Jewish Volunteers Engage in a “Week of Good Deeds” in Donetsk, Ukraine

In Donetsk, Ukraine this week, some 200 volunteers from the Jewish community and the general public are actively engaged in “The Week of Good Deeds,” a citywide social action project fostered and supported by JDC.

"Our goal is to show as many people as possible that IT IS EASY TO DO GOOD—you just need to start with something,” said one volunteer. 

The events are an outgrowth of “Do Good Ukraine!” Launched five years ago by a JDC Ralph I. Goldman Fellow, this volunteering initiative has evolved into a significant organization attracting some 500+ members to date. 

A charity fair featuring handmade items, with proceeds going to provide material support for children in needy families; a flash-mob in the city’s center; and ecological action to make the city green are among the highlights of the current week’s activities in Donetsk.

In addition, volunteer performers are entertaining children at the regional hematological center, while others have organized master classes, special events, and excursions for children at various local orphanages.

Beyond providing direct, immediate help during this specially designated week, these “do good” activities are designed, as one of the organizers said, “to promote activism, volunteerism, personal contribution, and involvement in the life of one’s community and city….”

The Hillel students’ organization is playing a leading role in these efforts in tandem with Donetsk’s Hesed welfare/community center. They are joined by a wide range of community groups, including the “Do Good!” youth volunteers (whose leaders were trained by JDC), two city universities, the Donetsk city and regional administrations, and numerous local NGOs.

“We believe that we'll help a lot of people to start Doing Good with us,” enthused one eager university student, “and that’s how we contribute to making our world a little better, one step at a time.”

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