JFS Perspectives

Next-Generation Volunteers Are Making a Difference

Monday, August 20, 2018
Next-Generation Volunteers Are Making a Difference

If this summer’s JFS youth volunteers are any indication of the next generation’s leaders, the future looks bright! Nearly 40 kids, ages 10 to 18, served JFS this summer by distributing lunches and school supplies through Lunchbox Express, sorting food and supplies in the Weinberg Food Pantry, and completing meaningful mitzvah projects.  

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A Mouth-Watering Mitzvah

Wednesday, August 01, 2018
A Mouth-Watering Mitzvah

More than a year ago, Brooke Gralla met with Nancy Benyamin, JFS director of Volunteer Services, to discuss ideas for her daughter Julia’s upcoming mitzvah project and to find ways they could volunteer together. Brooke and Julia decided to volunteer with Lunchbox Express delivering meals and books to low-income children throughout the metro area last summer.  

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Congratulations to 2018 Max Frankel Volunteers of the Year

Monday, July 09, 2018
Congratulations to 2018 Max Frankel Volunteers of the Year

Mady Kassanoff and Stephen Green were honored as the Jewish Family Service Max Frankel Volunteers of the Year at the Celebrate JFS event on June 18. Mady and Stephen are both retired librarians, a couple who share a deep sense of caring for those in our community who need a hand. Lucky for us, they chose JFS as one of the places to devote their time and energy.  

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Our Volunteers Make It Possible

Friday, April 13, 2018
Our Volunteers Make It Possible

In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, we celebrate and thank our volunteers. Their impact is immeasurable, not only for the agency, but for the community as a whole. Volunteers truly are at the heart of everything we do.  

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Barbara Garrett: A Volunteer So Nice, She’s Doing It Twice!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Barbara Garrett: A Volunteer So Nice, She’s Doing It Twice!

Barbara Garrett has been volunteering with Boulder JFS for the past year and a half, ever since she retired from her position as a tax advocate. She was looking for a meaningful way to volunteer and help others, and Boulder JFS offered precisely the opportunity she was looking for. “Volunteering with JFS was always in the back of my mind,” says Barbara. “When the time came, I knew who to call.” 

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Boulder Volunteer Baker is the Apple of Our Eye

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

For the past several years, baker extraordinaire Lisa Hainline has added some extra sweetness to the High Holy Day services Boulder JFS brings to local retirement communities. As a cherished behind-the-scenes volunteer, Lisa bakes as many apple cakes as our Boulder staff asks her to—this year it’s six! While the residents enjoy the traditional apples and honey that is served at most Rosh Hashanah celebrations, they are thrilled to see Lisa’s homemade cakes on the tables. 

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Lunchbox Express Volunteers Helped Us Fight Hunger Throughout the Summer

Monday, August 21, 2017
Lunchbox Express Volunteers Helped Us Fight Hunger Throughout the Summer

How many people does it take to distribute more than 30,000 lunches to low-income children in the summer? It turns out it takes a village … a village of dedicated individual and group volunteers. 

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Volunteer Spotlight: John Keith: How one volunteer’s efforts are helping JFS nourish kids’ bodies and minds

Monday, August 21, 2017
Volunteer Spotlight: John Keith: How one volunteer’s efforts are helping JFS nourish kids’ bodies and minds

In middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1. In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 book for every 300 kids. In fact, 81 percent of low-income families have no books at all in the home for children. Along with a committed group of volunteers, JFS board member and volunteer John Keith is trying to change these startling statistics.  

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Volunteer Brings Love of Reading to Group Home Residents

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Volunteer Brings Love of Reading to Group Home Residents

Longtime volunteer Evan Silverman was looking for a new way to get involved with JFS last year. He came up with a creative program that pairs his love of reading and desire to connect with people with disabilities. In this blog post, Evan tells us how the JFS Group Home Reading Club was born! The JFS Group Home offers a warm, caring residential environment and skilled supervision for adult residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

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Celebrate JFS Honors Volunteers and Board

Friday, June 30, 2017
Celebrate JFS Honors Volunteers and Board

Nearly 300 people attended Celebrate JFS, Jewish Family Service's annual meeting and celebration of volunteers, board, supporters, and staff held June 26. Guests of all ages gathered at Palazzo Verdi near Fiddler’s Green, and sampled delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks while mingling and enjoying the art in the adjacent Madden Museum.  

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