October Newsletter

NCJW|LA Community! We Want Your Feedback!

2020 has been a year of tremendous change. Over the past few months, we worked diligently behind the scenes, reviewing our programs, services, and processes to make improvements. As we continue to fine-tune “What We Do” we want to hear from you. Help us plan for our future by taking this quick, three-question survey and tell us about what matters most to you.

Attention Volunteers! Scholarship Application Readers Needed.

There are many uncertainties in today’s time but obtaining a higher education shouldn’t be one of them. The NCJW|LA Scholarship Program provides financial support to students in local colleges and universities. Our Scholarship Reader Committee makes sure that every application will be read and scored thoroughly and thoughtfully.

The evaluation process is quick and easy. As a reader, you'll have staff and technical support and a comprehensive rubric available throughout to assist you along the way.

Scholarship Volunteer Overview:
1. Fill out the Volunteer Reader Application Form
2. Participate in a brief phone screening
3. Select your preferred training date/time
4. Register your Scholarship Reader account with Smarter Select
5. Review each scholarship and qualifications using the new evaluator scoring rubric
6. Submit your evaluation!

Volunteer Requirements:
- Must have reliable internet access
- Must have access to an electronic device (i.e. tablet, computer, etc.)
- Must be able to commit 10 hours per week over a four week period (Nov. 16, 2020 through Dec. 11, 2020).

Fill out the Scholarship Reader Volunteer Application Form to start your journey today. If you have any questions or would like more details before applying to join, please contact  Selene Lopez.

Join AWG in November for an Election Recap

These monthly meetings are a space for community members, leaders, and advocates to learn, plan, and reimagine what is possible WHEN communities join forces and advocate for the issues impacting those most in need. NCJW|LA is an open and safe place; we encourage, and welcome, and celebrate diversity and inclusivity at our meetings.

Our monthly meetings are NOW ONLINE and are taking place on the 3rd Friday of each month from 2:00-3:15pm. Our next meeting is on Friday, November 20 at 2pm.  During our November meeting, we will discuss the 2020 election results recap on the various ballot propositions, local measures, and what the results mean for our advocacy efforts in 2021.

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Make Space for Economic Justice and Equity!

We have partnered with CAReasy.org to help you offload that unwanted vehicle taking up space in your garage or cluttering up your driveway. Donate your car, motorhome, boat, etc., and choose NCJW|LA as the benefactor, the proceeds from your tax-deductible donation will go towards funding NCJW|LA programs and services that support our mission to advance economic justice and equity for women.

New Extended Hours at The Council Shop Venice!

Shoppers rejoice! Stop by and shop our aisles stocked full of one-of-a-kind and hard-to-find treasures during our newly extended store hours exclusively at The Council Shop Venice.

New Hours:
Open Daily
Shop: 10am – 6pm
Donate: 11am – 4pm

Mar Vista (Venice):
12120 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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NCJW|LA Employee Spotlight

Spotlight on Michelle Galan, Research & Development Program Coordinator

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Tell me how you first got involved with NCJW|LA:   I took a class called Jewish Nonprofit Organizations at CSUN and I found out from the professor that I might be able to have an internship in my area. NCJW|LA stood out tremendously for me because I am interested in economic justice for women and children and ensuring they have economic mobility. So, I started as an intern and was recently hired on full time.

What are some of your personal beliefs about economic justice for women? I am first generation American and have been a low-income renter for my whole life. My parents had to work four different jobs to support our family and my mom was a caregiver. A lot of women in those caring fields are underpaid and women get stuck in those roles. It perpetuates gender inequality in pay. It was very important to me to go back to school to help be a part of the solution to bring about economic justice for women and children.

What do you think will change in the next five years? During COVID we have been able to witness how vulnerable the economic safety net is. People are crashing right through it and it illustrates just how vulnerable they have been the whole time. I hope that widespread Basic Income programs are a change I will see in my lifetime. I am encouraged by the UBI programs happening all over the country -- especially in cities where poverty is so high and the cost of living is also high, like Los Angeles. I am hopeful that people will give basic income programs a chance and that people will understand they can be part of a solution and challenge the stigma of universal basic income.