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In keeping with the recommended guidelines for social gatherings during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in keeping with the Jewish view that gives primacy to preserving life, CBI has replaced all in-person gatherings at the synagogue building with virtual gatherings. Meetings with one of the rabbis or administrative staff - where all parties are masked - may be made by appointment.

Mitzvah Opportunities

1. Supplies Drive for The Arc of the Piedmont

The Arc of the Piedmont is a local nonprofit that for 60+ years has created opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be more independent, learn new things, visit new places and make new friends. The Arc provides individualized training in daily living skills, socialization, and communication. Activities and experiences are designed to enable individuals to achieve their highest potential in interdependence and participation in the community. 

The Arc is in desperate need of the following to keep its community members safe (all items must be new and in unopened packages):

  • Wipes
  • Sanitizer at 60% alcohol or above (in short supply we know!)
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • New surgical gloves

How to Get Supplies to the Arc:

  • Ship directly from online retailer(s) to:

The Arc of the Piedmont                                                                                                                                                                                                          Attn: CBI Drive                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1149 Rose Hill                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Charlottesville, VA 22903

  • Drop items off at CBI on August 24 - 26, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

2. PACEM Dinner Need

PACEM is currently housing people at the La Quinta Inn and providing case management services and a dinner every night. CBI has signed up to drop off meals for each of the 5 Wednesdays in September. We are looking for 3 people each Wednesday to volunteer to provide 20 meals ( 60 meals total per day) and drop them off at La Quinta between 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Details:

  • there's no need for all three people to prepare the same meal
  • CBI can provide the clamshells to package the meals if needed
  • the residents have access to microwaves, so meals don’t need to be hot when delivered

Click here to sign up and learn more details.

Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Carpenter.

3. Alliance for Interfaith Ministries (AIM) Secure Seniors Program

AIM is urgently seeking donations for their Secure Seniors Program. This program is specifically for seniors in the community who have recently been homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless. Due to the ending of both the additional unemployment benefit and moratorium on evictions at the end of this month, the need is great and anticipated to skyrocket. Here's how you can help:

  • Select from the list of needed items LINKED BELOW.
  • Notify the AIM office (434 972 1704) and let them know when you plan to drop off your items.                                                                    (Address: 1807 Emmet Street North, Suite 6A)
  • Call again when you arrive; you may leave items outside the door.


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