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Many Hands Project


The Many Hands Project: An Interfaith Youth Service Initiative

Be part of something amazing!   

Make a real difference in the lives of others in your community. Build friendships with your neighbors of other faiths. Work together to accomplish more than any of us can do on our own.  Learn about other religious traditions, and share about your own faith.

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The Many Hands Project is a unique opportunity for teens of different churches, mosques and synagogues to work together in community service. The first two service projects invite you to roll up your sleeves and work side by side helping  families and children in Central Massachusetts.

Don’t miss this chance to be a member of our interfaith leadership team and participate in the good work of The Many Hands Project.

There are two projects currently under way — April 18 and May 6. Join in one or both.

Each day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

Participants will:

  • Gather for introductions, grounding in the vision of The Many Hands Project, and orientation to the mission of Habitat for Humanity
  • Tour the sacred space of the hosting congregation with an introduction to the life and practices of this religion.
  • Share Kosher/Halal lunch and the favorite aspects of each of our season’s holidays celebrations
  • Work together at a local service organization
  • Debrief what we’ve learned about each others’ faith, the experience of working together, and our hopes for future projects

Participate in one or both of these projects.

Wednesday, April 18th, we’ll gather at Congregation Agudat Achim, Leominster, MA, then work on a Habitat House in Acton, MA, for Habitat for Humanity, North Central Massachusetts.

Sunday, May 6th, we’ll gather at the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester, then work at a Habitat House in Northborough, MA, for Habitat for Humanity, MetroWest/Greater Worcester.

A $15 contribution from each participant will be donated to Habitat as a gift from the Project. Lunch, snacks, a t-shirt are included.  Groups from each participating congregation must be accompanied by at least one adult and provide its own transportation. Safe-church permission slips and waiver forms for the event are the responsibility of each congregation; more information will be provided upon registration. For more information about program dates and registration contact Karen Nell Smith or call her, 508-331-3081.

Project facilitators are Rabbi Yehoshua Zehavi, Congregation Agudat Achim, Leominster; Karima Hadj-Zoubir, Islamic Society of Gr. Worcester; and Rev. Dr. Karen Nell Smith, Congregational Church of Christ, UCC, Leominster.

The Many Hands Project is funded by

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