JFS Perspectives

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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Volunteer Spotlight: Mireille Azzam

Friday, February 17, 2017
Volunteer Spotlight: Mireille Azzam

Many people are looking for ways to lend a hand to refugees. One of our newest volunteers has found a great way to pair her skills and expertise with a fulfilling volunteer role at Jewish Family Service.  

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We are Thankful for YOU!

Friday, December 02, 2016
We are Thankful for YOU!

On any given day, people from about 50 households visit the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry (on the three days per week the pantry is open). However, last Tuesday and Wednesday when we distributed our annual Thanksgiving meal packages, we served nearly triple that number!  

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Jewish Family Service and Charles Schwab: A First Date?

Friday, November 04, 2016
Jewish Family Service and Charles Schwab: A First Date?

Guest blog post by Jennifer Kraft, JFS Development Committee Member  

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Yana's Final Celebrate JFS as CEO

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Yana's Final Celebrate JFS as CEO

Celebrate JFS crowdApproximately 200 people attended Celebrate JFS, Jewish Family Service's annual meeting and celebration of volunteers, board, supporters, and staff held June 27. Guests of all ages gathered at Palazzo Verdi near Fiddler’s Green, and sampled sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and drinks while mingling and enjoying the art in the adjacent Madden Museum. 

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My Lunchbox Express Volunteer Experience

Thursday, July 28, 2016
My Lunchbox Express Volunteer Experience

As the Jewish Family Service associate director of marketing and communications, I had seen Lunchbox Express in action many times over the past few years since we took over the summer lunch program. I had taken photos of volunteers handing out food to kids at various locations and worked with media to get stories of the program. 

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2016 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient: Dr. Allan Cohen

Friday, July 01, 2016
2016 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient: Dr. Allan Cohen

Dr. Allan Cohen, a retired psychologist and longtime JFS volunteer, received the 2016 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year award at Celebrate JFS in June. He has volunteered with the Mental Health Services department for 12 years, providing pro bono counseling services to a variety of JFS clients. He also facilitated several staff in-service trainings for KidSuccess therapists about special education and school laws relating to it, behavior management, and more. 

Recently through the JFS Colorado Senior Connections (CSC) program, Allan began hosting weekly office hours for residents of Edgewater Plaza who are 60 years or older. During the 30- to 40-minute appointments, he provides “light counseling” sessions to residents who need to talk through an issue they are having, process any frustrations or feelings, and help them move on with their day and week.

In June, he started a weekly discussion group with these residents to talk about a wide range of topics. These discussions often lead residents to consider seeing Dr. Cohen individually to discuss an issue they never thought they would need to talk about. Felica Goett, CSC activities and volunteer coordinator, says, “Residents have really taken to Dr. Cohen and enjoy his laid-back nature. I have noticed that he really likes the opportunity to help people who have had a difficult past or who foresee a difficult future because of financial, health, or other issues.”

A Denver native, Allan received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, a master’s in clinical social work from UCLA, and a doctor of psychology (PsyD) from the University of Denver. He worked for Adams 12 Five Star Schools (Adams County School District) for 26 years, first as director of mental health services and then as director of special education before retiring in 2000. He started a small private therapy practice, which he continued after retirement for a few more years.

When his wife passed away in 2002, Allan looked for volunteer opportunities where he could use his expertise. Since he had spent much of his career working with children, he wanted to explore helping seniors. Allan explains, “I felt like seniors are mostly an ignored population and I wanted to give them a voice by truly listening to them and letting them share their concerns, thoughts, and ideas.”

He first volunteered at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless through Mental Health Colorado’s Pro Bono Counseling Program. Then, after some time, a friend mentioned that JFS offered counseling services. He met with Stacey Weisberg, director of Mental Health Services, and began seeing clients and consulting with the KidSuccess school-based counseling team. Stacey says, “I am so grateful for Allan’s continued dedication to our clients and staff. We value his expertise and are fortunate that he chooses to volunteer so much time with JFS!”

In addition to his volunteer efforts at JFS, he currently leads a weekly group at Morning Star Adult Day Program in Lowry for seniors with disabilities. In 2009, he was honored as volunteer of the year by the Colorado Mental Health Association.

Allan has truly enjoyed his volunteer work with JFS over the years. He says, “JFS is a fabulous organization that reaches so many people and helps so many different populations. The staff does a great job. I hold the counseling staff in high regard and enjoy consulting with them.”

When asked about the Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year award, Allan commented, “I was very surprised when I first heard about the award, but it’s a great honor! Honestly, the reward I get is doing the work. Every volunteer probably says this, but I get way more out of it than what the clients receive. I look forward to working with the clients every week!”

Thank you to Allan for his years of service to JFS! We truly appreciate all he continues to do for our clients.

 

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