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Chaverim Stories

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  • Started 4 years ago by BlessedRock
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  1. BlessedRock
    Member

    Does anyone have similar Chaveirm stories to share?

    I was at a Sheva Brachos last week which only happened thanks to Chaverim! It was during the black out last week in Lakewood and the host didn't want to have to shlep everything to another location and were going to postpone the Sheva Brachos to another day. Someone suggested that they call Chaverim. They did not want to call on Chaverims help for their own convenience until one of the guests called for them. When Chaverim arrived not only were they not upset about being called (on a Sunday evening in the 90 degree weather) they were so helpful and did everything with the greatest smile. They brought a generator (at no cost to the host), hooked it up to a few sets of lights and lent a few portable lanterns for the kitchen area (if not for the fact that the Sheva Brachos was in a basement which was cool at 68 degrees, they said they could have even hooked up an a/c as well!)
    Chazak Chazk Vnischazeik to a very chashuv group in Klal Yisroel!

    Posted 4 years ago #
  2. bpt
    never caustic

    I have a Chaverim story of a different sort. Last summer, my friend's car broke down in the Home Depot parking lot on the NJ 17. Within 5 minutes, Chaverim was there. Pretty standard so far.

    Unfortunatly, they could not help us. So with little choice, we settled down until AAA showed. So why am I telling you this story? Becuase "it just so happened" that we broke down on Tisha B'av and "it just so happened" that I had picked up a copy of Tisha B'av to Go from YU, and "it just so happened" that Dr. D Pelcovits had an article in that issue on the subject of dealing with loss, that helped me address the issue with my son, who had just lost a friend in a car accident.

    2 hours later, AAA showed up and towed us away. But in those 2 hours, I was able to reach my son when / and in a way he needed me to.

    So I guess you could still call this a Chaverim success story, after all.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  3. rebbitzen
    Member

    chaveirim rox! my car keeps stalling, and they always come to the rescue! i think they're amazing. they dont let you pay them. you can only send a donation! olam chesed yibaneh

    Posted 4 years ago #
  4. d a
    our friend

    How about this stroy from a while back?!

    Chaverim Of Queens “Purim Program” Deemed A Success
    (Sunday, March 7th, 2010)

    Following the success of their pioneer program, coordinators for Chaverim of Queens as well as local community members have called the program a huge accomplishment. 15 volunteers made themselves available throughout Purim to drive intoxicated (or otherwise unfit to drive persons) from wherever they were to their home. This program was put together 3 weeks before Purim to prevent drunk driving.

    Word of the Purim program, sponsored by InterGen Health Home Care, spread quickly and within just a day of releasing the idea on YWN, Chaverim of Queens officials were contacted by groups as close as Brooklyn to Baltimore and as far as L.A. complimenting them on the great idea.

    With the tremendous response from the volunteers, a significant number of people did call and use the service. Every caller was picked up from their location and driven home safely.
    One volunteer even drove 2 people from Queens to Brooklyn. (Bolded by da)

    “What a tremendous Kiddush Hashem, I am so happy I volunteered” said one volunteer. “I never thought I would feel so good for doing such a simple thing”.

    Chaverim of Queens coordinators were extremely satisfied with the response to, and the success of the program.

    “Our hope is that by getting the word out to the public on the success of our pioneer program other communities will follow suit” said one of the program coordinators.

    (YWN Desk – NYC)

    Posted 4 years ago #
  5. d a
    our friend

    And how about this one:

    Chaverim Of Queens Conducts Free Pre-Winter Auto Checkup
    (Thursday, December 10th, 2009)

    This past Sunday December 6th was a wonderful day for the Queens community. Chaverim of Queens, which was founded just under 2 years ago, in memory of Mr. Jack Friedman, held a Free Pre-Winter Auto Inspection for the Queens community.

    Chaverim of Queens has responded to a few thousand calls already and is growing every day.

    The Pre-Winter Auto Inspection was held at Maven Motors in Kew Gardens. Maven Motors, which is located at 121-02 Jamaica Avenue is not only known as a trustworthy and reliable mechanic, but has been involved in working with Chaverim of Queens since day one by providing training for all new members. They also have mechanics available (for Chaverim members) on a regular basis to answer questions in any severe type of emergency beyond the scope of the basic training.

    The event was sponsored by Personal Touch Home Health Services and co-sponsored by the Vaad Harabonim of Queens.

    The mechanics at Maven Motors together with about 15 members from Chaverim inspected many cars and anyone who needed to have immediate work done was able to have it done on the spot if they so chose. Tires were filled with air, bulbs were replaced if necessary, and most cars received new windshield wipers free of charge.

    The one episode that really stood out is somewhat quite amazing. During the routine inspection on someone’s car, a small crack in the tire was found running from the side to the front of the tire. The mechanics explained with certainty that this could lead to a blowout especially in severe weather. The person who’s car was being inspected then went on to say how she was about to take a drive up to Montreal and decided when she saw the event advertised that she would come in and get the car checked out even though she knew nothing was wrong with it. Well Baruch Hashem she did, because this tire needed to be replaced and it was.

    Throughout the day, local police officers stopped by to say hello and were really impressed with what was being done. It truly was a tremendous kiddush hashem. Councilman Jim Gennaro who has also been a friend and supporter of Chaverim of Queens also stopped by to say a few kind words and of course to have his car inspected as well.

    Refreshments, also sponsored by Personal Touch were served throughout the day to all participants, volunteers and of course the mechanics.

    Chaverim of Queens is growing and is therefore always looking for new volunteers with day and night time availability. If you would like to join or know anyone who would like to join (or make a donation of any kind) please send an e-mail to ChaverimQ4@gmail.com or call 347-684-1155 to request an application and an interview.

