JFS Perspectives

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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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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