Foundation awards $ 1.3 million for COVID-19 relief
In a new round of COVID-19 relief grants,(The Foundation) announced on March 2 that it is allocating $ 1.3 million to five local organizations to address urgent health care needs in the community.
Through its ongoing outreach with local nonprofits and other funders, the Foundation has focused on helping seniors, small businesses and minority communities to ensure they receive everything they need during the current pandemic. President and CEO Marvin I. Schotland noted the pandemic has resulted in the further isolation of many older people who lack the technology or knowledge to access essential care.
“This is a global health crisis on a scale never seen in our lifetime. Vast needs continue to emerge that require support, ”Schotland said in a statement to the Journal. “Because the Foundation is in regular contact with non-profit organizations, we are able to respond quickly when critical needs are identified, including funding for urgent physical and mental health disparities and struggling businesses. . With these significant grants to five organizations, our dollars will positively impact thousands of people in need in the Jewish community and as a whole. ”
“Because the Foundation is in regular contact with non-profit organizations, we are able to respond quickly when critical needs are identified. “
JFS funding will help provide Chromebooks and the Internet so older customers can access services and connect with others through technology. Due to the pandemic, JFLA received a significantly higher number of applications for interest-free loans, averaging $ 20,000, for struggling businesses and for starting new businesses. This grant will help increase its loan fund and allow JFLA to continue offering loans without turning down applicants.
The Brandman Centers for Senior Care — Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) at LA Jewish Home provides a full range of health, social and nutritional services to seniors eligible for nursing homes. This latest grant will allow staff to bring resources to PACE seniors – more than 250 people are enrolled – who, due to COVID, cannot come to the facility for services.
“I would like to express my deep gratitude for this generous grant. This award ensures that we will be able to continue to provide the highest quality medical care – including essential safety equipment – to meet the challenges of COVID-19, while purchasing communication devices such as iPads for residents, to help maintain a sense of normalcy in these extraordinary times, ”said Dale Surowitz, CEO and President of Los Angeles Jewish Home, in a statement.
Venice family clinic (VFC) also uses the funding for telehealth and technology infrastructure. TThe grant will allow VFC to purchase an integrated telehealth video tool that allows patients to complete pre-visit paperwork, have fully encrypted visits, and receive post-visit details via video.
The pandemic has struck Black and Latino communities served by MLKCH are hardest hit, and the hospital is responding to new critical needs to ensure its COVID patients receive appropriate care with Foundation funding. MLKCH has converted an entire floor into an intensive care unit to respond to the unanticipated level of critical care needed by COVID patients.
The facility also supports patients who continue to have symptoms or require additional care. The post-COVID clinic has also seen an increase. MLKCH converted the existing space into a clinic where patients receive comprehensive services including pulmonary appointments, respiratory therapy services, mental health services, and ongoing support from their critical care medical team.
“Access to quality health care is one of the ultimate acts of social justice,” said Dyan Sublett, president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Health Foundation.
“Through their generous support, the Jewish Community Foundation has elevated our community on the full continuum of care and healing. The Foundation’s partnership in supporting our work throughout the pandemic has allowed MLKCH to expand our care to accommodate all of the critically ill COVID patients who need us in South Los Angeles – and we have supported our innovative post-discharge COVID clinic, ensuring that our patients continue to see the nurses and doctors who have cared for them as they continue their recovery at home.
In 2020, the Foundation and its donors distributed $ 127 million to 2,700 nonprofit organizations with programs spanning the gamut of philanthropic giving. Over the past 12 years, he has distributed over $ 1 billion to thousands of nonprofits across a diverse spectrum.