Teach kids Jewish values with an innovative art project
Houses for Change is a fun, educational tzedakah box project to raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds for Family Promise or any other homeless shelter, food bank, or charity. It is an opportunity to teach the Jewish values of tikkun olam, tzedakah and chesed. Houses for Change provides an opportunity for participants to learn about homelessness and how they have the power to make a difference in the lives of others.
Houses for Change at B’nai Torah Congregation
Using arts supplies, children decorate inexpensive house-shaped cardboard boxes to look like a house. Participants take their tzedakah boxes home and fill them with change. On a selected date, participants bring the money collected to the synagogue or school that arranged the project for a donation to Family Promise of other charity.
More than 50,000 kids have raised more than $500,000 for charity in the Houses for Change collection boxes they created.
Houses for Change is a meaningful project for b’nai mitzvot, Mitzvah Day, the High Holy Days, Sukkot, Chanukah and Purim when decorated boxes can be used as mishloach manot boxes and reused as tzedakah boxes.
Houses for Change Mitzvah Day Project
Visit the Houses for Change Facebook Page for more examples and posts about homelessness and poverty.
Want to learn more about creating your own Houses for Change project?
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