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Members of NHS, Tikkun Olam and other Emery students pose for a photo after volunteering at the Food Bank.
Emery’s Tikkun Olam Club, better known as a community service club, is an outstanding resource that provides every student with a chance to volunteer and reach out to great organizations. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the Tikkun Olam Club collaborated with National Honor Society for a group community service project. The two clubs volunteered for four hours at the Houston Food Bank and helped package food home to families for the holidays.
The Tikkun Olam club is a great way to gain community service hours while working with organizations throughout the Houston area. Additionally, Tikkun Olam has also paired with other organizations this year, such as Habitat for Humanity, Hermann Park and SEARCH. These projects serve as a precursor to Tikkun Olam Day, a school day that is coordinated by the Tikkun Olam Club and dedicated to students traveling to various different organizations to volunteer.
Having community service projects all year gets the students excited about giving back to the community, one of Emery’s most prevalent core values. Tikkun Olam is a Hebrew phrase, and it translates to “repairing the world”, and there is no better way to encapsulate that notion than to send foods to underprivileged families for the holidays and encourage everyone to volunteer.