With all but “life sustaining” businesses closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, our daily lives have been transformed — especially the lives of our most vulnerable community members. But there are three ways you can help right now to address their most urgent needs. One involves leaving your house; the other two can be done from the comfort of your self-quarantine.

  1. Deliver meals. Drivers are needed ASAP to deliver meals to the homes of older adults and other at high risk. All meals will be delivered outside the client’s door, with a “knock, drop and go” protocol to protect everyone’s safety. We have several community organizations through which you can sign up to serve meals-on-wheels:
  • Mitzvah Food Program has five locations throughout the region. To sign up for a delivery shift of about two hours, fill out a brief form with your time and location preferences by clicking here.
  • KleinLife, in Northeast Philadelphia, needs volunteers every Tuesday for delivery help throughout the crisis. To volunteer contact John Eskate at jeskate@kleinlife.org.
  • JRA delivers food throughout the region; they have also implemented express pickup (no need to get out of your car) at their Northeast Philly warehouse. To sign up for a delivery route click here.
  1. Phone-a-Friend. Isolation is toxic, putting older adults at risk for depression and other serious health problems. Jewish Federation’s new phone-a-friend program allows you to reach out and (not) touch someone. Can you make regular phone calls to check in with a local senior citizen in our Jewish community? Fill out the form for and be matched with an isolated community member by clicking here.
  2. Donate. We are at the beginning of a long road for our community — especially older adults, people experiencing food insecurity and people with disabilities. The Jewish Federation has opened a COVID-19 Emergency Fund specifically to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on our communities and continue to meet the most critical needs as they arise. 100% of proceeds raised through this fund will go directly towards COVID-19 response efforts. To donate to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, click here. 

However you support our communities, thank you for helping to Carry the Light.

For more Jewish Federation resources on COVID-19, click here.