“….FOR EVER IS MERCY BUILT IN THE VERY HEAVENS…” (Psalm 89:3)
One of the most important micvot in Judaism is chesed - helping others without expectation of repayment. This is why various kinds of voluntary activities have an important in Jewish community and so some of our services are provided thanks to our volunteers. A volunteer is anyone who out of good will without expecting payment is willing to devote his free time to helping people in need.
Voluntary work has a long standing history in the Social Department of our community. Today we use the name of Tmicha (support in Hebrew) for our group of volunteers. This work started in 1995 by Rebetzin Ruth Sidonová and is very diverse as to age, interests, profession and religion. The voluntary group is enriched by the work of foreign volunteers who come to work in the Social Department from Germany and Austria for the duration of 12 months and work in direct care for clients.
WHAT IS OFFERED?
- Opportunity of meaningful activity that benefits others
- Working in a group people with same believe and conviction, opportunity to make new friends
- Work in an environment of a Jewish community
- Continuous education and supervisions
- Opportunity to test own skills an abilities and to implement own ideas
WHAT IS ASKED FOR?
- Motivation for voluntary work
- Empathy and good communication skills
- Acceptance of further education
- Clean record.
WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF THE VOLUNTEER?
- Friendly visits at the homes of clients (mainly seniors) at the Hagibor Social Care Facility or at the Charles Jordan Pension
- Taking part in the running of a voluntary café Miriam
- Work with clients in the frame of the Day Care Centre at Hagibor Social Care Facility of at the Charles Jordan Pension
- Outings and needed escort
- Delivering birthday present and congratulations to clients
- Help with office administration
- Help in organizing of larger events
- Help with specialized activities, according to the professional abilities of the volunteer (e. g. translations, promotion and publicity, lecturing, educations, legal consultancy)
HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER?
Should you decide to become one of our volunteers the first step to be taken is a meeting with the Coordinator of voluntary work. An application form must be filled in. Before work with clients begins the volunteer undergoes basic education where he/she is given basic education on the Jewish Community of Prague (JCP), Judaism, the voluntary program of the JCP, occupation safety, communication with clients and colleagues, rules of work with the client, use of ergo therapy devices and on the problem of trauma an pos-trauma. After this an agreement of voluntary work is signed with the volunteer.
WHAT BACKGROUND IS OFFERED?
The volunteers regularly meet with the Coordinator. Through ought the year five meetings on organization and education and 5 supervision meeting are held. The purpose of these meetings is feedback from the volunteer, reflection on voluntary work and the opportunity to speak openly about difficult situations that may occur. We also offer the possibility of individual supervisions and meetings. Twice a year collective celebrations of Jewish holidays are held. Our volunteers also may take part in the activities of “The Health Club” e.g. swimming, health exercise and excursions as well as cultural and social events organized by the Jewish community, this all under favorable conditions.
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