Youth day of service to aid seniors, school

Handmaker Youth Leadership Team, the B’nai Tzedek teen philanthropy program, Tucson Hebrew High and Young Judaea are partnering in J-Serve Volunteer Day, part of an international day of Jewish youth service, on Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging.

The event will bring together Handmaker residents and youth ages 11 to 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Teen facilitators will lead discussion groups on hot topics, including Middle Eastern politics, gun safety, immigration, the economy and equality/discrimination issues.

Youth participants will have opportunities to talk with residents to learn about their life stories. The youth and Handmaker residents also will do a craft project together, painting hamsas, which are Middle Eastern hand-shaped amulets.

Following the multi-generational activities, snacks will be provided and the youth will take part in a “Hands for Hunger” program, packing food boxes and cleaning books for donation to Homer Davis Elementary School. Youth participants will receive free t-shirts. Donations of plastic jars of peanut butter, jelly, large boxes of Cheerios and books for grades K to 6 are encouraged.

RSVP by April 23 to Lori Riegel at 322-7006 or lriegel@handmaker.org.