We continue to receive requests for emergency funding for critical human needs and services. From now through December 31, 2020, all donations for this initiative will receive a 50% match – that means more dollars that our community can deploy to help those in need of food, rent monies, social and mental services, and much more . This match is provided through JFNA (Jewish Federations of North America).

As of September 15, we have raised $297,000 and we have distributed $281,000 in emergency grants for critical human needs.

Monies from this fund have been deployed in two ways:

  1. Emergency grants to our Jewish agencies and synagogues to allow them to meet increased and immediate community needs such as food insecurity, unemployment, and mental health needs
  2. To provide direct assistance to individuals, families, and households in need. To do this, the Fund has reached out to New Haven’s rabbis to channel assistance, knowing they are often the trusted leaders that individuals in need turn to for support.

The Boards of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven seeded this Fund with monies from our unrestricted funds. In addition, the Boards immediately established a grants committee for this fund which implemented policies and procedures as well as a grant application process. Our first grants were made on March 23rd and were made to Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven and the Towers at Tower Lane.

Grants to date have been made to our synagogues (to assist individuals and families to pay for food, rent, utilities and other expenses related to job loss), Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven (for food assistance, mental health, and social services), to the Towers at Tower Lane (for food for residents in need, personal protective equipment, and for ipads to assist with telehealth and virtual family “visits”), to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven (to assist community members in need), to Ezra Academy and Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy (for the PPE that will be required for these schools to open this fall), and to JCARR (for special support for unemployed refugee families).

We expect this fund to receive many more requests in the upcoming days, weeks, and months.