Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: Giving Back During The Coronavirus

Rochester, New York has a certain “je ne sais quoi,” to it. You feel it in the profound strong history of Rochester’s philanthropic giving. Rochester Business Journal states, “Rochester’s philanthropic giving dates back at least to the early 20th century, and the tradition continues even today,” even amid the current pandemic. During the current pandemic – coronavirus, The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) made a conscious decision that the pandemic would not stop them from pulling on Rochester’s historical DNA of philanthropic giving. Amy stated, “In great times of struggle Rochesterians have always pulled together – pulling together represents the best of who we are. Giving is part of our everyday culture and an essential element of (NCJW).”

To help yourself, start by helping others.

Tara Parker-Pope would agree with Amy, “To help yourself, start by helping others.” Tara Parker-Pope, argues in the Wall Street Journal that “At a time when we are all experiencing an extraordinary level of stress, science offers a simple and effective way to bolster our emotional health. “To help yourself, start by helping others.” The point she makes is that the research proves that giving can have a significant impact on our well-being. For example, giving: reduce stress and it can improve your emotional health. Helping others may just be the secret to living a life that makes one happier, wealthier, productive, and makes life more meaningful.

The idea of giving has been reinforced over and over again by the women of The National Council of Jewish (NCJW) women. They show up ready to give and with hands ready to work, says Antoinette. I could not have asked for better community partners. (NCJW) is the real deal. (NCJW) asks, “Are the things that the community needs – No forms, Id’s, social security numbers, survey or polls – They fulfill the need without creating barriers for the end-user,” says Sonya. The pandemic is highlighting the crucial necessity of people coming together, helping one another and being there for one another. I’m in love. When you wake up every day knowing that what you do helps improve people’s lives and where they live, it’s one of the best feelings on earth. After witnessing approximately two years of working with (NCJW), I can certainly say, I am looking forward to working alongside (NCJW) for another few years,” stated Tunya and Colleen.

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