June
VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER
Because YOU are JFS...
In this Issue
It's June, hooray!    
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As a child did you think June would never arrive?  After all the months of hard work in school it was so wonderful to know that school would soon end and summertime fun would begin.  Now as an adult we know that summer can mean many things to different people and work doesn't necessarily end!  
 
We have flowers, sun, sand, and warm temperatures and the outdoor activities are very different than the winter ones. Whatever your preference, summer arrives this month and we are ready for the change. This month we look forward to Father's Day on the third Sunday of the month. June 14th is Flag day so let's honor our great flag. It's such an important time to pay attention to National Safety Month. 

 

Join us to meet the new volunteer coordinator, catch up on Seize the Dream videos, discuss this special month and spotlight our volunteer of the month.

 

Make a difference, VOLUNTEER!  Recommend a friend too!
Volunteer Spotlight
Name : Vic Dietz                                          
Occupation : Retired Orthodontist and Associate Professor         
Time with JFS:  4 years
Volunteer Position: Patient Navigator  

Vic joined us as a volunteer 4 years ago because he wanted to give back.
With his medical background, the Patient Navigator program seemed to be the right fit. He enjoys helping out the patients in need of assistance and transportation for their medical appointments. When asked what he liked he said, "I have met some very nice clients and have enjoyed the interaction." In his spare time he likes bicycling, woodworking, stained glass, do-it yourself projects, and skiing.  

Thank you Vic for all that you do as a Patient Navigator. We are lucky to have someone with your background and appreciate the commitment you've made to the program and our clients!
A Note From the New Volunteer Coordinator
Hello, my name is Kayla Hopkins. 
I recently graduated from Framingham  State  University where I studied communication arts. While at FSU I had the opportunity to travel to India and throughout Europe while studying in the Czech Republic. I am originally from Lakeville, MA where I enjoy spending time with my family. In my free time I enjoy writing creatively, taking photographs and blogging. I previously interned at the MetroWest College Planning Center where my love for community outreach and involvement grew. I am very excited to start my work at JFS on June 20th and look forward to all that is to come! After that time you can reach me at khopkins@jfsmw.org, 508-875-3100 x220.
Volunteer Event
Reminder that tomorrow, June 8th, is the annual volunteer event. Come join us for an evening to celebrate volunteerism and civic engagement. The event will be combined with JFS' annual meeting and will include a guest speaker, Alan Solomont, Retired Ambassador and Dean of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

6:30pm arrival, 7pm program start

Framingham State University
McCarthy Student Center
100 State St.
Framingham, MA 01702

If you are planning to come but have not RSVP'd, please do so ASAP so we can have an accurate count. Click on this link to RSVP.
Seize the Dream
We had a wonderful event on May 22nd honoring Marsha and Harvey Chasen and Michael and Dena Rashes and celebrating JFS. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event!

Every year we launch new videos that help showcase the work we are doing. Visit our website to see pictures and more or check out the videos below!

Where Volunteers Have Impact
Where Volunteers Have Impact

For one family, JFS was a lifeline
For one family, JFS was a lifeline


JFS' Ready for Success


Helping New Americans build a life in the U.S.
Helping New Americans build a life in the U.S.
June Hours & T-Shirts
JFS volunteers have spent    273  hours helping others in the Metrowest community  during the month of April! 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:
  •  Terri Podorefsky 
Congratulations Please 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 Father's Day Sunday, June 19th
Father's Day celebrates the contributions that fathers and father figures make in their children's lives. As holidays go, it is a fairly recent one. In the beginning of the 20th Century, it is probable that it began due to the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. Sonora was also inspired by the establishment of Mother's Day.  

Another possible origin of the special day was thought to be as a memorial for many fathers who were killed in a mining accident in West Virginia in 1907. 

The first Father's Day was celebrated in 1907. President Richard Nixon officially recognized Father's Day as a holiday in 1972.

Let's thank the dads, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and other father figures for their contributions to the family this Father's Day!
June is National Safety Month
How can National Safety Month Make a Difference?

We can raise awareness about important safety issues.

 

For example:

  • Medication safety and prescription painkiller abuse. Read the newspaper and you will realize how widespread this problem has become.
  • Driving, biking, and working safely.

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  • First Aid and emergency preparedness.
  • Preventing slips and falls.    

Find out more from the following link to the National Safety Council:
 
National Flag Day is Tuesday, June 14th
In 1885, a nineteen year old teacher in a one room school in Waubeka, Wisconsin, placed a 10" 38 star flag in an inkwell and asked his students to write an essay on what the flag meant to them. 

This school teacher, whose name was Bernard John Cigrand, inspired his students and all Americans by his dedication and devotion to our Nation's flag.  He named June 14th as the flag's birthday and to this day, Stony Hill
School, his workplace, is considered to be an historic site.  
 
On Saturday, June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress authorized the "Stars and Stripes" as the national symbol of the United States of America.
 
Now that we know a little history about Flag Day, let's make it a special holiday this year by acknowledging this fine school teacher who recognized the importance and the value of our National flag.   
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.
  • Patient Navigator: Accompany older adults to their medical appointments and help facilitate communication with the doctor. 

You can visit our website to learn more or to sign up for any of these opportunities, please contact Sarah Roth, sroth@jfsmw.org, 508-875-3100 x320.

We are JFS!
Happy June!
 
Sarah Roth, MSW
Manager, Youth, Immigrant
& Volunteer Services
508-875-3100 x320
sroth@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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