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National Council of Jewish Women Incorporated

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Causes: Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Counseling, Human Services, Mental Health, Women, Womens Service Clubs

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.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work on the Women Helping Women Services Counseling Talkline funded entirely by NCJW. It is a free community service where we talke to callers for up to one hour or more if necessary about their problems with work, child rearing, domestic violence, suicidal thoughts, financial problems, homelessness, etc. To my knowledge they are one of the few organizations that spend unlimited time on the phone with a caller and also have virtually free unlimited one on one in person counseling with trained and licensed social workers. They also have extensive counseling groups in schools, shelters and agencies where these services are needed. Women Helping Children services are also very responsive to children's needs and their Advocacy programs are outstanding.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This is a wonderful charity and has helped me a lot. I have a very limited income and cannot afford many clothes. Being able to go to the annual free clothes give away has been very helpful. Again Thank you for caring!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

NCJW LA makes such a difference in Los Angeles. They provide vital time and support to children in need helping them with their homework and practicing art and reading. When LA is closing it's school libraries, NCJW is still there supporting the children and making a difference. I have never seen an organization as involved with the school system.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I feel so lucky to work at NCJW/LA, one of the only social service agencies in town that has been able to expand services, while so many programs are being cut. With so many people in need, it is incredibly gratifying to be able to offer such high quality, long-term therapy to strengthen adults, children and families who are struggling. It's inspiring to have so many passionate and compassionate volunteers offer their time and support on our Counseling Talkline. And it's invigorating to have the opportunity to train new social workers who are so committed to making a difference in the community. NCJW/LA has the most passionate, talented and dedicated staff, interns and volunteers in the city... And I'm the envy of all my social work colleagues, because I get to work with such amazing people, to work for an organization that truly exemplifies the values of social welfare, and to put my ideals into practice every single day.

wellheeled06

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been both satisfying and frustrating working to advance the wonderful programs of NCJW/LA -- satisfying because often, I can see how my effort will benefit a woman and/or a child. The benefit may be small but it is there. For example, preparing food packages for the elderly homebound; reading to a child at an elementary school library (which library would otherwise be non-functioning without NCJW/LA volunteer support); tutoring a 3rd grader struggling with her arithmetic. What is frustrating is that so many families are so underserved by a City that is patently failing them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an NCJW/LA member and have volunteered in the Alexandria House after-school program for over 6 years. Now I'm also involved in many other NCJW/LA programs. In short, NCJW/LA has created well-thought-out, compassionate, beautifully run programs for women, children and families that understand and respond directly and immediately to the community's needs. I'm proud to be part of this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think that NCJW-LA is doing great work in the community with my donations, both of objects for the store and cash donations. The organization makes an outstanding contribution to the community in several ways.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on NCJW/LA talk line as a volunteer for many years along with our scholarship program for giving women a chance and opportunity to further their education. I can say that since I have become involved with NCJW/LA I have fulfillment in my life in making a difference.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked at the National Council for Jewish Women in the Women Helping Women department for two years. It is such an honor to be a part of an organization that cares so deeply about serving the underprivleged and empowering women and children. It is a unique and gratifying experience to work for an agency that treats the clients it serves like beloved members of our community.

Barbara M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Artpals, a program that teaches lessons on contemporary art to 3rd & 4th graders in the San Fernando Valley. NCJW has generously supported this fantastic program for many years. Without NCJW many children would not have the experience of learning about & participating in the world of contemporary art. We teach them how to analyze a work of art, along with the accompanying vocabulary. Each lesson includes a participatory project. I have done this for 7 years but the program is approximately 20 years old. I am grateful to NCJW for supporting us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NCJW supports Artpals, a program that teaches 3rd graders in the San Fernando Valley about contemporary art. I've worked with this program for about 6 years and it is fantastic! Through interactive lectures, visuals, & hands-on projects, children learn to analyze & understand how & why artists make their work. They get to see & experience art that they would not be exposed to otherwise. They also experience a field trip to a museum. Artpals volunteers help & support the children in their learning & the children love the program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participate in an NCHW/LA program called "Art Pals" Each week, our team of 5 women teach basic concepts of contemporary art to 3rd grade classes of disadvantaged children in Los Angeles. We use descriptive vocabulary, books, slides and hands-on projects to introduce our students to a new world of line, color, shape, texture and mood. The culmination of our program is a field trip to a local gallery or art museum where our students can experience the work of nationally known artists. NCJW/LA provides all materials and transportation for this program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a committed feminist and a liberal Jew, I find NCJW to be an amazing organization. I am impressed with their community oriented outlook, caring about women and children issues in the community at large, the world actually. From delivering cloths to needy before Christmas, advocacy and support on a daily basis for people and caring so much about the political and social environment in which we live. NCJW has bright and dedicated women. staff and volunteers who want to improve life and options for women and bring change into our society, and their "newer" preparation of a women conference is indeed to be lauded.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a reader at an elementary school, I read books to first graders every Monday and help them in the library. The idea is to foster interest in reading at an early age.
This experience has been priceless. The kids are bright, engaging, adorable and very original thinkers. They seem to have a lot of support from the school/their teachers even though the school is not wealthy and the class sizes are medium to large-ish.
It has been a overwhelmingly fulfilling to get to know these kids for one hour once a week. When you see them engaged in a story, practically holding their breath to hear what will happen next, it's a powerful, positive and hopeful experience. No one has told them that no one reads books anymore!
Besides listening to the stories, I encourage the kids to interact: we talk about the choices for the characters in the book, and what they think might happen, etc. These interactions are phenomenal, as the kids display such lively and unique imaginations.
The opportunity to volunteer in this way has changed my life. I am even exploring ways to get more involved.
The NCJW has done a tremendous job of organizing this program. They are always available, they notify you of any changes in a timely manner and they even make the effort to thank all the volunteers with a luncheon. I feel as though I should be thanking them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with various children's programs for NCJW/LA as well as having served on the Board. It's a phenomenal organization that - in short - fills in the gaps. It helps people, no matter who they are. It is there for people in a way that other organizations can not be. And, the people who are involved are so passionate and committed and are just really great people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer in the Alexandria House Teen Center. They provide a safe place for teens to get help with homework, hang out and enjoy enrichment activities. I enjoy helping the students develop an appreciation for art, writing and etiquette. The NCJWLA organization does so many great things for low income families in Los Angeles.

Scott K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCJWLA is an amazing organization with so many programs helping women, children and families. I'm proud to support them in any way I can.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NCJW is one of the few organizations that helps everyone and is involved in human rights issues. If you are low income or a victim of human trafficking, sexual Abuse, domestic violence they will give free counseling. they also have an incredible clothing giveaway every year. If you need help this is the place to go. To them you are a humAn being in need regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation if you need they are there for you. Incredible people!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with NCJW because they are doing some of the most amazing work in our community. They have so many programs that are helping women and children in Los Angeles and I feel like they are able to organize volunteers so that we can effectively serve our community.
I tutor adolescent girls at a community funded alternative school one day a week and it is always one of the highlights of my week! I would never have even known about this wonderful program or that I could help without the NCJW. I'm proud to be part of a great team doing awesome work in our community!