The COVID-19 Emergency Fund has raised $683,000 as of noon, March 24.
Last week, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and generous community leaders launched the emergency fund to address emerging needs within the Jewish community that are related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday, March 20, JFGP President and CEO Marc Blattner asked community members to join the effort: “We are all facing a crisis of unprecedented proportions. Our Jewish community is asking for your support, so together we will meet the needs of this time.”
The emergency fund will provide urgently needed assistance to vulnerable people throughout Greater Portland and Southwest Washington with a focus on older adults, isolated community members, and those impacted financially due to office closures and work stoppages.
The Federation and its communal partners have dramatically changed the way they work to respond to the current situation and to address these critical priorities:
• Care for our most vulnerable with emergency financial assistance.
• Strengthen community in a time of social distancing with friendly reassurance and volunteer support.
• Protect the long-term financial health of our Jewish institutions.
• Create meaningful Jewish experiences (virtually, utilizing technology) while our Jewish institutions and synagogues are unable to open their doors.
To donate to the Emergency Fund: jewishportland.org/covid19relief