Dear Friends,

As I reflect on my first six months as CEO of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, I am in awe of the incredible spirit of giving, collaboration and partnership in our local community. I am proud to share some of the exciting events and new initiatives which are only possible through your generosity. We all know the expression that together we are stronger than the sum of our parts. In our great community, I have found this to be so true!
Photos by Jim Conviser Photography
This past Sunday, I had the honor of welcoming more than 125 volunteers and 170 participants to the annual Yom Sport event (pictured above). It was a tremendous community event which brought together our volunteers and adults with disabilities for a fun-filled day of sports and games. This day could not have happened without the leadership and efforts of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) staff and volunteers, along with so many friends and partner agencies committed to inclusion. This one day of community and volunteerism is indicative of the commitment to inclusion and partnership that is the hallmark of JBBBS. 

Accomplishing More, Together
  • Providing Mentors to Syrian Refugee Families: JBBBS has partnered with Jewish Family Service of Metrowest to ensure children and teens of refugee families in our community have a Big Brother or Sister in their life. Currently, three families are in process of being “matched”, and we look forward to more.
  • Offering Financial and Career Advice to College Scholarship Recipients: Thanks to a new relationship with Jewish Vocational Service, all of our alumni Littles receiving college scholarships from JBBBS will now receive access to financial literacy, resume writing and career support.
  • Ensuring More Families Impacted by Epilepsy have Access to Mentors: Through a burgeoning partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation of New England we will increase access to mentorship and provide training for volunteers to increase our reach of those we are currently serving.
  • Expanding Training Workshops for our Volunteers: Additionally, training workshops have been provided to our staff and volunteers from Keshet and The Second Step.

A special thank you and Mazel Tov to Carly Lakind. For Carly’s Bat Mitzvah project she collected and raised $400 for new camp supplies. In addition to JBBBS being able to award $70,000 in camp scholarships this summer, our Littles will also have supplies to take with them to camp. Now that’s community! For other opportunities to make JBBBS part of your celebrations and volunteer experience, please contact Zack Malenfant at zack@jbbbs.org


New Additions to the JBBBS Staff & Board
I am delighted to share the news of our new hires who have recently joined us - Director of Partnerships & Volunteer Engagement Amy Chartock, Friend 2 Friend Caseworker Jan Plager, and Office Manager Joan Blackman, They join myself, Lisa, Jan, Anne, Tania, Meredith, Jenny, Stacey, Cailin and Zack. I’m grateful to work with such a talented and mission-driven team.

I am pleased to welcome our newest member of the Board of Directors, Sue Brelus, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Analysis Group.

Upcoming Event – Rodman Ride for Kids
On September 22, JBBBS will once again be a proud partner of the Rodman Ride for Kids in Foxboro. Are you interested in riding to raise money for JBBBS? Will your company become a corporate sponsor? All money raised will benefit from matching funds from Rodman for Kids. Click here for more information.

Volunteers Needed!
We currently have more than 50 children and 50 adults with disabilities on our waiting list. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here to learn more.

Thank you again for your support, generosity, volunteerism and commitment to making the world a better place through mentorship.

Kimberlee Schumacher
President and CEO, JBBBS

  PS – I would love to hear from you with any ideas, suggestions, or constructive feedback you may have.