July
VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER
Because YOU are JFS...
In this Issue
It's  July, yippee!    
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Hello everyone,

I just wanted to take a little time to say hi and to tell you how excited I am to officially be working at JFS! I know the June Volunteer Newsletter had a little background information about me and I look forward to meeting and learning things all about you! 

Although I've recently just started Sarah has been showing me the ropes, so please do not hesitate to reach out and contact me at khopkins@jfsmw.org or 508-875-3100 x220 with any questions or to just say hello! I have heard wonderful things about all of the volunteer's here at JFS and I look forward to working side by side with all of you in future! 

I hope you are enjoying your summer, 
Kayla Hopkins

Here's what this month's newsletter has for you..

Join us to  recognize and  celebrate our volunteer's birthdays , catch up on whats happening at JFS, discuss  this special month, learn how to say thank you in different languages and spotlight our volunteer of the month.

 
Make a difference, VOLUNTEER!  Recommend a friend too!
Volunteer Spotlight
Name : Suzanne Selig                                          
Occupation : Retired English as a Second Language Teacher        
Time with JFS:  6 months
Volunteer Position: Development  

Suzanne joined us as a volunteer 6 months ago because she wanted to do something that was fun and completely different from her job as a teacher.
With her desire to do something different Development seemed like a perfect place to start. Suzanne helped make cold calls for auction donations for the Seize The Dream Gala and said it was easy because she "... enjoys all the people that she works with at JFSMW, it is a wonderful organization. The people are all so caring and respectful of each other. It's a great working environment ". In her free time she is a licensed massage therapist. She also enjoys walking her dog, spending time with family and friends and eating good food! 

Thank you Suzanne for all that you do for Development and for our annual Seize The Dream Gala. We are appreciative of your patience, dedication and commitment to JFS!
July Volunteer Birthdays!
I along with all of us at JFS would like to wish a very big 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 
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Laura Magasanik July 4th
Stephen Kraus July 5th
Sophie Hunter July 10th
Tripti Deodhar July 16th
Laura Lilly July 18th
Michelle Wilen July 21st
Noel Raphael July 22nd
Valerie Kennan July 24th
Marjorie Zwicker July 25th
Ezra Fried-Tanzer July 26th
Susan Brady July 26th

Volunteer Event
Our annual volunteer event was held on June 8th at Framingham State University. At the event guest speaker Alan Solomont, Retired Ambassador and Dean of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University spoke about civic engagement. A number of our volunteers were also recognized for their hardwork and dedication to JFS! 



CEO Roll Up Your Sleeve Winners:
Karin Beth, Chris Ahearn and Barbara Sands
 
The Ellen Bloch Youth Leadership Award: 
Gabriela Carrasquillo and Jacob Winn
Backpack Event

Remember to save the date for our upcoming Backpack Event! Last year we were able to donate 
over 200 backpacks thanks to generous donations, community support and volunteer help like yours! This year the event will be held on August 22nd at the Wellesley Public Library and August 23rd at the Framingham Public Library. We are always looking for volunteers to help the day of the event as well as the weeks preceding! Stay tuned for more information!

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If interested in volunteering please contact Kayla Hopkins at khopkins@jfsmw.org or 508-875-3100 x220
July Hours & T-Shirts
JFS volunteers have spent   126 .45  hours helping others in the Metrowest community  during the month of June! Thank you to all of our volunteers for 
spending time and dedicating yourself to benefit of others. 

Our clients thank you and we appreciate you for standing up for those in need!
 
Once you've reached 20 hours of service you are eligible for a t-shirt. Those that reached that mark are:
  • Gary Forman
  • Andrew Morse

CongratulationsPlease let us know how you'd like to collect your t-shirt!


Please remember this is based on the number of hours recorded in our system. If you volunteer for programs other than Wilson or Patient Navigator the system does not auto calculate your hours. If you don't know how to log your hours of service, let us know and we'll help you!
Happy National Hammock Day, July 22nd
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National Hammock Day, just thinking about it makes me want to grab a good book and go lounge outside! If you don't have time you will have to make time on July 22nd as we celebrate National Hammock Day. 

The exact origins of hammocks are unknown although many speculate that they came from Central America hundreds to thousands of years ago. Today they can be found in yards, on the beach and even on mountain tops. 

Today there is even something called extreme hammocking, where instead of being attached to two trees you are attached to a wire that hangs suspended in mid air! 

Some studies have also found that sleeping in a hammock is actually better for you! These studies suggest that you people fall asleep faster and deeper when sleeping in a hammock!

Whether you are looking for a leisurely nap, an adrenaline rush or to catch up on some much needed deep sleep go out grab and grab a hammock and some trees! 

Happy napping!
Program Spotlight
Building Families Through Adoption
JFSMW has been building families through Adoption Choices since 1982. paper_cutout_family.jpg
Adoption Choices, is a licensed adoption program that is designed to  meet the needs of the adoptive parents, birth parents, and adopted  persons by providing a wide range of education and counseling  services in a progressive program. Visit our website to learn more!

Language, Laughter and Fun Facts
 As always we like to say THANKS
to you, our volunteers for the countless hours you graciously give to JFS, so why not say thank you in more than one language...

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  • do jeh, daw-dyeh- Chinese 
     
  • DÄ›kuji - Czech 
     
  • Merci- French  
     
  • Grazie- Italian
       
  • Obrigado- Portuguese  
      
  • Spasibo- Russian 
     
  • Gracias- Spanish 
     
  • Khop Khun-Thai
 
Upcoming Opportunities
JFS  has many ongoing programs and opportunities. Here are a few available right now!
  • Communication Specialist:
Writing a newsletter which highlights the activities of the many volunteers at JFS is the project!
 
How are your writing skills?  
Are you a person who supports positive ideas?
Do you like to write about people, activities and successes?

Here's your opportunity to write a monthly newsletter communicating with the many wonderful JFS volunteers. 

Volunteer your time on a very flexible schedule  and utilize your skills to help a great organization.
  • Photographer: 
Help capture amazing moments at JFS events and preserve lifelong memories! Your could see your photos in future JFS circulations!
  • Patient Navigator: 

Interested in being a Patient Navigator? Our next training will be on September 27th from 9am-3pm , so make sure to get those volunteer applications in! 

 

You can visit our website to learn more  or to sign up for any of these opportunities, please contact Kayla Hopkins, khopkins@jfsmw.org, 508-875-3100 x220.
We are JFS!
Happy July!
 
Kayla Hopkins
Program Coordinator of Youth, 
Immigrant  & Volunteer Services
508-875-3100 x220
khopkins@jfsmw.org
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Adoption Choices
Since 1982, Adoption Choices has been helping build families in Massachusetts.

JFS Elder Care Solutions
Using an integrated approach, JFS has been working to meet the needs of elders in our community.

Patient Navigator
JFS volunteers are working to help facilitate communication with elders and their doctors.


Learn about these and other JFS programs by visiting our website.
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