The Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL), serving approximately 350 children this year, is funded through annual campaign contributions made to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven as well as a $5,000 grant by the New Alliance Bank Foundation. JCL’s reading partner volunteers share the pleasures of reading and provide public elementary school students with much needed one-on-one attention. “In the lives of the children we serve, having an adult read to them, discuss with them, and solicit their opinions is something which may happen only rarely,” says Beth Kaufman, JCL Chairperson. Volunteers help engage students with words, enriching foundations for thought and imagination.
“Jews are the People of the Book. Literacy, self-esteem, and the life-long benefits that are driven by these early-stage investments represent one of the highest forms of Tikkun Olam,” says Judy Alperin Diamondstein, CEO of the Jewish Federation, Foundation, and JCC of Greater New Haven.
JCL volunteers may impact a child's life in as little as just one hour a week. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Brenda Brenner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (330) 387-2424 x308