PREDICTION: This year’s United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Super Sunday Community Phone-a-thon will go down as “one for the record books.” Am I predicting an all-time high in the number of cards closed or the total of dollars raised? Not necessarily (although I hope so).
I am predicting a Super Sunday unlike any that our community has held before—not at the Sandler Family Campus (or at the old Hebrew Academy on Thompkins Lane, or at the old JCC on Newport Avenue). But rather a Super Sunday spread out across the community and held in host homes, manned by small groups of community volunteer callers.
This is Super Sunday in the time of COVID in Tidewater. And we are excited to see how it goes.
Super Sunday will take place very early in this year’s 2021 Campaign calendar. Instead of wrapping up the campaign, this year’s Super Sunday will actually kick it off.
Small groups will gather in host homes where Super Sunday “Survival Kits” will be staged in advance. The kits will contain (among other things) the 2021 UJFT Pledge Cards for the donors being called that day. We’ll also set up a few covered calling spaces on the “back lawn” of the Sandler Family Campus (weather permitting), to allow small groups of callers to participate in that way, as well.
Caller training will take place live via zoom at 9:45 am and 11:15 am. Calling teams from all locations will zoom throughout the event for periodic Super Sunday totals updates, to engage in a bit of friendly rivalry, and to learn how the dollars they are raising are used to build and strengthen community.
Super Sunday is a long-held and much loved tradition in Tidewater, and we didn’t want to sacrifice this year’s event to COVID-19. As with everything we do, every call we make, every program we offer, we want to engage and inspire our volunteers and donors by bringing all into the uniquely Jewish and truly meaningful things we do…TODAY, TOMORROW, TOGETHER.
PREDICTION: This Super Sunday is going to be great!
If you’d like to host a small group at your home, or if you’d like to sign up for a Super Sunday volunteer calling shift (10–11:30 am or 11:30 am–1 pm), visit www.jewishva.org/supersunday.
If you have questions about the event, about hosting, or about volunteering, contact Amy Zelenka, UJFT campaign director, at 757-965-6139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Amy Zelenka