JFLA offers interest-free loans on a non-sectarian basis to individuals and families whose needs are urgent.
In honor of my upcoming Bat Mitzvah,I have chosen to raise awareness and money for The Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) (http://www.jfla.org).
As JFLA says, “Interest-free loans instead of charity fill an important gap in our social system by promoting self-sufficiency with dignity.” JFLA affirms the ancient biblical requirement for interest-free lending by offering assistance to people in need with the goal of helping them to lead more rewarding and responsible lives.
I selected JFLA for my Mitzvah project since I am impressed with their mission of providing a helping hand, not a hand out.
I have a personal connection to JFLA since my grandfather, Stan King has been on the board of directors of JFLA for more than four decades, and when JFLA turned 100, my grandmother, Noemi Pollack and my father, Stefan Pollack’s PR firm helped JFLA raise awareness for their 100 years of amazing work.
Currently, JFLA grants approximately 1,200 loans per year and there is more then $10 million in interest-free loans circulating throughout the community, and JFLA maintains a repayment rate that is greater than 99%.
As part of my Mitzvah project I am soliciting donations from my friends and family and am asking that you please consider helping me raise money for JLFA’s Student Loan Fund and specifically the Patricia and Stanley Silver Loan Fund for Art Students.