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Branching out in New Directions (BOND) recognized that there was a great need to help young children prepare for kindergarten. Since 2011 BOND women support an Early Childhood Education Program by volunteering their time in the classroom.


The children in this Early Childhood Program come from homes where English is not basically the primary language spoken. Without this extra boost, these four year olds would not be in a position to flourish when they enter kindergarten.


BOND members have volunteered weekly in three different classrooms in the Robbinsdale School District. In addition, volunteers meet to make games to be used in these classrooms. These games are then sent home to enhance the skills that they promote, such as colors, letters, shapes and names of objects. Through this early intervention, these four year olds now have a better chance for success as adults.


The women of BOND who have volunteered have found this to be a rewarding experience and amarvelous community service. We are doing what community service is about -- helping others, both children and adults.  BOND is helping to close the achievement gap between white affluent students and lower income students from different backgrounds and different countries.


BOND's community service does not end in the classroom, as BOND women also volunteer for the Hag Sameach Program, which was established to help children and families in need around Hanukkah and Passover time. This Minneapolis program, sponsored through Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS), reaches out to children, seniors, adults with developmental disabilities or chronic mental health issues or thosewho often feel isolated and lonely during holiday times.


BOND volunteers also serve the B'Yachad Committee of Saint Paul, which makes Holiday Gift Baskets for those in need. 


All of these women are giving unselfishly of their time and are asking for nothing in return. To all of our wonderful BOND Community Volunteers, we give a huge THANK YOU!!!


If you are interested in adding your name to our "angel" Community Service Volunteer List, please contact:    

Early Childhood Education Program: Arlene Dockman    

Hag Sameach Program: Nancy Garber and Doe Schlaifer 

B'Yahad Program: Rhoda Redleaf        

Thank you.