The crisis fund campaign launched by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation has exceeded $785,000. As the pandemic continues, additional support is needed; donate at jewishportland.org/covid19relief.
On April 18 the crisis fund made three additional organizational grants bringing our total to date to $244,748. The first round had awarded 14 grants. New grants are:
• Chabad of Oregon received $6,000 for payroll support and to mitigate loss of revenue.
• Portland Kollel received $10,000 for payroll support and to mitigate loss of revenue.
• Tivnu: Building Justice received $5,400 to mitigate loss of revenue.
Twelve more grant requests are being considered this week (some of which may be combined).
The Portland Kollel, which received one grant, last week praised the Federation’s efforts in an email signed by Rabbi Chanan Spivak, Rabbi Tzvi Fischer and the Portland Kollel Staff:
“While most organizations have been busying themselves with maintaining their very survival, the Federation has managed to successfully launch and implement a number of programs that serve as a safety net and aid the Portland Jewish community as a whole. They have offered numerous aid programs and provide invaluable informational calls, updating us on important regulations and government programs. … The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland has risen to the task of outstanding leadership that is essential for the continuity of this Jewish community. We are very thankful for their selfless and tireless efforts.”
One of the programs Federation has helped local organizations navigate was the CARES Act, which provided $349 billion in small business loans that could be turned into grants (Paycheck Protection Program). Many of local Jewish communal organizations applied and have received more than $2.9 million in funding. Another round of loans was made available on Monday.