Ways to Help

While COVID-19 has impacted our ability to gather in groups to raise our voices, there are still many ways to stay engaged in activism and advocacy during these challenging times. This pandemic affects all of us, and continues to impact marginalized communities who depend on services and programs that are being threatened by the economic and social impacts of this disease. Here are some ways to stay involved and connected during these difficult times.

Write to your Congressperson

We applaud the enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), which will provide immediate support to millions of people. At the same time, more needs to be done to protect the most vulnerable communities during this crisis. We urge Congress to fill in the gaps in the response by increasing funding for screening and treatment, guaranteeing paid sick days and paid medical leave for all workers, ensuring front-line health care workers are protected, and providing direct payments to all low- and moderate-income people. With legislation being written at this very moment, it is critical that Congress prioritizes vulnerable people, families, and communities during this public health emergency. Tell Congress to support communities most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic! Visit this website to learn more and for information about how to reach out to your Members of Congress, including the opportunity to send a pre-written letter. Please reach out to Rabbi Julie if you have additional questions and/or would like to get more involved in advocacy efforts. 

There are multiple ways to get involved through the JCRC:
 

Make sure our most vulnerable populations can eat: 

Food For Free is mobilizing a volunteer team to make sure our most vulnerable populations still get food. Click here if you are willing to assist in a safe way during this challenging time

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Help kids continue to get their school lunches: 

Click here to volunteer with Boston Public Schools, packing and distributing meals. You can also donate reusable bags for families to use when picking up from meal sites by emailing rhansen@bostonpublicschools.org.


Create a “Soup In A Jar” kit for our partner shelters and food pantries:

 These soup mixes can be used immediately or at a later date. For more information, contact Grace Farnan, TELEM Coordinator.

The Boston Resiliency Fund
The Boston Resiliency Fund is the City of Boston’s effort to help coordinate fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund also works to help first responders and critical care providers. 
To make a donation, please click  here

The Boston Foundation
The Boston Foundation is managing the COVID-19 Response Fund, which was established by a coalition of business, government and philanthropic partners to rapidly deploy flexible resources to organizations in Greater Boston that are working with communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
To make a donation, click  here

Violence in Boston
Coalition member organization Violence in Boston is providing meals and other concrete resources for youth displaced from school and low-income families impacted by COVID-19. 
To make a donation, click  here

 United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
The United Way has established the COVID-19 Family Support Fund, a dedicated resource for working families affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Fund will mobilize their broad network of nonprofit agencies throughout the region to provide a flexible source of cash assistance to help families weather the COVID-19 crisis. Families can apply for a one time grant of up to $2000 to help meet basic food, child care, or housing needs.
To make a donation, click  here

Yad Chesed

We're a small, yet impactful Jewish social services agency that offers direct support to individuals and families who are struggling to buy food and pay for essentials. We provide emergency financial assistance, grocery gift cards and compassionate advice to help guide those in need to a more hopeful future. For more information, check out the May newsletter, yadchessed.org, or follow on Facebook.
To make a donation, click here

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