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Har HaShem Board

Afghan Family Volunteer Opportunities

Najeb, Mayam, and their two boys (3 1/2 and 2 years old) have moved into their home on the Har HaShem campus and are busy settling into their new community. We are thrilled to be helping them build a comfortable and happy life here in Boulder!

We have added additional volunteer slots to this Sign Up Genius. Maryam's baby (another boy!) is due on February 5th and we need postpartum help for Maryam, i.e., volunteers who are willing to cook, clean and spend time with the boys while she takes care of the baby and herself. We are also looking for volunteers to work with Najeb on financial planning and budgeting.

All volunteers with receive training, support and direction - and all of this work promises to be extremely interesting and meaningful!

Najeb and Maryam have received their COVID vaccinations, but to protect the family and new baby, KN95 masks must be worn in their home. 


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Employment Team volunteers (4)

A small team to help Najeb apply for jobs. We want to build on his driving experience and seek out opportunities for him to become a local truck driver. He will need help getting his Commercial Driver's License and training for a job.

2 of 4 slots filled
Cece Bloomfield
Andrea B Kutinsky
My husband is currently a driver. He has been a school bus driver, truck driver and city bus driver

Young Families Team volunteers (10)

A team of families with young children about the same age as the boys (2 years old and 3 1/2 years old) who can interact and socialize with the family, arrange playdates and outings for the boys.

4 of 10 slots filled
Aimee Miculka
Elyana Funk
Tami Farber-Rogan
We have a almost 3 year old and live blocks away from the synagogue and happy to arrange a play date at our home
Jenna Monaster
Have a 2 year old and 6 month old

Transportation Team volunteers (10)

Team of drivers who will drive family members to the Islamic Center on Fridays, Maryam to OBGYN and pediatrician appointments, the kids to preschool, weekly shopping trips, etc.

6 of 10 slots filled
Melinda Kassen
I can take 3, including two in car seats but do not have car seats.
Deborah Greene
I can seat 4 along w/ me I do not have a car seat
Jessi Braverman
I can take 4-5. I don’t have car seats but could probably round them up if needed.
judy Herreid
I don't have car seats, but can fit them in my car
Dorothy Cohen
Margie Freedman
I can fit 4 but don’t have car seats.

Adult Mentors Team volunteers (8)

Team who will familiarize the family with food shopping options, the walking paths, the bus system, the library, how to use appliances in the house, etc. Also visiting and having meals and tea, and hosting the family for meals at your home.

All slots filled
Libby Rosenzweig
Illiana Sanders
I will be out of town from the 17-30 of this month. I look forward to helping out!
judy Herreid
I mentored some of the Lost Girls
Lauren Brave
Dorothy Cohen
I can help with walking paths, bus, using appliances
Brandon Protas
We can help with teaching how to use appliances, library, chores, and share meals but am limited to nights and weekends because of work.
Kristina Putterman
Will be able to participate but I start a new job in early Januar.y. Assisting on weekends will be fine along with my family.
Daisy Saragoussi
I can help with food shopping

Co-Volunteer Coordinator (3)

Organize, train and support the volunteers on the 5 subteams, help the subteams develop a means of communication and scheduling, maintain a record of all volunteer hours.

2 of 3 slots filled
Judith Kremen
Rosie Piller
Looking forward to helping out

English as Second Language Tutors (3)

ESL tutors who can volunteer to help the family learn English (both the adults and kids). Time commitment should be one session a week.

All slots filled
Harriet Boonin
Elisa Greenberg
I have experience teaching ESL to adults. Could teach 2xweek
Cheryl Marty
I have ESL adult education and elementary school teaching experience.

Postpartum Help for Maryam (10)

Volunteers who are willing to help cook meals, clean the house and do laundry, and play with the boys to give Maryam & Najeb some respite. This could be a "mother's helper" position for a teenager who has babysitting experience.

6 of 10 slots filled
Helaine Unger
I will be out of town 2/19-2/26
donna Werner
I am a certified postpartum doula
Dara Jordan-Davies
Many years of experience with children and their mothers
allison harris
Between jobs with more time available Feb 7-16
Lila Rosenthal
Lila Rosenthal

Budgeting Assistance for Najeb (2)

Volunteers who will work with Najeb on financial planning and budgeting.

All slots filled
Julie Baum
Ryan Williams
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