The challenge presented by the new coronavirus (COVID-19) is unprecedented and therefore requires our community to come together in equally unprecedented ways. The needs in our community are vast—and, in many cases, immediate—particularly for vulnerable people who may already be socially isolated, in fragile health, or in financial crisis.
In response, we have launched the CJP Coronavirus Emergency Fund. One hundred percent of the money raised will support community members facing hardship as a result of this pandemic.
Fund update: Thanks to more than 1,400 gifts from generous donors, we’ve raised $2.04 million as of May 13, 2020.
CJP will be making weekly grants through the Coronavirus Emergency Fund to address critical needs in the community. Distributions will focus on supporting agencies’ abilities to respond to urgent and systemic needs for seniors, those facing food insecurity and people in financial crisis.
Support for older adults:
- $275,000 to 2Life Communities for critical support for seniors in our community ($75,000 on 3/20; $100,000 on 4/2; $100,000 on 5/14)
- $120,000 for personal protective equipment for senior resident communities (4/30)
- $115,000 to Chelsea Jewish Lifecare for critical support for seniors in our community ($35,000 on 3/27; $30,000 on 4/2; $50,000 on 5/14)
- $115,000 to Hebrew SeniorLife for critical support for seniors in our community ($35,000 on 3/20; $30,000 on 4/2; $50,000 on 5/14)
Support to address food insecurity, social isolation and direct client needs:
- $150,000 to support emergent needs throughout the community (4/23)
- $125,000 to Jewish Family & Children’s Service for direct client services ($35,000 on 3/20; $50,000 on 4/2; $40,000 on 5/14)
- $80,000 for Seder in a Box to provide hot meals for the most vulnerable (3/27)
- $80,000 to Yad Chessed for direct client services ($15,000 on 3/20; $25,000 on 4/2; $40,000 on 5/14)
- $61,200 to JFS of Metrowest for direct client services ($15,000 on 3/20; $25,000 on 4/2; $20,000 on 5/14; $1,200 for personal protective equipment on 4/30)
- $50,000 to Jewish Vocational Services ($5,000 on 3/20 to provide technology to clients to support ongoing career development work virtually; $25,000 on 4/2 and $20,000 on 5/14 to support current and upcoming career services for community members)
- $40,000 to the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts to help provide for donated burial plots and caretaker fees for low-income clients (5/14)
- $35,000 to provide critical support for availability and distribution of food for Passover (3/20)
- $25,000 to New England Yachad ($5,000 on 3/20 to provide technology to clients to enable social connection; $20,000 on 4/23 for “Art in a Box” program to provide art supplies to its 200 members)
- $10,000 to ensure that seniors unable to cook receive prepared kosher meals (3/20)
- $10,000 for Silver Linings Buddies, a pilot initiative to address social isolation by pairing isolated older adults with student volunteers who will call twice a week (4/23)
- $7,000 to Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters for disability needs (3/27)
Urgent partner city needs:
- $100,000 to Dnipro, Ukraine, for medical supplies and equipment (3/27)
- $100,000 to Haifa, Israel, to meet the increasing needs of Haifa community members, including support for at-risk families through Parents at the Center (4/2)
This post will continue to be updated weekly with information about grants that CJP has given to community organizations through the CJP Coronavirus Emergency Fund.