NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN INCORPORATED

Rating: 4.93 stars   30 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Mental Health, Human Services, Women

Location: 543 North Fairfax Ave Los Angeles CA 90036 USA

Mission: The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
Target demographics: Women, children and families in need and at-risk throughout Los Angeles
Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000 individuals
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles
Programs: Women Helping Children (WHC) Art & Literacy Programs for Youth is committed to bringing art and literacy programs to over 6,500 children at 16 sites including several Title I Elementary Schools, LAUSD Teen Mom High School programs, and two mid-city shelters across Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Over 100 volunteers help children build their confidence and foster their creative skills by teaching them to navigate in a library and providing after-school tutoring and art education programs. Women Helping Women (WHW) Community Counseling & Support Services serving over 4,000 individuals each year offers individual, couples, and family counseling, Women’s Empowerment (WE) support groups, school and community-based counseling, domestic violence support services and case management. WHW also maintains an Emergency Survival Fund to assist women and their families in crisis, and advocates on behalf of clients’ issues such as welfare reform and domestic violence. Trained paraprofessional Talkline counselors are provided to offer guidance, expert resources and someone to listen through NCJW/LA’s WHW Free Counseling Talkline 877-655-3807. Scholarship Program - In recognition of the organization's commitment to addressing the social and economic realities facing women and their families, the NCJW/LA WHW Scholarship Committee has awarded financial assistance to Los Angeles County residents for more than 20 years. Since its inception, it has provided more than $250,000 in grants that are focused on improving the quality of life through responsive social service programs distinguished by a vigorous commitment to self-sufficiency, education, and social responsibility. It distributes funds to women and men who have shown initiative and courage in facing the obstacles in their lives. They have also made a commitment to higher education in order to achieve a better future for themselves and their families. Advocacy - At the forefront of social change, NCJW/LA’s Advocacy Committee and supporters are outspoken champions for progressive policies at the federal, state, and local levels. Over the years, the National Council of Jewish Women’s collective voice has changed the world for the better, impacting the lives of women, children, and families throughout California, the United States and Israel. NCJW/LA hosts programs that address issues facing the community; these include reproductive rights, domestic violence, human trafficking, access to contraception, separation of church and state, the environment, individual rights, and other important issues. NCJW/LA’s Council Thrift Shops have been known throughout the Los Angeles community as the place to find a great deal on one-of-a-kind items. NCJW/LA Council Thrift Shops were selected as the “Best of the Best” Thrift Shop Appraisal by Los Angeles Magazine in 2009. NCJW/LA ‘s Council Thrift Shops are the key funding resource for NCJW/LA's implementation of wide-reaching programs and services to in need and at-risk women, children and families throughout Los Angeles through NCJW/La’s Women Helping Women Community Counseling & Support Services and NCJW/LA’s Women Helping Children Art &Literacy programs for Youth. There are currently nine Council Thrift Shops throughout Los Angeles. They offer free pickup by calling 800-400-6259. Annual Clothing Giveaway & Resource Fair Through donations to Council Thrift Shops NCJW/LA is able to provide an Annual Free Clothing Giveaway distributing approximately 70,000 pieces of clothing and books to over 5,000 individuals in Los Angeles. Along with the Clothing Giveaway, NCJW/LA established a Resource Fair in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles, City of West Hollywood, LA Gay & Lesbian Center, JVS (WHEST), Saban Free Clinic, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), and others to provide individuals with resources needed to help them. Clothing Voucher Program -Also, through the many donations to Council Thrift Shops NCJW/LA is able to provide clothing vouchers to other community organizations, to help their clients with clothing needs. The Clothing Voucher program helps over 1,000 individuals each year. Women Making a Difference Reaching out to new supporters of NCJW/LA, our Women Making a Difference program affords individuals opportunities to help others through monthly community service projects. Intern Program - NCJW/LA provides a training ground for students in both Bachelor and Master’s degree programs at various universities including, UCLA, USC and Cal State Northridge. Intern field of study includes, Social Work, Non-Profit Management, Public Administration, Communication, Advocacy, etc.
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Rating: 5 stars  

When my daughter was nine years old, she started hearing bells ringing in her ears.I became very concerned. Called my Pediatrician who examined her and said that there was nothing wrong physically. He suggested finding some psychological help for her. I taught in the high school across the street from the NCJW/LA facility.I called and asked if they did counseling. They said "Yes". I quickly made an appointment for my daughter. We were assigned to a great psychologist whohelped her and our family.

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A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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Rating: 5 stars  

Art Pals volunteers, from the National Council of Jewish Women, worked in my third grade classroom for two school years. The interactive program taught children about the elements of art, artists, and styles of art. In addition, the students participated in a related art project in each of the lessons taught. The value of the program was fully recognized, as my students transferred the knowledge they gained in Art Pals transferred to their learning in the areas of math and language arts.

Furthermore, the NCJW (Art Pals) supplied our school library with books. Each 3rd grade class also were given T-shirts and art books for use in their classroom library. We also were given a bus for a field trip to a museum.

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my classroom.

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serve more classrooms in the L.A. area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

NCJW provides our pregnant and parenting students with many services ranging from tutoring to providing art supplies and opportunities for field trips. Many of our students would have never had the experiences or enrichment if it weren't for NCJW. Melissa Tillman, the "Women Helping Children" coordinator for Los Angeles, has been amazing and diligent in keeping the program running smoothly and effectively for several years. McAlisiter High School is honored and privileged to work with this wonderful organization.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

NCJW has been instrumental in establishing a tutoring program at our school for teen moms. Weekly and reliable classroom tutoring has made a positive difference with our students and their babies!

In addition, through their Women Helping Women program, our school has benefited by receiving much needed classroom supplies, field trips, books, attendance incentives, and baby supplies.

NCJW's program has made a tremendous difference at our school. Their professionalism, generosity, and flexibility make them a wonderful organization with which to work. The staff, teachers, and especially students truly appreciate their efforts and look forward to many more years of collaboration and support.

As a side note: because of this wonderful program, my family personally decided to donate many of our recently deceased mother's belongings to the NCJW thrift shops as a way to "give back" for all the great things they do for our school

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the classroom

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more math tutors!

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