Ways to Give

Individuals and families often reflect on what they can do to make a positive difference in the quality of life of others. Jewish Senior Services offers many charitable gift-giving opportunities, and encourages members of the community to include the Jewish Senior Services in their charitable gift planning. The following is a list of some of the most popular forms of charitable giving.

Cash Gifts & Pledges

The most popular form of charitable giving. You may donate to Jewish Senior Services using a personal check, business check, cash, credit card online, or pledge a gift over an extended period. Please make checks payable to Jewish Senior Services. Donations can be mailed to Jewish Senior Services, Attn: Foundation, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604.

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Securities

 Appreciated securities can be made as an outright gift of stocks, bonds, and/or mutual fund shares. This is an especially attractive option, as you may enjoy significant tax savings by donating securities that you have held for at least one year. This type of gift can be as simple as an electronic transfer.

Planned Gifts

Whether you want to make a gift that costs you nothing during your lifetime, or a gift that gives you guaranteed income for life allow, us to work with you to help you create a legacy for you and your family.

Charitable Gift Annuity

With a charitable gift annuity, you will receive a safe and stable income stream for the rest of your life (and the life of another person if you choose), while securing Jewish Senior Services’ financial future. A gift annuity is a simple contract between a donor and Jewish Senior Services in which Jewish Senior Services pays the donor a yearly sum based on the value of the gift and the age of the donor. With the uncertainty of a volatile economic environment, the inherent risks associated with the stock market, and low interest rates, there can be no better time than now to contemplate an investment in a Charitable Gift Annuity with Jewish Senior Services.

IRA Charitable Rollover

Under the extended charitable IRA legislation for 2013, if you are 70½ or older, you can make a charitable gift to Jewish Senior Services using funds from your individual retirement accounts (IRAs) possibly without undesirable tax effects.

Charitable Bequest

A charitable bequest is simply a distribution from your estate to Jewish Senior Services through your last will and testament. Bequests are popular because they give you the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy. When you make a charitable bequest, you retain full use of your property during life, so there is no disruption of your lifestyle and no immediate out-of-pocket cost.

Since a charitable bequest can take many forms, you have great flexibility on how you make the designation in your will. For example, you can leave…

  • A specific sum of money
  • A percentage of your estate
  • Or what remains of your estate after you have provided for all of your other beneficiaries

You can also designate exactly how you want your bequest to be used or you can provide an unrestricted bequest that can be used wherever it is needed most.

Life Insurance

This allows you to make a gift of assets that may no longer be needed, or that have “outlived” their original purpose. One can choose to use the “cash value” of a policy to fund a gift, or name Jewish Senior Services as the “beneficiary”, to receive all or a portion of the proceeds of the policy at death.

*The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For legal or tax advice, please consult an attorney.

Naming Opportunities

Numerous naming opportunities are available to recognize gifts of $5,000 or more in support of The Journey to Home Capital Campaign as well as all of the services provided by Jewish Senior Services.

Whether you are interested in supporting our skilled nursing care, assisted living, rehabilitation, home care agency, hospice program, adult day services, the Institute on Aging or some other area, an opportunity exists for you to make a significant impact on the care we provide to the seniors in our community. Additionally, our naming opportunities program allows you to place your name, the name of a loved one or the name of your caregiver on one of our programs or a plaque in our campus.

Honor a Loved One

Make a contribution in memory or in honor of a loved one, send well wishes, honor a special occasion or to recognize the care that a family member received at Goldstein Rehabilitation Center. When a tribute gift is made, the amount of the gift is kept confidential. A card acknowledging the gift will be sent to the individuals the donor wishes. Please be sure to include the name and address of the person or persons you wish to be notified about your gift.

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Obituary Information

We deeply appreciate those who choose to direct donations to Jewish Senior Services to honor the life of a loved one. If you’d like to direct family and friends to make gifts in lieu of flowers, suggested wording for an obituary or other tribute is:

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of {deceased name} to Jewish Senior Services, Foundation, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 or visit jseniors.org.

Please notify us at 203-396-1000 if you choose to include Jewish Senior Services in an obituary, or if you are requesting donations to Jewish Senior Services in lieu of gifts, so we can properly recognize and thank those who give.

Other Ways to Remember a Loved One

Memorial Tablets, located near the synagogue at Jewish Senior Services, are cast in bronze and inscribed with the individual’s name and date of death. Every plaque bears a small light, which is lit on the anniversary of your loved one’s death (based on the Hebrew calendar).

The Perpetual Yahrzeit Observance will memorialize your loved one during the week of the anniversary of his or her death with the recitation of the traditional memorial prayer. You’ll be notified of the Yahrzeit date by mail. When one gives tzedakah in someone’s memory, it is viewed as a tribute to his or her life and the Jewish values he or she sought to preserve.

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This virtual memorial candle burns in memory of your beloved family member.

Ways to Give/

Matching Gifts

Many employers will match contributions their employees make to nonprofit organizations such as Jewish Senior Services. These programs can double or even triple the value of your gift. Check with your employer to see if a matching gift program exists and send the form in along with your gift. Please note, the legal name is The Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield County.

Gifts-in-Kind

Call us before bringing any donations. State regulations restrict the items that we are able to accept nor do we accept donations of clothing.

Shop to Give

You can support us through online shopping. Once connected, we stay associated with your account.

If you are buying items from Amazon, click on the image below:  

Jewish Senior Services will receive about 0.5% commission on the sale at no cost to you! 
OR 

After logging on to goodsearch.com/goodshop, select Jewish Home for the Elderly. Shop at one of more than 5,000 participating stores and a percentage of your total purchase (amount varies by store – generally ranges from 1% – 30%) will be donated directly to Jewish Senior Services.

Become a Corporate Partner

Align your organization with our widely recognized and respected name while also supporting our mission. Corporate sponsors have multiple opportunities for exposure throughout the year via promotion at our popular community events.

Vehicle Donations

Jewish Senior Services is now able to accept vehicle donations. Free towing, tax deductible and all vehicles (running or not) are eligible!!

For more information or to donate, call 877-999-8322 or click on the image below:

 

 

 

Additional Opportunites

You may support Jewish Senior Services through your donations to and participation in the events of the Women’s Auxiliary and Men’s Club including the Fall Gala, the George Lipton Golf and Tennis Invitational, the Celebrity Breakfast and the Spring Luncheon and Boutique. The annual membership drives raise additional funds helping to enhance the lives of the Residents.

However you choose to give, your gift will change a senior’s life. We are deeply grateful for your kindness and generosity. For more information, please contact the Foundation at (203) 396-1000 or foundation@jseniors.org.