Rhonda Roth of the Bergen County YJCC is working to serve and support the most vulnerable members of the community. She is raising money on DepositAGift. Recently, I caught up with Rhonda to learn more about their effort; here’s what she told me:
What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?
The Bergen County YJCC’s participation in #GivingTuesday serves a two-fold purpose. It gives us an opportunity to highlight our programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community–individuals with special needs, children and senior adults–along with being part of something greater than ourselves. #GivingTuesday puts philanthropy–at whatever level–front and center at a time when consumerism reigns. While we think philanthropy should be a priority all year, #GivingTuesday brings focus to the issue of helping those in need during the holiday season and supporting the organizations that make great things happen every day for countless individuals in our community.
How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?
We set a goal of $10,000 and thus far have raised $1290. The number was arbitrary; this being our first foray into crowdfunding, it sounded like a good, round number! The funds will go toward operating expenses for programs that impact the lives of children, individuals with special needs and senior adults.
Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?
The Bergen County YJCC is a Jewish Community Center in northern New Jersey. The YJCC strives to develop the potential within each individual and enrich and strengthen families and community through meaningful experiences at every age and stage of life. While embracing Jewish values and heritage, the YJCC maintains an inclusive environment, celebrating diversity and welcoming the community at large to enhance mind, body and spirit through cultural, educational and recreational opportunities, without regard to race, religion or ability.
Membership and program fees provide only a fraction of the cost of providing services to the most vulnerable among us–children, individuals with special needs, the elderly.