Hayley celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in April, 2014.
For her Mitzvah Project, she designed bracelets that she sold to help Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education (SCOPE).
Hayley understands the importance of camp and wanted to share the camp experience with kids who might not be able to go due to financial hardships. An 8th grade Honor Roll student, Hayley raised over $3,000 for SCOPE combining her passion for community service, summer camp, and design to create an original SCOPE bracelet for sale. She was also honored last month with the SCOPE Leadership Award and Jefferson Award at SCOPE’s annual New York Benefit Dinner.
This non-profit organization provides children in need the edge to succeed in life through the summer camp experience. They provide camp scholarships for children in need to attend overnight summer camps. They are also very involved in helping with Mitzvah Projects allowing Bar and Bat Mitzvah students to be directly responsible for giving to kids who otherwise couldn’t afford the chance to experience the magic of camp.
MM: Can you give us details of your Mitzvah Project?
HC: For my Mitzvah Project, I designed and sold “SCOPE” bracelets to raise money and help send children to summer camp.
MM: Does your project have a start and end date, if so what are they?
HC: I completed my Mitzvah Project, but I continue to find new ways to raise funds for SCOPE like selling SCOPE T-shirts.
MM: Why did you decide to take on this particular project?
HC: My father has been very involved with SCOPE over the years and I have learned a lot about SCOPE’s mission. Summer camp has always been a very important part of my life. Because of my own personal experiences at camp, it became important for me to share this opportunity with children who are less fortunate and for kids to have fun during the summer.
MM: In your own words, what does it mean to you to do a Mitzvah Project for your Bat Mitzvah?
HC: For me, doing a Mitzvah Project means giving back to the community.
Hayley was presented with the SCOPE Leadership Award and Jefferson Award on April 16, 2015 at SCOPE’s annual New York Benefit Dinner
MM: If your project involved a donation, what are you doing to spreading the word?
HC: To spread the word, I have used email and social media (Instagram and Facebook).
MM: How long can people donate to this charity?
HC: You can donate to SCOPE at any time!
MM: Anything else we need to know about your Mitzvah Project?
HC: Helping to send children to camp through the sale of my bracelets made me feel very good about my choice for a Mitzvah Project. Because of this, I decided to continue fundraising for SCOPE after my B’nai Mitzvah. This year, I designed and sold t-shirts for SCOPE. I hope to continue doing these types of projects to support SCOPE in the future.
We thank Hayley for sharing her great Mitzvah Project with our readers.