Within every heart lies the potential to change the world. So says community activist and volunteer Ariella Steinreich.

“If each of us makes a small dent, we can make an impact for future generations,” said Steinreich, 22.

As a board member of several community organizations, the energetic New Jerseyan is acutely familiar with the ins and outs of volunteer work.

She has often fielded calls from friends seeking ideas for volunteer projects. They’d say, “I have a kid being bat mitzvahed, and you have your pulse on volunteer opportunities. What can she do?”

You might say that chesed, or helping others, comes as naturally to Steinreich as living and breathingSteinreich has already done plenty herself. Last year Steinreich founded the “Pay it Forward” program, which pairs high-schoolers with younger students so they can serve as mentors who help with their schoolwork while serving as positive role models.

You might say that chesed, or helping others, comes as naturally to Steinreich as living and breathing. As the daughter of two active community members who are always giving to others, chesed has long been in her blood. Her mother served on the welcoming committee of her synagogue, arranging meals for families who were new to the community, and she also visits the elderly and sick on Shabbat afternoons. Her father has served as president of the Men’s Club, sits on the board of the synagogue directors, and, in his work as a public relations executive, frequently helps nonprofit organizations. “Through example, they continue to show my siblings and I that chesed is inherent to being a Jew,” said Steinreich, who is frequently seen on Shabbat mornings sitting next to her mother at synagogue, and afterwards greeting friends and strangers with a beaming face.

Although she lives in the large Jewish community of Teaneck, Steinreich is a well-known figure. That is due in part to her outgoing personality, but also because of the myriad of volunteer programs she has spearheaded over the years.

When Steinreich was in tenth grade, a local family lost four children and their home in a tragic house fire. She felt distraught and helpless until she opted to step forward and raise her hands in assistance. She sprang into action, and organized students from her high school and 15 other high schools across New York and New Jersey to raise money for the family. Since then, Steinreich has been on a campaign to spread chesed wherever she goes.

Her most recent project is connecting her neighbors with the concept of giving to others. To that end, she created a one-stop resource for all the area chesed opportunities. The website, called allchesed.com, is a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities geared towards adults and children who want to give back.

Allchesed.com provides information about chesed opportunities with the disabled, the sick, the blind, and with just about anyone who needs a helping hand.

It addresses a prevalent need in the community by uniting those who wish to volunteer“It’s a fun and easy way to find new volunteer opportunities within the community,” she said. “Some people are nervous to go to a hospital or a nursing home. This makes it simple to find more options.”

The site, which is free to use and does not contain ads, has generated positive feedback since it was launched last month. Thus far, the site averages over 700 users a day, and many have signed up to receive the weekly e‑mail containing information about upcoming chesed opportunities.

Betty Moheban of Teaneck visited the site when looking for a way to volunteer, and came away impressed. “It addresses a prevalent need in the community by uniting those who wish to volunteer,” Moheban said, adding that she found it user-friendly. “It offers a wealth of information regarding various volunteer opportunities.”

Steinreich hopes that more organizations will contact her to have their information displayed, so more groups will be included. The site already includes links to various organizations, and provides contact information enabling people to become involved with a single mouse click or phone call.

The listed organizations come from Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds, including some that have long been established and others that are newer, including gemachs (which collect and offer used clothing and household items).

“This is a one-stop shop with no political allegiances. It’s a launching pad for chesed that bridges the gap. There’s Orthodox, non-affiliated and non-Jewish groups,” says Steinreich.

Chesed is one of these things that affects everybody; it’s not as if only a certain group of people need the chesed or need to do the chesed,” she continued. “Volunteering is a large umbrella which allows all types of people, from all backgrounds and with all abilities, to give back to the world and to feel they are making a difference.”

Steinreich’s new website has made a tremendous impact on the Bergen County community. With between 500 and 700 people visiting the site daily, many have called or e‑mailed to say that their family has been utilizing the website to volunteer together.

Chesed is crucial to the continuance of the Jewish peopleChesed is crucial to the continuance of the Jewish people. We are known as giving people, through giving charity and our time to others,” she said. “It’s important to me that I continue spreading the message that, though this is our duty as the Jewish people, it is also a blessing that we are able to do it. Chesed is as rewarding to the person who does it as it is to the person who receives it.”

Steinreich, who recently started working at a public relations firm, paid for the site herself and does the weekly updates to the pages. “It was my way of giving back and doing chesed for my community,” she said.

She’s targeting her own community, with the hope that the concept extends to other communities across the country. “I want this to grow,” she said.

“My hope is that the website serves as a launching pad for people to do more chesed. This is a platform to motivate people.”