National Council of Jewish Women, Inc. Overview
Geographic areas served: St. Louis metropolitan region
Programs: Luncheons for the Blind is NCJW's oldest community service project. On the third Wednesday of each month, October through May, volunteers provide an afternoon of lunch and socializing to approximately 50 blind women from across the St. Louis area. The luncheons take place at Crown Center for Senior Living.Silent Witness Exhibit is a 17-figure traveling memorial exhibit, which honors women murdered in Missouri in acts of domestic violence. The exhibit is part of a local, state, and national program which gives volunteers the opportunity to participate in raising awareness of domestic violence whether speaking and educating the community, writing a resource manual, attending meetings to promote peace, healing and responsibility in relationships or advocating for legal justice through legislation or enforcement of laws. We aim to lead Missouri as part of the national goal of zero domestic violence murders by 2010.Wife-Widow-WomanSince 1976 NCJW has offered a special support group to women of all ages, races, and religions who have been widowed. This program is led by a professional social worker teamed with a widow who has been through the program and has been trained as a leader. This is not a therapy group or lecture but rather support for women going through one of life's most difficult adjustments. They can share their common concerns and offer support to each other. Confidentiality and privacy are highly valued. The group meets every other week for a six-month period and start in the spring and fall.Inside Israel is a cultural learning experience provided to schools by NCJW. A trained team of two NCJW volunteers provides a brief lecture, discussion, demonstration and video on Israel to 6th grade students.Mentor St. Louis is a collaboration between the St. Louis Public Schools and community organizations. NCJW is one of the participating groups that send volunteers into a St. Louis City grade school. Our group of volunteers visits Simmons Elementary School on the 2nd Thursday of each month, September through May from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.Food Pantry CorpsCompassionate, discreet volunteers, working at the Jewish Family and Children's Service, greet clients, discuss problems and concerns and make referrals to professional social workers when problems arise. Trained volunteers are aware of what help is available in both the general and the Jewish community and are able to help the clients access the necessary aid.Crown Center Activities Committee supports programming at the Gladys and Henry Crown Center for Senior Living. A main function of the committee is to plan and implement Jewish programming and members of this committee often volunteer at other Crown Center events.The Working Advantage is a program to assist women getting off welfare and entering the workforce. This project provides education and resources for essential job searching skills, financial skills, and personal grooming. The women also have a volunteer retail consultant help them select appropriate interview and career clothing at the NCJW Council Shop.The Back-To-School! Store is a one-day event held in August to provide clothing, school supplies, and personal care items for deserving children in the St. Louis area and get them excited to head back to school.Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood is a project in which trained volunteers provide options counseling to women with troubled pregnancies at this private clinic.Oral HistoryA trained NCJW volunteer preserves the past for future generations by interviewing and recording family histories.