There are times during the year when a specific need is made known to us, and we are asked if we can help. We learn of these needs through our unique relationships with people who work on the front lines. They could be teachers, social workers or one of the many Good People from organizations we fund. In all cases a professional has vetted the request to assure its validity.
We are called upon when other resources are not available or when other sources of support are too cumbersome or slow to respond. Today’s economic climate, coupled with such events as Super Storm Sandy, has created more needs than we could possibly meet, but when we can, we do help.
Examples include payment for utilities, rents and mortgages, and food We have also helped pay for daycare for children of underemployed working parents, soccer team costs for a kid whose only joy in life is to play in a league with others his age and whose family could never manage this expense, and a motorized wheelchair lift for an elder barely making ends meet with her social security payments. In each case, our funds made a difference.
We also helped indigent Holocaust survivors in both the U.S. and Israel who now face the challenges of aging, along with physical and emotional trauma from their experiences during the Shoah.