Chaveriem Boro Park Truck Division Special operations truck

Chaverim (Hebrew: חברים, literally, "companions"), also spelled Chaveirim, is an umbrella name for Orthodox Jewish volunteer organizations with locations all over the world, they provide roadside assistance and other non-medical emergency help at home or on the road. All services are free. The organizations are supported by local donations.[1][2]

History

Chaverim was started in Monsey, New York by Rabbi Shaya Zev Erps in July 1999. The grassroots organization opened a hotline to assist stranded motorists and elderly and handicapped individuals. Since its founding, the Boro Park Chaverim has logged over 100,000 calls, with hundreds of calls received daily.[3][4]

Activities

Kiryas Joel Chaveirim Response vehicle

Chaverim volunteers respond to calls at any hour[5] and perform the following duties, including, but not limited to:

Car inspections

Chaverim of Boro Park provides free 10-minute safety inspections of vehicles prior to the August summer vacation period to draw drivers' attention to safety issues with their cars.[13] Free inspections of tire pressure, blinkers, fluids, spare tire, and other car needs are also offered before the summer vacation by the Lakewood Chaverim.[14]

Holiday assistance

In 2010 Chaverim of Queens initiated a "Don't Drink and Drive" campaign on Purim which provided drivers to take home inebriated residents.[15]

Awards

In July 2008 the Lakewood Chaveirim were the recipients of a state resolution presented by New Jersey Senator Robert Singer.[16] In July 2011 the same group was given a special award for community service by the Lakewood Police Department. Police Chief Rob Lawson cited the group's help during a blackout when members volunteered to direct traffic at intersections, as well as their assistance to people locked out of their cars or homes.[17]

Collaborative efforts

Chaverim volunteers often work together with those of the Shomrim, Shmira and Hatzalah organizations to assist residents during crippling weather events,[18][19] and missing persons searches.[5][20][21]

In 2011, Brooklyn City Councilman David Greenfield announced a partnership with Boro Park Chaverim to identify potholes in Flatbush and Midwood after severe winter weather in 2010.[22]

Many Chaverim volunteers are professional tradesmen who donate their professional skills to provide emergency assistance.[citation needed]

Locations

Chaverim organizations are located in:

United States

New York

New Jersey

Other

Australia

Belgium

Canada

United Kingdom

Argentina

Similar organizations

Yedidim, an independent offshoot of New York's Chaverim, operates in Israel since 2006 with 18,000 volunteers. This volunteer group responds to calls to jumpstart cars, change flat tires, fix home plumbing and electrical problems, and any other non-medical request. The founder of the organization is Meir Wiener. The organization is headed by Israel Almasi and Lazzy Stern.[12][51]

See also

References

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