Since 1980, the Pinch Hitter Program has been a wonderful opportunity to give back to the Atlanta community. The annual community service project is where volunteers from the Atlanta Jewish Community “go to bat” for non-medical hospital personnel on Christmas Day so Christian brethren can spend the holiday at home with their families.

Give Back Connection for Dec. 24

Christmas Day community service event

What do Jewish People do on Christmas Day? In Atlanta, members of Achim/Gate City Lodge, along with hundreds more members of the Jewish community, become “pinch hitters,” volunteering their time in area hospitals and assisted living facilities to allow some non-medical personnel to have Christmas Day off to be with their families. This program, which has been organized by Achim/Gate City Lodge of B’nai B’rith and supported by the B’nai B’rith Center for Community Action, was begun in 1980 with 18 volunteers in one hospital.

This year we will be volunteering in nine area hospitals and assisted living centers. This program not only boosts morale in the facilities but gives us an avenue to do something worthwhile for our non-Jewish brethren.

When: various shifts Christmas day

Where: St. Joseph’s Hospital, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Brookdale Big Creek, Brookdale Dunwoody, Roswell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Sadie Mays Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sunrise at Huntcliff, Berman Commons, Veterans Administration Medical Center and Georgian Lakeside.

Contact: Harry Lutz at 770-392-1175.


Volunteers needed to provide computer training for seniors

The Gwinnett SenioR Learning Center provides reasonably priced computer classes for seniors ages 50 and older and is currently seeking volunteers to teach, coach, write training manuals and provide other support needs. Volunteers should be ages 50 and older and have a good foundation of basic computer skills.

When: ongoing

Where: Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road. S.W, Lawrenceville and George Pierce Park Community Center, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee

Contact: or 770-564-4699


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