In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, the mechina enterprise remains a force for social engagement, with a 3,000-strong campaign waged by students from mechinot throughout Israel. In locations spanning the country, they are volunteering in agriculture, daycare for children of essential medical personnel, a Magen David Adom call center, and assistance for the elderly. All activities are conducted according to the directives of the Ministry of Health.
“I volunteer together with several other students at a coordination center that my counselor set up for distributing food and medicine in Dimona,” says a Shibolim participant from Mechinat Arava–Paran. “We get a list of people who need food, someone with a car drives the distributors around the city, and we distribute the food.”
A Shibolim participant from the Mechina at Hannaton says: “I’m volunteering in Hannaton, babysitting for three really adorable girls whose parents are medical personnel and aren’t home. I feel like I’m really contributing something to their home. It lets the parents relax, because there’s an adult taking care of their kids, someone who keeps them busy and makes it possible for them to come home without worries. I also believe that when you do good things, you get good things. It comes back like a boomerang. These days, giving is much more important and necessary than ever.”
The members of the Shibolim educational and administrative staff continue to lead the program in this challenging time. Kudos to our participants and to all the students of the mechinot for the critical work they’re doing for the people of Israel as we tackle the coronavirus together!