Federation Calls for a Community Vote Online to Award Special $50,000 Allocation to Agencies

February 26, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

With the goal to inform and engage the community in its allocation process, Federation has launched Jewish Detroit Votes 2014  – a bold social media initiative inviting community participation to determine how a special $50,000 grant from the 2014 Challenge Fund will be used to help those in need and to support a vibrant future for the Jewish community.

“Federation’s Annual Campaign has always been about the community voice,” observes Lisa Cutler, Director, Campaign and Community Development at the Federation. “But here’s an opportunity to hear from every corner of the community, donors and non-donors alike. Jewish Detroit Votes 2014 is a great way for people to gain insight into what Federation does, specifically by weighing in on how this one-time $50,000 allocation will be distributed among five areas of Jewish community service.”

The areas of focus are:                 

OUR KNOWLEDGE: Supporting the Jewish community day schools, Jewish educational programs and Jewish learning initiatives.

OUR FAMILY: Supporting those with critical needs, including families, individuals with disabilities, seniors and the unemployed.

OUR SPIRIT: Supporting Jewish culture, identity and community-building in Metro Detroit

OUR FUTURE: Supporting Jewish life on campus and among the next generation of Jewish Detroiters

OUR HOMELAND: Supporting programs and organizations that benefit the people of Israel and strengthen the bond with our Jewish homeland.

On the voting site found at www.JewishDetroit.org/vote, community members can learn about the specific agencies and Jewish organizations that support these areas as well as watch a video about the community.

Why a vote, why now?

In an appeal for widespread community participation, Sandy Muskovitz Danto, 2014 Federation Campaign and Community Development Co-chair, explains, “Our community’s informed opinions – as well as engagement and participation in our Annual Campaign are vitally important to Jewish local and global community strength. We encourage everyone in the community to cast their votes online and to read all the information under each category of the ballot prior to voting. It’s all a part of being an active, caring member of our Federation family.”

To cast your vote online now through April 4th, go to JEWISH DETROIT VOTES 2014   www.jewishdetroit.org/vote

For more information, call Lisa Cutler, Campaign Direction, Jewish Federation, 248-203-1458 or email cutler@jfmd.org

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