Who are Little PALs?
Little PALs are Jewish children between the ages of 5 and 17 who could benefit from a Jewish adult mentor. Every family is unique and PAL serves a diverse range of family scenarios such as:
- single-parent households
- LGBTQ families
- military families
- children raised by guardians other than their parents
- siblings of children with developmental disabilities
- and other family structures
If you feel your child would benefit from PAL, please contact us for more information.
Joel taught me how to tie my shoes. He taught me so much, not even on purpose, just from watching him. I learned the things a man is supposed to do. — Scott Tenenbaum, Little PAL
Who are Big PALs?
PAL volunteers are more than just role models. A Big PAL is a caring Jewish adult volunteer who partners in helping a child grow and develop in new ways. The fun, unconditional friendship that develops between a Big PAL and a Little PAL can help build confidence, self-esteem and a Jewish identity.
All volunteers go through a rigorous screening process, including an interview, home visit, drug screen and background check. Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of one year to the program and meet bi-weekly with their Little PAL.
Being a sibling of a child with a disability can be challenging. For all children, and especially these siblings, additional support and attention can make a significant difference in their lives. We are thrilled to announce a new addition to PAL! PAL has extended their services to meet the needs of Jewish families in our community. PAL will now be serving siblings of children with disabilities by matching them with a Big Brother or Sister in a one-on-one mentoring relationship.