Jaynie Levinson — Connecting Jewish Young Adults
Texting for Community Impact
Super Sunday is just a few days away, and while many in the area know about this annual community event, we know some of you may be wondering what it is. Here are three quick facts about Super Sunday.
- Through phones, calls, texting, and emails we will raise funds to support the vulnerable and strengthen our Jewish community, Cincinnati and worldwide.
- More than 200 volunteers of all ages come together at the JCC.
- Bagels. Coffee. Photo booth. Volunteer Drive.
What role do Young Adults play during Super Sunday?
Historically, Super Sunday has been about making phone calls, but many people these days don’t answer a call from an unknown number. The Young Adult Division (YAD) board was brainstorming ways to get young professionals (YPs) involved, and texting seemed like an obvious choice. “The young adult generation has contacts at their fingertips—we can reach more young adults [by texting] than by picking up the phone sometimes,” says YAD board member Tracy Juran. “Yes, it’s about engagement but also its how we sustain the programs that have allowed our generation to go to Israel, and get jobs in the city and help the most vulnerable people our grandparents’ age.”
In addition to the texting campaign, we have more than 40 young adult volunteers who will be calling, emailing, and posting on social media. All of that adds a spark of excitement to Super Sunday. Young adults want to give; they want to be a part of a community. We’re trying to find ways to make people comfortable and to opt in for the good of the Jewish community.
Within the first couple of hours of volunteering on Super Sunday, you will understand why it is important to get involved — you see first-hand how the community comes together. We are the next generation, and us showing up is important. “From a YP perspective it’s a community event and it’s a good opportunity to network, and see the culmination of the whole campaign.” Tracy says for the young adult community it’s about reaching their peers to help build our community. “Yes, it’s about engagement but also it’s how do we sustain the community.”
Last but not least…
Millennials are statistically giving more than past generations. Giving back is important to our generation. We always need to remember there are several ways you can give. “There are ways to give back that are not dollar related — your time is beneficial,” says Tracy.
Young adults are making great strides this year. What have we done already in 2019? We have 10 new young adult campaign solicitors from 2018 to 2019. We have already raised $10,000 more compared to this time last year. Are you going to join us?
To my friends, my friends of friends, and to the young adults I have yet to meet — it’s time we show up!
Thanks for caring about our community and what we do.
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