‘As the time went on, we became friends’

JFCS senior outreach visitor volunteer Ester cherishes memories from her time with Elisabeth  After a 43-year career teaching high school, Ester decided she wanted to do “something useful” in retirement, so she called JFCS and asked to see what volunteer opportunities were available. S[...]

Watching my daughter on Good Deeds Day

By Amy Weiss • JFCS Community Services Director  “I planted flowers for the environment, made a blanket for animals at the Animal Humane Society, made a tzedakah box, packed a bag of supplies for a homeless person, made a card for a soldier and packed a bag of baby supplies for a new m[...]

Volunteers help JFCS prepare for new home

By Erica Solomon • Development & Community Engagement Coordinator Ask anyone from a college freshman to their empty-nester parents and they’ll tell you the same thing: moving is a pain. Whether they pay a moving company, or entice a group of friends with pizza, everyone embarki[...]

PJ Cares events help families give back to the community while having fun

In addition to the Jewish-content books and music JFCS’ PJ Library program sends to children each month, the events it hosts – from story times to concerts, art activities and more – have been a great way for families to meet each other, socialize and have fun. But when PJ Library surv[...]

April showers are so much more than rain

By Deb Savitt • Community Involvement Manager Sometimes doing my job as the volunteer manager at JFCS feels like having a fourth child: I plan. I arrange. I execute and troubleshoot. I worry (and worry) about the details, the goal of what we are trying to accomplish, and the permutati[...]

National Volunteer Week is April 23-29

Thank you JFCS Volunteers…this week and every week!   National Volunteer Week, brought to you each year by Points of Light, is an opportunity to recognize and thank YOU, our volunteers, who lend your time, talent, voice and support to our community, and create change.   The theme for[...]

JFCS to participate in Good Deeds Day April 2

By Deb Savitt • Community Involvement Manager   Good Deeds Day is an annual tradition of good deeds. All over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to [...]

Badower Family to be honored with Friends of the Family Award

Mike Badower is a longtime supporter and volunteer of JFCS for several reasons, but one of the prominent reasons is that it simply runs in his family. When he was growing up, his mother was president of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Des Moines – the same agency that resettled Mike[...]

BOND awards $13,500 in scholarship funding to JFCS applicants

BOND (Branching Out in New Directions) has awarded $13,500 in scholarship funding to JFCS applicants. BOND is a group of nearly 300 women and a few men who wish to make an impact in the Twin Cities through community service. Since its inception, BOND has been deeply involved at JFCS for many years a[...]