“Super Sunday is a tradition for so many community members, and over the years, they’ve passed on the tradition,” said Marianne Bloomberg, Federation’s Associate Director of Philanthropic Engagement. “It’s not uncommon to see three generations of family members coming out to make calls with us on Super Sunday.”
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit has a lot of traditions, not uncommon for an organization that’s been around for 120 years. But one tradition in particular has become a true favorite, bringing in dollars and building community since 1981— and that is Super Sunday.
Super Sunday, a community-wide telethon held every year in early spring, is an opportunity for Federation’s lay-leadership and volunteers, as well as staff and supporters of Federation’s 17 local partner agencies, to make a big impact on the success of Federation’s Annual Campaign.
Last year, over 225 volunteers participated in Super Sunday. Together they raised over $200,000 in just a matter of hours — a major contribution to the Federation’s 2018 Annual Campaign of $32.8 million and the community’s fundraising efforts.
“We have such a wonderful variety of volunteers who participate on Super Sunday. Some are long-time Federation leaders, and others are new to the community or just beginning to get involved,” said Brittany Karson, Federation’s Community Development Senior Associate. “There’s also a lot of representation from our partner agencies. You see callers wearing Tamarack t-shirts, Hebrew Free Loan t-shirts, Hillel Day School t-shirts. There are familiar faces from the JCC, JFS and Jewish Senior Life, and that’s just to name a few.”
This year, Super Sunday is March 3 from 9 AM until 1 PM at the Max M. Fisher Federation Building in Bloomfield Hills. Volunteers are invited to come for all or any part of the telethon. A light bagel breakfast is served followed by opening remarks, and then the fundraising begins.
Phone banks are set up for volunteers to call fellow community members and ask for their annual donations. For those who prefer not to make calls, there are also letter writing stations to thank donors and ask them to continue their support in the form of a mailed card.
“We understand that some people aren’t comfortable making calls and asking for donations, but we want everyone to be able to be a part of Super Sunday, even if they have a bit of phone-phobia,” said Karson.
If you would like to volunteer for Super Sunday, you can sign up at jewishdetroit.org/SuperSunday. Please contact Brittany Karson with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.