Performing for Pencils

17-year old Jessica Goldberg is a recipient of the Diller Teen Tikkun OlamAward and will receive a $36,000 award to recognize her work for her project Performing for Pencils, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides disadvantaged students with the supplies they need to be successful learners by hosting an annual talent show to build community awareness and raise funds. Now in its tenth year, the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards have given more than $3 million dollars to 84 Jewish teens who are tackling global issues and creating lasting change through tikkun olam – the vision of Bay Area Philanthropist Helen Diller, the founder of The Helen Diller Family Foundation. As an […]


Project Backpack

Project Backpack St. Louis 12120 Bridgeton Sq. Drive, St. Louis, MO   63044 Contact:  Judy Pearlstone,  Executive Director, 314-993-3033, Project Backpack was started in October, 1999 to help children who were the victims of domestic violence, but we have now expanded our services to include any child in a crisis situation. Backpacks are distributed on the scene by police or social service agencies so that the children will have something to call “their own”. Our backpacks are age and gender appropriate, and all items are new. They contain items like toiletries, sleep-t’s, school supplies, books, stuffed animal to love and much more, […]