Chanukah is an ideal time to reflect upon Federation's Super Sunday. For, just as the light of the menorah grows brighter with the addition of each candle, Super Sunday demonstrates the collective power of a caring community to bring light to the lives of fellow Jews in need.
On Sunday, Jan. 25, more than 600 volunteers plan to seize that power during the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's largest community fundraising day. They will converge upon the Federation Radnor Campus in Bryn Mawr, calling upon their fellow community members to pledge their support of the critical health, education, social-action and humanitarian services that are funded through Federation's 2009 Jewish Community Fund.
"Super Sunday is a day for the community to come together and see that we are stronger collectively than as individuals," notes Cari Lasdon, who together with her husband, Alan, and Holly and Norm Nelson, will co-chair Super Sunday 2009. They invite individuals, families and organizations to register to make calls during the phoning sessions, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. by calling the Super Sunday hotline at 215-832-0630 or by going online to: www.jewishphilly.org/supersunday.
Super Sunday co-chair Norm Nelson believes that the current economic environment not only exacerbates the already great needs in the community, but also forces the organizers to re-examine some of the components of Super Sunday.
"We took a hard look all the activities traditionally taking place at Super Sunday and made some innovations. We owe it to our community to be as efficient and effective as we can be in order to have the greatest possible impact with the dollars we raise," he noted.
One such innovation is on-line, pre-event volunteer training. Event co-chair Holly Nelson, who narrates the video, stated her hopes that the online experience will boost volunteer confidence and enable them to spend more time on the phones.
"Volunteers can view the video, print out a certificate of completion, then show up at Super Sunday ready, willing and able to begin making phone calls," she said.
Volunteer support and training will also be available at the event as will breakfast, lunch and dinner. Those who work between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. can take advantage of child care and children's programming. Group transportation for volunteers is available by calling 215-832-0630.
Super Sunday donors will have the power to designate their gifts to the Jewish Community Fund, which meets the most critical needs of our local and global Jewish communities. "I have been both a Jewish communal professional and a volunteer and I know first-hand Federation's thoughtful and responsible approach to allocating funds," explained Lasdon.
The co-chairs have set a minimum goal of $1,000,000 for the day, and are optimistic that they will be successful.
Said Holly Nelson: "Imagine what $1 million could do in our community and overseas! As each of us is affected by today's economic crisis, so, too, are those less fortunate affected. Now, more than ever, we must take this day as a call to action to dig a bit deeper and perform the mitzvah of helping others."
For information about Super Sunday or to register, call 215-832-0630 or visit www.jewishphilly.org/supersunday.