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Tikkun Olam - Socal Action Network

The Social Action Network engages our Congregation in a variety of community service activities. Our signature project is Blessings in a Backpack, Frederick Schools. As a congregation, we’re committed to supporting this weekend backpack program through food donations and sponsorships. There are also opportunities to help pack and distribute backpacks at each of the 5 schools served by this important program.  You can help solve the problem of food insecurity among Frederick‘s low income children. These children depend on Free And Reduce-priced Meals in school as their primary source of nutrition, but “What do they do on the weekend?”
CKAF has also shown great generosity in many ways including collecting holiday gifts for the needy, donating PJs and books for the Pajama Program, joining with the ERUCC for our annual mission trip to North Carolina, knitting & collecting Warm Woolies for less fortunate Frederick Families and serving a meal & collecting food for the Frederick Soup Kitchen.

The Social Action Network has their own Facebook page! To keep updated on upcoming projects and to volunteer, send a request to join at, you may also contact Hermine Bernstein at

Social Action Network Meetings will be posted on Facebook as they are determined along with their locations and times.

CKAF Social Action Network

1. CrowdRise
2. Blessings in a Backpack
3. Family Emergency Shelter project

1. CrowdRise

Hello to all our friends & supporters - Have you heard of CrowdRise? It's a terrific online fundraising site that just might help us reach lots of people, so that we can raise money to feed more and more and more children. Please give whatever you can and share this email with anyone and everyone you think might want to help us solve the problem of childhood food insecurity.  Please ask your friends & colleague to so the same.  Please visit us on Facebook at Blessings in a Backpack, Frederick Schools.  Thanks so much for your continued support and generosity.  Hermine 301-788-7116

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

2. Blessings in a Backpack

"Blessings in a Backpack" is ongoing throughout the year

Blessings in a Backpack, Frederick Maryland currently feeds over 950 children at Orchard Grove, Parkway, Walkersville, Glade & Monocacy Elementary Schools and the Classical Charter School & FCPS Success Program each weekend during the school year. With your support, we hope to provide as many children as possible with supplemental weekend nutrition, so that they return to school on Monday ready to participate and learn.  There are opportunities to volunteer, donate food, and sponsor children.  If you'd like to make an immediate difference in the life of a hungry child, please contact Hermine at
It costs only $100 to feed a single child every weekend for the entire school year. Every dollar counts, so please give what you can and if you are able please consider sponsoring one or more children.  100% of the money we raise goes to purchase food. We are also very grateful for donations of food from the list below, to help fill the weekend backpacks. Checks payable to Blessings in a Backpack may be mailed to P.O. Box 3508. Frederick, MD 21705-3508.
Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated. The more money we raise, the more food we collect, the more children we can feed. Thank you!

Food Donations reflect our 4 rotating menus.  All children receive the same items, so we CANNOT accept food that is not on our list:

  • Mac & Cheese...All "natural cheddar" (7.25oz) box...NO MICRO CUPS please
  • 15oz can Chef Boyardee Ravioli - NO microwavable cups, please
  • CANS of Tuna Fish...NO packs or boxes
  • Single-serve Instant Oatmeal packs
  • Chicken Noodle Soup or Tomato Soup (old-fashioned, regular size)
  • 2 bar/pkg. Oats & Honey Granola Bars...NO peanut bars please
  • Individual CUPS of Fruit, Applesauce or Pudding...NO squeeze packs, please
  • Canned Corn or Green Beans (15oz can)
  • Ramen Noodles...cello packs...NO microwavable cups, please 


3. Emergency Family Shelter Program

Emergency Family Shelter Program Needs YOU!  - updated 2/6/16

We will post new information as they arise here and on our home page so check the home page first for a link here for more information.

One of our community action programs is an Interfaith collaboration with the ERUCC and UUCF to help staff Frederick's Emergency Family Shelter for two weeks four times a year. That's a total of 8 weeks. It's a big commitment but our homeless families in Frederick depend on this important program. I'm reaching out to members of our congregation to consider signing up for an evening (6pm-10pm) at the shelter which is housed at the Trinity Chapel at the ERUCC in town.  Please note that the shelter always has a staff person so volunteers are not on their own. Teens may also join with parents to help out.  Please click here to read the full article and to sign up to help >

If you have volunteered in the past, you should have received the Sign-Up Genius invite directly from the Religious Coalition. If you didn't and would like to sign up, let Cathy Reifman know by email at

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