Volunteering: PJ Library Coordinator Carrie Fink on the program’s volunteers

What is PJ Library?PJ Library is an international award-winning program designed to strengthen Jewish identity by sending Jewish-content books and music on a monthly basis to children from age 6 months through 12 years. PJ Library has expanded to 6 languages, 27 countries, and added a very popular [...]

JFCS Volunteer Spotlight: Gloria Murman

(Gloria is pictured above volunteering for Hag Sameach with her daughters and granddaughters) What’s your current volunteer role at JFCS? And in what ways have you volunteered with JFCS in the past? Before the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, I was volunteering in Development one afternoon eve[...]

Helping our neighbor, PRISM, as needs increase

Food Box Packing and DistributionWe are are continuing to provide extra support to our neighboring agency, PRISM, to supply it with volunteers that can help respond to the growing food needs in the community. PRISM has moved to a new model of distributing food in pre-packaged boxes from its parking[...]

JFCS volunteering update: May 2020

By Dana Shapiro • Community and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator & Intake Counselor Thanks to all those who attended our first ever virtual volunteer happy hour on April 23 in celebration of National Volunteer Week! We gathered together to thank our volunteers, hear updates from Judy H[...]

Staff Q&A: Mindy Teele, Hag Sameach Outreach Coordinator

Learn how hundreds of volunteers contributed their time and talents to help make the holiday season brighter for the 706 individuals from 342 families in our community. That's 173 more people than last year! How long have you worked with the Hag Sameach Program? Five years. How many peopl[...]

‘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[...]