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Federation distributes $87,500 in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

Scottsdale, Ariz. (May 18, 2020) — The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix distributed a second round of funding to Valley organizations in direct response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic with specific focus to provide a safety net for vulnerable populations with critical needs. This brings the total distribution to $87,500.

“The Coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our local community requiring increased support to cover critical needs. Over the last several weeks, organizations have seen significant increases in the quantity of requests they are receiving,” said Barry Markson, chair of the Grants Committee. “The Federation Emergency Fund Grant continues to work as an integral component in getting resources to those in greatest need as demand increases.”

The organizations that received funds for this second round are:

The East Valley JCC – $5,000  

The East Valley JCC has seen the number of requests for aid double in the past several weeks. This grant will be used to aid the most vulnerable East Valley Jewish community members:

  • Homebound seniors needing food and/or prescription medications. There has been 150% increase in the number of households needing this assistance.
  • Providing support for families who have emergency assistance requests for utility bills or rent/mortgage payments.

Jewish Free Loan – $20,000

This grant will be used for the Community-Wide Disaster Relief Loan Program. ​ Last year, Jewish Free Loan proactively established this program designed to approve interest-free loans to Jewish community members should the community be faced with man-made or natural events and where the need for financial assistance is time-sensitive.  These needs may include expenses related to childcare, rent, utilities, insurance payments, medical needs, educational costs and other household expenses. Jewish Free Loan has not only seen a greater need for assistance from low-income borrowers but is experiencing an unprecedented number of requests from middle class families who previously had reliable income.

Valley Beit Midrash – $500

This grant will be used for The Mask Project. ​The Mask Project has several elements that support a larger purpose, which is to get filtered cloth masks to communities that are struggling to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mask Project empowers community members to make a difference by 1) Manufacturing filtered fabric masks for those most vulnerable who cannot afford them (such as Native American communities and seniors who are already immunocompromised), 2) Donating to talented out-of-work mothers to manufacture these masks, 3) And build social trust by deepening societal partnerships.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service – $10,000

This grant will be used for the JFCS Helping Hands program​ for emergency financial assistance. JFCS Jewish community clients are facing a difficult cycle of traumatic and emergent needs: housing defaults, food insecurity, medical bills and job loss. The repercussions of these issues are creating aggressive ripple effects on basic needs and the mental and physical health of the Jewish community clients. Applications for assistance have doubled in the past month.

Kivel Campus of Care – $2,000  

This grant will be used for the Kivel Food Pantry. ​Kivel Campus of Care is a community housing location for 200 independent, low income, frail elderly. It is essential that these residents have access to groceries and other household items. Due to their ages, physical condition and vulnerability to COVID-19, it is very difficult and dangerous for them to shop for food. The Kivel Food Pantry had been a small operation, but is now a critical part of many residents’ lives. It provides residents with several basic items each week. This grant will be used to maintain and expand the Food Pantry.

First round funds were distributed to:

Jewish Family & Children’s Service and Jewish Free Loan – $40,000 (collaborative request)

East Valley Jewish Community Center – $5,000

Martin Pear JCC in the Valley of the Sun – $5,000

“With this second round of funding complete, Federation is extremely proud of the impact this Emergency Fund is having on our community. Though requests through these organizations are growing by the day, we continue the important work in providing access to resources that will allow our community to emerge from this pandemic more connected and stronger than ever,” said Marty Haberer, President and CEO of the Federation.

These unique Federation allocations were reviewed and recommended by the Special Emergency Fund Grants Committee and approved by the board of directors.