A commitment to JFCS is a commitment to your community.
Your support of JFCS allows us to continue serving those most in need here in our community through comprehensive social services and innovative programs. When you make a donation to our agency, you can be sure that the gift is directly benefiting our clients – 81₵ of every dollar goes towards program delivery.
SPECIAL GIVING INITIATIVES
The JFCS Annual Fundraiser is held in late winter/early spring each year with a wide range of sponsorship opportunities for all budgets and interests. The annual fundraiser is our opportunity to recognize and honor the support of corporate and community partners.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
JFCS’ first ever virtual annual fundraiser was an incredible success, bringing together over 370 supporters from across NJ – and the country – all in support of JFCS programs! We were so proud to say as we toasted with wine and coffee over Zoom.
During the event, we challenged our attendees to help us reach our $10,000 Text2Give Goal. Two generous donors agreed to match up to $5,000 each, so every dollar up to $10,000 raised was doubled! By the end of the night we had raised $15,693, with the matching gifts a total of $25,693!!
JFCS has successfully navigated the past year of challenges thanks to the generosity of supporters like you. We have learned that in order to be prepared for anything our agency needs to remain adaptable to any challenge, and to do so, we will continue to rely on the incredible support of this community.
As our largest annual fundraiser this event is crucial to supporting our programs that serve hundreds of children, adults, and seniors every year. The proceeds help ensure we can maintain all our programs in the months and year ahead, because while the pandemic may loosen its hold on our lives, the lasting impacts will be felt for years to come…
- Families here in our community will need to continue turning to our food pantry;
- Our mobile pantry fleet will need to reach further into all corners of our Mercer region;
- Individuals of all ages will need mental health support to cope with all we have endured during this time;
- Seniors will continue to need a helping, caring hand from our team to access resources.
Our thanks to the 2021 Event Committee
HONORING JFCS VOLUNTEERS
Who Supported JFCS Pandemic Relief Efforts
Hallie and Ben Goodfriend
Lisa and Jax Kaber
Paula & Mark Plantier
Pat & Ray Schlaefer
David Van Bock
Melinda Van Dillen
The Wexler Family
Jody & Michael Zelin
Scroll through our videos of past honorees to learn more about our partners & programs.
2021 Cheers to the Volunteers: Honoring Those who Support JFCS Pandemic Relief Efforts
2020 Partner in Healing: Berkshire Bank
2020 Helping Hand: Lois Miller
2020 Beacon of Hope: JFCS Mobile Food Pantry
2019 Partner in Healing: Pepper Hamilton LLP
2019 Helping Hand: Gil Gordon
2019 Champion of Hope: Gesher LeKesher
2018 Partner in Healing (Corporate): Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund
2018 Helping Hand (Community): Estelle Meltzer
2018 Beacon of Hope (Program): Counseling Services
2017 Beacon of Hope (Program): Senior Services
2016 Partner in Healing (Corporate): Janssen Pharmaceuticals
2016 Community Honoree: Linda Meisel
2016 Beacon of Hope (Program): Caregiver Support
View even more on our Youtube Page.
This group began with a handful of women asking “How can we do more?” which became the foundation for a sustainable giving group to support JFCS.
This membership-based collaboration benefits JFCS programs addressing hunger year after year. In the inaugural year (2019-2020), 78 women agreed to serve as Founding Members of the Women’s Alliance, with many more contributing to the fund, to raise more than $80,000 to help the JFCS Mobile Food Pantry remain stocked during its first year on the road. The mobile pantry supports 1,800 individuals each month.
Why focus on Hunger?
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the need for food across our communities. According to Feeding America, Mercer County had a reported food insecurity rate of 8.9% as of 2018, this is projected to increase by 53% by the end of 2020.
Over 50,000 men, women and children in Mercer County will lack consistent access to enough food to lead healthy, active lives. JFCS continues to adapt programming to meet the growing need while safely distributing food during the pandemic including expanding our Mobile Food Pantry program, instituting no-contact pick up at our on-site pantry, and more meal delivery options for our seniors.
Women’s Alliance members who give at the annual level are recognized on our website, in our Annual Report and are invited to attend the annual Member Event.
Our 2020 Virtual Event was held on October 29, 2020. The event featured Joanne Canady-Brown sharing her story of “Community & Resilience.” Joanne is the owner of The Gingered Peach (Lawrenceville, NJ) and Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellow, James Beard Foundation.
Missed the event? See “How to Join” to learn about becoming and member and receiving the link to Joanne’s full interview.
2020 Event Committee
MORE WAYS TO JOIN IN 2020
$1,000+ Sustaining Membership
Includes a link to recording of the Fall 2020 Virtual Event, a special Gingered Peach recipe, Woman’s Alliance branded mug, and Listing as Sustaining Member on JFCS Website & Annual Report
$540-$999 Supporting Membership
Includes a link to recording of the Fall 2020 Virtual Event, Woman’s Alliance branded mug and Listing as Supporting Member on JFCS Website & Annual Report
$180-$539 Contributing Membership
Includes a link to recording of the Fall 2020 Virtual Event, Woman’s Alliance branded mug and Listing as Contributing Member on JFCS Website & Annual Report
If you are unable to participate, please consider making a donation in support of the Women’s Alliance and their mission at a level that is meaningful to you.
Contact Helaine Isaacs at HelaineI@jfcsonline.org / 609-987-8100 ext 104.
From our 2020 Member Virtual Event, Joanne Canady-Brown (R) our featured speaker pictured with Michelle Napell, Executive Director (C) and Anne Berman-Waldorf (L) who served as interviewer.
Women’s Alliance Sustaining Members
2020 – 2021
Abrams Foundation/Nati Kushner
Eliot & Marsha Freeman
Phlaxy & Howard Rosenman
2020 – 2021
2020 – 2021
Women’s Alliance Founding Members
“Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”