JFS Perspectives

500 Backpacks Provided to JFS Through 4th Annual Backpack Bonanza

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
500 Backpacks Provided to JFS Through 4th Annual Backpack Bonanza

For the fourth year in a row, 13-year old Hannah Kutnick organized her annual “Backpack Bonanza,” a drive to generate donations for back-to-school backpacks and school supplies for at-risk children. Whether kids are learning at home or in-person, they will have the supplies they need because of Hannah’s kindness. She collected donations from friends and family via social media to purchase supplies and then gathered her friends and family--outside, masked, and at a safe distance--to load the backpacks.  

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Why I Created the Pandemic Pantry Pick-Up Food Drive

Monday, June 29, 2020
Why I Created the Pandemic Pantry Pick-Up Food Drive

Samantha Thomas, incoming Sophomore Class President at Cherry Creek High School, recently completed a Pandemic Pantry Pick-Up food drive for the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry. We spoke with her to learn more about the project and to get her advice to other teens who want to give back to their community. 

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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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A Strong Corporate Partner for Three Decades

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
A Strong Corporate Partner for Three Decades

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC (Otten Johnson) has supported JFS since its founding 34 years ago. For this local law firm, which primarily specializes in real estate and land use matters, philanthropy doesn’t just mean writing a big check. Instead, they ask their employees which nonprofit organizations they are passionate about, which then connects the firm to meaningful ways to get involved in the community. 

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Marty and Shira Zimmerman: Investing in the Future of JFS and Our Community

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Marty and Shira Zimmerman: Investing in the Future of JFS and Our Community

Jewish Family Service exists to fulfill one of the most important Jewish values, that of Tikkun Olam, the obligation to make the world a better place. With this value as a guide, JFS ensures a future where families are strong, children are safe, and our seniors are cared for and not forgotten. The JFS Legacy Society ensures the future of JFS for generations to come. 

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L’dor V’dor: From Generation to Generation

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Jewish Family Service exists to fulfill one of the most important Jewish values, that of Tikkun Olam, the obligation to make the world a better place. With this value as a guide, JFS ensures a future where families are strong, children are safe, and our seniors are cared for and not alone.  

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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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Donor Spotlight: Jerry and Gail Sloat

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Donor Spotlight: Jerry and Gail Sloat

Jerry SloatJerry and Gail Sloat have been longtime supporters of Boulder JFS. In fact, their first contact with JFS was when Jerry volunteered to sound the shofar at a JFS High Holy Day service in an assisted living facility approximately 35 years ago! Since then, their involvement has grown. Jerry still sounds the shofar at all of the High Holy Day services in many senior living communities around Boulder. Gail has been a Friendly Visitor volunteer for about seven years, which she loves.  

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