By Reporter staff
The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton held a Super Safe Super Sunday on October 18. Rather than having volunteers gather at the Jewish Community Center, the volunteers made calls from the safety of their own homes.
“We were already planning on having a limited number of volunteers at a time in the JCC’s auditorium and meeting room,” said Shelley Hubal, executive director of the Federation. “But, with the uptick in COVID-19 cases, we decided at the last minute to have all the volunteers call from their homes. It was very important to make certain our volunteers were super safe.”
Hubal and Marilyn Bell, the chairwoman of the 2021 Campaign, discussed the issue and both agreed that safety was the number one concern. “We didn’t want to risk anyone getting sick,” Hubal added. “The motto for this year’s Campaign is ‘Socially Distant, Spirituality Connected’ and, while we were unable to gather in one place, the spirit of our community was alive in each volunteer making a call. A big thank you to all our Campaign volunteers for kicking off our remote Campaign with much success. I am grateful for all the hard work everyone has put forth. To all our community members that have pledged, I want to say ‘yasher koach.’ I am so proud to be part of this generous community.”
Hubal noted that the Campaign continues and that it’s not too late to make a pledge. “The pandemic has added an extra stress to running a successful Campaign, but you don’t have to wait for a call,” she said. “So we ask for your help. There are three easy ways for you to make a pledge: You can visit our website at www.jfgb.org and click on ‘make a pledge,’ you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘pledge’ in the subject line or fill out the form in the ad on page 7 and mail it to the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal, NY 13850.”
(See the photo collage of Super Sunday volunteers on page 7.)