The Tzedakah Project continues to help during the pandemic

Six people wearing face masks pose holding paper bags in front of Babs restaurant.
The Tzedakah Project volunteers pose during prep for one of the nonprofit's initiatives, which focus on helping the Atlanta community during the coronavirus pandemic. Courtesy of The Tzedakah Project

The Tzedakah (seh-dah-kah) Project is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was created by the folks behind Babs Midtown to diminish the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people’s lives. The organization believes in providing assistance for those in our community who need help sustaining themselves, so they can ultimately do the same for others.

“Our organization was ‘born’ during the pandemic so while we started with our overall mission statement and values that will outlast our current crisis, we have adapted our programming to focus on those affected by the pandemic in a variety of ways,” said Randy D. Adler, founder of The Tzedakah Project.

Right now that focus is shifting toward mental health, because continued social distancing and working from home fosters solitude and detachment.

“We are approaching 10 months of the onset of stay-at-home orders and business closures and the financial strain of piled up bills and depleted savings is only overshadowed by feelings of loneliness and isolation,” said Adler. “Until we can all feel safe and secure in our environment, it is important to continue helping the community to be happier and healthier.”

The Tzedakah Project’s next initiative will be The Orion Principle, a three-tiered program focusing on body, mind and spirit.

“The goal is to reach members of our community that may feel isolated or alone and are looking for a way to improve their physical and mental health in a safe and socially distant manner,” said Katie Lewis, executive director of The Tzedakah Project.

The best way to keep up with The Tzedakah Project’s programs, which include toiletry and dog food distribution, grocery funds and meal distribution, is to follow them on social media, where they can be found at @thetzedakahproject.

Who’s helping?

The Tzedakah Project

Services: The Tzedakah Project has enacted several different initiatives to help the community during the coronavirus pandemic, including food distribution, a gardening program and giving out toiletries.

How to help: Financial donations are appreciated, as is spreading the word. Follow The Tzedakah Project on social media (@thetzedakahproject), tag it in posts and refer it to friends.

Where to donate: Direct donations can be made via Paypal on The Tzedakah Project website or an address for checks can be obtained by emailing thetzedakahproject@gmail.com. It is also registered with Facebook/Instagram so friends of the organization can create fundraisers and collect donations that way. The Tzedakah Project is also part of the Amazon Smile program (smile.amazon.com/ch/85-0676634) and Kroger Community Rewards (#VE275 at www.krogercommunityrewards.com/). All of this info can also be found at www.givetothetzedakahproject.org/donate.

How to get help: Follow The Tzedakah Project on Facebook and Instagram for updates on programming. New projects will be listed on the website but also announced through social media. If you have a specific need, please contact thetzedakahproject@gmail.com .

If you are involved in or know of an organization working to bring relief to the Atlanta community during the coronavirus pandemic OR you are with an organization with supplies that you don’t know where to donate, please email us at Shannon.n.Dominy@gmail.com.

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