At UJA, we advocate for policies and resources that benefit our Jewish and broader New York community – especially those who depend on us to amplify their voice.

We leverage our voice in the halls of power to advance policies, programs, and services that support vulnerable New Yorkers like Holocaust survivors, people with disabilities, the unemployed, those struggling with mental health, and those in poverty.

We work together with other nonprofits to call for city, state, and federal funding. And we step in when government can’t. Think of us as a safety net for the safety net, fighting for essential services for those who need them most.


ADVOCACY IN ACTION

Since the earliest days of the pandemic, we advocated for federal, state, and city funding to support our network of nonprofits so they could continue to provide essential services in these unprecedented times.

Federal: We advocated directly with Majority Leader Senator Schumer to ensure that critical provisions for nonprofits offering vital services were included in the Cares Relief Act. The result? We helped our nonprofits secure over $80 million from the Paycheck Protection Program.

State: We helped triple the amount of funding -- to $1.5 million -- to support Holocaust survivors living in poverty.

City: We helped secure an additional $57 million for nonprofits with government contracts to help cover gaps in reimbursement. This way, nonprofits wouldn’t be operating at a loss as they provided much-needed services to the community.

As food pantries saw a 33% increase in demand, we helped secure millions of pounds in bulk food for the food pantry system. We also provided easier access to kosher food for children and seniors.

When school doors closed, we advocated with city education departments to support nonpublic and day school students with access to remote technology devices so every child can participate in virtual learning.

And we pressed to get vaccine access for those most in need. We helped our nonprofit partners become approved, community-based vaccination sites so that the elderly and people with limited mobility got easier access to their shots. We also helped translate key forms into different languages to reach at-risk communities. We secured expanded vaccine eligibility for more front-line workers, and access to medical treatments for people with Covid.


LEARN MORE AND JOIN US

When you join UJA’s advocacy efforts, you’ll learn about policies and priorities at all levels of government. You’ll participate in briefings with our U.S. senators and travel to Albany and Washington, D.C. to get the facts on key issues.

Your voice – and your vote – matter. Make sure you’re informed as you exercise both.

We hope you’ll join us.