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January 29, 2016  RSS feed
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Super Sunday: Phone-a-thon and beyond

Super Sunday, the end is the same as always: to call hundreds of community members to gain financial support for the Jewish community, near and far.

But for Super Sunday 2016, the means to that end promises to be different. Organizers say the Super Sunday phone-a-thon will resemble more of a party with activities for kids, games and of course, food to help inspire the volunteers manning the phones.

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties will hold the annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon on Feb.21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Superior Uniform Group in Seminole, which is once again lending its call center and cafeteria for the day.

In addition to the dozens of volunteers who are expected to raise nearly $100,000 in a few short hours, there will be long cafeteria tables filled with children making tzedekah boxes out of Legos and young adults from the Jewish Leadership Training Institute (JLTI) on hand to help out in various ways.

The annual event chair is Lewis Kroll who has a vision for the day as a community style festival.

“Everyone should come out, bring the whole family. It isn’t just a phone-a-thon. You will learn a lot about our Jewish community and you can volunteer to do all kinds of cool things,” Kroll said.

Along with the Lego and craft activities for younger kids, there will things to do for teens such as making cards for Israeli children and soldiers, plus there will be a project to help out Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, he said.

And don’t forget food from Jo-El’s Delicatessen and Marketplace.

“There will be games and prizes. We will even give away an iPad,” Kroll said.

Federation Director of Development Elana Gootson explained the prime reason for the change: “We are really excited for the phone-a- thon volunteers to see the PJ Library programming the money they are raising will support. At the same time, the young adults benefiting from JLTI and the children will see both young adults paying it forward and volunteers asking others for tzedekah to support the programming they love,” she said. “It really exemplifies what Federation is all about and it’s so cool.”

PJ Library’s MakeTime family LEGO building events happen once a month around the county and are intended to promote Jewish continuity and create an inclusive and welcoming community for all. One of the unique elements is the use of Lego activities as a means to build stronger family and community bonds while learning Jewish values.

JLTI aims to encourage and develop emerging young leaders from the Tampa Bay area and inspire them to get involved and take on leadership roles in their local Jewish communities.

Super Sunday is a national initiative offered by the Federation system seeking to reach donors at their homes to confirm their support of the 2016 Campaign for our Jewish future.

Those interested in volunteering in any capacity on Super Sunday, should contact Gootson at (727) 530-3223 or e-mail egootson@jewishpinellas.org.

If you can’t volunteer, the Federation asks that when the phone rings on Feb. 21 you answer the call and make a generous donation.


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