In 2018, thanks to you, we raised over $32,000 to help support the important work we do in partnership with Forest Edge Elementary School, Cornerstones, VOICE and a variety of Jewish organizations. Your support also allowed us to expand our work. In 2018 we launched our new microgrant program through which your fellow congregants are taking the initiative to implement their own Tikkun Olam projects. We deepened our support of Cornerstones and we picked up an additional school partnership with Clearview Elementary School. We are also excited to announce a new partnership with Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions a nonpartisan organization comprised of local faith organizations working together on stewardship of our local environment. So far in 2019, we have raised over $28,000.
Organizations we partner with
Cornerstones: nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, and other services. www.cornerstonesva.orgVOICE: (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement): nonpartisan, nonprofit, interfaith organization working to build community relationships, identify community concerns, and work for social justice at the local and state levels. www.voice-iaf.org
HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society): Jewish organization supporting refugees in the US. (We are participating in the Welcome Campaign.) www.hias.org
JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council): Jewish organization focusing on public policy concerns central to Jewish consciousness. www.jcouncil.org
JCADA (Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse): organization that engages the Jewish community on the issue of domestic abuse through education and prevention programs and that provides free clinical support to victims of domestic abuse. www.jcada.org
About NVHC Fundraising
Last year, the Tikkun Olam Campaign replaced and consolidated NVHC’s former separate appeals for funds for Cornerstones, MAZON, VOICE, and other causes. This year’s campaign will do the same. Those activities were never funded by our dues or by fundraising for our operating budget, but only by congregant donations specifically designated for the Social Action Fund.
Will we still participate in the Food Pantry Drive during the High Holy Days and food donations for Forest Edge and the Cornerstones shelters?
Yes! We will still ask congregants to donate food or other goods throughout the year for our social action projects. If additional food or other goods are needed beyond immediate donations, the Tikkun Olam funds will be used.
Why does NVHC need to raise $36,000? Where will all that money go?
We would like to provide as much or more support for the organizations we have contributed to in the past. For example, we would like to continue funding the elementary school weekend snack program at prior-year levels (as much as $10,000 a year). We will continue to support VOICE with annual dues. Moreover, as noted above, we have rolled our former separate appeals for individual contributions to Cornerstones and MAZON into the Tikkun Olam campaign, both to reduce the number of NVHC fundraising appeals and to increase NVHC’s visibility in the community. Last year we contributed to Cornerstones and MAZON on behalf of NVHC. Additionally, we support Cornerstones Hypothermia Shelter meals and Embry Rucker Shelter meals, Religious School social action activities, and HIAS. Those activities have never been funded with temple revenues, only with congregants’ donations designated for these causes. We would also like to continue to fund new projects, including the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions and NHVC microgrants.
Who will decide how to allocate the money raised?
The NVHC Social Action Committee (SAC) is responsible for allocating the funds in accordance with temple policy, including Board approval for amounts over $1,000. We will first continue to support our ongoing efforts at current levels and then increase our support or identify additional recipients, as appropriate. SAC meetings are always open to all congregants, and all are welcome to participate in discussions about the allocation of funds.
Can NVHC use Tikkun Olam funds for other purposes?
If you donate to the Tikkun Olam campaign or to the Social Action Donor Designated Fund, your money will be used for Social Action.
May I still donate directly to Cornerstones or VOICE?
We prefer that you donate through NVHC so that we can present a combined donation. These organizations will then know how much our congregation is supporting them. In particular, we want all NVHC contributions to VOICE to count toward our annual VOICE dues. If you still prefer to donate directly to these organizations, please let us know so that we can keep track of NVHC’s participation.
I want to participate in Social Action activities with NVHC. What can I do?