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Howard County BBYO to Join J-Serve

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Howard County’s chapter of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) will join in J-Serve, the international Jewish day of youth service, on March 15.

“The main goal is to provide teens in Howard County the opportunity to get involved and give back in Howard County,” said Jonah Potasznik, the county’s BBYO regional director. “The big thing in J-Serve this year is to connect fun and engaging activities with community service and with giving back.”

It’ll be Howard County’s first year joining in J-Serve, which was started in 2005 and had more than 10,000 participants last year.

The BBYO’s J-Serve activities will include an hour-long dance party with a DJ, while participants prepare meals in the kitchen at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, where Columbia Jewish Congregation meets, and make fleece blankets. The meals will go to the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, a shelter and counseling center, and the blankets to Project Linus, which makes blankets for critically ill children.

Participants will also be split into two teams that will compete in “Change Wars” to see who can raise the most money for a community service organization of their choice.

Howard County’s J-Serve day is supported by Temple Isaiah and Columbia Jewish Congregation.

“To me, this is a good example of a community coming together for one specific event,” Potasznik said. “It becomes something greater when you’re doing that with 10, 50, hundreds of your closest friends.”

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