Grateful Beyond Words: Reflections on the Day of Giving
While there is much that we don’t know this year, there is one thing we do know, and that is that the Bialik community is one of a kind.
What a Day of Giving we have just had!
We are absolutely inspired by the 791 families who donated to our 26-hour fundraiser, bringing in a grand total of $603,871. Among the 14 Jewish day schools who participated city-wide, $10,462,059 was raised from 7,586 families supporting Jewish education. The unwavering commitment from you, our benefactors and partners, is humbling. Witnessing how the spirit of generosity endures, especially during these hard times, is an important lesson in resilience, community and the values of Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam — which were made so obvious last week.
When we think back to the last Day of Giving that took place just days before the March lockdown, we can’t believe all that has transpired. We finished that day with 565 donations and raised $370,755, after enjoying the huge buzz of volunteers and families in and out of the school.
Fast forward to last Tuesday, and we are so proud that we could rise to the challenge of coordinating 60 dedicated volunteers — physically separated — making phone calls from their dining room tables and desks. We could not have rallied our community so successfully without all these incredible volunteers. We applaud their amazing efforts.
For our extraordinary community, who came together so quickly and collectively to allow us to reach our target in just one hour — we celebrate you. Together, we exceeded our hopes beyond anything we could have imagined. Your generosity enhances our students’ lives and that is very powerful.
To quote Vincent Van Gogh, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” and Bialik certainly accomplished something great by coming together as a CommUNITY this Day of Giving.