In these difficult economic times you can really make a difference.
In the Bin
We are also collecting warm men and women’s jackets and sleeping bags to be distributed to the unsheltered by the Marin Interfaith Homeless Chaplaincy.
Make a donation of food
We will be collecting canned and packaged foods for JFCS Food Pantry and the Marin Food Bank. The need is greater than ever. Items can be dropped off in the synagogue lobby in the marked container. Holiday food items would be greatly appreciated.
Prepare and serve lunch at the St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room
St. Vincent serves over 300 meals a day to Marin residents and they always need volunteers (16 and over). Contact Terry Hennessy at
Meals of Marin
This agency delivers meals to those who are homebound and dealing with a life threatening disease 365 days a year. Volunteers are needed to cook in their kitchen or deliver meals to their clients. There is always a shortage of volunteers in December. To sign up to help anytime in December, call Alex at 457.4666.
Provide food for Christmas dinner at Homeward Bound on December 25
Once again Rodef Sholom will be hosting a Christmas Dinner to the 80 residents of the New Beginnings Adult Shelter in Novato. This event has been a huge success in past years. You can help us make it possible by volun-teering to provide turkey, potatoes, salad, rolls, dessert, cranberries and more for this special dinner. Sign up to help by contacting Moji at 479.3441 or
Canal Alliance — many opportunities to help this Holiday Season
Donate warm baby clothes and accessories for the new mothers enrolled in their programs. Donate $25 grocery gift cards for Canal families in their Family Resource unit. Or you can donate a fresh or frozen ham or turkey for these families. Call Joshua Castro with your questions at 306.0452.
Volunteers needed to wrap or deliver presents for San Rafael Santa Cops
This agency supported by our San Rafael Police and Fire Departments collects and distributes toys to families in need in San Rafael. Volunteers needed to wrap presents on Thursday, December 15 starting at 12 noon at San Rafael Armory. Volunteers are also needed to deliver presents on Saturday, December 17 at 9 am at San Rafael Armory. For more information or to get involved call 456.2685 or email
Help sort and pack donated food and toys
The Novato Human Needs Center serves 600 local families over the holiday season. Volunteers (17 and over) are needed on Sunday, December 18th to help sort and pack donated toys and gifts for needy families. Also think about making a donation of toys or gifts yourself. Please call Dina at 897.4147 ext. 19 or
In addition to these opportunities, please consider making a donation to Congregation Rodef Sholom to support our community work by clicking here.