The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston’s Act Now Initiative


Act Now is an exciting new initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Our goal is to engage the Jewish community in revitalizing the greater Houston area. Through meaningful volunteering and learning opportunities, we provide programming that builds bridges, supports partner organizations and enhances community resiliency.


The Act Now initiative began in partnership with Repair the World and the Leadership Coalition for Jewish Service shortly after Hurricane Harvey. In the program’s first 18 months, over 2,000 multi-generational volunteers contributed more than 24,000 hours of hands-on help for our community. 


In recognition of our post-disaster response, the Act Now initiative has been awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.


Make a difference in the community. School’s Out, Help Out! consists of meaningful multi-generational volunteer opportunities when public and/or Jewish day schools are closed. 

These volunteer projects will be open for adults along with their children (or grandchildren) and provide them the opportunity to do a mitzvah, side-by-side with friends and neighbors, learn more about social action, and make a difference in our city. 

There is no cost to attend the volunteer projects, but registration is required, and space is limited. School’s Out, Help Out is a partnership between the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and its Act Now and PJ Library initiatives, the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center and you.


Monday, February 17  at the ERJCC

Track A: Learning and Meal Deliveries or Track B: Learning, Card Making, and Challah Baking


Monday, March 30 TBD

Questions? Contact Sacha Bodner, Director of Social Action or 713.729.7000 x308



We are excited to offer two different tracks for this service event, and both will be about the same in duration:


  1. Track A: Learning and Meal Deliveries

Families will receive a shortened route and will get to hand deliver meals to neighbors.


  1. Track B: Learning, Card Making, and Challah Baking

Families will help create birthday cards and bake challah for future deliveries.