JFS Perspectives

CARES Act and Charitable Giving

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act is a new law designed to help nonprofits facing economic hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. The law includes several provisions designed to encourage charitable giving that we want you to know about.  

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Volunteer Spearheads Successful Tech to Connect Program

Monday, May 18, 2020

Sue MackeySue Mackey, a Boulder JFS volunteer, recently started a wonderful program to help connect local isolated older adults with their families. Sue explains the program and how she got the idea: 

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Local Teacher Delivers Lesson in Kindness

Monday, May 11, 2020
Local Teacher Delivers Lesson in Kindness

Ann Deyarmond, who works with kids on the autism spectrum at Joe Shoemaker Elementary, is helping students meet one of their most basic needs while the school is closed. She comes to the Weinberg Food Pantry up to three times a week and delivers food to six families, which she plans to continue through the summer. 

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Staying Connected to Older Adults During the Pandemic

Monday, May 11, 2020
Staying Connected to Older Adults During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our Aging Care & Connections department and the more than 450 older adult clients it serves. Bernice, a 90-year-old resident at Kavod Senior Life, has received JFS services for many years. She lives alone and struggles with several health challenges. Before the pandemic, a JFS homemaker cleaned her apartment every two weeks, which she greatly misses and looks forward to receiving this service again when it’s safe. Her care manager, Mako, calls her weekly to check-in, which Bernice says is “so wonderful in these times. I feel like someone is looking out for me.” 

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Virtual Groups and Classes

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Virtual Groups and Classes

To support the community while everyone is staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, JFS is offering several virtual groups and classes. We will continue to update this page as more are added. 

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You Can Count on JFS

Monday, April 27, 2020

Heather Seiden, JFS employment program coordinator, doesn’t often hear from her clients after they have received services or gotten the jobs they wanted. She was recently surprised with a heartfelt email two years after she last worked with “Sarah.” Heather says, “This was a lovely reminder that the work we all do makes a difference.”  

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National Volunteer Week: Honoring Our Extraordinary Community’s Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Friday, April 17, 2020
National Volunteer Week: Honoring Our Extraordinary Community’s Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Extraordinary. Unbelievable yet believable. Overwhelming outpouring of support. These are a few terms we’ve heard from our Volunteer Services team in the last month regarding the community response to requests for help during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Passover Celebrations in the Time of Social Distancing

Friday, April 17, 2020
Passover Celebrations in the Time of Social Distancing

Typically, at this time of year, our volunteer para-chaplains and other local leaders would be hosting Passover Seders in nine senior communities in the Boulder area. While it wasn’t safe to do that this year, we couldn’t pass over the opportunity to bring the holiday to isolated older adults in retirement communities or their homes.  

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Caring for Our Community During the COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Caring for Our Community During the COVID-19 Crisis

While our physical locations are closed and programs have been canceled, we are serving more people than ever during this pandemic. Thank you to our incredible staff who is working tirelessly and in creative ways to serve the community through a variety of services. Below are a few highlights of our COVID-19 response: 

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