COVID-19 Relief Tops $7 Million

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s board approved an additional $1 million in COVID-19 relief distributions on December 14, unlocking $600,000 in matching dollars for health and human services from Jewish Federations of North America. The $7,300,854 in total pandemic relief funds blew past the $7 million milestone and provided critical funds to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as cases skyrocket in Allegheny County and worldwide.

The latest round of distributions will address the most urgent needs in our Pittsburgh Jewish community and in Jewish communities around the world through seven of the Federation’s beneficiary agencies and overseas partners: Jewish Association on Aging, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Community Day School, Hillel Academy, Yeshiva Schools, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Based on the requests of these agencies, the board approved funds to address critical areas such as meal delivery for older adults, personal protective equipment and health screenings.

Jewish Federation’s pandemic relief distributions are made possible by the strength of the Federation’s Community Campaign, which has supported Jewish Pittsburgh for over 100 years. On Sunday, volunteer fundraisers further strengthened this year’s Campaign by raising over $211,000 at the Super Sunday phone-a-thon. This year’s event looked a little different, with volunteers making calls from their own homes, but that did not stop community members from answering the call to make their commitments to the Community Campaign.

COVID Distributions - $1M on 12/14/2020

JAAHuman service needs – specifically:
  • Staff time for distributing grab and go meals to older adults.
  • Collaboration with the Squirrel Hill Health Center to provide COVID-19 testing.
  • Health screenings for the Early Childhood Center.
JCCMeals for residents and PPE.$212,000
CDSExtra staffing.$100,000
Hillel AcademyExtra staffing (including nurse).$100,000
Yeshiva SchoolsExtra staffing (including nurse).$100,000
JAFIUnrestricted for food insecurity and emergency funding programs in Israel and other communities. Specifically:
  • Global loan fund for struggling Jewish communities around the world.
  • Stipends for immigrants, many of Ethiopian origin, in absorption centers who cannot easily find employment.
  • Staffing for Amigour facilities to protect physical and mental health of senior residents.
  • Living stipends for recently discharged lone soldiers who cannot find work due to pandemic and don’t have families to rely on.
JDCUnrestricted for food insecurity and emergency funding in Israel and other communities around the world. Specifically:
  • Providing food, medicine and shelter to elderly and families at risk in Europe.
  • Helping the neediest of families in Israel including hygiene kits, medicine, food, computers, games for kids.
  • Providing essential care including medicine, home repairs, housekeeping to low-income seniors in Israel.
  • Providing food, medicine, and money to the neediest elderly Jewish and families at risk in Argentina.
*The overseas agencies received roughly 5% of their requests to the Federation system.

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