The mission of JRA is to assist families according to their individual needs. The Agency brings volunteers of all means, ages and backgrounds into a universe of give and take. Through its energetic leadership, the Jewish Relief Agency creates excitement around the fundamental values of charity and community service. By providing meaningful and fun events attractive to a broad base of volunteers, the Jewish Relief Agency satisfies our unique desire to take care of each other and do good in the world. At the same time, these events, such as our monthly food distributions, allow those among us who are less fortunate to benefit from the kindness of the community, easing their daily struggle for survival.
JRA food distributions take place one Sunday each month throughout the year at our warehouse in Northeast Philadelphia. From 10:00 until 11:30 volunteers work together to package kosher, non-perishable food in boxes. After packing, volunteers load their cars and deliver the food packages to each of the recipient families according to pre-determined delivery routes, complete with driving directions and maps. Volunteers may stop back at the warehouse to return any undeliverable boxes or, if there are no boxes to be returned, volunteers may mail or fax the delivery route to the JRA business office. Most delivery routes take between 30-60 minutes to complete.
Please be advised: we are closed on Jewish and federal holidays
I have mixed feelings. The JRaid agency itself seems to do a really nice job in assisting those individuals in the community that require support services, but there are many tweaks needed for improvement.
The main reason I gave this agency such a low rating was the lack of safety measures put in place to protect its volunteers.
The agency does not do any type of background check on clients that are seeking support. After becoming aware of this, I became very uncomfortable continuing to visit individuals at home 1:1,drive people to appts...
Additionally, all their volunteer opportunities are web based,so volunteers do not have an opportunity to talk "live" to agency personnel. All your correspondence during volunteering is done via email. This was challenging if questions or issues arose (which they always did)