UJA Home Volunteer Site

FIGHTING POVERTY

We believe no one should ever have to choose between a home and a meal.

We help the most vulnerable people — whatever their age — get back on their feet, live in safe places, reclaim their dignity, and create economic stability for themselves and their families. We provide emergency cash assistance, temporary shelter, access to kosher food pantries and soup kitchens, counseling, and legal advocacy. Because with the right support, we can break the cycle of poverty and set people on the path toward self-sufficiency.

The Facts:

  • 1.6 million people in New York City live in poverty.
  • 565,000 New Yorkers who live in Jewish households are struggling to make ends meet.
  • 180,000 children in Jewish households in New York are poor or near-poor.
  • 1 in 5 Israelis live in poverty.

Our Impact:

  • 9.5 million meals are served to keep hunger at bay in NYC.
  • 78,000 New Yorkers receive free legal services to help them access benefits, stave off eviction, and protect themselves from domestic abuse.
  • 22,500 Jewish children in the former Soviet Union get food, clothing, and other vital services to help them survive.
  • 38,000 disenfranchised Israelis receive crucial assistance to help them find employment.
  • $22.4 million was secured to support the growing demand for services at NYC’s 450 food pantries and soup kitchens, thanks to our lobbying efforts.

With thanks to our network of nonprofits.

HELP US SUPPORT THOSE IN NEED

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