THE CITY OF PALO ALTO COMMUNITY SUPPORT CALL CENTER is open 8:30 AM–6:00 PM, Monday-Friday with information about the coronavirus public health emergency. Call (650) 272-3181.
General COVID information for the State of California can also be found at www.philanthropyca.org/covid-19-response.
Just Text: An Introduction to Social Justice and Social Activism Through The Lens of Ancient Jewish Sources
Wednesdays, through August 19, 7:00–8:00 PM
We are living in an unexpectedly vulnerable time. The global health crisis (dayenu!) surfaced our society's pre-existing social gaps, and shone a light on our society's pre-existing systematic injustices. The need to better understand and respond to these issues is more urgent than ever. This course aims to relate the contemporary headlines to Jewish themes of social justice. We will study ancient Jewish sources in order to investigate and contextualize the Jewish vision of a more perfect society. Participants are welcome to attend any individual class or to enroll in the entire course for a discounted rate. For more information and to register, click here.
Pledge to Protect: Help Provide PPE to Frontline Workers
The OFJCC, along with JCCs across North America, is participating in a fundraising effort with Jewish Together to raise $3 million from 100,000 donors to purchase personal protective equipment for nursing home and human service agency providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. These providers are struggling to afford the PPE needed to care for our most vulnerable communities. Let's remember what we can do when we come together! Donate now.
There are many other ways we can give back and lend a helping hand in the community.
- The OFJCC is partnering with Helping Hands, a new nonprofit created in response to the global pandemic that connects volunteers with vulnerable individuals to deliver groceries or run errands. If you're interested in helping out or if you're in need of assistance, sign up here.
- To volunteer at one of the community-based organizations which need the public's help to deliver crucial services and resources during this difficult time, please click here for the list of opportunities available through the City of Palo Alto's Office of Emergency Services.
- Become an emergency service volunteer with Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties. Make phone calls to isolated homebound seniors through the Safe At Home program, or purchase and deliver groceries and Passover care packages to Holocaust survivors, other frail seniors and homebound disabled adults.
- Donate food to pantries (see list below)
Food Pantries Open for Donations:
- JFCS San Francisco | The Miriam Schultz Grunfeld Professional Building, 2150 Post Street, PO Box 159004, San Francisco, CA 94115
- JFCS Mid-North Peninsula | Eleanor Haas Koshland Center, 2001 Winward Way, Suite 200, San Mateo, CA 94404
- JFCS South Peninsula | Koret Family Resource Center, 200 Channing Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
JFCS Marin County | Dr. George Sugarman Swift Building, 600 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
- Downtown Streets Team Pantry | All Saints Episcopal Church | 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
- LifeMoves | Opportunity Services Center, 33 Encina Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301 | (650) 853-8672
A Guide for Teen Social Action During Coronavirus
Tzedek America has created a guide for teens and others seeking ways to help others during the COVID-19 crisis. Download it here.
Help IsraAID Distribute Vital Relief Supplies to Our Community
Our friends at IsraAID are urgently seeking volunteers to assist efforts in providing vital relief supplies to our most vulnerable communities. Operations are conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines. Activities include:
- In San Jose Warehouse: Sorting and packing of relief supplies
- From San Carlos: Distribution of food packages to people's homes
Get more information or sign up to a volunteer orientation/training here.
Volunteer From Your Couch: Contribute to COVID-19 relief by volunteering virtually.
VolunteerFromYourCouch.com is a new website that connects volunteers like you with organizations engaged in critical COVID-19 relief work. As the name suggests, all of these activities can be done safely from home: phone outreach to food-insecure senior citizens, text outreach to connect neighbors with COVID-19 resources, a virtual triathlon to support veteran mental health during quarantine, and community conversations around gender equality and the pandemic. Explore and signup for volunteer opportunities available in your community—and throughout the country—here.
Resources and Assistance
Need Assistance Delivering Your Food or Essential Items?
Sign up to receive help here: www.helpinghands.community
Need Someone to Talk To?
- The Professional Community Volunteer Hotline is available for discreet emotional support from 2:00–10:00 PM daily at (408) 755-5144. Help is available in both English and Hebrew.
- "12 Ways to Reduce Stress and Anxiety," an interactive self-care webinar co-created by IsraAID, Israel's leading humanitarian aid organization, is being offered on June 30. This free 45-minute experiential self-care/mental health online session provides practical strategies and resources to improve your emotional well-being. Please note that times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Register here.
Financial & Housing Help
- If you are at risk of losing your housing or missing an upcoming rent payment, please contact the Homelessness Prevention System to request assistance. The Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System provides temporary financial assistance (e.g., rent, deposit, or utility payments) and supportive services to low-income families or individuals who are at risk of losing their housing and becoming homeless. You can contact the Homelessness Prevention System by calling (408) 926-8885 or emailing [email protected]. You can also contact any of the participating agencies directly (see the list on page two of the flyer at the link here.)
- Jewish Family & Children's Services has launched an emergency fund to help those affected by the crisis at www.jfcs.org/find-help/adults-families/emergency-family-assistance
- Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund has set up a COVID-19 Response Fund to enable donors and the community to help meet individual and organizational needs, as well as an up-to-date Jewish community resource guide for all to use.
- Hebrew Free Loan of San Francisco is offering loans to people who are experiencing financial hardship because of the coronavirus, such as healthcare costs or lost income. For more information, visit www.hflasf.org/apply/loans-we-offer/coronavirus-impact/ or contact Aimee Gruber at (415) 546-9902.
- The City of Palo Alto has organized a list of partner organizations providing assistance and a list of partner organizations in need of resources and volunteers. www.cityofpaloalto.org/services/public_safety/plans_and_information/coronavirus/support_services.asp
Diaper Distribution Program Family Resource Centers at CHAC
CHAC (Community Health Awareness Council) is partnering with First 5, Supply Bank and other organizations to distribute diapers, wipes and formula to families in our communities within Santa Clara County. Please call (650) 967-4813 or email [email protected] to register. A staff member will call you back to confirm your registration and distribution date. More information here.
CHAC unimos a First 5, Supply Bank y otras organizaciones para distribuir pañales, toallitas y formula para familias de nuestra comunidad en el condado de Santa Clara. Por favor marque al (650) 967-4813 o mande un correo electrónico a [email protected] para registrarse. Le llamaremos para confirmar su registración y la fecha de distribución. Más información aqui.
Volunteers and Organizations with More Questions
Please contact Luba Palant, Community Engagement Director at the OFJCC, at [email protected].