United Jewish Federation of Tidewater launches The Corporate Partners Circle “Doing good is good business”

by | Jan 9, 2015 | Other News

A place where philanthropy, volunteerism and shared commitment come together to make a difference in the community and around the world, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater launched a new initiative, The Corporate Partners Circle, in the summer of 2014. Its mission is to offer a unique opportunity to market companies’ products and services to the local Jewish community who support the Federation’s ongoing mission to provide important and life-saving human services.

Some of the benefits Corporate Partners receive include:
• A partnership to make a difference in the community.
• Multiple recognitions in conjunction with each sponsored program or event.
• Opportunity to showcase the company to thousands of well-qualified prospects and patrons.
• Year-round exposure through the Federation website, annual report and corporate partnership display board.
• Partnership recognition reaches all of Tidewater.

By bringing together Jewish values of service and community, UJFT has secured nine companies who share the same mission. The nine corporate partners for the 2014-2015 year are:

Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater
260 Grayson Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Contact: Jessica Willingham, RN, BSN,
CHPCA, Administrator 757-321-2242,

About Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater
HPCT Provides compassionate hospice care through a specialized team of caregivers who support patient and family goals by addressing the medical, spiritual and emotional needs of the patients and equally important, the family. HPCT works to manage pain and control symptoms so patients can embrace life and live as fully and comfortably as possible.

Why did Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater become a UJFT corporate partner?
As an organization jointly owned by Beth Sholom Village and Jewish Family Service, it’s natural to become a corporate partner with UJFT as we can help provide the Jewish community with additional resources to meet healthcare needs.

Why did FHGH decide to partner with UJFT’s Maimonides Society?
The Maimonides Society provides a unique opportunity of collegial socializing and networking and integrates medical and Jewish concerns to demonstrate the unique contributions the health professionals can make to support the Jewish community.
HPCT is proud to be a corporate partner with UJFT and looks forward to being a continued resource in the Jewish community.

R. S. Andrews of Tidewater
620 Lincoln Street
Portsmouth, VA 23707
Contact: Nathan Bolton, general manager, 757 488-9611;
Chuck Berk, owner, president, 404 379-8463

Services provided by RS Andrews:
Duct cleaning
IAQ–indoor air quality
Home Performance
Energy Audits
Crawl space encapsulation
Duct Testing

Why did RS Andrews become a UJFT corporate partner?
We are a company that tries to live its core values of focusing on our customers, our employees and building strong relationships in our market area. Similar to the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, and as a Jewish-owned company, we want to do the right thing and make a difference in the community.

Why did RS Andrews decide to partner with UJFT’s Israel Today series?
The Israel Today series seemed in line with a personal belief that our Jewish community needs more and better education to be advocates for Israel and issues of Jewish importance. The topics and International experts brought in to speak provide the insight and facts necessary for our community to learn and be prepared to speak out on these issues.

Tidewater Home Funding
1108 Eden Way North
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Contact: 757-366-8690, jkrupnick@tidewaterhomefunding.com, srubin@tidewaterhomefunding.com

About Tidewater Home Funding:
A local residential mortgage company, we assist new and/or current homeowners with the purchase or refinance of their homes.

Why did Tidewater Home Funding become a UJFT corporate partner?
Tidewater Home Funding saw a great opportunity to gain a new strategic partner in the UJFT. As a company, we are very aware and supportive of the great services that UJFT offers to the entire Hampton Roads community. We are proud to contribute to a small part of that.

Why did Tidewater Home Funding decide to partner with UJFT’s Young Adult Division?
The Young Adult Division is an impressive group of individuals who are doing great things in the community. Both Shikma Rubin and I are honored to be personally involved in the Young Adult Division. YAD members are the future leaders of the UJFT, and as we continue to try and grow our business, it makes us proud to be the UJFT’s YAD corporate sponsor.

The West Hoffman Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
208 Golden Oak Court, Suite 300,
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Contact: Jason S. Hoffman, Vice President–Investments, (757) 498-6250, Jason.hoffman@wellsfargoadvisors.com

About The West Hoffman Investment Group:
Brought together by a commitment to client- focused investment management, The West-Hoffman Investment Group offers a dedicated staff that together brings specialized skills to the development and implementation of strategies for our clients. We encompass such disciplines as retirement planning and asset management. Our team manages investment assets for institutions and high net worth individuals and families.

