Camp Tiyul Impacts Austin During Tikkun Olam Week
Camp Tiyul campers and staff upon successful distribution of fresh produce and groceries to Taylor, Texas, families and individuals in need.
By Becs Prager
Camp Tiyul’s Tikkun Olam Week in June was an impactful experience in which eight teen leaders bonded while serving at hunger, advocacy, and environment themed projects all over Austin and beyond.
By the numbers, teens at the camp unloaded and distributed over 2,000 pounds of fresh produce from the food bank to needy families in Tyler, Texas, who qualify for SNAP benefits; volunteered and learned about sustainable gardening practices at Sunshine Community Garden which has fed Austin locals for over 30 years with 3 acres of 200 plots of vegetables and fruit; shared an intergenerational afternoon with Jewish adults 55+ board game social hour at the Jewish Community Center; sorted through several thousand donated recyclable materials to be resold at Austin Creative Reuse; transported and hand-delivered free healthy meals to adults with disabilities through Meals on Wheels; collected almost 700 donated food items and baked challah to benefit Jewish Family Services and Food Bank of Central Texas; and served as tween advocates for the LGBTQ+ community at JCamps Pride Day and led an educational program about unity and inclusivity for younger campers.
The teens’ hard work and dedication helped make the Austin community a better place for all families. ■
If your teen would like to be involved with more Jewish community service opportunities during the school year, contact Becs Prager at firstname.lastname@example.org.