Philanthropy Updates

December 2021

Donations have been approved from the Scholarship Committee’s recommendations for Jewish Family & Children Service Minneapolis, for an additional $5000 (a total of $10,000) and a donation of $10,000 for Jewish Family Service, St. Paul. The donations are used for scholarships to further educational goals that will lead to improved employment opportunities. Both agencies appreciate the generosity of our members, along with those who work hard to raise funds through our many events. Below are a few examples of clients who benefit from JFS donations. Also approved was a $300 contribution to the B’Yhad Program of JFS St. Paul. This is similar to the Hag Samaech Program of the JFCS Minneapolis where gifts are given to needy families at Chanukah.

  • “Debra” is a 32-year-old mother of two young children who doesn’t have a great deal of education and works hard as a Personal Care Assistant at one of our local assisted living facilities. People with this certification are in high demand, but the pay scale is very low, and she is barely able to pay her bills. Like many of our clients, Debra is one minor emergency from becoming unemployed and homeless. She contacted JFS because a family member read one of our newsletters, noting we have an employment program and might have training dollars available. Debra had been doing research about profes-sions that pay better, but don’t require advanced degrees, and she became interested in being a phlebotomist. We found a six-month class that ends with people taking the national examination on their final day of class. Debra is in the process of applying for a BOND scholarship to take the class in the first quarter of 2022, and expects to earn over $17 per hour after getting her certification. She’s excited to start the training and is reading everything she can about the ins and outs of the profession.
  • “Jenna” is a long-time Jewish resident of St. Paul. She had successfully pursued her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and settled back in St. Paul where she and her husband bought a home and raised a family. She bounced around somewhat in her 18-year professional career, and was tiring of the contracting circuit, and her current job had become dry and repetitive. She yearned to return to the kinds of higher level, more challenging, more creative roles that her academic training and earlier career experiences had offered. Our Employment Specialist began weekly Zoom meetings with Jenna to help identify and re-define some more satisfying, focused, highly achievable roles she could move into immediately to put her back on track with her longed-for career. Nancy helped her polish the mar-keting effectiveness of her resumes, cover letters, and Linked In profile to help her focus on the right details in language and visual formats to highlight her strengths, transferrable skills, and solid achievements. She was coached on interviewing prep and practice, pay negotiation, networking techniques, and other soft skills that contribute to the effectiveness of Jenna’s ongoing communications with recruiters and prospective employers. Things continue to move forward for Jenna, who is interviewing for several desirable new positions now.

July 10, 2020 – BOND presents $10,000 to JFCS for Scholarships

On July 10, BOND members Judy Sherman, Sheila Goldstein, Janet Cohen, and BOND
President Saralee Mogliner met with Dana Rubin and Peggy Mandel from JFCS to present $10,000 in scholarship funds. After much discussion and weighing different factors, the group is funding five qualified applicants for their educational goals.

Article from February 2020 Issue of Jewish Familay Service of St. Paul

JFS Awarded BOND Grant

Posted on January 31, 2020

Again in 2020, JFS will be the recipient of an $8,000 grant from Branching Out in New Directions (BOND) to benefit the Employment Services program. “We are very happy to continue to contribute to JFS’s effort to help people complete their education
or occupational training in order to advance themselves or return to the workforce,” said Sheila Goldstein, BOND Vice President of Philanthropy and Community. “BOND has been supporting this program for 12 years. After BOND member Rhoda Redleaf, who
served on the board of JFS for many years, told us about JFS and the great work they do, we were hooked!”

This grant will allow JFS to continue to work with people in two ways. First, by helping them find immediate employment and address their immediate needs, they can live independently and provide for their families. After they become stable and start thinking of career moves, which can take months or years, JFS clients require certification or job training to improve their earning potential. Though unemployment rates are nearing record lows, JFS clients tend to present with multiple barriers that make securing employment challenging. In many cases, they need training, education, emergency assistance and transportation in order to be successful.

JFS serves a wide spectrum of individuals of varying ages, backgrounds, nationalities and employment history. Many have come to JFS to enhance their employment options through training programs that will enable them to become certified in an occupation that will support their needs. It is this area, providing training, where BOND funding has been invaluable. “During 2019, JFS provided valuable training resources to 11 individuals, totaling $8,525, which allowed them to significantly increase their annual incomes and future options,” said JFS Chief Operating Officer Tim Gothmann. “We are able to meet the needs of most who come to us for help, and we make appropriate referrals for those we aren’t able to enroll.”

Gothmann added the need to identify additional funding sources. “When the funds are gone, we continue to help people find employment but can’t offer training. Through donations to the Case Management, Financial Assistance and Employment fund on our website, we can extend the impact of this life-changing service.”

Through education, service and philanthropy, BOND, a nonprofit organization, offers its 260 members opportunities for intellectual pursuits, community service, social interaction and philanthropy.

BOND earns its funds through member participation in many events. Their biggest annual event is the Book Author Event, held this year on August 18 and 19. The entire Twin Cities community is invited. Email Sheila for more information.

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