When we were in the process of relaunching YPD, one of our main areas of focus was building and sustaining a culture of giving. We recognized that Jewish young adults not only want to feel connected to their community, they want to make an impact as well. In an effort to accomplish all these goals, we are excited to announce a new YPD initiative: IMPACT 180.
This is a new giving level created specifically for members of the young adult community. These funds will go directly to our community partners and have the ability to help in the following ways:
- Over 25,000 people each year can visit the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center, including more than 700 school groups from across our region — ensuring that our history is not forgotten and that the next generation feels responsible for making a positive difference in the world.
- Over 42,000 nutritious meals per year are served to older adults and people with disabilities through Crown Center, Covenant Place, and the J — providing proper nutrition, social touchpoints, and wellness check-ins to hundreds of people in our community every week.
- 1,900 children around our community receive Jewish-themed books through PJ Library — helping them explore the timeless core values of Judaism with their families.
- 280+ local teens are creating and leading their own Jewish engagement programs through BBYO’s St. Louis Chapter — building a foundation for lifelong love of Jewish community.
- Our Community Security Director fields more than 200 inquiries each year from local Jewish organizations — assisting them with the training and building improvements they need to keep us safe in our Jewish community spaces.
We are excited to launch this effort and execute the vision of the Relaunch Task Force, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and the YPD Board. This commitment to giving and emphasis on philanthropy will help ensure the continued success of the Jewish community.