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 1,700 gifts from generous donors, we’ve raised $2.56 million as of Dec. 9, 2020.

CJP will be making 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)
  • $144,000 to support pool testing in senior communities (12/3)
  • $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)
  • $10,000 to 2Life Communities and Hebrew SeniorLife to purchase outdoor heat lamps (10/8)

Support to address food insecurity, social isolation and direct client needs:

  • $200,000 to support child care and employment initiative to help families who need child care as parents go back to work (6/11)
  • $155,000 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; $30,000 on 12/3)
  • $150,000 to support emergent needs throughout the community through synagogue and Chabad rabbis (4/23)
  • $150,000 to support “Seder in a Box” for Passover 2021 (2/10)
  • $120,000 for personal protective equipment for senior resident communities and partner organizations (4/30)
  • $120,000 to Yad Chessed for direct client services ($15,000 on 3/20; $25,000 on 4/2; $40,000 on 5/14; $20,000 on 12/3; $20,000 on 2/10 to support food for Passover)
  • $100,000 for “Rosh Hashanah in a Box” to provide hot meals for the most vulnerable (8/13)
  • $91,300 for “Seder in a Box” to provide hot meals for the most vulnerable ($80,000 on 3/27; $11,300 on 10/8 for additional costs)
  • $91,200 to JFS of Metrowest for direct client services ($15,000 on 3/20; $25,000 on 4/2; $20,000 on 5/14; $30,000 on 12/3; $1,200 for personal protective equipment on 4/30)
  • $90,000 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 on 12/3 for direct client services)
  • $70,000 to Tifereth Raphael Inc. ($20,000 on 8/13 for refrigeration and infrastructure needs; $50,000 on 2/10 to support kosher for Passover food for clients)
  • $50,000 to help area preschools and day schools purchase personal protective equipment for students and teachers (6/11)
  • $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)
  • $35,000 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 on 12/3 for direct client services)
  • $35,000 to JFS Metrowest to help cover hot meal delivery for Rosh Hashanah and “Seder in a Box” programs ($10,000 on 10/8 for Rosh Hashanah 2020; $25,000 on 2/10 for Passover and Rosh Hashanah 2021)
  • $20,000 to Gateways: Access to Jewish Education ($10,000 on 8/13 for personal protective equipment and sanitization supplies; $10,000 on 12/3 for direct client services)
  • $20,000 to support grant writing to help communal organizations access available state and federal funds that help individuals and families in need (8/13)
  • $17,000 to Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters ($7,000 on 3/27 for disability needs; $10,000 on 12/3 for direct client services)
  • $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)
  • $2,000 to support a student researcher who will collect and curate local resources for individuals and families; this information will help social workers at partner organizations by expanding their ability to access all available resources throughout our community (10/8)

Urgent partner city needs:

  • $161,000 to Dnipro, Ukraine, for medical supplies and equipment ($100,000 on 3/27; $11,000 on 5/28; $50,000 on 7/9 for an ultrasound machine to diagnose COVID-19)
  • $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)
  • $50,000 to the Jewish community in Argentina to provide laptops for remote education for children to vulnerable families, and to fund the delivery of medicine and food to beneficiaries for two months (7/9)

Dollars unused from previous grants have been reintegrated into the Emergency Fund.

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This post will continue to be updated periodically with information about grants that CJP has given to community organizations through the CJP Coronavirus Emergency Fund.