When Jerry Latinik of Efrat and Chicago found himself and his community in financial difficulty, he realized the impact an individual act of chesed can have. The experience inspired the launch of Just One Chesed, an app-based, Uber-like experience servicing the Jewish Community and Non-Profits in America and Israel.
After Jerry created a Shabbos of achdus (togetherness) in Chicago with seven shuls, he recognized how just one person’s act of kindness could make such a difference to families facing challenging times. Even though there was not much money to work with, Jerry said, “I realized that there were so many ways we could give. The biggest game changer: giving of ourselves.”
Motivated by the results of that experience, Jerry began developing an organization that would work as a hub to connect those in need with those looking to give of themselves, even if it were just one act of chesed.
Now launching, Just One Chesed releases a platform that is all about chesed, placing all opportunities and needs in one place. It works simply where volunteers (individuals, organizations, schools, families, clubs) register on the Just One Chesed website or on the mobile application. The user specifies what kind of chesed opportunity they want to engage with, and they are provided with an offering of chesed opportunities in their specified location matching the criteria entered.
This type of interactive on demand experience ensures that the chesed experience will be timely, fulfilling, and effective.
Just One Chesed is also a valuable resource. It’s building a worldwide organization directory with search engine optimizations, bringing awareness to find the best suited organization to provide help for individuals in need.
To grow and become a worldwide chesed network depends on getting volunteers to help continue building the software and reach of the Just One Chesed experience. Jerry has received a wonderful response so far and is wildly optimistic knowing that the Jewish attribute of chesed will fuel Just One Chesed’s potential allowing it to grow, one chesed at a time.