Chaverim of Queens, founded in memory of world-renowned philanthropist Mr. Jack Friedman a”h, started with just 10 volunteers. That was over 10 years ago, when calls were dispatched to volunteers via beepers. Today, Chaverim of Queens has over 100 volunteers who respond to calls rapidly via an app. The acts of chesed that the volunteers of Chaverim do on a daily basis do not go unnoticed by those who have benefited from the assistance provided.

Times may have changed and milestones have been achieved. However, some things have not changed that much, and for that reason, Chaverim of Queens is once again spreading awareness and asking the community to please be safe this Purim.

We are unfortunately aware of the excessive drinking that takes place within our communities during the joyous holiday of Purim. While it is almost impossible to prevent people from partaking in such behavior, there are other solutions to keep friends and family safe.

The Chaverim of Queens Purim “Don’t Drink and Drive campaign,” which was pioneered Purim of 2009, was founded to prevent the likelihood that someone will be tempted to drive while under the influence on this festive day. To prevent those who may be unfit to drive on Purim, Chaverim has “Volunteer Designated Drivers” available in Queens throughout Purim. This service can be requested by calling the Chaverim 24-hour hotline number: 718-441-0505.  “The hotline number should be publicized and shared,” said Chaverim Supervisor Avi Cyperstein. “The community can enjoy Purim knowing that we are just a phone call away if needed.”

The Chaverim of Queens Purim “Don’t Drink & Drive” program is generously sponsored by “PEYD”, Dr. Mark Ehrenpreis, Advanced Home RX, Eden and Ignite treatment centers. This year’s Program is also dedicated in Memory of Reb Moshe Nechemia ben Reb Shlomo Zev (Sukenik).

While we hope that no one needs the service, please save the hotline number as the life you save may just be your own. May we all be blessed with a happy, healthy, and most of all, safe Purim!

Chaverim is seeking and recruiting additional volunteers – for Purim as well as year-round. Please contact Chaverim for more information regarding dedication and sponsorship opportunities at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Donations accepted online at Chaverim of Queens is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.