JFS Perspectives

Sheela Balaji: Volunteer Extraordinaire

Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Sheela Balaji: Volunteer Extraordinaire

If you spend five minutes with Sheela Balaji, her happiness, zest for life, and passion for helping others will rub off on you. Volunteering is an integral part of her identity, and she lights up when she talks about the myriad ways she gives back to the community. And lucky for us, JFS is one of the recipients of her kindness. 

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Trader Joe’s Partners with JFS to Fight Hunger

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Everyone loves Trader Joe’s, but those who visit the Weinberg Food Pantry with any regularity have a special affinity for the popular grocery retailer. Trader Joe’s Greenwood Village store is one of the largest in-kind donors to the pantry, supplying fresh produce, prepared foods, dairy products, bread, and even fresh flowers on a regular basis. Last year, Trader Joe’s donated 84,000 pounds of food, enough to make 65,000 meals. 

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Thank You Lunchbox Express Volunteers!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Thank You Lunchbox Express Volunteers!

This past summer, hundreds of dedicated Lunchbox Express volunteers distributed more than 22,000 fresh, nutritious lunches to children in need at 16 locations throughout the Denver metro area. The program targets children who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year but are at risk of going without during the summer months. In addition to the meals, more than 12,000 books were distributed to children to encourage a love of reading and learning. 

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Mike Korn: Broadening a Jewish Connection for Older Adults

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Mike Korn: Broadening a Jewish Connection for Older Adults

Mike KornFor the past three years Mike Korn has served as a JFS volunteer para-chaplain, leading Shabbat services for the residents of HighPointe Assisted Living & Memory Care. Mike’s engaging biweekly and holiday services regularly attract both Jewish and non-Jewish residents. 

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Corporate Employees Get Out of the Board Room and Back on the School Bus

Monday, August 19, 2019
Corporate Employees Get Out of the Board Room and Back on the School Bus

We just concluded another amazing Lunchbox Express season! Hundreds of dedicated volunteers distributed more than 22,000 fresh, nutritious lunches and more than 12,000 books to children in need at 16 locations throughout the Denver metro area. We were thrilled to partner with seven corporate groups to fill many of these volunteer slots: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), DaVita, FirstBank, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE), Randstad, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee, and Xcel Energy. Many of these groups took multiple shifts on various days throughout the summer. And for some groups, their employees have returned year after year. 

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Giving Back is a Family Affair

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

When Heidi Schoen relocated to Boulder six years ago, she quickly set out to find a place to give of her time. “My grandmothers were an integral part of my life growing up, and I have lots of fond memories of our time together, so I was always drawn to the older adult population,” shares Heidi. Through Boulder JFS, she found an opportunity to help serve lunches to a group of older adults at the Boulder JCC. Because of that positive experience, she inquired about how she could get more involved with Boulder JFS and joined the advisory committee to help drive the organization’s mission and work forward. 

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Third Graders Put Jewish Values into Action to Benefit JFS

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Third Graders Put Jewish Values into Action to Benefit JFS

Performing acts of loving kindness (gemilut chasadim), doing good deeds (mitzvot), philanthropic giving (tzedakah), and working to repair the world (tikkun olam) are all integral parts of the daily teachings at Denver Jewish Day School (Denver JDS). One way these values are taught is through the Helping Hands project, which connects each grade in the Lower Division (kindergarten through fifth grade) with a local nonprofit. JFS is the proud recipient of the third graders’ year-long community service project. 

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Meet the 2019 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Meet the 2019 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year

For the past 11 years, Evan Silverman has been a fixture at JFS, volunteering in 12 different capacities and logging more than 550 hours of service. Whether it’s distributing lunches aboard the Lunchbox Express, serving older adults kosher meals at the JCC, or stuffing envelopes, Evan gives his all to support the mission of JFS and the people it serves. 

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Volunteer Para-Chaplain Officiates Wedding for Couple She’d Never Met

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Volunteer Para-Chaplain Officiates Wedding for Couple She’d Never Met

“I had never met Lulu when I got her call asking me if I would officiate at her wedding ceremony,” says volunteer para-chaplain Lynn Nadel. You may remember Lynn from a story we recently shared about her leading a Pete Seeger sing-along in the memory care unit at Frasier. Lynn has amazed us again as she went above and beyond her volunteer commitment!  

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Celebrating Our Volunteers

Monday, April 15, 2019
Celebrating Our Volunteers

We celebrate and thank our volunteers—now in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month—and every month. Their impact is immeasurable, not only for the agency, but for the whole community. Thank you to each of our 1,211 volunteers who contributed a total of 30,988 hours of service last year to fulfill the mission of JFS!  

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