Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley Synagogue

Social Action

Summer Survival Kit Delivery to the Old Town Mission in Cottonwood - May 5, 2024

Pictured left to right: Tammy Straw, General Manager of the Old Town Mission; Ted Kohan and Gloria Brown, JCSVV Social Action Committee; Kelli Wilson, Executive Director of the Old Town Mission

Delivery  of summer safety products, tents, sleeping bags, Knitting Without Borders teddy bears and checks for the purchase of additional items, presented to the Mission from donations collected by the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley and the Sedona Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.


JCSVV SAC and the Community Food bank of Sedona joined their winter clothing drives to support the refugee families passing through the IRC Welcome Center in Phoenix to bring a truck load of winter coats, jackets, hats, gloves. scarves and other winter items to their facility on Wednesday, January 31,  These donations were for men, women and children of all sizes.  Thank you to Calthleen Healy-Baiza of the Sedona Food Bank for donating the leftover items of their winter clothing drive to our program collected at the JCSVV from members of the synagogue and the community.  Thank you also to Paul Dinno, JCSVV member who donated his time and pick-up truck to bring these items to Phoenix with Cloria Brown, SAC Chair.  Included in the delivery were 30 teddy bears from Knitting Without Borders for the children.  The items were received by Charles Starr, Inventory Specialist at the IRC Welcome Center, who expressed much gratitude for this huge delivery of much needed items for families traveling to their families in colder climates.

Picture shows Paul Dinno on the right and Charles Starr on the leftt.  The bags in the huge red cart were half of the delivery.

Ongoing Social Action Programs

Community Food Bank of Sedona – weekly donations sent to the food bank. Also, special High Holy Day collections.

Refugee Centers in Phoenix – fall clothing drive and food collection and January Winter Coat and clothing collection.

School Back-pack program with the Community Food Bank of Sedona – We volunteer to pack weekend food supplements for the Sedona students who qualify for this program.  We usually volunteer for Thursday mornings in November and December.

Summer Survival Kits – Donation collection in March and April for the homeless people served by the Old Town Mission in Cottonwood. Vegetable and fruit plants to community gardens in the spring and fall.

Social Action Shabbat – honoring community volunteers at the Friday Shabbat of Martin Luther King in January.

Mitzvah Day – a Sunday afternoon community wide program of helping community groups with good deeds.

Additional programs to be added as approved and organized by the SAC Committee. 

Mitzvah Day

Mitzvah Day, an interfaith community-wide social action program, held on October 29th, was a huge success with 62 volunteers providing services for several Sedona and Cottonwood programs.

Mass mailings were compiled for the Community Food Bank of Sedona and The Old Town Mission in Cottonwood for their holiday donation drives. At the same location, holiday cards were signed and decorated for the family refugee centers in Phoenix along with 108 decorated foam bookmarks for the Sedona and Village of Oak Creek libraries.

Knitting Without Borders provided fleece cut out bears which were decorated, stuffed and sewn. 

Volunteers provided services at Manzanita Outreach in Cottonwood where plastic food boxes were lined with plastic bags and a huge amount of homemade trail mix was prepared by our volunteers.

Clean-up projects were completed at Red Rock State Park and Coconino National Forest. Volunteers completed indoor and outdoor projects at Keep Sedona Beautiful, the Humane Society of Sedona, and Hope House sites.

For additional information email the Social Action Committee:  

Sedona Food Bank

This program continues with weekly drops at the Food Bank. The SAC Collection Bin is located at the bottom of the stairs leading to the JCSVV main entrance for your convenience.

Requested items include: non-perishable items, no glass, nothing opened or outdated, please. 

Check donations are also collected. Please make checks payable to: The Community Food Bank of Sedona and/or Mazon, The Jewish Response to Hunger. Send to JCSVV, P.O. Box 13, Sedona, AZ 86339 to be forwarded from JCSVV to specified organization. 

High Holy Days Food Drive: The Social Action Committee thanks our donors for the 229 pounds of food contributed during our High Holy Days Food Drive for the Sedona Food Bank.  Thank you for your generous donations!

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