New Year, Same Committment
(originally posted on afterthespill.com)
It's a new year with new challenges and a new Congress, but the faith community's commitment to the restoration and renewal of the economic and environmental systems of the Gulf Coast is not over. That's why Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ), with support from the Union for Reform Judaism, recently announced the disbursement of $40,000 in grants to grassroots Gulf Coast organizations assisting those who are out of work, retraining people for new jobs, and working on coastal restoration.
Through years of work across the Gulf Coast, JFSJ has developed a multi-pronged approach to restoration that includes grant-making to organizations that advocate and build power for marginalized communities, investing in community development corporations to strengthen local businesses and build affordable housing, leadership development for those working on the ground, and service learning programs that connect young people to the region.
The tens of thousands of dollars raised by the JFSJ Gulf Coast Recovery Fund will support five organizations focused on individuals and communities hardest-hit by the oil spill: those who work in fishing and related industries and who live in coastal, rural Louisiana and Mississippi. Together, these organizations offer financial assistance, advocacy, and business and cultural services. Learn more about the organizations we are supporting here.
We know the impacts of the oil spill disaster will be long-term and our support and advocacy must therefore continue into the New Year. We're proud to be supporting strong organizations across the Gulf Coast and calling for a response on the national level, and we look forward to pushing ahead on this vital work. Let's just call it our New Year's Resolution.