Helping Those in Need Around the World…and Around the Corner

I am humbled by the incredible support within our community to care for those in Ukraine. So many of you have already made an enormous impact, helping Federation raise more than $2.2 million to assist Ukraine’s Jews. Our global family is certainly feeling your support.

And while our efforts around the world in Ukraine will continue, we are also living up to our responsibility to care for those around the corner.

Our commitment to one another is at the core of Federation’s Sara & Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Week. We are honored to provide the opportunity for those of all ages and abilities to make a direct, local impact in our community. This year, volunteers are helping those facing food insecurity exacerbated by the pandemic. So far this week, more than 2,300 volunteers have completed 50 projects, collected 37,000 cans of food, and donated 3,000 meals. And the week is not over yet.

Today, food insecurity remains a critical issue in Greater Washington. But together, we can lighten the load for our friends, family, and neighbors who are struggling. Right now, for the second year, Federation, our 70+ Good Deeds Week partners across DC, MD, and Northern VA, and thousands of community members are making a difference. They are preparing and serving meals, filling the shelves of local food pantries, sorting and packing food boxes, and collecting clothing and other essential items for those in need. If you’re interested in participating, there is still time to sign up for Good Deeds Week volunteer opportunities through this Sunday.

Just as I am humbled by your generosity towards those in Ukraine, I am deeply proud and moved by all of you who joined this week’s efforts, and by those of you who volunteer year-round. This Good Deeds Week has come at a crucial time. In addition to the lasting economic effects of the pandemic, community members in Greater Washington are struggling with rising costs to meet their most basic needs. Thank you for keeping the wellbeing of all of our community members — at home and abroad — at the forefront of your minds and your good deeds.

Shabbat Shalom,

P.S. I am pleased to announce that at this year’s Annual Meeting, Capital Chai: Celebrating the Next Generation of Leaders, Federation will be honoring 18 remarkable Jewish individuals under 40 who are making the world a better place with the inaugural Capital Chai Award. We’re looking for incredible local leaders — the innovators, thought leaders, creators, philanthropists, volunteers, activists, and more — who are making a difference in Greater Washington and beyond, guided by their Jewish values. Submit your nominations by April 25th. We look forward to celebrating the honorees at Federation’s Annual Meeting on June 16th, 2022!

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