According to a recent study*, “Silicon Valley now boasts the greatest income gap in the country.” More than 76,000 millionaires and billionaires call Silicon Valley home, yet more than 30% of public school students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Amidst plenty, there is also exorbitant need right in our backyard. It is our responsibility to help our neighbors in need and make a positive impact in our community.
The OFJCC's Center for Social Impact is dedicated to the Jewish principle of helping to heal and repair the world (tikkun olam). Through community-building initiatives and partnerships with local organizations, the Center for Social Impact at the OFJCC creates opportunities for individuals to make an impact and for families to help their children learn the value of acts of kindness and justice. Its volunteer programs address issues of poverty, hunger, homelessness, aging, the environment, disaster relief and much more.
* "The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy,” Alexa Cortés Culwell and Heather McLeod Grant, published by Open Impact LLC, 2016.