Good Deeds Day logo 370.
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More than 250,000 Israelis are expected to turn their hands to volunteering on
Tuesday as part of the sixth annual “Good Deeds Day,” a project initiated by
multimillionaire businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison.
project, which was launched in 2007 by Arison’s nonprofit organization Ruach
Tova and supported by The Ted Arison Family Foundation, will this year see some
163 local authorities, including 62 from the Arab community, along with hundreds
of schools, academic institutions, soldiers, businesses and other organizations
volunteering to do a good deed.
Among the 3,400 good deed activities
planned for Tuesday will be efforts by volunteers sent out to paint houses for
the elderly, clean up beaches, renovate day-care facilities for children at
risk, and plant community gardens.
Events in Israel will be followed on
March 25 with International Good Deeds Day in various cities and communities
around the world.
“Every year, I am thrilled to see people from Israel
and around the world come out and give of their time and skill to do a good deed
for others,” commented Arison, who will attend events in Jerusalem, Ramle and
Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
“I believe this year hundreds of thousands will
participate in Israel and worldwide by joining in on this special day to bring
about real change for us and for future generations,” she
Meanwhile on Monday – in time for Good Deeds Day – food aid
charity Hasdei Naomi, which has a network of more than 4000 volunteers, released
the results of a Geocartography survey showing that less than a quarter of
Israelis actively contribute to society on a regular basis.
the survey, which used a sample of some 500 Israelis aged 18 and up, only 18
percent of Israelis are involved in community volunteering. Of those, the
majority (6.3%) volunteer with children or youth, 2.3% contribute their help to
health facilities, 2.2% in food distribution and packaging for the needy and the
remaining 1.7% volunteer in old age homes and for the elderly.
who volunteer, 8.2% volunteer more than 30 hours a month and the majority of
those are over the age of 55; 11.4% volunteer 15-20 hours a month; 7.3%
volunteer 10-15 hours a month; 7.4% volunteer 3-4 hours a month and 14%
volunteer an hour or two each month.
The survey also showed that the
majority of those who volunteer, 27.1%, are unemployed and the next biggest
group of volunteers, 16.7%, are educators. The rest come from the hi-tech
sector, the health industry or are soldiers or in security services, the