111th Annual Meeting: Volunteer Honoree Jory Herman
JFCS will host its 111th Annual Meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, on Zoom. At the event we will acknowledge the contributions of dedicated volunteers Jory Herman and Alan Ingber and generous business partner Affiance Financial. To RSVP for the Annual Meeting, click here!
Jory Herman has volunteered in a number of areas at JFCS since the early 2000s, including the Hag Sameach program; Annual Benefit; J-Pride; JFCS’ move to Golden Valley; the QuickFix program for small home repairs for Senior Services clients, and the Jewish Youth Mentoring Program. He spoke about these experiences below:
How/why did you start volunteering with JFCS?
I started with my family wrapping gifts for the Hag Samach program. Then that turned into finding items and getting them to JFCS for the next year’s gift bags. It was always so much fun to bring those big bags of gifts to the various recipients. I volunteered for many years on the Annual Benefit event. I also helped declutter so many items before JFCS undertook its big move (to a new building). I’m currently volunteering in the Jewish Youth Mentor Program. I was matched with a great kid! We have so much fun during our outings.
What made you want to continue volunteering for the agency over many years?
There are so many programs and events JFCS offers. How could you not find something that is fun to do?!
What is your favorite part about it?
I always get such a grateful and meaningful “thank you” from the staff at JFCS after each event or job. I always feel so happy to help JFCS with anything they need. It is an important and crucial organization that serves our community.
Why is giving back to the community something that’s important to you?
I was born and raised this way – tzedakah – it’s my religious obligation. Volunteering of time is a selflessness act of tzedakah. A true act of kindness and generosity.
Anything else you would like to add?
What’s a better place than JFCS? Its leadership and staff are so important to all that come through those doors. I appreciate being a volunteer and looking forward to many more decades with JFCS.