The Mission of The Blue Card is to provide direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust survivors.
The Blue Card was established by the Jewish community in Germany in 1934, to help Jews already being affected by Nazi restrictions through loss of jobs, forcibly closed businesses and other forms of oppression.
In 1939, The Blue Card was reestablished in the United States to continue aiding refugees of Nazi persecution resettling in America.
After the Holocaust, the mission of the organization was expanded to help survivors of the Shoah from all European countries. The Blue Card continues its work in the United States to this day, providing:
- financial assistance, on a monthly basis as well as for emergencies, such as medical and dental care
- week-long vacations in a rural setting
- special holiday grants
- health precautionary services that permit survivors to live with dignity in their own homes
Of the 75,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States, about 1/3 live below poverty level, a staggering figure. As the number of survivors still alive declines, their needs for financial assistance increase.
The Blue Card is the only national organization in the United States whose sole mission is to help needy Holocaust survivors.
Since its inception, The Blue Card has provided financial resources that improve the daily lives of needy Shoah victims and lead to a more secure future.
The organization's name derives from the original blue paper cards that were issued to the Jewish donors who worked to raise funds for individuals who had lost their jobs. Each time a donation was made, a stamp was put on the card to keep a record.
To date, The Blue Card has provided more than $22 million to thousands of survivors and their families. In 2012, The Blue Card distributed $1,600,000 in financial grants to all of its clients, helping more than 2,200 Holocaust survivors in need; two-thirds of these clients live in the greater New York area.