Over the past 22 years, Kung Pao has raised 10’s of 1000’s of dollars and awareness for different organizations. In keeping with the Jewish tradition of tzedakah (charity, in Hebrew – tied in with a sense of duty and social responsibility), each year Kung Pao donates partial proceeds to organizations and causes we believe in. See below for this year’s and past Kung Pao beneficiaries.
This year we have chosen these two local senior direct services organizations to support:
Institute on Aging’s Friendship Line – Since 1973, the Institute on Aging’s (IOA) Friendship Line has been the only accredited, toll-free, 24-hour crisis intervention telephone
line for seniors in the United States. Friendship Line provides round-the-clock crisis
support, including suicide intervention, elder abuse counseling, grief support, assistance,
reassurance, and information and referrals for thousands of lonely and isolated older adults and adults with disabilities throughout the Bay Area. IOA’s professional and
volunteer Friendship Line staff field over 100,000 incoming and outgoing calls annually. The goal of Friendship Line is to provide crisis counseling, grief
support, suicide intervention, emotional support, and connection to the community that help older adults overcome feelings of depression, loneliness, isolation, and hopelessness. The Institute on Aging’s mission is ‘to enhance the quality of life for adults as they age, by enabling them to maintain their health, well-being, independence, and participation in the community.’ IOA supports older adults and adults with disabilities to live in the community with an extensive coordination across medical, behavioral and social services.
Legal Assistance to the Elderly – Beginning in the mid 1970’s, Legal Assistance to the
Elderly (LAE) was a program at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center that utilized volunteer attorneys to address the unmet legal needs of San Francisco elders.
Incorporated in April of 1979 as a non sectarian legal service, it quickly secured stable funding and hired several attorneys. Since that time it has served over 18,000 clients. As of 2003 legal services were also provided to younger adults with disabilities. Current funding sources include the City & County of San Francisco (Department of Aging & Adult Services, Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development) and the State Bar of California.
LAE provides advice, referrals and or representation at no cost to eligible San Franciscans who are experiencing the following:
•Tenants who are facing eviction, illegal rent increases of having problems getting their landlords to make needed repairs
•Social Security and SSI recipients who are experiencing problems with their benefits
•Elders who are the victims of physical or financial abuse
•Elders and younger individuals with disabilities who are experiencing consumer or debt collection issues
•Elders and younger individuals with disabilities who need simple wills.
•San Francisco and Marin Food Banks’ “Healthy Children Pantries”
•The Jewish Home San Francisco’s Esther Weintraub Comedy Clinic
(Click here to download an article about the Comedy Clinic from The Jewish Home’s
- The Brown Twins/JFCS’ Emergency Assistance Fund
- Bay Area Women & Children’s Services Drop-in Services and Food Pantry
- The Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ L’Chaim Adult Day Health Care Center
- Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
- The Jewish Home’s “Esther Weintraub Comedy Clinic”
- The Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living’s “Komedy Club and Library”
- Familial Dysautonomia Hope Foundation
- The LGBT Family Assistance Project at Jewish Family and Children’s Services
- SFJCC’s Montefiore Senior Center
- Lesbian & Gay Senior Services Collaborative
- Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases (WORLD) – A social and information network for women with HIV/AIDS
- Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal – Promoting freedom for Jews in the former Soviet Union & reuniting families in the Bay Area
- Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic –A clinic for low income women with cancer
- Shalom Bayit– Jewish Women’s Task Force on Domestic Violence
- International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
- Jewish Family & Children’s Services AIDS Project
- SF Jewish Film Festival – Program of Jewish humor short films
- Family Link– a hospitality house for visiting families of people with AIDS
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- L. A. Jewish AIDS Services
- Aunt Bee’s Laundry Service – offering free laundry and house-cleaning services to people with HIV/AIDS.
- Women’s Cancer Resource Center
- GESHER: Bridge to Understanding– a joint project of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav & Community United Against Violence
- The late Tamar Kaufman – A Northern California Jewish Bulletin writer battling cancer