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600 Volunteers Needed for Mitzvah Day 2010

Over 600 volunteers are needed for the fourth annual Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day on Sunday, November 14 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM announced co-chairs Susan Barrington, Executive Director of the Sedona Community Center, Rabbi Alicia Magal of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley and Barbara Litrell, one of the original organizers of the event. Mitzvah Day is an intergenerational, interfaith, spirit-led day of community service.

Volunteers are urged to sign up in advance for projects. The goal for 2010 is Total Community Involvement including non profits, faith communities, businesses, local clubs, organizations, school groups and individuals from throughout the community.

Susan Barrington explains, “Mitzvah Day engages people of all ages, from 7 to 107. Everyone who can, gives.  Everyone who needs, gets.  At the end of the day, the entire community is transformed.” 

2009 projects included planting and cleaning up gardens, caring for pets at the Humane Society, helping at the food bank, washing windows for seniors, crafts and other projects indoors and outdoors in Sedona, the Village, Cornville and Cottonwood. Over 500 volunteers accomplished 30 projects. In 2010 the goal is 600 volunteers tackling 40 projects.

The term mitzvah, from the Hebrew word for “commandment,” has come to express acts of human kindness. “November 14, when we are in a spirit of Thanksgiving, is a perfect time to reach out to our whole community in the spirit of caring,” according to Rabbi Magal.

Volunteers sign in at St. John Vianney, 180 Soldiers Pass Rd., 11:45AM-12:30PM. Following a blessing on the day’s work, volunteers go to project sites and return to St. John Vianney at 4:00PM for a community gathering, sharing, food and the opportunity for video interviews, a new teen project.  Volunteers are asked to donate canned and packaged goods for food banks.

Mitzvah Day is made possible by donations and grants from faith communities, organizations, businesses and individuals. To make a donation, to register your non-profit organization’s project, or to register as a volunteer, contact Barbara Litrell 649-0135 or blitrell@aol.com.


  1. j malsada says:

    Will volunteer for the event to care for pets at the Sedona Humane Society on Sunday, Nov 14

  2. Sedona Recycles says:

    Mitzvah Day helps beautify SRI

    Thanks to everyone who participated in Mitzvah Day on Sunday, November 14th! Volunteers at SRI helped with three projects to help make our facility more beautiful.

    Volunteers repainted the garden walls and front of the bulding, which had been recently patched, sanded and prepared the wooden fascia for repainting, and planted the front gardens with plants donated from Landscape Magic and Biddle’s Nursery.

    Thanks to everyone who participated in this community event for giving SRI and other area organizations some much needed TLC!

  3. Blessings to all says:

    Thank you Sedona Times for the Mitzvah story when no other paper wrote about it encouraging us to get involved with our friends. We appreciate your community love and joyous spirit with the new journey you have undertaken. We liked the Holiday of Love and many other words of Sedona wondrous love and light in your news. Nameste. Blessings to all.

    Keith and Jayne, Rayna, Dara, Jean, Leo

  4. Borea and Clag Clarkdale AZ says:

    we love ya barbara and rebbe

    go for the LOVE always~!

  5. Finn and Morgie says:

    we laughed reading Borea comments but echo them

    thank you for a great moment in sedona promise!

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