverty through a life size trivia word search in our 613 Late Night co-lead by 613 Mitzvah Corps RGB Chair, Gabrielle Zwi. We ended the week raising well over our goal of $2,015 through hilarious, embarrassing raffles and Maccabiah!
In November we had a lot of fun at Dr. Seuss Fall Convention! The senior boys competed in one of the best Mr. Seaboard Pageants to date. They collectively raised about $950, totaling up to over $1,200 for the weekend. On Sunday we participated in Seaboard's annual Hair Donations Program where we learned about hair loss and how we can get involved. We are incredibly proud of the 10 girls and Assistant Regional Youth Director, Abby Kerbel, who donated their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
During our 613 Late Night, we wrote cards and stuffed goody bags for the elderly for our newest program L'dor Vador. In December, we delivered these and celebrated the first night of Hanukkah with three of the Charles E. Smith Hebrew Homes in Rockville. For many of us, it was our first time visiting the aged and the sick. We learned a lot about others and ourselves in a night we won't forget!
At International Convention in Baltimore we competed against the other USY regions in the annual coin challenge. We raised about $590, a massive increase from previous years!
In our second, third, and fourth issues of the Seaboarder, we learned about Livia Sauvage (Beth Emeth), Uri Farber (B'nai Shalom of Olney, Olney, MD), and Zack Seiff (Har Shalom, Potomac, MD). These featured changemakers taught us about their volunteer work with Best Buddies, their initiative TO-rah, and their chapter's book fundraising event, respectively. We are so proud of them!
On April 10th, we participated in a regional Good Deeds Day event, along with the amazing chapter and synagogue programs. We volunteered at Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Rockville where we got our hands dirty dusting, cleaning, and organizing. What a meaningful experience!
We hope to see you at Spring Convention, May 27-30th! We look forward to collecting and organizing clothes for our clothing drive, raising TO at our TO Carnival co-planned by TO RGB Chair, Renana Harriss-Blumenthal, and partaking in the TO Allocations process!
Thank you all for an outstanding year! It has been incredible watching all of you discover social action and Tikun Olam! Each of you is a Seaboard Changemaker! Keep up the great work and email email@example.com if you want to featured in future issues of the Seaboarder!