The Mission of The Blue Card is to provide direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust Survivors.
Of the nearly 3000 Holocaust survivor households The Blue Card serves, three-quarters are over the age of 78 and nearly 70% live alone. Many of these survivors struggle to afford basic needs, such as adequate food and healthcare; more than half of them fall 200% below the federal poverty line, meaning their income is less than $24,980 annually.
The Mission of The Blue Card is to provide direct financial assistance to Holocaust survivors in need.
Financial assistance is available on a monthly basis for most basic needs, as well as for emergencies, such as medical and dental care, special equipment, rent and utility shut offs.
The Blue Card supports over 3,000 Holocaust survivors in over 35 states through the following core programs:
The Blue Card is the only organization in the United States whose sole mission is to aid needy Holocaust survivors by providing them with financial support. The Blue Card is unique in that it provides both long-term ongoing support and emergency grants for basic human needs in the most caring way possible. Help is given in the form of cash grants issued directly to the client or to the provider of vital goods and services. The grants are issued towards providing food, medical care, health care, dental care, crisis and ongoing psychotherapy, health insurance, prescription drugs, personal emergency response system, housing, transportation, and various one-time emergencies.
The Blue Card provides financial assistance to Holocaust survivors and victims of Nazi Persecution.
The Blue Card clients profile:
100% of individual donations directly support Holocaust survivors in need.
The best way to contribute to Holocaust Remembrance Day is by participating in events, donating to a charity that helps Holocaust survivors, talking about the Holocaust and knowing their story, and bringing awareness to the Holocaust survivors who still need assistance today. The more awareness there is about the Holocaust and the survivors still alive today, the more we can help them and make sure the Holocaust never happens again.
The Blue Card participates in a number of marathons in the United States and all over the world each year. The Blue Card was one of the first Jewish Charities to be an Official Charity Partner for the TCS NYC Marathon in 2009, helping to pave the way for other Charities. Team Blue Card is also an Official Charity Partner in the Miami Half and Full Marathon and in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour since 2011, and in the NYC Triathlon since 2015.
These marathons are so big, inspiring and motivating that runners from all over the world come to join. Team Blue Card participants come from England, Italy, Israel, Argentina, Germany, Austria, France, Mexico, South Africa, and more countries. Members of Team Blue Card have also participated in marathons in Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Germany, Italy and other cities worldwide.
Team Blue Card runners fundraise for The Blue Card and Holocaust survivors while participating in endurance events. Thanks to their commitment and dedication, Team Blue Card raised over $2,000,000 since 2009. We also encourage anyone running their own marathon to fundraise for The Blue Card and Holocaust survivors.
The Blue Card assists Holocaust survivors through direct and indirect financial assistance for rent, food, medical and dental expenses, hearing aids, small home improvements to help survivors stay independent in their homes, and prevention programs. The programs include:
The Blue Card appreciates donations of all sizes which helps support our mission of helping Holocaust survivors in need.
Many Holocaust survivors live alone and are not very social, having little to no family because of the horrors of the Holocaust. Because of this, there are many Holocaust survivors that appreciate when people call and visit them. However, many are shy when it comes to visitors because of their financial hardships or they do not want people to know that they are receiving assistance from The Blue Card. For those survivors, we have created the Virtual Volunteering program where people can record videos and collect videos from family and friends. These videos are sent to Holocaust survivors to watch and enjoy, so they know that people are still thinking of them.
The main way a donor can provide ongoing assistance is by donating monthly to The Blue Card. These funds go to specific programs to ensure that we can continue helping Holocaust survives monthly to live with dignity and respect. Anyone can donate at https://bluecardfund.org/