JOIN FOR JUSTICE
October 30, 2009
In one sentence: the eye-opening experience of a lifetime. JOI is not only an organization. It's a caring, warm, welcoming and empowering community.
With a carefully planned pedagogical syllabus, and a passionate and knowledgeable staff, JOI puts together a hands-on community building and community organizing program led by some of the most experienced community organizers and scholars who join efforts in creating an environment that fosters open, heated and intellectual debates. Its network of mentors, past alumni and volunteers is a most resourceful tool to promote personal and social change that is long-lasting and effective.
One of the most fascinating aspects of my experience at JOI is that we DO make a difference. Every Friday before Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath), we sit together, learn from each other, exchange information and create a support group that causes a great impact in the grassroots work that we do. You feel Tikkun Olam (the Jewish ideal to repair and make the world a better place) is not an abstract concept but rather is a reality and its pursuit becomes a lifestyle.
Many times I walked into communities whose degree of exposure to Jews ranged from a feeling of hostility and animosity to complete ignorance and lack of awareness. My work in low income communities not only helped improve the condition of populations that lacked public health awareness or knowledge of workers' rights, but also helped break stereotypes and stigmas. It was a truly transformative experience to walk into Churches, community centers, local community gatherings and underserved areas and see that our work is empowering people, challenging views and even saving lives. All that I owe to JOI.
And JOI is not only limited to the 50 states. Its impact can be felt anywhere from Argentina and the slums of Brazil to Russia and the Middle East as some of its volunteers like myself, return to their countries to impact local communities after having contributed to the beautiful fabric of the Human Rights and Social development efforts in the US.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the resourcefulness wherein their network of mentors, scholars, alumni and volunteers helped me design and implement several Public Health and Workers' rights projects and campaigns that generated immediate results.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
In one sentence: the eye-opening experience of a lifetime. JOI is not only an organization. It's a caring, warm, welcoming and empowering community. One of the most fascinating aspects of my experience at JOI is that we DO make a difference.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
passionate, knowledgeable and empowering. They were always attentive and tried to help identify opportunities for personal and professional growth.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
change the world!
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About once a year
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & during the fellowship I helped develop and implement environmental and occupational health projects in underserved communities in Boston area and inside the Jewish community; was involved with workers' rights and LGBTIQ advocacy and organizing.