Jewish Tidewater Responds to urgent COVID-19 need with Emergency Relief Fund joining #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity – Tuesday, May 5

April 30, 2020

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Kol Yisroel Aravim Zeh b’zeh.

All Jews are responsible for one another.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund of the Tidewater Jewish Community opened earlier this month in response to growing anticipated needs of the community—for local agencies and institutions, as well as for individuals.

The current COVID-19 pandemic makes our responsibility to take care of one another more urgent and more vital than ever. United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Tidewater Jewish Foundation, and constituent agencies and affiliates are dedicated to helping the most vulnerable community members and protecting the area’s vital institutions during these unprecedented times.
All money raised through this fund will stay in Jewish Tidewater.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020—in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday—as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.

Donations can help protect the elderly residents and staff of Beth Sholom Village, as well as the patients, clients, and staff of Jewish Family Service and Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care by providing critical medical supplies, including personal protective equipment.

Support can help feed newly hungry families and children now seeking assistance from Jewish Family Service’s Food pantry.
Contributions can help pay electric, water, and gas bills for those who are newly unemployed or underemployed.

We are asking for your assistance to enable us to provide that help.

On #GivingTuesdayNow, your dollars will be matched. Please go to JewishVa.org and give.

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