Volunteer in the Community

Helping our Community and Improving the World

(Tikkun Olam)

Whether you want to join in a long-term project, participate in an event or just spend a few hours, CBE's Social Action Committee can hook you up.  Food and clothing drives, Mitzvah Day, Sukkot in April; maybe you have a favorite charity that could use a little more support.  Consider spending a little Mitzvah time with the Social Action Committee in 5780! 

A main goal of the Social Action Committee is to increase our congregation’s assistance to the needy in our community. Please join in these efforts in any way you can.

To receive occasional updates about CBE Social Action projects and needs, or if you have questions or project ideas, please contact [email protected].

Major Projects

Our major Tikkun Olam projects have their own pages -- check them out and get involved!

Other Mitzvah Opportunities

Below is just a selection of ongoing activities to help our community; for more information or to suggest a project, please contact [email protected].

A Simple Gesture - AKA "Cool Green Bag" 

The CBE Social Action Committee is initiating a new mitzvah project in conjunction with A Simple Gesture. When you sign up, you will be given a cool, green canvas bag. Then, over two months, you fill it up with non-perishable foods. On the first Saturday of every other month, you simply leave the bag outside your front door. A volunteer driver from A Simple Gesture will come by, pick up the bag, and leave another cool, green bag. And the bag even has a tag with the pickup schedule and wish list! The food is then taken to the Cornerstones Reston Pantry and the LINK Pantry in Herndon. For more information and to sign up, please go to www.coolgreenbag.org.

Organ Donation

Each year, Congregation Beth Emeth marks Organ Donor/Transplant Awareness Shabbat with a guest speaker related to organ donations, reminding us how important it is to register as an organ donor. You can register at the Virginia DMV or register online now.

Winter Coat Drive For Children and Adults

November - January

Please donate winter coats for those in need. Coats are distributed through the Hunter Mill Supervisor’s Office all winter long. All coats are welcome, but men’s warm winter jackets are needed the most.

Bring your clean, wearable coats to the CBE lobby or to the Hunter Mill District Coat Closet at the North County Governmental Building, 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA 20190. The Coat Closet accepts donations and offers coats generally November through January; the dates vary each dear. Drop off box is available 24 hours a day. (More information.)

Partners in Tikkun Olam

We Belong to Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith), and participate in selected Cornerstones initiatives.

Cornerstones is a community-based nonprofit human service agency that promotes self-sufficiency and supports people in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, childcare and other human services. Founded in 1970 by area religious organizations to encourage the development of affordable housing in the area, Cornerstones has since broadened its offerings to address the most pressing social needs in our community.

Cornerstones is always grateful for non-cash donations, which help furnish transitional homes and the Embry Rucker Emergency Shelter as well as providing needed items for many other programs. Check their wish list for currently-needed items.