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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


Rating: 5

I became a volunteer for NCJW/LA this year. It has given me many wonderful experiences. The program is well organized and serves different groups in the community. I recently participated in the Mitzvah night. It has given me the inspiration to form a women's group in my area. I love the interaction of the members and the satisfaction of giving back.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Before I was asked to join the Board in 2008, I enjoyed volunteering at the annual Clothing Giveaway with my mother. We volunteer together at this event every year, and always come away with a great feeling of community, satisfaction and gratitude. While we serve our community at the event, we station ourselves at different tables, Mom usually at the Women's table and I usually at the Men's. After our shift is over, we share our experience over lunch at Canter's, where I learn of some of her brief, yet incredibly poignent and meaningful, encounters with women seeking clothing for work, for home, for chores and for school; and she learns of mine with the men. As we talk, our conversation is often peppered with tears, with great guffaws of joy, and sometimes with silence as we count our own blessings. In 2009, the line went around the block on Rosewood, and then around that block to Hayworth, and then down almost to Beverly Blvd.! The last clothing giveaway was in December 2010, and we were both SHOCKED to see the number of people lined up! I believe there were almost 6,000 people served that overcast December Sunday, and 92.3 FM sent dj's to play fabulous old school jams that kept our spirits up and our faces smiling with song!

The staff at NCJW/LA deserves mention, because they're not just "staff". They seem to live and breathe for the Organization, showing up to events in the evenings, weekends and on holidays! I am always amazed and envious of their seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm for their jobs and the people they serve!


Rating: 5

I chose to volunteer on TalkLine because I want to help - by listening and showing others that I care - TalkLine offered invaluable training and athe wonderful supervisors, interns and guest speakers made training fun, unteresting and something I will take with me all my life. NCJW has so many great programs and people working there - I am proud to be a part of it all.



Rating: 5

Since 2001 I have worked on a weekly basis with the Alexandria House after school and teen programs through NCJW-LA. Because the children progress through this program from kindergarten all the way through high school graduation, I have had the chance to watch kids grow up---and benefit from the homework help, arts projects, and writing workshops, not to mention field trips. Having known some of the kids for almost ten years, I feel that they are more like my own children rather than just students. I have had teens I’ve known for many years literally tell me “you saved me" or "you changed my life," and I have even had a couple kids call me (years after they left the program), to thank me for supporting them all those years. This is the most rewarding experience I have ever had, and I cannot imagine my life without it. The passion and consistency with which NCJW-LA supports this neighborhood program continually amazes me.



Rating: 5

I signed up with the homework club because they are close to my house, but the reward has been so much more. I look forward to every Tuesday and feel like I'm actually making a difference in some of the kids' lives. One student, I feel like I've formed a special bond with. Before homework club, we wasn't completing any of his work. But, this student was clearly intelligent. He wasn't getting any of the attention he so needed. Now, he rushes over to me, we quickly finish his work, and then he has time to talk about whatever is on his mind that week! I can tell he really appreciates the one on one time. It means so much to me.



Rating: 5

I chose to volunteer with NCJW because it was close to my house and I'm so glad I did. The staff is fantastic -- they really care about volunteers and clients -- and they have lots of programs to choose from. I really feel like I'm making a difference when I volunteer with them. They allow volunteers to help pilot new programs, which lets us use our strengths and specialties to the utmost extent. Also, they're excellent at communicating with volunteers, and they always express their gratitude for our work. I've volunteered with many different organizations, and I've never felt so at home as I have with NCJW.



Rating: 5

Because of NCJW, our ArtPals groups bring art appreciation, art lessons, and art projects to low-income schools. Our ArtPals students don't have access to museums or art classes and are able to express themselves in many mediums, leading to enhanced learning in all facets of their lives. Without the support of NCJW, this program would not be possible.