Funding Opportunities

Through our Annual Campaign and other fund raising efforts, The Associated provides resources to those affected by continuing economic stress. Our hope is to ensure our most vulnerable are never forgotten and to invest in a strong Jewish future with programs that engage the next generation in Jewish life. However, our needs still outstrip our ability to respond. In addition, the broader Baltimore community also has needs and faces challenges similar to our Jewish community.

By funding one or more of the needs on the list, you can make a difference.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Klein at 410-369-9278 or

Funding Opportunities Fall 2021

1. Activity Kits for Families – $700

The Jewish Community Center’s Shabbat and holiday programs for families with young children feature interactive story times, songs and crafts. Funding will help to underwrite themed activity kits that participants can take home, helping them begin creating their own Shabbat and holiday traditions. Jewish Community Center

2. Birthday and Holiday Gifts for Children – $500

Jewish Community Services’ Toy Drive provides parents facing financial hardship with gift cards to purchase holiday and birthday presents for their children. Provide 25 children with a new toy for a holiday or birthday. Jewish Community Services

3. Clinical Consultations to Address Behavioral Health – $750

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the mental health of people of all ages. Diagnoses of depression and anxiety among children and teens have increased, and our local schools are seeking help with mental health and behavioral issues among their students. Funding will underwrite 15 hours of clinical consultations at area schools. Jewish Community Services

4. Combating Antisemitism – $500

The Baltimore Jewish Council is working with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and local organizations to combat antisemitism through education and advocacy. Funding will underwrite programming in partnership with area Hillels to explore antisemitism and anti-Zionism on campus. Baltimore Jewish Council

5. Emergency Financial Assistance for Basic Needs – $1,000

Every day, families in our community seek help to meet their day-to-day living expenses. Many are facing the threat of eviction, foreclosure or utility shut-off. Jewish Community Services provides short-term emergency financial assistance and connects recipients with additional services and resources, including public benefits. Jewish Community Services

6. Fresh Produce for Shelters and Food Pantries – $600

Pearlstone’s sustainable farm grows a variety of nutritious vegetables and fruit. Every year, at least 10% of the crops are donated to homeless shelters and food pantries in Baltimore. Funding will help to offset the cost of providing healthy fresh produce to families in need. Pearlstone

7. Healthy Food Deliveries for Older Adults – $750

Traveling to a grocery store each week for fresh fruit and vegetables can be difficult for older adults. Funding will allow Civic Works to make weekly home deliveries of locally grown produce for one older adult in Baltimore throughout 2022. Civic Works

8. Holiday Celebrations in Odessa – $500

Communal holiday celebrations take on extra significance in formerly Communist countries where most participants did not learn about Jewish holidays in childhood. Support a Jewish holiday program in Odessa, our sister city in Ukraine, and help to create new family traditions. The Associated

9. Home Repairs and Modifications for Low-Income Seniors – $750

CHAI’s Senior Home Repair program provides low-income seniors with home repairs and modifications that support their ability to remain safely in their homes as they age. Funds will underwrite safety modifications such as stair railings, bathroom safety chairs and bathroom grab bars. CHAI

10. Jewish Books for Young Children – $600

Each month, the PJ Library and PJ Our Way provides an age-appropriate Jewish book to more than 3,300 children in the Baltimore Jewish community. The program helps families explore Jewish values through the simple act of sharing bedtime stories and encourages older children to continue reading Jewish stories. Underwrite one-year subscriptions for 15 children. Macks Center for Jewish Education

11. Museum Visits for Baltimore Students – $640

Through interactive tours and hands-on educational activities, the Jewish Museum of Maryland inspires students to explore history, take action and imagine a better future. Funding will sponsor a field trip to the museum for area students. Jewish Museum of Maryland

12. Nature Adventure for Youth & Families – $500

Using 180 acres of forest, meadows, streams and sustainable agriculture, Pearlstone offers outdoor immersive experiences for youth and families that integrate joyful nature connections with Jewish wisdom and Torah. Funding will underwrite hands-on programs for 25 participants. Pearlstone

13. Reflective Winter Apparel for Youth Bike Riders – $700

Seasonal depression and traffic fatalities significantly increase during the winter months and unfortunately are more prevalent in historically under-resourced communities. BYKE Collective will provide winter kits that would include reflective gloves, bike stickers and masks. Funding will provide 50 youth residents with reflective apparel. Fusion Partnerships (fiscal sponsor for BYKE Collective).

14. Safe Shelter for Victims of Elder Abuse – $1,000

The pandemic has had a devasting impact on the lives of victims of abuse, and the need for emergency shelter has grown. Funding will help to underwrite three months of shelter for a victim of elder abuse in CHANA’s elder safehouse. CHANA

15. Shabbat Meals for College Students – $900

Shabbat celebrations at Hillel enable Jewish college students to connect with each other. Funding will sponsor Shabbat dinner for 25 students at one of the five campus Hillels supported by The Associated – Goucher, Hopkins, Towson, University of Maryland and UMBC. Hillel

16. Social Connections for Older Adults – $865

The Myerberg Center inspires healthy aging by helping adults stay active, engaged, healthy and connected. The Center welcomes members regardless of ability to pay. Funding will underwrite five three-month membership passes and virtual subscriptions for older adults that can’t afford the fees. Myerberg Center

17. Tutoring for At-Risk Ethiopian-Israeli Children – $610

The Ethiopian National Project’s School Performance and Community Empowerment (SPACE) program provides low-income Ethiopian-Israeli students with academic support and enrichment to improve their scores on Israel’s matriculation exams. Funding will underwrite one year of programming for a student in Ashkelon, our sister city in Israel. The Associated

18. Weekend Food Packages – $500

Baltimore Hunger Project (BHP) is dedicated to eliminating the growing problem of weekend childhood hunger. They are bridging the gap between Friday and Monday to consistently provide weekend packages to children identified as food insecure. Funding would support 20 scholars for a month. Baltimore Hunger Project

19. Winter Care Packages for the Homeless – $700

Funding will purchase warm weather gear, toiletries and more to supplement community donations for 2,100 winter care packages for Baltimore’s homeless population. Volunteers will assemble the packages on Community Mitzvah Day. Jewish Volunteer Connection

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