Why did The West Hoffman Investment Group become a UJFT corporate partner?
When we were approached by Alex Pomerantz to sponsor the Women’s Philanthropy division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, it made sense given our clientele. In our business, we often find ourselves working with families to create and develop their legacies and often those legacies include philanthropy. We have many women clients, and only expect that number to grow given the statistics of life expectancy. We realize that women have been a historically underserviced population when it comes to investment advice and financial planning. Frankly, we find it surprising considering the amount of wealth that women control and the positive impact that they make through their philanthropy.

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
4535 Commerce Street
Virginia Brach, VA 23462
Contact: (757) 557-0550, http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1568

Jones Zittrain Wealth Management Group of Merrill Lynch
208 Golden Oak Court
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Contact: Greg S. Zittrain, Wealth Management Advisor, (757) 631-5530, Gregory.zittrain@ml.com;
Laurie Zittrain Jones, CFP, CRPC, Wealth Management Advisor, First Vice President–Investments, (757) 631-5515, Laurie_jones@ml.com

About Jones Zittrain Wealth Management:
Clients who can benefit from Jones Zittrain’s devoted measure of attention include retirees and those approaching retirement, along with a growing number of physicians, attorneys, CPAs and business owners. For all clients, the team prides itself on helping clients through major and minor transitions. As Greg Zittrain explains, “Clients in peak earning years face a series of financial challenges. While enjoying their lifestyles, they’re raising families, saving for retirement and their children’s educations. We help clients hit key milestones, prepare for what’s ahead, and consider ‘life issues’ that span generations. We also help business owners diversify risk because significant wealth is tied up in their enterprise.”

Why did Jones Zittrain become a UJFT corporate partner?
We are a family business. Our core values are reflected in who we are and everything we do. It was a very natural decision to use our business resources to support a cause and community that has meant so much to us.

Why did Jones Zittrain decide to partner with UJFT’s Israel Today series?
This is our second year as supporters of the Israel Today series, and we continue to be amazed at the quality of the speakers and the engagement of the community at these events. We are proud to foster education and advocacy; it brings our community together.

Janet W. Mercadante, PRP
Vice President–Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC/Member SIPC
Contact: 999 Waterside Drive, Suite 1800, Norfolk, VA 23510, (757) 640-5909, 800-628- 4444, janet.mercadante@wfadvisors.com

About Janet W. Mercadante:
I have been helping investors define and achieve their financial goals for the past 24 years. I believe that the advisor-client relationship goes beyond money; it’s about communication, trust and confidence. In addition to my individual clients, I assist corporate clients with their retirement plans. I am a member of Wells Fargo Advisors’ premier Retirement Plan Advisors Program (RPAP), as well as the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA). Responsiveness and client service define my practice.

Why did you choose to become a UJFT corporate partner?
As a member of UJFT’s Women’s Cabinet, I am surrounded by women who inspire me. Their generosity and sense of Tikkun Olam is infectious. When offered the opportunity to be a corporate sponsor, partnering with Women’s Philanthropy was the obvious choice. I have witnessed firsthand what a community of energetic and dedicated women can achieve, and am honored to participate with them on a personal, and now corporate, level.

Beach Ford, Inc.
Contact: www.beachford.com, Tom Barton, lynn@beachford.com

About Beach Ford:
Ford Dealership

Why did Beach Ford become a corporate partner?
UJFT represents the same values as Beach Ford. Striving to be a community asset, the importance of family and giving back.

Insco Insurance Group
5511 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Contact: 757-490-1631, info@inscogrp.com

About Insco Insurance Group:
We are an Independent Insurance Agency offering business and personal insurance products for all Property & Casualty and Life & Health lines of coverage.

Why did Insco Insurance Group become a UJFT corporate partner?
As we enter our 55th year as an insurance agency in Tidewater, we feel that a UFJT sponsorship is a wonderful tribute to our founder, Seeman Waranch, who recently retired. We are thrilled to continue his legacy of supporting the Jewish community. As a professional services company, we believe that partnering with the Business and Legal Society is a perfect match. Our new president, Lisa Waranch Gilbert, expresses her excitement for the agency’s future, “My father is proud of the continuation of the agency and the direction it has taken over the past year. We intend to continue the same values he instilled from day one—outstanding expertise, service and the utmost respect for our clients. We are encouraged by what the future holds for the agency.”

The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater sincerely thanks its 2014- 2015 Corporate Partners for their loyal support and collaboration. The quality products and services they provide their customers are a valuable resource and greatly appreciated by the Tidewater Jewish community.

The UJFT looks forward to continuing these strong partnerships and growing further support through the Corporate Partners Circle. For more information and to learn how to become a Corporate Partner, contact Alex Pomerantz, senior development officer, at 757-965-6136 or apomerantz@ujft.org.