Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
Over the past 19 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 Past Kung Pao beneficiaries)
This year we have chosen two local direct services organizations to support:
The Brown Twins/Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS) Emergency Assistance Fund.
JFCS is committed to ensuring that the needs of octogenarian twins, Marian and Vivian Brown, San Francisco's beloved icons who are always seen in public dressed identically, as well as the needs of other frail seniors in similarly dire circumstances, are fully met. Thanks to JFCS' commitment, along with the generosity of our caring community, after a fall and a battle with Alzheimers, Vivian Brown is now comfortably settled in a senior residence center and receiving the care that she needs. But such care is costly, and making sure that Vivian and Marian and other seniors can continue receiving needed services requires ongoing support. JFCS is most grateful to its friends throughout the community, Jewish and non-Jewish, young and old, who are stepping forward to help the Browns and other frail seniors. This past year has proven economically challenging for many people in The Bay Area, which like other parts of the country, has been hit hard with job losses during this current economic downturn. More and more individuals and families are struggling to pay their rent and mortgages and to put food on their tables. JFCS has always been there to help the community during times of crisis--economic or otherwise, offering short-term loans and grants to Jewish residents of the Bay Area to help them meet basic living expenses, such as food, housing, medical care, and other vital necessities. As part of a comprehensive case-management plan, JFCS works with individuals and families to create budgets and plans that help them to regain self-sufficiency and also offer free workshops and classes as part of the Bay Area-wide Jewish Emergency Assistance Network. If you or anyone you know needs help, contact JFCS. If you want to help the Brown Twins and others, please go to www.jfcs.org/give/help-marian-and-vivian-brown-and-others-them
Bay Area Women’s & Children’s Center (BAWCC) Drop-in Services & Food Pantry.
BAWCC, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Tenderloin, is a unique presence, focusing entirely on the needs and issues of low-income families, children, and women in this multi-ethnic, inner-city neighborhood since 1981. BAWCC offers a variety of direct services that address immediate needs as well as long-term stability and also leads advocacy and planning work that has resulted in significant public policies and neighborhood institutions that have tangibly improved the daily lives of thousands of families, children, and women. BAWCC’s “Drop-In Services Program” works with more than 400 families, children and women every month. Through its weekly Food Pantry Program, BAWCC works with low-income families and women who need assistance with meeting their food and nutritional needs. Other services include Free Clothes Closet (includes smaller household items such as bedding, kitchen items, books, and furniture); Job Interview Clothing; and Special Occasion and Maternity Clothing. BAWCC’s long-term projects have resulted in buildings and five new playgrounds, a new recreation center with an adjacent children’s playground, and a new 400-student public elementary school with an on-site family center run by BAWCC including a state-of-the-art dental clinic, computer center, counseling rooms, rooftop learning garden, beautiful library, and a welcoming family room where parents, guardians and family members can gather for classes or just for times to share with other parents. www.bawcc.org
Past beneficiaries have included…
- SFJCC's Montefiore Senior Center
- Lesbian & Gay Senior Services Collaborative
1995 - Los Angeles show
A. Jewish AIDS Services
- Aunt Bee's Laundry Service - offering
free laundry and house-cleaning services
to people with HIV/AIDS.
- The late Tamar Kaufman – A
Northern California Jewish Bulletin
writer battling cancer