JCRC Making a Difference Every Day
Join the Jewish Community Relations Council in our adopt-a-school program, Making a Difference Every Day: The Homer Davis Project in our effort to reach out to underserved school children in our community at Homer Davis Elementary School, part of the Flowing Wells School District.
“Homer Davis Elementary has a high poverty population [in its enrollment] that, at any given time, hovers around 86% at or below the United States poverty limits. This means that 86% of their children are receiving free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school,” says Liz Groskind, Co-Chair of the Homer Davis Project and a member of the JCRC. “The JCRC was looking for a school to work with that was in a socio-economic area that required a true partnership, one that was performing, and one that was dedicated to improving the lives its students and the community,” she also said.
The Homer Davis Project serves Homer Davis Elementary through homework help for students, an outdoor beautification project, snacks and meal packs for the neediest students, as well as providing backpacks and school supplies. The school is K-6 with about 450 students. JCRC plans to attract community partners from the Jewish community, the business community, individual donors and, especially, in the school district’s zip code, 85705, in an effort to make this an ongoing sustainable community wide project.
“Homer Davis Elementary School is proud to have a community partnership with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona,” according to Brett Bonner the school’s principal. “Through this collaboration, sustainable programs are being implemented to provide direct services to students who reside in a high poverty demographic. Services involve revitalizing our school outdoor habitat, providing healthy snacks, academic tutoring, and supplying students with needed school materials.”
“With a combined effort, student needs are being met. The partnership with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona is valued and is truly making a significant impact,” Principal Bonner went on to say.
The Homer Davis Project needs your help. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer as a homework helper, donor, community partner, or sponsor, we would like to hear from you. For additional information, please contact Bryan Davis, 577-9393, ext 124 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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JCRC cordially invites you to a Breakfast and Panel Discussion on Friday, April 11 7:30-9:30 am at the Tucson Jewish Community Center Heritage Room. Please RSVP by April 9 to Jane Scott or call 577-9393
Moderated by Mayor Jonathon Rothschild: Panelist include Mayor Paul Diaz (City of So Tucson), Mayor Arturo Garino (Nogales, AZ), Congressman Raul Grijalva, Mayor Ed Honea (Marana), Ricardo Pineda (Mexican Consulate in Tucson).
Operation Elijah, a community effort to ensure that every Jew in Southern Arizona has a seat at a Seder table for Passover, is your invitation to make a difference. To extend the warmth of your family and welcome someone into your home on the 1st night of Passover, which falls on Mon. April 14
If you are new to the Tucson community, single, a student, have no family in the area, or are alone for any reason, Operation Elijah is your answer to having a home to go to for the first Seder. If you would like to have a guest, or more, or if you would like to be a guest, contact Jane Scott at 577-9393 x114 before April 1. Please note: Transportation to and from the Seder is the responsibility of the guest.
Not ready to join a synagogue or organization, but want to get connected to your Jewish Community? VOLUNTEER
Like to work with children, do historical research, be a docent, do office work? Whatever your interest there is something for you. Contribute as much time as you want. Local non-profit organizations need your help
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