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September 2, 2015 | 18th Elul 5775

Grants Made By the Disaster Relief Fund

ACORN - $50,000
ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working for social justice and strong communities. ACORN locates and assists displaced members with food, shelter, medical assistance and credit needs.

AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families - $30,000
More than 8,000 HIV+ people were displaced by Katrina. More than a dozen AIDS Alliance clinics were hard hit, leaving scores of evacuees without care and support. AIDS Alliance was in need of funds to rebuild local program infrastructure and serve the affected population.

America's Second Harvest - $30,000
Second Harvest is the nation’s largest domestic food bank network. As of noon on Sept. 5, Second Harvest had already dispatched 200 semi truckloads of disaster relief food and grocery products. 6.4 million pounds of food and grocery have been delivered, the equivalent of more than 5 million meals.

American Friends Service Committee - $30,000
American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that works across faith lines. Katrina-related efforts include aid to immigrant farm and nursery workers as well as housing assistance for low-income residents in South Florida after Hurricane Andrew.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation - $20,000
For over 40 years, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation has worked to enhance the quality of life in the region. The Hurricane Katrina Displaced Residents Fund benefitted those individuals who evacuated and were unable to return for an extended period.

Children’s Health Fund - $50,000
The Children’s Health Fund has been operating for over 20 years to provide health care to medically underserved children and families. Post-Katrina, CHF dispatched mobile health facilities to urban and rural communities in Mississippi, Arkansas and Florida. Each mobile facility costs approximately $300,000.

Common Ground Relief & New Orleans Women’s Shelter- $33,000
Common Ground Relief is an all-volunteer organization that operates a transitional women and children’s facility: the New Orleans Women’s Shelter. The shelter’s goal is to help women stabilize their lives, providing basic needs as well as social services and job training to lead to successful independent living. Since June 2007, Common Ground receives full financial support and operations management from URJ Congregation Gates of Prayer. Funds were matched by donors and provided shelter operational costs for one year.

Crescent Alliance Recovery Efforts (CARE) – $15,000
CARE works with faith-based community organizations, providing social services and building support for long-term recovery. Through CARE, financial, material and volunteer labor resources are provided to persons in need of home repair assistance. Funds were used to underwrite a staff coordinator position.

Direct Relief International - $30,000
For 60 years, Direct Relief International has provided medical material assistance to health facilities worldwide. DRI partnered with community and free clinics in the hurricane-affected areas to provide medical assistance and access to medical inventories valued at nearly $35 million (wholesale). The Union has also supported Direct Relief International’s Tsunami relief efforts.

Enterprise Corporation of the Delta - $160,000
One of the Union’s closest partners in Katrina relief efforts, Enterprise Corporation of the Delta is a community development financial institution that routes funds to community partners providing food, clothing and shelter for those displaced by the storm. ECD set up mobile branches in shelters to open credit union accounts to assist in the distribution of FEMA funds.

Equality Mississippi - $10,000
Equality Mississippi – Mississippi’s state-wide GLBT organization – and their partner Camp Sister Spirit in Ovett, MS provided relief supplies and critical resources to GLBT evacuees.

Faithful Friend Center, Hialeah, FL - $5,000
Faithful Friend Center is a food pantry that distributes food in Hialeah, FL, near downtown Miami. Faithful Friend Center lost power following Hurricane Wilma, and without refrigeration, it lost all of the perishable food in its storage facility.

Farm Share, South Miami Dade County - $10,000
Farm Share diverts food that has been rejected in the retail sector due to minor imperfections to qualifying low-income families and charitable organizations feeding those in need. The Union grant allowed Farm Share to repair its industrial-sized coolers that were severely damaged by Hurricane Wilma.

Fourth District Baptist Association - $5,000
Fourth District Missionary Baptist Association is a group of 200-plus churches with predominantly black congregations that lead communal efforts to assist the thousands of evacuees from New Orleans that relocated to Baton Rouge.

Girl Scouts - $35,000
The Audubon Council of the Girl Scouts serves ten parishes in southeastern Louisiana, which absorbed more than a quarter million evacuees. By providing extracurricular programs to any girl in the region regardless of their financial situation, the Girl Scouts helped children adjust to their new lives.

