JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee or “The Joint”) is the leading Jewish humanitarian organization, working in 70 countries to lift lives and strengthen communities.
Humanitarian Assistance for Needy Jewish Elderly in Moldova
Through its Hesed center in Moldova, the JDC ensures the well being of needy Jewish elderly by providing life-saving care, including home care, food, medicine, winter relief, and emergency assistance; tackling challenges associated with aging, like social isolation and dementia; creating social opportunities at Hesed clubs and day centers to alleviate loneliness; and increasing the Jewish community’s sense of responsibility and capacity to care for its vulnerable elderly. The project meets the basic needs of Jewish elderly in Moldova left with meager pensions, scarce (if any) family support, and no savings or government safety net, who face cruel hunger, debilitating medical issues, and freezing winters alone.
Kishinev Volunteer Center (KVC)
KVC trains community members to enhance Kishinev community life by identifying local needs and creating solutions they can implement on a voluntary basis, development of connections to Jewish life and a more involved community, development of a sense of communal responsibility, increased capacity of the community to respond to local needs, and laying the groundwork for a possible self-sustaining Kishinev community in the long-term. Launched in 2015, and now a flagship program of JDC’s Volunteer Initiative, KVC has been developing expertise in building the skills and connections necessary for a sustainable Jewish community. Learn More
Training 15 New Volunteers to Operate an Emotional First- Aid Hotline in Carmiel and the Northern Periphery
ERAN, Israel’s Emotional first aid service, provides a confidential 24-hour hotline, seven days a week, 365 days a year. ERAN will train and develop valuable professional and personal skills of 15 new volunteers from Carmiel and its surroundings. These volunteers will provide accessible emotional crisis and suicide prevention services online by phone in Hebrew, Russian, English or Arabic each year free of charge to approximately 7,000 people at immediate risk. This is especially crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath. ERAN is the only organization providing First Aid emotional support through the telephone and Internet in Israel. Learn More
Leket is the leading food rescue organization in Israel, serving 175,000+ needy people weekly. In 2020, Project Leket aims to rescue from fields and packing houses a total of 35,715,000 lbs. (16,200 metric tons) of a wide range of produce (equivalent to 1 lb. of fresh produce for 97,849 people on a daily basis and a projected 8% increase over 2019 output). The project’s primary recipient populations include children, youth at-risk, the invalid and elderly, single parent families, immigrants, and growing numbers of working poor from all segments of society. The project provides a consistent source and broad range of quality produce to partner non-profit organizations for use in food parcels, baskets, and meals and offers a crucial source of nutrition to food insecure Israelis they may not otherwise purchase or consume. Learn More
United Hatzalah is a free, volunteer-based emergency medical services organization. Its mission is to provide immediate medical intervention during the critical window between the onset of an emergency and the arrival of traditional ambulance assistance. United Hatzalah has 107 volunteer medics serving the Karmiel/Misgav area. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the grant will be used to purchase 25 oxygen kit refills/replacements, including adult/child masks, and 300 sets of personal protective gear. This grant will provide approximately three disposable kits per medic to treat those with COVID-like symptoms. Learn More
Yad Sarah in Karmiel: Helping Where Needed, When Needed
Yad Sarah is the largest national volunteer organization in Israel which loans medical and rehabilitative equipment and other services for the home-bound and elderly. More then 5,000 residents of Karmiel each year depend on Yad Sarah for the loan of medical and rehabilitative equipment that makes their daily lives livable in times of difficulty. The branch volunteers work morning and evening shifts to provide what the people need. The program assists any individual in the Karmiel region seeking help regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or other affiliation. Populations served include the elderly, sick, disabled and injured of all ages. Learn More
ZAKA is Israel’s primary rescue and recovery volunteer organization, with thousands of volunteers on call 24/7 to respond to any terror attack, accident or disaster. Emergency preparedness is the key to a quick response when disaster strikes. To this end, ZAKA is investing significant resources in Karmiel to equip and train its 43 rescue volunteers, who are on call 24/7. Among other things, ZAKA will use this grant to purchase personal protective equipment for its volunteers in Karmiel and Misgav. Learn More