Dan Rickman: 2016 will look and feel different

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Dan Rickman, our executive director, writes:

As the recently appointed Director of Mitzvah Day it is my absolute pleasure to launch the new look and feel of Mitzvah Day 2016, which this year will take place on 27th November.

It’s hard to think of a time when we didn’t see the Mitzvah Day green T-shirts come out in force every November, and yet it’s easy to forget that Mitzvah Day is only eight years old. Our challenge is to ensure that Jewish led Mitzvah Day continues to evolve and make an impact on as many volunteers and charities as possible.

So much work goes into making sure Mitzvah Day happens. This year we have focused on making sure we deliver the most efficient Mitzvah Day ever.

Our new website and database will make it easier than ever to register as a partner, and to find and participate in a Mitzvah Day project.

Mitzvah Day is expanding and becoming an even greater force for good. We ran 550 Mitzvah Days in 21 countries in 2015 and we’ve seen growth in our essential interfaith work, and our project which engages young adults. Our Mitzvah Day Together programme supports disabled people to participate in volunteering, and we have continued to work with non-Jewish schools and offices.

This report gives you the opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved in 2015, and for us to showcase how we plan to grow in 2016 and beyond.

We look forward to seeing you on 27th November 2016.