Met Council is a strong voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Together with our network of local Jewish Community Councils, we are on the front lines of the community, tracking real-time changes in neighborhoods and responding with research and action to make sure our clients get the help they need.

But we cannot act alone. Each and every one of us has a deep and abiding responsibility to advocate for the needy in our communities, be they frail seniors, poor Jewish families with young children, immigrants or working-class adults who have lost their jobs. 

Issues We Care About  

Oppose Congressional Proposal to Cap Tax Deductibility on Charitable Donations
Met Council relies on the generosity of donors like you to impact the lives of tens of thousands of New Yorkers each year. If Washington cuts tax deductions for charitable contributions, Met Council’s Food Network, Crisis Intervention program, and Affordable Housing will suffer.

What you can do to help:
Send this letter to your Senators or Representative

Pledge to End Hunger in New York City

Pledge to end hunger in New York City today, because -

  • Having food security is a basic human right.
  • More than 3 million New Yorkers depend on food pantries and kitchens.
  • Nearly 1/4 of New Yorkers require food stamps to feed themselves and their families each month.
  • 400,000 children in New York City live in homes where food is not always available.

What you can do to help:
Take the pledge to end hunger in New York City

Help Us Avoid Devastating Budget Cuts
Met Council is facing State and City budget cuts which will seriously cripple our services which help New York's needy. These cuts will slash the amount of food a hungry child receives, the home repairs a frail senior needs and the legal aid a domestic violence victim relies on.

What you can do to help:
Sign these letters to urge your representatives to support New York's needy.
Support Family Violence Prevention
The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) which provides life-saving services such as emergency shelter, hotline support, counseling, safety planning, legal assistance and prevention, is currently up for renewal. Met Council's Family Violence clients rely on services such as those funded by the FVPSA and we strongly support the reauthorization of this bill.

What you can do to help:
Write or call your representatives and urge them to support the reauthorization of this bill.
Learn more about this bill>>
Combat Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community!
Met Council has seen a marked increase in the amount of calls and cases coming to its Domestic Violence Department from women in the New York Jewish community. As the recession causes increasing stress and difficulties for families, more and more clients from a wider range of backgrounds are reporting instances of family violence.

What you can do to help:  

  • Volunteer to put posters or other materials in your synagogue, Mikvah or Sheitel/hair salon (contact Shana Frydman to volunteer)
  • Learn the signs of domestic violence and share the information with your friends
  • Volunteer at an event for moms and kids who have experienced domestic abuse (contact Stefanie Greenberg to volunteer)
  • Donate to Met Council’s Domestic Violence Program to enable us to hire more staff to meet the increased need (Donate to the DV program)
  • Organize a drive for back-to-school supplies, women’s clothing or other needed items for DV victims (contact Shana Frydman to get involved)

 
Calling and Writing Congress

Your Congress Members are interested in hearing your opinions on how they should vote on upcoming issues. You can call, email or write to your Congressional leaders in order to have your voice heard. However, Congress Members receive hundreds of pieces of correspondence and calls every day, and so just like having a well crafted cover letter may help you get you an interview, writing a good letter, or knowing your talking points well, will make a bigger impact.
When calling or writing, it is best to direct your communications towards your Congress Member’s offices in Washington DC, where they have the capabilities to handle greater volumes of calls and letters. Also, policy staff tend to be in Washington DC rather than at local offices.

Tips on Writing Congress>>
Tips on Calling Congress>>

For your convenience please use the locator below to find your FEDERAL and STATE Representatives.
To find your NEW YORK CITY Representatives, go to nyc.gov.

 

   
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