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

Mental Health Crisis Spring 2022

1. Unrestricted Support for Mental Health – $2,000

The American Academy of Pediatrics and other leading health organizations have declared a National State of Emergency in Children’s Mental Health. Funding directed to The Associated will ensure that our agency system has the resources to respond to the growing mental health crisis in our community and address emerging needs for children, teens, and young adults. The Associated

2. Clinical Intakes for Youth Clients – $1,000

Funding will provide support and resources for clinical intakes and resource connections for 20 adolescents in need. During the intake process each young person’s individual mental health needs are assessed, and they are connected with volunteer mental health clinicians and additional resources at no cost to the client. Pro Bono Counselling Project

3. Counseling and Therapy Services – $2,000

There are currently waiting lists for counseling and therapy services in our community. Funding will help to underwrite increased staffing to ensure that we can meet the growing need for mental health services for children, teens, and young adults. Jewish Community Services

4. Ending the Silence – $750

Ending the Silence is a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) program designed to break down mental health stigma in middle and high school students. Participants learn to identify signs of mental health conditions, tips for reaching out to students in crisis, and how to navigate care resources necessary for recovery. Funding provides a full suite of presentations to a school in an undeserved and under-resourced community in the Baltimore Metro area. NAMI Metro Baltimore

5. Mental Wellness Programming and Resources – $1,000

The Baltimore Jewish Community Mental Wellness Resource Team (MWRT), led by Jewish Community Services, is a new multi-disciplinary team comprised of Associated system agency representatives and community health providers. Funding will support MWRT programming and resources for young adults to raise awareness about caring for mental health. Jewish Community Services

6. Professional Development – $1,000

Professionals working with teens in youth programs and young adults on college campuses are reporting that a growing number of their program participants are struggling with mental health issues. Funding will help to underwrite training for community professionals that will enhance their understanding about mental health issues, how to support teens and young adults with challenges, and how to refer to community resources. The Associated

7. Social Work Interns – $1,500

Last summer, the Jewish Community Center (JCC)’s J Camps served nearly 1,000 children. J Camps leadership reported an increase in signs of anxiety, physical aggression, emotional outbursts, and adult language. Funding will help to underwrite a paid internship for a graduate social work student who will assist with year-round preparations for camp. Jewish Community Center

8. Support for Parents – $1,500

Teen wellness has taken on increasing urgency as a programmatic focus for 4Front, the community-wide Jewish teen initiative housed at the JCC. Last spring, 4Front launched its new parent engagement platform, Parenting Unpacked: A Resource, Toolbox, and Support Network for Parents of Teens. Through one-time workshops and cohort-based series, Parenting Unpacked provides parents with Jewish learning and practical skills to best support their teens during this difficult time. Funding will help to underwrite parent education programs. The Associated

9. Supportive Counseling for Young Adults Experiencing Abuse – $1,500

CHANA provides crisis intervention, supportive counseling, legal advocacy, and safe shelter to victims and survivors of abuse and trauma. Over the past two years, there has been a 50% increase in the number of clients CHANA is serving. Funding will underwrite supportive counseling for a young adult in an abusive relationship. CHANA

10. Therapeutic Overnight Summer Camp – $900

Give a child struggling with mental illness, learning differences, and/or major family stressors the chance to continue to work toward their goals at specialized therapeutic overnight camps. These camps are extremely costly due to their specialized programming and small staff to camper ratio. Funding will send a child to camp for a week this summer.  Shalom Tikvah, Inc; Whole Family Mental Healthcare 

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