ORGANIZATIONS AIDING THE MOST VULNERABLE DURING THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS:
WASHINGTON INTERFAITH NETWORK (WIN)- WIN is a broad based, interfaith, multiracial association of faith-based institutions, including Temple Sinai. WIN has compiled a comprehensive list of resources, volunteer opportunities and organizations in need of donations during this public health emergency which can be found here: WIN Coronavirus
CONGREGATIONAL ACTION NETWORK COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND- The CAN Covid Fund supports immigrant families in faith communities across the DMV who have lost their income due to COVID-19 and don’t qualify for local, state, or federal support. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of funds will be used to replace income and pay for immediate health expenses, rent, groceries, utilities, tuition, and work authorizations.
Temple Sinai is a member of the Congregation Action Network has agreed to administer the funds and will disburse the donations as directed by a committee representing CAN’s most affected congregations. Donation receipts will come from Temple Sinai. Donations can be made here.
CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK- CAFB, which has a longstanding relationship with TS, has an immediate need for money and volunteers to help with their efforts to support the most vulnerable in our community. In addition addressing the needs of food insecure families, CAFB is anticipating those who don’t traditionally rely on its network, but now have reduced wages (several thousand service sector workers), will require additional food CAFB is in need of donations and volunteers.
More information about their efforts and how to help can be found here: CAFB Coronavirus
COMMUNITY OF HOPE (COH)- Temple Sinai’s WRJ Reproductive Health and Rights Cohort has been working with COH since July 2019 on issues relating to maternal and child health. COH provides safe, dignified shelter for families experiencing homelessness and support and stability for families in their own homes. As a frontline healthcare provider in Ward 8, COH is providing essential medical services with the goal of reducing the pressures on hospitals and keeping people healthy and at home. While we would welcome Temple Sinai’s continued donations of items on our Keeping Kids Engaged Wishlist, your support through direct donations is the most impactful way to sustain our work.
DC CENTRAL KITCHEN– DC Central Kitchen is operating takeaway meal sites at DC Public Schools, launching 11 additional mobile feeding locations serving to-go breakfasts and lunches to DC youth. DC Central Kitchen is preparing to increase meal deliveries to local shelters and nonprofit agencies, including an additional 450 meals per day now that shelters are remaining open during daytime hours. It remains committed to providing a living wage and full benefits for everyone who works for DC Central Kitchen. Donate to DC Central Kitchen here.
EMORY BEACON OF LIGHT (EBOL)– EBOL maintains a food pantry for low income individuals and families and those experiencing homelessness, including immigrants. Donations of food are welcome. Donors should first call EBOL during regular office hours, 9-5, at (202) 829-5732, and then plan to drop off food at 6100 Georgia Ave., NW. A staffer or volunteer will be prepared to meet them and take the donated items.
FRIENDSHIP PLACE- Friendship Place supports those in our community who are experiencing homelessness, without a living wage, or otherwise struggling to make ends meet. These neighbors, in particular, are vulnerable to the effects of the virus, and the devastating impact it has on the economy. Consequently, Friendship Place is anticipating a surge in requests for assistance and is asking for donations. You can donate here.
MARTHA’S TABLE- Martha’s Table is doubling down on its mission to support strong children, strong families, and strong communities. It is stepping up to provide an unprecedented level of support for families. Every family with a child enrolled in their education programs will receive:
- A weekly stipend from Martha’s Table to ensure our children and families are stable throughout the closure of our education center,
- Gift cards to grocery stores or food delivery services,
- A supply of diapers, wipes, and formula to take home, and
- Educational content through digital technologies to help promote at-home learning.
Martha’s Table is partnering with DC Dept. of Health, the Capital Area Food Bank, and DC Public and Charter Schools to provide students with no-cost bags of fresh fruits, vegetables, and shelf-stable items at designated food access sites throughout the District. It will provide all neighbors visiting our two locations with pre-bagged fresh fruits, vegetables, and shelf-stable items at no cost. Finally, Martha’s Table continues to provide pre-packaged meals downtown to those who may be experiencing hunger or homelessness. For more information or to donate, Martha’s Table/Coronavirus.
PROJECT MENSCH- Project Mensch is a Temple Sinai program that provides support to Wheatley Education Campus and Highland Elementary School. Highland ES administration has asked Project Mensch to help families procure basics – food, medicine and baby supplies by purchasing Target gift cards that they can distribute to the neediest families. View the registry (When you are ready to check out and purchase your gift card, please choose the postal mail option NOT email. The Highland team would rather distribute the plastic cards and not those printed from the internet. The registry is set to have all cards mailed to Vice Principal Michelle Piket). Contact Project Mensch.
SILVER SPRING CARES- Silver Spring Cares works to strengthen the Silver Spring community through the power of connection. Whether you’re looking to donate items, donate funds, or donate time, Silver Spring Cares is your destination for information about our community’s needs and opportunities for service. They are raising money to keep local restaurant kitchens open, workers employed and provide healthy, nutritious food to those in need during this unprecedented time. Their Neighborhood Ambassadors Project facilitates the collection and delivery of donated items them from neighborhoods to Shepherd’s Table.
SINAI HOUSE- Register now for this year’s Virtual Tricia Davis 5K for Sinai House. Run on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 at a time and place of your choosing. Now more than ever, the residents of Sinai House need your support. Their executive director has been connecting with all the residents via video conferencing, text and phone. All programming is being done virtually at this time, including virtual children’s activities and tutoring. Their therapist has been in touch with our residents more frequently, as you can imagine the amount of anxiety and other feelings these times may trigger for these single moms. Questions? Email us at SinaiHouse@gmail.com
SOLUTIONS IN HOMETOWN CONNECTIONS (SHC)-SHC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting refugees, asylum seekers and other newcomers to this country, with close ties to Temple Sinai. During the pandemic, SHC has successfully transitioned all classes and programs to online platforms to teach students remotely. There are volunteer opportunities in all our programs: Homework Helpers (tutoring for school age children); Adult English language tutoring; interactive English classes (Literacy through Advanced Beginner); and Citizenship test preparation. Please contact email@example.com to find out more about participating.
This summer SHC is holding a virtual backpack donation event through August 7 to get needed supplies to children of refugees and immigrants in our community. No matter what form school takes in the Fall, children still need supplies. To make a donation, please go to SHC. In the event in person learning takes place in the Fall, SHC will also provide uniform items to children who need them. If you would like to hear more about SHC from a TS member, contact Nancy Liebermann or Catherine Ribnick. For more information or to donate, click on Solutions in Hometown Connections (SHC)
SO OTHERS MIGHT EAT (SOME)– SOME has had a longstanding relationship with Temple Sinai. SOME is in need of the following items to help support its clients and residents:
- Tissues and toilet paper
- Disposable gloves, coveralls, and N95 face masks
- Disinfecting wipes and sprays, liquid soaps, and hand sanitizer
- Depends in all sizes, Ensure and Glucerna, bottled water
You can also support SOME with a monetary gift, which will help buy the supplies needed in an evolving situation.
A WIDER CIRCLE– AWC is presently closed. However,when it reopens, it will need help more than ever. In anticipating its reopening when safe to do so, AWC asks supporters to:
- Gather items you want to donate. If they are furniture items, please clean them well. Please hold them until they reopen.
- Buy nonperishable food, personal care items, or gift cards and hold them for those in need.
For more information, click here.
Last updated 4/21/2020