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If you aren’t familiar with our work, The Butterfly Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to combine Holocaust education with art to cultivate empathy and social responsibility for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Our programming belongs in schools, community centers, houses of worship, universities and museums.
We've adapted our lessons for social distancing and are expanding our lessons to address current issues of inequity, justice, inclusion and empathy. The butterflies, painted in memory of the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust remind us that we have to do better and prevent suffering from outright racism and hatred today.
Help the most vulnerable members of our community. Together we make a powerful difference to those currently facing food insecurity. Please join us on Sunday, July 26th from 10:00am -1:00pm by bringing your canned and dry goods in support of San Diego Jewish Family Service (JFS) Hand Up Food Pantry.
Triple Mitzvah Collection Site: 4950 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, 92123.
Participating in these good deeds is easy! Just follow the 3 steps and you'll be on your way to making a difference this summer.
Step 1: 1st Mitzvah
Donate a minimum of $54 (or more) by Wednesday, July 22nd to The Butterfly Project to support our work and reserve your mini butterfly kit. All mini butterfly kits include 6 ceramic butterflies, 6 individual biography cards of a child who perished during the Holocaust, glazes to paint your butterflies, and paint brushes. These materials are all yours to keep, except the butterflies once they're painted (we need those back for the planter boxes in the 3rd Mitzvah).
Step 2: 2nd Mitzvah
On Sunday, July 26th between 10:00 am-1:00 pm, please come to 4950 Murphy Canyon Road San Diego 92123 for a contact-free drive-through pick up of your butterfly kit. Be sure to bring some non-perishable food items to support the JFS Hand Up Food Pantry! All safety guidelines will be followed for social-distancing.
After picking up your mini butterfly kit, gather your family or friends to paint butterflies and watch our short film to learn about The Butterfly Project and the unique and diverse communities that have joined our mission.
Feel free to share pictures of your experience and painted butterflies on Facebook and Instagram. Tag us at @TheButterflyProjectNow and use #thebutterflyprojectnow #triplemitzvahevent #3gooddeedsofhope when you post.
Step 3: 3rd Mitzvah
Give your painted butterflies back to us so we can use them to help beautify several front-line service organizations in San Diego. On Sunday, August 2nd, a TBP volunteer will come to your house to pick up your painted butterflies or you can drop off to our office on this day between 11:00am-2:00pm so that they can be included on one of the mosaic planter boxes that will be installed in our community.
The Butterfly Project is a call to action through education, the arts and memorial making. It uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry and cultivates empathy and social responsibility. Participants paint ceramic butterflies that are permanently displayed as symbols of resilience and hope, with the goal of creating 1.5 million butterflies around the world—one for each child who perished in the Holocaust, and honoring the survivors.
That's the great thing about participating in the first-annual Triple Mitzvah Event. You won't be helping just one person or organization. When you join us, you'll be honoring the memory of a child who was killed during the Holocaust when you paint a butterfly. And, you'll be helping to ensure that people in need in San Diego (including some Holocaust survivors) have access to healthy, nutritional food when you bring food to donate to the JFS Hand Up Food Pantry. You'll also also be contributing to a beautification project in local communities when your butterflies are added to planter boxes to be installed at various sites throughout the city. All donations for mini butterfly kits will benefit The Butterfly Project. All donated food items will benefit JFS Hand Up Food Pantry.
Absolutely not. The Butterfly Project has thousands of participants from all different ages, faiths, and communities each year. We use lessons of the Holocaust to teach anyone about the dangers of hatred and bigotry, and our programming is created for people of any background. We welcome anybody and everybody at our events.
We welcome participants of all ages! If you can hold a paintbrush, you can paint a butterfly.
In the Jewish tradition, a Mitzvah is a good deed. It is used to describe an act that one does to better the world.
No, this event is for anybody in the US who wants to participate. If you are out of the area, we will ship a kit to you. All out-of-area kits must be reserved by Sunday, July 19th. Your kit will ship out on Monday, July 20th to arrive in time for our virtual painting party on Sunday, July 26th.
The planter boxes will be gifted to Jewish Family Service and other frontline organizations to be determined.
Absolutely. The Butterfly Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Yes! It's called our Triple Mitzvah Event because there are 3 good deeds to participate in. While you're not required to participate in every step, we hope that anybody who donates for this fundraiser will join us for all Mitzvahs.
Yes, of course. If you're not able to participate in the butterfly painting and would like to support these efforts, we would be happy to accept monetary and food donations. To give a monetary donation, please click the Donate to Reserve Your Kit button. On our order form, you will see an option to donate an amount of your choosing and an option to opt out of a butterfly kit reservation.
If you would like to only donate non-perishable foods, please bring your donation items to the butterfly kit pick up event on July 26th from 10am-1pm at The Butterfly Project office at 4950 Murphy Canyon Rd., San Diego 92123.
All monetary donations will benefit The Butterfly Project. All food donations will benefit JFS Hand Up Food Pantry.