Super Sunday volunteers to stress local needs

Volunteer Angie Goorman makes calls at the JFSA Super Sunday phone-a-thon on Jan. 31, 2010

On Sunday, Jan. 30, members of Southern Arizona’s Jewish community will have their annual opportunity to change the world with one phone call, as hundreds of volunteers with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Super Sunday phone-a-thon call Tucsonans to raise funds for the JFSA 2011 Community Campaign.

Super Sunday is one of the largest campaign events of the year with volunteers calling nearly 3,000 members of the community to solicit contributions to support humanitarian, social and educational programs. Dollars raised on Super Sunday benefit the Federation’s five local beneficiary agencies: Handmaker, the Unviersity of Arizona Hillel Foundation, the Tucson Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family & Children’s Services and Tucson Hebrew Academy, as well as Jews in need in Israel and worldwide.

New this year, volunteers will ask community members to designate a portion of their gift increase to LEAF, the Local Emergency Assistance Fund. In response to unprecedented requests for economic assistance from Tucsonans, the JFSA launched LEAF to help with housing costs, food, job placement and more. “We know that the community will respond generously to the unprecedented critical needs of the many families who rely upon the Federation agencies and synagogues for their economic survival during this time,” said Andy Shatken, co-chair of the event with her husband, Stuart Shatken, and Jennifer and Mark Cassius.

Super Sunday will be held in the auditorium of the JCC. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day, with a break between 1 and 4 p.m. Volunteers will enjoy refreshments and $1,300 worth of prizes, thanks to gold sponsor Choice Greens and other local businesses.

For more information, contact Campaign Coordinator Jennifer Buchanan at 577-9393 or campaign@jfsa.org.