By Reporter staff
The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton announced that its 2021 Campaign is off to a good start, but much work still needs to be done. “The Campaign for 2021 is in full swing,” said Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Federation. “Many thanks to all the community members that have already pledged. Your generosity will sustain our community for the year to come.”
The pandemic has complicated fund-raising this year. Rather than gathering at the Jewish Community Center for Super Sunday, volunteers made Campaign calls from their homes. Many people have made their pledges through the Federation website and by e-mail. “Running the annual Campaign remotely has seen its challenges, but luckily there is technology that has enabled our volunteers to make calls from the safety of their home and keep the Campaign organized and moving forward,” Hubal added.
“We are about halfway to our goal of $280,000,” Hubal said. “And every donation is appreciated. The need is great if we are going to keep our local organizations strong. If you have not made your pledge yet, and want to join other community members in supporting our Jewish community, please go to www.jfgb.org or mail in the coupon on page 7 today. Your pledge will help us to know how much funding we can allocate.”
Hubal noted that the pandemic has been difficult for local Jewish organizations for a variety of reasons, including causing the loss of income due to cancelled programming, the need to purchase new technology, the increase of community members seeking financial aid and the decrease in advertising income. “Even with these problems, I believe in our community,” she said. “I know we are a caring community and will make it through this pandemic. Our Campaign slogan, ‘Socially Distant, Spiritually Connected,’ shows the true spirit of this community. Help us make our Campaign a success and keep our community strong.”