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It has been a very big honor for me to serve as BOND's first Vice President of Philanthropy Service for four years.

This year we had 62 of our members volunteer for Hag Sameach, the most volunteers we have ever had. I am hoping that this number will grow each year. I want to thank Nancy Garber and Doe Schlaifer for heading this project.

In St. Paul, more than 20 BOND members helped with the B'YaChad project, filling, wrapping and delivering over 200 gift packages to 180 households. These were families of JFS, St. Paul clients and others referred to JFS by St. Paul synagogues. Thank you Rhoda Redleaf and Jonathan Kvasnik, our leaders for this wonderful accomplishment.

Our BOND volunteers are joining for the second year with the women of Adath and Beth El to give a party to aid the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

We volunteered more than 100 hours in the Robbinsdale Early Childhood classrooms and game making. Thanks to Arlene Dockman and Rhoda Redleaf who chair the ECE committee.

This year we were able to give $10,000 for scholarships through the Minneapolis Jewish Family & Children’s Service and $7,000 for employment training through Jewish Family Service of St. Paul. This added training has been shown to increase their average household income by more than $17,000.

For the first time this year, we awarded $3,000 to JFS of St. Paul for some of their clients to take the newly developed Sholom Home East Nurse Assistant program. This is an accredited program Sholom has developed to train people to work at Sholom Home. One of our own members was in rehab at Sholom Home when one of our own “newly trained aides” was there to help her.

Second Harvest and STEP each received $150 from BOND to buy food to help the hungry. Bet Shalom received a $200 gift from us and $100 was donated to the Minneapolis Federation. How are we able to give away over $20,000 in just one year? It is because of you. It is your membership dues, and your participation in our programs and fund raising events. It is all “YOU” and to you I say a huge thanks for making these four years as your Vice President the success that it was.

This report was written by Millie Segal, BOND's Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Service.