As you have likely already seen from Gaby and Rafi's pages, this March I will be running as part of Team Shalva in the Jerusalem Marathon! Not only am I very excited to run with my siblings, but I am also eager to support an amazing and important organization.
While I had always heard about Shalva, I did not truly understand the scale and impact of the programming until this year. I have had the amazing opportunity to volunteer weekly at the Shalva National Center in one of the after school activity groups. Every day children come to enjoy therapy-oriented activities like sports, swimming, arts, and music with peer volunteers. The program's experiential learning curriculum is designed to prepare children with disabilities to transition to adulthood. I have a greatly enjoyed this opportunity and have formed strong relationships with the kids and amazing volunteers. The madrichot and volunteers are incredibly skilled and patient and create a happy and loving environment in our class. It truly is amazing to see how they have changed these children's lives and made them feel so at home.
This program is also just a small part of Shalva's daily operations. Shalva provides individuals with disabilities and their family members with care from infancy through adulthood, including leading-edge therapies, inclusive educational frameworks, social and recreational activities, employment training, independent living, and respite programs.
Not only did all of these operations continue throughout the war, but the National Crisis Response Center welcomed over 200 familes from the South with both physcial safety and emotional support. They are also providing day care programing for evacuated children.
I am eager to do my part the support Shalva by running, and I need your help to reach my goal of $540. I greatly appreciate your support. You can sponsor me using the Team Shalva website, and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Please feel free to share this page with anyone who may be interested in donating to Shalva.
Thank you in advance in tizku l'mitzvot!