Done in a Day (DIAD)

Done in a Day (DIAD) projects consist of volunteer involvement through single events or to address a specific short term need. Typically, these events are in conjunction with one of the JLB’s current community partners or other non-profit organizations, that operate in the JLB focus areas of alleviating hunger and improving nutrition for men, women, and children in southern Westchester.

HOPE’S DOOR

The JLB has partnered with Hope’s Door, which seeks to end domestic violence and to empower victims to achieve safety, independence, and healing from the trauma of abuse. Our Done-In-A-Day committee provided baskets of food that served as the centerpieces for their annual fall luncheon. These food baskets were then brought to families in need.

The Bravehearts M.O.V.E. New York

The Bravehearts M.O.V.E. New York organization in Westchester County is a youth-led movement that provides peer mentorship to young adults who have had experience with or are aging out of foster care. Bravehearts works to empower these young adults to become active and authentic leaders in their own lives as they transition out of the Child Welfare System and into adulthood. The Spring New Member Class teamed up with the Bravehearts and JLB’s Done-in-a-Day Committee to provide a few “luxury items” (i.e. a MetroCard, food, a personal journal, a travel neck pillow, etc.) to complement “BraveBags” filled with some everyday essential items for these young men and women.

Community Service Associates, Inc.

This soup kitchen located in Mt. Vernon has been serving hot meals 4 days a week to the needy for the past 30 years. The Done-In-A-Day Committee worked together to shop, cook and serve a delicious meal on site. They also prepared amenity bags for all who attended that evening.

The Community Events Committee organized a successful toy drive for the children of CSA during their Holiday Party.

THE FOODBANK OF WESTCHESTER

A “grocery store on wheels”, the 36- foot truck has refrigeration and freezer units so that fresh, nutritious foods can be delivered directly to those who need it. The goal is to provide a variety of nutritious foods including fresh produce, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, and healthy grains to underserved communities. The Mobile Food Pantry committee will host monthly food distributions, providing food for approximately 200 families, at various community partner centers including Beulah Church in Mount Vernon and Mount Vernon City School District.

Yonkers Partners in Education

YPIE’s mission is to increase the number of Yonkers Public School students who complete a post-secondary program that prepares them for a successful career. The JLB has partnered with this organization through the Community Events Committee to organize a Dorm Drive. Basic items for college-bound students including bedding, toiletries and school supplies are collected/donated by our general membership.