    YWN PHOTO LINK: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/photos.php?albumid=5413619879507820385

    (Eli Gefen – YWN)

    Posted 4 years ago #
  6. d a
    our friend

    By the way, I am not affiliated with Chaverim of Queens whatsoever. I don't even live in Queens.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  7. LAer
    Member

    Chaveirim of Lakewood is holding its annual pre-summer safety inspection on Sunday, July 11th, from 4-8 pm in the Orchos Chaim parking lot (corner of Oberlin and Cedar Bridge). The purpose of this inspection is to check tires, fluids, blinkers, etc., on cars before people take time off for summer vacation and long drives, to ensure that they stay safe.
    People here take Chaveirim for granted. I grew up in LA and had never heard of Chaveirim until after I was married and living on the East Coast. I couldn't fathom calling a frum guy to come help you change your tire or let you into your house. I have never managed to lock my keys in the car or house and automatically think of calling AAA to help if my car breaks down. I think that people tend to be more careless because they know they have someone to rely on!

    Now, from the wife of a Chaveirim member: it's beautiful that people are posting their stories up here. It's really nice to see that people appreciate Chaveirim's work and selflessness. My husband just happens to be one of the members who assisted in the Sheva Brachos story in the OP's post.

    This should be a lesson for all those people who expect Chaveirim to come right away, who yell at members when they are unable to help them or take "too long" to come, who don't even look at the member or thank them, who are not waiting with their car or at their door when the member arrives, who are overall unpleasant and ungrateful (or downright rude), who give the members their outrageous stories to share when they are together...

    Remember that Chaveirim is there purely as a chesed to you. All members are volunteers and the dispatcher cannot tell you when someone will be available to help you. They are helping you out of the goodness of their hearts. Nobody is paid. The ENTIRE organization, from their members to their dispatchers to their board members to their graphic designer, works for free. Your donations are sorely needed to support this organization and pay for their equipment.
    Thanks for reading!
    -The proud wife of a Chaveirim member

    Posted 4 years ago #
  8. smartcookie
    Member

    LAer- I really can't believe people act so rude to someone who is doing them a favor!
    Mindboggling.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  9. LAer
    Member

    smartcookie, you have no idea. You should hear the stories these guys swap when they get together. When I have time later I'll post more, bli neder!

    Posted 4 years ago #
  10. LAer
    Member

    REMINDER: Today, July 11, is Chaveirim of Lakewood's safety inspection! It will be taking place at Orchos Chaim (corner of Cedar Bridge and Oberlin) from 4-8 pm. [It is not a DMV inspection.]

    Posted 4 years ago #
  11. working
    Member

    Funny question:

    How does one go about volunteering for Chaverim??

    Posted 3 years ago #
  12. tryinghard
    Member

    Working: not a funny question at all. Happy for you that you got a "feeling" of joining such a great team. Good luck to you in every way. Sorry, I don't have their number. Hopefully, someone out there will be able to provide you with it.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  13. Sister Bear
    Granddaughter of "Da Bears"

    Call up the one in your neighborhood and tell them you want to join. They'll take it from there.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  14. sms007
    Member

    Hey I just wanted to share a story with u I am a member of this great org and sometimes people don't act the right way for example my friend thats also a member told me once he went on a call to help a lady she had a flat tire when my friend got there the car owner wasnt there so he called her she said ya please I'm shopping fix my flat during the time that I'm in the store when I come out I expect u will be done now in asking do u think thats nice?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  15. Health
    Member

    Did she really add -"fix my flat during the time that I'm in the store when I come out I expect u will be done"? Or did your friend perhaps exaggerate to make the story juicy? I doubt she used the tone that you are conveying, noone talks that way.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  16. tryinghard
    Member

    Be happy she didn't give him a time frame.... All kinds of people, all places.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  17. truthsharer
    Blocked

    I once got a call from a teenager who wanted us to start his parent's car. His parents went away and took the car keys to keep him from driving.

    I told the guy that it was a good try, and it's good he's being honest, but no luck on his request.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  18. Getzel
    Adds much humor here :)

    Chaveirim members this afternoon are headed to Monsey, New York, after an unexpected October snow storm dumped about a foot of snow and knocked out power to hundreds in the area. A Chaveirim Coordinator tells TLS they are sending several generators and other equipment to assist the elderly and sick who were left without electricity after the storm hit.

    Lakewood and other southern Municipalities were only hit with about an inch of snow.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  19. honolulu
    Member

    ok so here is a funny but 100% true story- chaveirim get a call from a lady stating she has a flat tire, she goes on to say that really its not a big deal cuz only the bottom half of the tire is flat so if someone can maybe come and just rotate it she can be on her way!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  20. emlf
    Energy & Mineral Law Foundation

    Just tonight, someone got stuck in front of our house; boruch HaShem, Chaveirim to the rescue.
    Yasher koach to the members of this wonderful organization!

    Posted 2 years ago #
  21. Teewhy143
    Member

    Any time a Chaveirim member shows up to help someone is considered a "success story" whether or not the member is successful in helping you out. (The success part of it is beyond a member's control most of the time).

    What do you think? :-)

    Posted 2 years ago #
  22. crazybrit
    This Is A Failed Attempt At The Longest Subtitle In The Yeshiva World Coffee Room. However, as the old adage goes, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again". im on my 5th or 6th, it does keep growing, i wonder if its still a failed attempt! But as they say "Try and fail, and try and fail but never fail to try again!"

    chaveirim kol yisroel venomar OMEN

    Posted 2 years ago #
  23. Think first
    Member

    Didn't realize how much they do until I joined them last week. Go chaverim!

    Posted 2 years ago #

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