The Social Action Committee, founded by the Jewish Association for Residential Care for Persons with Developmental diseases, was started in 1995. The organization gives disabled individuals a chance to give their skills and efforts to others.
The Social Action Committee provides agencies with assistance in different projects. They volunteer their time helping and in turn they receive the joy of giving.
Some of the projects they have participated include canning, labeling and packaging food for indigent families, repairing and painting a home for Habitat for Humanity and canning food for victims of famine in Bosnia. Currently, they are putting together Valentine goody bags to give to children with HIV/AIDS. The Social Action Committee sets a goal of one project per quarter. However, they are usually participating in projects nine to ten months out of the year.
The Social Action Committee is based in Southfield, Michigan and serves the Detroit metropolitan area, but there are no geographic boundaries to where they will help. The organization, which started with five volunteers, has ballooned to 50 volunteers of all religions.
Funding for the Social Action Committee is minimal. They rely mostly on donations and small grants. They like working on a small budget, because it makes them proud to be an organization that does not have to be rich in order to meet its goals.