The Volunteering Together program is a unique track where young Jews and Arabs volunteer together in formal and non-formal Jewish and Arab educational settings. During the program the young adults lead educational projects together and take part in in-depth binational discourse. The program is suitable for anyone who is interested in a unique open-hearted process.
The program comprises 20 participants from different sectors of society: a group of Arab Muslim residents from Acre and a group of Jewish participants from other areas of the country, all living in Acre. Participants volunteer as a group and in pairs, in Acre schools and projects. Throughout the year, the group learns, through workshops and training, to appreciate each other, consolidate their own identities and create a foundation of shared values.
Volunteering and training together, the group fulfills a multicultural vision and is a role-model for the city's residents.
Main goal: Promoting social cohesion and strengthening society by creating multicultural groups of young adults volunteering in cities with multicultural populations. This creates a new model for social partnership within the local community.
Empowerment of the participants both individually and as a group.
Creating a multicultural working model for integration in the community.
Encouraging social activism through training and studies.
Experience in at least two community projects.
Young adults participating in volunteer-year programs in Acre who show a special interest in working together with participants from a different sector.
8-10 young female Muslim adults from the Afak program, residents of Acre, who are participating in national-civic-service.
8-10 young Jewish adults from Garin Eitan, from the socio-economic periphery around the country, who are participating in the pre-army Nachal volunteer-year program and living in an apartment in Acre. Some are boarding school graduates and some are of Ethiopian origin.
The residents of Acre – children, youth and their families – from a range of cultural backgrounds – who will be exposed to and benefit from the voluntary activities of the Volunteering Together group.
The program is made possible through the Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society and the Jewish Community Federation of San-Francisco.