JFS Perspectives

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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Global Atlantic Financial Group Helps JFS Take a Bite Out of Hunger

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Global Atlantic Financial Group Helps JFS Take a Bite Out of Hunger

Jamie and Andrew Resnik continue to find unique ways to help Jewish Family Service! You may remember the blog post about the Resniks packing meal bags for the Weinberg Food Pantry with their young children. They recently made an even bigger impact, this time through Andrew’s company, Global Atlantic Financial Group.  

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2017 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year Recipient: Tamara Weil

Thursday, June 22, 2017
2017 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year Recipient: Tamara Weil

Tamara Weil, a dedicated JFS Friendly Visitor and, more recently, a member of AmeriCorps who works with refugees through Jewish Family Service, was honored as the Jewish Family Service Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year at the Celebrate JFS event on June 26.  

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Volunteers are at the Heart of Everything We Do!

Friday, April 21, 2017
Volunteers are at the Heart of Everything We Do!

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 23 to 29, we thank and pay tribute to our nearly 1,200 annual volunteers. As you can see from the infographic below, volunteers are at the heart of everything we do! We are grateful to all the dedicated, passionate, and caring people of all ages who help in a variety of meaningful ways throughout the agency. 

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Such Good News From the Volunteer Department, We Just Had to Share!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Elene and ElliotWe don’t mean to boast, but the volunteers at Boulder JFS are some of the most giving, creative, thoughtful, and dedicated human beings you will come across. Here are some of the most recent snippets of how JFS volunteers go above and beyond and make a meaningful impact in the lives of JFS clients. Photo: Volunteer Elaine with Elliot.
 

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Bags Full of Hope: A New Kind of Food Drive

Monday, February 20, 2017
Bags Full of Hope: A New Kind of Food Drive

The Weinberg Food Pantry at Jewish Family Service has launched a new program that makes it simple to donate food to help the hungry in our community. 

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