By: L. Halevi
Everyone is buzzing about the Chaveirim of Lakewood RECHARGE campaign! Not only because this is the first fundraising campaign that Chaveirim of Lakewood has ever embarked on in its 15 year history, but also because of the originality of the campaign.
As the campaign goes into high gear, some people are asking some questions to better understand the campaign, its goal and its message. On that note, we present some FAQ about the campaign to make its message clear for all.
WHAT DOES CHAVEIRIM OF LAKEWOOD DO?
The question should be, what DON’T they do?! Over 30,000 (!) calls are received – and responded to – by Chaveirim volunteers each year! From flat tires to lockouts, from missing children to emergency heat services, from lost diamond rings to light towers, from traffic assistance to virtually any other non-medical emergency you can think of, Chaveirim is there!
HOW MANY MEMBERS DOES CHAVEIRIM HAVE?
There are currently 110 active members who volunteer of their time, around the clock, 24/6, to assist the Lakewood community with non-medical emergencies that come up at all hours of the day and night.
DO ALL THE MEMBERS HAVE CAMPAIGN PAGES?
Just about every ember has a page set up, and most of the members are working hard to reach their goals to enable Chaveirim to continue its vital mission.
WHAT IS EACH MEMBER’S GOAL?
Every member chooses their own goal according to what they feel they can raise via this peer-to-peer campaign. Many members have already reached their original goals and have raised their goals to keep on going!
WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE MONEY RAISED BY THS CAMPAIGN?
All funds raised by the #ChaveirimRecharge campaign go to Chaveirim for their year-round activities, to maintain and upgrade necessary equipment and to ensure that the organization is run properly and efficiently in a way that maximizes its benefit to the Lakewood community, as well as to the growing surrounding communities of Jackson and Toms River.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN EACH MEMBER REACHES THEIR PERSONAL FUNDRAISING GOAL?
Chaveirim members work hard throughout the year and hardly get any breaks. The theme of this campaign is to encourage the community to support Chaveirim via each member’s fundraising goal, and when that goal is reached, each member has committed to take some personal time to recharge their batteries. Be it by turning their phones off for a few hours, going on a picnic with their family, spending some recharge time in the Bais Medrash or any other recharge activity that will benefit the member. The campaign is also encouraging donors to try and commit to their own recharge time as well, as recharging is a positive thing for everyone!
WHO DECIDES WHAT THE “RECHARGE” ACTIVITY IS?
Every member undertakes their own commitment of how they will spend their recharge time. The main thing is that they recharge a bit, not how they choose to do it!
DOES CHAVEIRIM PAY FOR THE MEMBERS ’ RECHARGE” COMMITMENT?
No. Although every member truly deserves a paid vacation for the way they work tirelessly all year, without any compensation, to help the community, this campaign is to raise funds for Chaveirim activities and equipment and every penny raised via this campaign will be allocated only for that purpose alone.
To see more about the campaign, watch the short video about Chaveirim of Lakewood’s activities and to donate to a specific member’s page or just to make a general donation to the cause visit the campaign website @ https://www.rayze.it/re4chaveirim/