By Jill Jacobs-Aguirre
On March 25, the Jewish Federation of San Antonio launched the Community Crisis Campaign in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help the most vulnerable among our community with essential and critical assistance. The campaign kicked off with the Jewish Federation of San Antonio providing $180,000 from reserve funds.
On April 13, the Stanley & Linda Blend Family empowered the Community Crisis Campaign by offering a match of up to $150,000 for individual donations. The generous match challenge ignited the community who stepped up to raise almost half a million dollars.
Federation convened a Crisis Allocations sub-committee co-chaired by Marc Shnall and Joe Patrick. On April 3, the committee distributed $95,000 to Jewish agencies and congregations. The first-round of allocations was given to mitigate the economic disruption of COVID-19 and stabilize Jewish organizations’ financial health. The funds provided operating support to maintain our Jewish organization’s workforce and key services.
Within weeks, the second-round allocations were distributed. $197,000 supported organizations that provide direct services to populations most vulnerable to or directly impacted by the medical and/or economic impacts of the pandemic. These allocations are providing security, both financially and for the physical and mental health of Jewish individuals in our community. Additional rounds of allocations will take place as the crisis continues.
AGENCIES WHO RECEIVED CRISIS FUNDING
Barshop Jewish Community Center
Camp Young Judaea
Chabad Center for Jewish Life & Learning
Congregation Agudas Achim
Congregation Rodfei Sholom
Hebrew Free Loan Association
Jewish Family Service
Ohr Lanu Foundation
San Antonio Jewish Senior Services
Shmuel Bass Torah Academy of San Antonio
URJ Greene Family Camp
While many people receiving services were already participants in ongoing Federation-supported programs, there are now many hundreds of individuals and families who are newly and suddenly in need of significant assistance from our Jewish community and the Community Crisis Campaign has been here to help.
The outcome of the Community Crisis Campaign demonstrates that we will always band together in the face of challenges. Even though we cannot physically be together, we can still step up to protect one another.
The Community Crisis Campaign remains open and contributions are still being accepted. Please click here if you would like to participate: www.jfsatx.org/ways-to-give
Please contact Jill Jacobs-Aguirre, Senior Director of Development, if you have any questions at jacobsj@jfsatxorg.