Greene Family Camp - $12,166
During Hurricane Rita, Sept. 22-25, 2005, Greene Family Camp (GFC) provided shelter to members of the Jewish community, residents of a special needs facility and evacuated travelers trapped on the roads after local shelters were filled. “Camp Rita” served over 350 people at a cost of over $40,000.

Health Care Centers in Schools - $35,000
Health Care Centers in Schools works with teens to write monologues and scenes that explore the impact of their experiences during and after Katrina, thereby giving them both an outlet for their experiences and opening a community discussion of how to respond to the needs of teens.

House of Hope/Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos - $20,000
Casa de Esperanza provided comprehensive services to families affected by the hurricane, including locating housing, providing medical care, job placement, and children’s services. Casa is well known for their work HIV positive children.

Houston Habitat for Humanity - $50,000
For more information on Houston Habitat for Humanity, please visit their web site.

International Medical Corps - $30,000
IMC is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and medical relief programs. In addition to sending a team of public health experts to Baton Rouge, IMC provided counseling and psycho-social services to those affected by the hurricane. International Medical Corps is also a URJ partner in Tsunami Relief and Sudan Relief.

Jackson Jewish Welfare Fund- $10,000
Working with URJ’s Beth Israel Congregation in Jackson, MS, the URJ Jacobs Camp, KESHER and the NFTY Mitzvah Corps of the South, the Jackson Jewish Welfare Fund hired a volunteer coordinator for JWF. This coordinator assisted dozens of URJ and other volunteer groups. This grant was matched by the local community.

Jacobs' Ladder: A Project of the Union for Reform Judaism - $125,000
Jacobs' Ladder: A Relief Project of the Union for Reform Judaism was a vital new part of our response to provide food and daily necessities to those in need. Reform Jews across North America are collecting food and supplies, shipping them to the Union’s Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS and helped distribute them to area families.

Jewish Federation of Baton Rouge - Katrina Relief Fund - $10,000
The small Jewish community in Baton Rouge welcomed the nearly 1,000 Jewish evacuees from New Orleans and sent rescue missions to save individuals as well as sacred scrolls and other ritual items.

Jewish Federation of New Orleans - $20,000
The Jewish Federation of New Orleans hired a volunteer coordinator to identify work sites and assist those looking to help with finding the most appropriate sites to maximize their volunteer work.

Jewish Fund for Justice - $372,500
Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ) established a fund to provide essential and immediate assistance to Katrina evacuees and to invest in the long-term redevelopment needs of impacted low income residents. Acting as the Union's fiduciary, JFSJ supported the following organizations on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism:

The Metropolitan Organization (TMO), Houston, Texas - $75,000
TMO is a broad-based coalition of churches, synagogues, schools and community organizations. In the Astrodome, TMO was responsible for the immediate creation of a child care program and play ground as well as ensured that the elderly in the Astrodome received necessary care.

Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith (also known as Interfaith) - $75,000
Interfaith is dedicated to securing government funding for transportation and job training programs that assist evacuee communities and ensuring that communities that have absorbed large numbers of evacuees receive funding to cover the addition costs of education and medical care.

Community Labor United - $60,000
Community Labor United (CLU) is a coalition of progressive organizations throughout New Orleans that organized evacuees to demand a role in reviewing and influencing how resources collected on behalf of the people of New Orleans are allocated.

Southern Mutual Help Association - $100,000
Southern Mutual Help Association (SMHA) helps those in distressed rural communities whose livelihoods are interdependent with land and waters. SMHA volunteers went door to door in designated neighborhoods assessing the needs of each household affected by Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative - $62,500
The New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative (NONDC) aims to reinvigorate the city’s low-income neighborhoods. The Union grant helped to fund half the project costs of developing a house to be sold to a needed professional returning to the city after the storm.

Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) - $50,000
Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) is working to protect survivors of domestic violence and child abuse who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina and combat the growing rate of domestic abuse in the area, as abusers reacted to their own trauma with violence.

Mercy Corps - $52,000
Mercy Corps is a non-sectarian development organization dedicated to alleviating suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure and just communities through community mobilization, emergency relief, as well as psychosocial and economic programs.

