UJA-Federation of New York

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The constant struggle to make ends meet is a devastating reality for too many New Yorkers and Jews worldwide. UJA-Federation is helping impoverished individuals and families reclaim their lives. You enable us to extend a hand both to those who have fallen on hard times, as well as populations of older adults, immigrants, and others affected by chronic poverty.

The Challenge

  • More than 1.7 million people in New York City live in poverty.
  • Close to 565,000 New Yorkers who live in Jewish households struggle to make ends meet.
  • Nearly 850,000 children in Israel live in poverty.
  • More than 132,000 elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union are barely able to afford food and medicine.

UJA-Federation's Response

We provide vital support to our network of nonprofits and grantees on the front lines of poverty-relief efforts.

Last year, our network provided assistance to people living in poverty both at home and abroad. Here is small cross section of the types of work we support.

In New York our beneficiary agencies:

  • Aid low-income residents with basic groceries and nutritious meals.
  • Provide people with free legal services to prevent evictions and secure essential benefits.
  • Guide unemployed adults through basic job training, counseling, and placement services.
  • Support families with day camp and day care scholarships.
  • Offer New Yorkers temporary shelter, counseling, and financial assistance to prevent homelessness.

Overseas our network helps:

  • Provides impoverished elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union with groceries and medicine.
  • Support Jewish children living in poverty in the former Soviet Union with food, medicine, and clothing.
  • Aid Israeli kids to overcome cycles of poverty and abuse through counseling and early intervention.

To find help or learn more about our network agencies’ poverty programs, please contact our J•1•1 Information and Referral Service at 877.852.6951 or .

Your donation does so much for so many.

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