As in past years, I joined twenty nine Jewish Federation agency volunteer leaders and staff for the annual government affairs mission to Washington DC. Despite it being an active and eventful week on Capitol Hill, we participated in dozens of discussions with elected leaders on issues that impact West Rogers Park.
During the two days in Washington, we advocated for funding priorities for our partners at CJE, JCFS, Sinai, Keshet, EZRA and HIAS. During the meetings, my top priority was emphasizing the importance of renewing the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) which funds so many protective measures at our West Rogers Park organizations for security and crime prevention. I had the opportunity to make the case to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas where these dollars are going and why they are so critically needed.
Shortly after our visit, Reps. Peter Roskam, Michael Bost, Mike Quigley, Brad Schneider and Jan Schakowsky, Dan Lipinski, Robin Kelly, Bill Foster and Danny Davis signed a letter asking the House Appropriations Committee for an increase in funding. McCaul sent a separate letter requesting an increase for the NSGP in fiscal years 2017 and 2018.
It also was a privilege to join with so many of our WRP based JUF/Federation agencies who were advocating for their programs that make such a great difference in the quality of life of the Jews and non-Jews who they serve on a daily basis.
The strength in numbers, represented by a great mix of professionals and volunteers, was a statement that successfully represented the work of the Jewish Community Council of West Rogers Park and the network of agencies under the Jewish United Fund / Jewish Federation. It was an honor to participate and I look forward to continued collaboration.