St. Bernard Neighborhood Computer Technology Lab
The technology lab in the area surrounding the former St. Bernard Housing Development provides GED preparatory lessons as well as youth-focused computer literacy after-school courses, thus serving as an academic and social resource for disadvantaged children who participate in Camp ACE’s summer camp program.

Nechama, A Jewish Response to Disaster - $100,000
Minnesota-based Nechama, a Jewish Response to Disaster, is a volunteer organization providing clean up and recovery assistance to homes and businesses affected by natural disaster. Nechama coordinated volunteer disaster relief efforts in Mississippi and Louisiana.

North American Federation of Temple Brotherhood - $2,500
The NFTB changed its national meeting location from Florida to New Orleans as a show of solidarity with that community and added a volunteer day for the participants. The Union grant covered some of the additional costs for the volunteer program, including safety equipment, tools, and transportation.

Oxfam America - $30,000
Oxfam America is a development and relief agency that works with local partners to help people escape poverty. Among its efforts in the wake of the storm, Oxfam distributed food, supplies, and electric generators to two congregations in east Biloxi, Mississippi, that provided up to 1,000 meals a day and sheltering up to 200 people a night.

Rebuilding Together: New Orleans - $10,000
Rebuilding Together New Orleans (RTNO) worked on home rehabilitation programs targeting the urban poor. This organization serves as the local partner for the Reform Movement’s Tzevet Mitzvot: Adult Mitzvah Corps.

Shefa Fund/Jewish Fund for Justice Hurricane Katrina Recovery and Redevelopment Fund - $60,000
The Fund will direct grants and deposits to community development organizations working with low-income residents to repair and rebuild neighborhoods, businesses and family finances affected by Hurricane Katrina. Based on Shefa Fund’s advice, URJ has already supported the Jackson, MS-based Enterprise Corporation of the Delta (ECD), a local community development financial institution (CDFI), and its New Orleans-based Hope Community Credit Union (HOPE). Shefa intends to invest in ECD/HOPE and other CDFIs over the long-term to support payment deferrals, provide down payment assistance, establish loss reserves, and otherwise extend a bridge to those recovering from this tragedy.

Southern Mutual Help Association (SMHA) - $20,000
SMHA began a Rural Recovery Program to help in the sustainable rebuilding of eleven rural civic parishes most impacted by these disasters. The funds helped SMHA with the staff capacity to utilize their new database program that monitors and assesses the services they have provided as well as maintains contact with the families they have assisted.

Temple Shalom, Succasunna, NJ for its Adult Mitzvah Corps - $8,500
Temple Shalom, Succasunna, NJ, in partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism, Temple Sinai, New Orleans and the Jewish Federation of New Orleans, organized a group of volunteers to go to New Orleans in December 2005. Volunteers did repair work for four homes, including putting up dry wall, spackling, patching and other tasks and funds were used to purchase supplies and tools for home repairs. Mitzvah Corps is a week of religious living in a Reform Jewish context, including prayer, Torah study and building. A second New Orleans Mitzvah Corps took place in December 2006, in partnership with the Union, Touro Synagogue and Volunteers of America.

The Working Interfaith Network of Baton Rouge - $60,000
The Working Interfaith Network (WIN) is made up of 30 churches in Baton Rouge that provided direct relief efforts and helped displaced families obtain short and long-term assistance.

UJAMAA Community Development Corporation - $125,000
UJAMAA Community Development Corporation (UJAMAA) solicited funds to renovate a house for volunteers and consultants who came to New Orleans to assist in the rebuilding – including those coming through the Jewish Federation (including URJ groups).

United Jewish Communities of Broward County - $10,000
The United Jewish Community of Broward County (UJCBC) providing emergency relief to hundreds following Hurricane Wilma, including providing temporary shelter, food and clean water. It also served as a temporary headquarters for local social service organizations whose offices were damaged by the hurricane.

United Way – Psycho-social services - $11,500
The United Way of Greater New Orleans facilitated the Union’s grant to the Greater New Orleans Disaster Relief Partnership (DRP) for a project of Care for Care Providers that provided training and support for social workers, case managers, and clergy of non-profit and faith based organizations.

Volunteers for America (VOA) - $35,000
VOA served as the volunteer management arm of recovery in the Greater New Orleans area. Union grants were primarily directed toward the St. Roch neighborhood recovery and revitalization effort.

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