Minneapolis, MN, August 11, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The Minneapolis Jewish Federation 2011 Community Annual Campaign raised $11.6 million, impacting the lives of millions of Jews around the globe, including Danielle and Adam’s family in Minneapolis.
Danielle and Adam moved to Minneapolis last year from Tucson, Arizona with their two children, Natalie, 6, and Edan, 10, both of whom are on the autism spectrum. In Tucson, they never had the chance to be part of the Jewish community. The resources Natalie and Edan needed didn’t exist. In moving to Minneapolis they were hopeful that the Jewish community would offer their children more opportunities to participate in Jewish life and feel like they belong.
They were right. This summer, Natalie and Edan experienced the magic of Jewish summer camp. The Federation, in partnership with Sabes Jewish Community Center (JCC), provided their children with the one-on-one support they needed to partake in all summer camp activities. They swam, played with crafts, sang Jewish songs, and made lots of new friends.
During the school year, Natalie and Edan continue to be active in the Jewish community through Federation-supported Darkaynu, a Jewish education program for children with moderate to severe disabilities. Without Darkaynu, a collaborative effort between Sha’arim and the Sabes JCC, children like Natalie and Edan would be unable to receive a Jewish education. For Natalie, Darkaynu has been a life-changing experience. “Natalie is now 6 and is able to be included in all the activities within her age group. She is making amazing progress with her language skills,” says Danielle.
These are just a couple of examples of the many ways the Federation is improving lives on a daily basis. From creating an inclusive, welcoming and vibrant Jewish community to helping people in financial crisis feed their families, pay their rent and get back on their feet, donations through the Federation Community Annual Campaign are making a world of difference.
“With the support of our generous donors and volunteers, we are transforming our community and making it a place where each of us has an opportunity to give and get help,” says Tom Grossman, Chair of the 2011 Community Annual Campaign. “We should all be proud to be part of this community which continues to be a national leader in philanthropy.”
Knowing that the requests for financial assistance this past year exceeded available resources, an anonymous donor stepped forward and offered our community a $50,000 gift match. In a matter of weeks, the Federation, spearheaded by its women’s philanthropy division, exceeded this year’s goal of raising $50,000 to support women and children in crisis. These funds, which will be distributed in grants of up to $1,000 per household/per year, will be available to qualified candidates early this fall.
“Thanks to this grassroots effort, an additional $100,000 is available to meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable,” says Jerry Ribnick, President of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. “These emergency financial assistance grants will make the difference between a single mother keeping her home or being out on the street; putting food on the table or sending her children to bed hungry.”
In the coming year, people of all ages and backgrounds in the Minneapolis Jewish community, Israel and Jewish communities around the world will see their lives change because of the generosity of Community Annual Campaign donors, including:
Jewish educational programs, summer camp experiences and Israel travel experiences that build a firm commitment to Jewish life and strong connection to Israel for thousands of Minneapolis teens and young adults.
Programs that provide food, medicine and other critical services to some of the world’s most impoverished Jewish children and seniors living in the former Soviet Union.
Educational, community, and economic development projects that give Israel’s at-risk populations the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty and strengthen Israel’s future.
To learn more about the programs and services being supported by the 2011 Community Annual Campaign, please contact Lisa Pollack Furman, Marketing and Communications Director at the Minneapolis Jewish Federation at 952.417.2318, email@example.com.