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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Emergency Assistance, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Met Council is one of New York?s largest human services agencies, providing critical services to more than 100,000 New Yorkers in need. We are unique in providing the city?s more than 350,000 poor and near-poor Jewish New Yorkers with outreach and services including crisis intervention, career counseling, affordable housing, a kosher food pantry, family violence services, home care, immigration services, facilitated enrollment, capacity building, legal services, and clothing and furniture donations.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100,000 New Yorkers of all ages, races and ethnicities throughout New York City

Geographic areas served: NYC-Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island

Programs: * Capacity Building - Building capacity for grassroots social services agencies * Career Services - Career advancement through mentoring & training * Crisis Services - Help in financial, emotional & health emergencies * Health Outreach - Helping families apply for free and low-cost healthcare * Home Care - Assisting seniors with essential daily living tasks * Home Services - Providing clothing, furniture & help with home repairs * Housing - Promoting poverty prevention by providing quality housing * Immigrant Initiatives - Helping immigrants apply for citizenship & legal residence * Kosher Pantry - Delivering over 4.5 million pounds of kosher food annually

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a voluntary organization providing food to between 32 and 36 families on a weekly basis. Met Council has been there for us always and responds to our needs in a timely manner. Without them, our organization would not be able to perform the services we do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mother works for Met Council, and sometimes, my sister and I get to visit. We were able to help with different tasks around the office including sorting coins, making copies, alphabetizing files and more depending on what was needed. Met Council is a great organization, I look forward to visiting and helping any chance I get. All of the people that work there are so friendly and caring - they help so many in need - keep up the amazing work!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

President John F. Kennedy once wrote, Do not ask what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country". Met Council embodies this in the way they seek to help the people they serve. In working along side the staff, it was alwasy a challenge to determine not what they are doing, but rather what are they not doing for those in a state of Poverty. Their committment, their professionalism, their untiring efforts, and most of all the energy to getting their mission accomplished is a real force to reckon with and a great blessing to those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Met Council Crisis Department and was amazed by the true and genuine charitable approach that the employees took on a daily basis. If any person came in and needed his/hers previous month's rent paid off they would provide the money in a heartbeat (assuming the person's needs were legitimate). There was just a general caring for all of the clients that was just very tangible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

my name is stephanie and i am still in the process of dealing with met council. I just want to express that this organization is the best thing that has ever happened for someone like me. I am ambitious, and eager to learn. met council has given me a finicial way to acheive my goals. This organization also keep up with me as far a academics go,and also they help with job placement,which is also a blessing because in these times are very hard. so i want to thank met council for this great opportunity.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Met Council on Jewish Poverty is an incredible organization boasting many accomplishments, among them being their devotion to helping other non-profit organizations allowing these organizations to improve the quality of their services. Being closely involved in an organization called SPARKS (Serving Pre & post natal women & families with Awareness, Relief, Knowledge and Support), I work almost daily with Met Council to improve our services. Thanks to the devoted and committed staff at Met Council, who guide us and support us every step of the way, I can say with absolute certainty that we wouldn't be able to help so many people and we definitely wouldn't be where we are now without the help of this organization. Met Council helps us obtain grants enabling us to train more mentors for our hot-line and guides us in giving the proper guidance and the right support for the clients, their husbands and their families. I'm proud to be associated with such an extraordinary organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am happy to volunteer for Met Council. Their wide range of services to the elderly, the poor, and to those who have nowhere else to turn, is extensive. Both in outright financial help and training, social services, distribution of food and clothing they make all the difference between a life of hardship and a life of hope. I've picked Met Council for my contributions and volunteer projects.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During each of the several times that I have volunteered for MetCouncil, I have been amazed by the amount of help MetCouncil provides to New Yorkers. Their food warehouse is a major operation. I packed Passover food for women in crisis when I was there. While sorting out the bottles of applesauce, grape juice, and other foods, I marveled at the way people can really make a difference by donating simple items. Many people are unable to buy basic foods! During my time with MetCouncil, I have learned that MetCouncil helps people afford their rent payments and utilities, helps them get healthcare, and even provides people with clothes for job interviews. I am always happy to get an e-mail from MetCouncil notifying me of a volunteer opportunity. The notices save me time and allow me to step in when I am able. Considering that all types of people simultaneously volunteer for MetCouncil's projects, it is truly impressive that MetCouncil's volunteer projects are well organized and things actually get done.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer consultant in communications which gave me insight into the scope of the issue of Jewish poverty as well as to the breadth and depth of services provided by Met Council. Importantly, I was greatly impressed by the way Met Council provides support to people in crisis in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity. But I also was impressed by how Met Council gives back to the nonprofit community by sponsoring workshops and training seminars in community outreach, fundraising, marketing/communications, to help other NPOs benefit from their expertise. I truly am proud to have been a Met Council volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been in the Met Council offices many times I work for a government social service agency & haave never seen people so caring & dedicated to the population that Met Council serves, the elderly, the disabled, the poor, the homeless, the battered, the hungry. There is no poulation that Met Council does not serve. I have seen the dedicated employees who help the elderly find housing, volunteers who paint or plant gardens for clients, volunteers who built a library for a shelter & many other programs