Renovate and Repair – How to run a Mitzvah Day Makeover

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Our surroundings have an impact on the way we think and feel. Transforming cold, clinical environments into welcoming public spaces encourages, enriches and empowers everyone who uses them.

Help out a charity in need of a room makeover or some painting and decorating. For those of you aged 16 years and upwards that enjoy DIY, this is a great way to bring your community together to make a practical difference. It is also a fantastic choice for an Interfaith project.

Find a charity
You may already know of a hospice, shelter, care home, or children’s home in your area that you can approach to see if they need some work done. Alternatively, look at the Available Projects page of our website, www.mitzvahday.org.uk for some ideas.

Information
It is important to contact the charity well in advance to find out exactly what they need doing, how long it would take, how many people are needed, any particular skills required, who will be supplying the materials/expertise, timings, insurance and health and safety requirements.

Team
Organise a team of volunteers, and make sure that they have clear instructions as to what is required, along with the right equipment and clothing to do the job effectively. If needed, get the materials through donations from your local shops, or try websites such as www.communityrepaint.org.uk or www.letscolourproject.com. Ensure your volunteers are all able to get to the location on time.

On Mitzvah Day

Team
Make sure that all your team members arrive on time, are equipped with Mitzvah Day Merchandise, and have a copy of the project details. Make sure your team leader has the contact details for someone at the charity. After the project, please ensure that all waste is disposed of appropriately and that the site is cleared.

Inform
Thank your volunteers, the charity and any donors and encourage them to get involved in the future with the charity they did a makeover for.

Send Mitzvah Day some before, during and after photos and let us know about your successful Mitzvah Day Makeover Project!