The answer is simple: It’s you—and every member of the Jewish community of Collier County and the surrounding areas. The Federation is your center for Jewish Philanthropy. The Jewish Federation of Collier County is the thread that runs through the fabric of our Jewish community, its organizations and services, connecting us all.
The Federation supports programs for Jewish people in need in Collier County, Israel and throughout the world, providing food for the hungry and counseling for the troubled, spearheading rescue and relief efforts for isolated Jews in distressed regions, and funding innovative Jewish educational and unity initiatives.
The Federation creates a sense of community for thousands of Jewish residents in Collier County and its surrounding areas by creating and supporting programs to further Jewish learning, identity, pride and culture. Federation meets the challenge of providing for the needs of our Jewish brethren, wherever they may be, from young children and families to seniors.
Complementing the Federation's professional staff is a dedicated group of volunteers who ensure that Federation is among the most responsible fundraising agencies. Our generous volunteers live generously by donating financial resources in addition to volunteering their time, energy and expertise to help raise funds and oversee the thoughtful allocation of campaign funds to deserving programs and agencies. Volunteers also make up the backbone of our community by serving on various boards, committees, and donating their time to work at our affiliated social service agencies.
The local Campaign allocation process involves a committee of volunteers as well as Federation staff. They take part in this important process, which balances available resources against community priorities through a grant process.
Additionally, several national organizations receive support from the domestic allocation. Internationally, your contribution works to support a broad range of social, educational and vocational needs throughout the Jewish world.
Locally, the Federation makes an allocation to Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida. And grants are made in support of a variety of educational and cultural programs conducted by our local synagogues, the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida and other local Jewish organizations.
Our allocation to JFNA is distributed to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), which brings relief to the needy and works to revitalize Jewish life in 60 countries; the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), which rescues people from countries and resettles them in Israel; World ORT; and for supplemental grants in support of special programs and projects that our community has embraced.
The Jewish Federation of Collier County is a member federation of Jewish Federations of North America - www.jewishfederations.org.