Scottsdale, Ariz. (April 23, 2020) — Even though Martin Pear JCC, the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, and the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus operations are physically closed in response to COVID-19, the entities are still very much open for business as they deliver on creative ways to harness community strength and solidarity.
Federation Emergency Fund: The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix distributed $50,000 to four Valley organizations in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic with specific focus to provide a safety net for vulnerable populations with critical needs. With plans to distribute additional funds to more organizations in line with the Federation mission, first distributions were made to the following:
- JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICE AND JEWISH FREE LOAN –
$40,000 FOR COLLABORATIVE REQUEST
These organizations are meeting critical emergency needs through JFCS’ Helping Hands program and JFL’s Economic Crisis Response Program. They are assisting not only a segment of the Jewish community already dealing with economic hardship, but also middle-class households whose previously reliable income has been devastated by the current crisis. This overall assistance has included expenses related to housing, food, utilities, transportation, insurance, and medical costs.
- EAST VALLEY JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER – $5,000
The East Valley Jewish Community Center has distributed funds to 25 families to cover immediate rent/mortgage and utility expenses. They are also assisting 75 homebound seniors in the East Valley with the purchase and delivery of groceries and other necessities, providing relief to these individuals who otherwise would not have the ability to obtain these items.
- MARTIN PEAR JCC IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN – $5,000
The Martin Pear Jewish Community Center has provided financial aid to Early Childhood scholarship families who are now facing additional critical needs due to the COVID-19 crisis. These families are experiencing hardship related to loss of jobs or closure of their small businesses. Others have been unable to work because they are unable to pay for childcare.
Community Blood Drives: Martin Pear JCC, the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix sponsored a Vitalant blood drive on April 20 where more than 60 community members answered the call and donated much needed blood. Due to demand, a second blood drive will be scheduled at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in the coming weeks.
J Resources Drive: Every Friday from 9:00a-10:00a during the closure, Jay Jacobs CEO of the Martin Pear JCC and the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus receives non-perishable food donations as well as supplies and personal protective equipment for local food banks and medical facilities. Details on needed items can be found here: https://www.vosjcc.org/resourcedrive. To date, more than 230 pounds of food has been donated to support local families in need.
“Federation is proud to partner with the Martin Pear JCC, the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix to harness the power of our community in helping ease such burdens as food insecurity, blood shortages, and economic distress,” said Marty Haberer, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. During this unprecedented time, organizations have a responsibility to do all they can to help those in need, which is directly in line with our agency mission. We continue to explore additional ways to make an impact in our community while we remain closed.”
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About the Valley of the Sun JCC / the Martin Pear JCC in the Valley of the Sun
For more than 70 years, the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center has promoted personal, cultural, social, and physical development to members of the Jewish and the total Scottsdale/ Phoenix community. In December 2019, the Valley of the Sun JCC was named as the Martin Pear JCC in the Valley of the Sun after former Executive Director, Martin Pear.
Opening in 1945, and at its current location since 2002, the Martin Pear JCC remains dedicated to the well-being of people of all ages and faiths, strives to maintain the highest standards for facilities and programming through classes, services, and events that meet the needs of the greater community.
About Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix strengthens and sustains Jewish life and identity while meeting critical needs in Greater Phoenix, in Israel and around the world. Federation serves the community as a resource by maximizing the impact of the dollars raised and by supporting organizations that make a difference every day through caring for Jews in need, enriching senior lives, engaging the next generation, and building community. Federation will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2021.
About Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus
Opened in 2002, the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus has become a hub of the Jewish and greater Scottsdale/Phoenix community. The home of the Martin Pear JCC, Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, Pardes Jewish Day School, as well as multiple other Jewish organizations, the campus was founded on Jewish values such as being kind and repairing the world. It is an inclusive center where are all are welcome regardless of faith, background or ability.
About Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix
The Jewish Community Relations Council engages in advocacy, interfaith outreach and community bridge-building, as it works to strengthen community relations inside and outside the Jewish community.