Greater New Orleans Jewish Community COVID-19 Response Initiative

Published Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana have partnered with a number of area synagogues to create a Jewish community response helpline program for problems related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Our collective goal is to provide a connection during a time of distance, as well as practical assistance (food, supplies, and prescription pick up for those who need it). These efforts are not intended to duplicate emergency or crisis services. In the case of an emergency, please call 911 (for a medical emergency) or 211 (for a mental health emergency).
WHAT: Jewish Community Response Volunteer Initiative
WHEN: Launches today, Wednesday, March 25 at 9:00 a.m.
WHO'S ELIGIBLE: Members of a Jewish household who currently reside in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Charles, Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, Livingston, and St. Bernard parishes
HOW: Call or email the helpline (at one of the options listed below) and carefully follow the directions provided. You should receive a response within 48 hours, except during Shabbat and Jewish holidays. A volunteer will be in touch to coordinate addressing your needs, whether it’s picking up a grocery order or just having someone with whom to talk.
Helpline options:

Interested in volunteering for this initiative? As a volunteer, you may be helping community members by picking up groceries or prescriptions, meal delivery, helping them with apps on their phone or computer programs to call their loved ones, or simply having a conversation with someone in need of company. As requests come in, we will learn together what the needs of our community are. BUT FIRST, Can you be a volunteer? To know, ask yourself the questions below.

  1. Have experienced symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  2. Have you been around anyone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  3. Have you traveled to any foreign country in the last 14 days?
  4. Have you been on a cruise or been to an airport in the last 14 days?
  5. Have you been to an event where more than 50 people were in attendance in the last 14 days?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, unfortunately, you cannot be a volunteer. It's important we maintain rigorous guidelines for volunteers to halt the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible and keep those we are helping safe.

Sign Up to Volunteer


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