JFS Perspectives

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Meet the 2019 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year

Meet the 2019 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year

For the past 11 years, Evan Silverman has been a fixture at JFS, volunteering in 12 different capacities and logging more than 550 hours of service. Whether it’s distributing lunches aboard the Lunchbox Express, serving older adults kosher meals at the JCC, or stuffing envelopes, Evan gives his all to support the mission of JFS and the people it serves.

For the past three years, Evan has been facilitating the JFS Group Home Reading Club. He visits every other week—books in hand—for an engaging reading session that has become a favorite activity for the residents. Evan gets their input on the books they want to read and goes to the library every month to borrow the books they have requested. He creatively encourages them to participate and read if they are able.

“I enjoy the reading club and the chance to interact with the residents,” says Evan. “I feel honored to be invited into their home and given the opportunity to cultivate love and sharing. It’s become something that’s bigger than myself and I find that to be very rewarding. I want to thank JFS for the opportunity to serve in so many ways—and for this incredible honor.”

Evan will be recognized for his extensive volunteer service to JFS at the Celebrate JFS event on Monday, June 24, at Palazzo Verdi. There is no cost to attend. For more information, visit jewishfamilyservice.org/CelebrateJFS.