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The Community Response Fund provides urgently needed assistance to vulnerable people in Jewish communities throughout the greater St. Louis area and beyond.

 

Your donation of any size to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Community Response Fund will help meet our community’s immediate need. With your generosity, we are providing food, financial assistance, mental health services, and more to members of our Jewish community who face severe hardships in these challenging times.
One hundred percent of your donation funds our COVID-19 emergency relief efforts.

 
The Community Response Fund provides urgently needed assistance to vulnerable people in Jewish communities throughout the greater St. Louis area and beyond.

 

Your donation of any size to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Community Response Fund will help meet our community’s immediate need. With your generosity, we are providing food, financial assistance, mental health services, and more to members of our Jewish community who face severe hardships in these challenging times.
One hundred percent of your donation funds our COVID-19 emergency relief efforts.
Amount raised to date:

$679,909
432 Donations

Thank you to Michael and Carol Staenberg for their kickoff donation and to our community for reflecting their generosity. Many of our friends, relatives, and neighbors have received help because of you.
Yet, there is still more work to be done.

 

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Federation is actively monitoring international, national, statewide and local updates on COVID-19. You can see what they are recommending here.

 

NEW Funding Opportunities!

FOOD SECURITY: The Board of Directors has designated an additional $75,000 to meet the needs of the Jewish community’s food insecure families and individuals due to the current crisis.

  • PURPOSE: To ensure that no Jewish individuals/households are food insecure during the pandemic. These funds will be used to reimburse Jewish organizations who are providing food or meals to those who are unable to pay some or all of the cost during the COVID-19 crisis (beginning March 2020).
  • ELIGIBILITY: All Jewish organizations providing food/meals to Jewish households who are in need due to COVID-19.
  • PROCESS & TIMELINE: Organizations can submit reimbursement requests by completing this spreadsheet and emailing it to Nava Kantor. Organizations can submit requests every other week for reimbursement. Funds are available on a rolling basis. Staff will review submitted requests every two weeks and make reimbursement decisions.

CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY NEEDS: The Board of Directors has designated $50,000 to fund technological tools that are essential to business continuity in the current context.

  • PURPOSE: To support organizations in fulfilling their missions and continuing to serve our community during this time of physical distancing by ensuring they have the technology they need.
  • ELIGIBILITY: All St. Louis-area tax-exempt Jewish organizations.
  • PROCESS & TIMELINE: Please review the full Request for Proposals here. Organizations should apply online via Federation’s Spectrum Portal. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to submit this short application is June 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Federation’s COVID-19 Task Force will review applications and make decisions by June 11, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact your Community Impact liaison or Nava Kantor at NKantor@JFedSTL.org or 314-448-6303. Federation continues to conduct ongoing needs assessments that will inform future investments.

 

Local agencies receive more than $100,000 from Federation’s Community Response Fund

The first round of assistance from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Community Response Fund has already gone to local agencies on the front lines of providing assistance to the most vulnerable people in the Jewish community.

More than 360 donors have given to the fund, which was started with a $100,000 donation from Carol and Michael Staenberg. The fund has now topped $600,000.

JFS, formerly known as Jewish Family & Children Service, has received $89,000 in the initial round of disbursement. Of that, $42,000 is going directly for financial assistance to those affected by the pandemic.

The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, which has seen an eight-fold increase in new families, has received $37,000 to help meet the need for shelf-stable food and other items. And, JFS’s mental health service received an immediate infusion of $10,000 to expand those services in these trying times.

Also this month, the Response Fund provided $27,600 to distribute hot meals and shelf-stable Passover food for those in need through JFS, the J’s 613 Catering, and Crown Center.

“Since Federation already has in place a robust system for evaluating aid needs, we were able to quickly get a first round of much-needed funds where they will do the most good,” said Brian Herstig, President & CEO of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. “We know that more funding will be necessary as we get through these unprecedented times together.”

Federation will continue to reassess and respond to the community’s needs as they change and evolve.

 

Need Assistance?


We are here to help you and realize that needs may change over time. Please keep in touch with us and with your community. We need to know your needs and to hear from you about the needs of friends, neighbors, or relatives throughout the Jewish community.

How can I get help with groceries or medicines?
Call JFS at 314-513-1678 for information.

How can I get financial assistance?
JFS provides financial assistance and interest-free loans to help individuals and families cope with short-term crisis situations through interest-free loans. Call JFS at 314-513-1678 for information.

How can I get help for seniors?
JFS is coordinating senior assistance and can be reached through Lori Zimmerman at ElderLink at 314-812-9300.

Is financial assistance available?
With funding assistance from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Community Response Fund, JFS has established a COVID-19 Emergency Fund that is intended to confidentially assist individuals and families experiencing financial strain due to the COVID-19 crisis. Cash assistance is intended for use by Jewish community members and those working for Jewish organizations including those who recently were working for Jewish organizations but lost their jobs due to the crisis. Guidelines include:

  • Funds can be used for medicine, medical bills, rent/mortgage, groceries, utilities, technology.
  • Need must be directly due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 crisis, such as additional expenses due to home isolation, income loss due to the crisis, etc.
  • Recipient must agree to apply for government programs they are eligible for and JFS will assist with that process as needed.
  • There is no income or asset threshold to access these funds. Staff will assess need on a case-by-case basis.

Call 314-993-1000 for more information. All requests for assistance will be confidential.

 

Volunteer


 

All members of our community are affected by social isolation. Those without the social support of families, friends, and neighbors are starting to need food and household items like laundry detergent, incontinence products, toilet paper, and more.

JFS is mobilizing volunteers and staff to meet these needs and others that many of you could not have imagined just weeks ago. If online home grocery delivery is not an option for you, volunteers are available to shop and bring your groceries to your door. To volunteer, contact Jeremy Goldberg at 314-513-1679 or jgoldberg@jfsstl.org.

Or if you or someone you know just needs a friendly call, please contact Lori Zimmerman at 314-812-9300 or email lzimmerman@jfsstl.org.

Learn more about JFS here.

 

COVID-19 Community Response Fund