NCSY DISASTER RELIEF MISSIONS
Gann Academy Service Mission to Puerto Rico: Description & Goals
Monday, May 18 – Sunday, May 25, 2020
In 2006, NCSY ran its first Service Mission to New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, NCSY has run close to 100 Service Missions, assisting with disaster relief in cities across the U.S.
In September of 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, causing catastrophic and long lasting damage to the island. For the past two years, NCSY responded to the need and sent multiple Service Missions there in an effort to help the community rebuild.
Our mission will spend four life-changing days assisting the local community in Puerto Rico with their rebuilding efforts. We will spend half of each day working in a variety of ways, such as assisting local farmers to rebuild banana farms, repairing homes severely damaged by water, or spending time playing with underprivileged youth. We will have meaningful learning discussions throughout the trip about the origin and meaning of kindness in Judaism.
Teens who participate in the service mission will develop a strong sense of empathy for those suffering from poverty, a deep sense of appreciation for all that they are blessed with at home and a tremendous sense of fulfillment from assisting those in need. They will also refresh their connection to Judaism through one of its main pillars, that of Chessed - loving acts of kindness.