ISSUE 30                                              VOLUNTEER NEWS                                 AUGUST   2017

31st  Annual 
Volunteer Recognition Brunch

Thursday, October 19, 2017 
9:30 a.m.

The Francis
1289 N. Palm Avenue

$25 per person
Pre-registration is required

Come celebrate the agency achievements, 
hear from Heidi Brown, President/CEO and recognize our 2017 Volunteers of the Year.
Our Volunteers of the Year Award recipients are listed below in this Volunteer E-Newsletter. 

Reservations and payment must be received by
Friday, October 6th

For more information or
to make your reservation

Lynne at 366-2224, ext. 181

Please consider bringing nonperishable food items such as canned tuna, chicken, salmon, peanut butter, beans or vegetables to support our Food Pantry.

Give Back by Dining for a Cause 
Cafe L'Europe

On Wednesday, September 6th, Cafe L'Europe will donate 15% of your party's dinner check to JFCS of the Suncoast. 

Simply mention Dining for a Cause when making your reservation.

Giving back to your community has never been easier!

      To receive your invitation, contact Monica Caldwell at 941-366-2224 ext 142 or

JFCS offers 6 week
  August 10 - September 14, 2017
Facilitated by Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz
The passing of a cherished loved one marks a profound life turning point. Too often, we try to "tough it out" without exploring our grief in ways that can enable us to grow and regain the spiritual and emotional footing needed to return to active life even in the wake of deep loss.

The Bereavement Support Group, offered under the auspices of the Jewish Healing Program which is funded by a grant from The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, will be facilitated by JFCS Community Chaplain Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz and Social Work Intern Shari Jansen. 

This six-week group, open to men & women, provides an opportunity to:
● Learn how others are dealing with grief 
● Gain coping insights
● Receive support & understanding
● Cultivate personal resilience
● Examine how loss impacts us
● Experience newfound strength & hope

Time:  10:30 a.m. - Noon 
Location:  JFCS, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota 
Fee:  $36 (includes all six sessions)

For more information and to register please contact:  Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz, at 941-366-2224 ext. 166.

Cafe L'Europe - Dining for a Cause
Wednesday, September 6th
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm

New Volunteer Orientation
Wednesday, September 13th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mentor Workshop
Monday, October 16th
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Ready & Steady - 
A Plan for Better Balance
Presented by Pines of Sarasota
Wednesday, October 18th & Friday, October 20th
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Volunteer Recognition Brunch 
Thursday, October 19th
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Make sure to have your volunteer time sheet in every month by the end of the month. Time sheets can be emailed, faxed or dropped off at JFCS.
Fax: 941-366-2982
2688 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, Florida 34237
941-366-2224 ext 143

Dear Volunteers,

When I think of our volunteers I think of time and values. In our lives, one thing we cannot create, buy or even borrow is time. We have a limited amount of time for sleep, work, family and our own interests. Therefore, an individual's time is a very precious commodity.

Some of the strongest values, service and sacrifice are shown when one places the needs of another above their own.  Great volunteers never want anything in return, but are always ready to do great things out of turn. 

The continued dedication of our courageous and caring volunteers is eminent and appreciated. 

Thank you for all you do!

Cindy Underwood

  JFCS Honors Volunteers at Annual Brunch on October 19th 

JFCS was founded in 1985 by volunteers who were committed to the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam...Repairing the World. Each year, JFCS of the Suncoast honors individuals for their commitment to community service and for making a difference in the lives of children, families, seniors, veterans and individuals who are effected by a cancer diagnosis. 

Volunteers are the cornerstone of our organization and provide vital services and support to individuals and families who turn to JFCS to overcome life's challenges.

In recognition of their outstanding service to JFCS and our community, the following individuals and businesses will be honored on Thursday, October 19th at the 31st Annual Volunteer Recognition Brunch.

George Allison,
Visionary Award

Larry Barnet, 
Children's Services Award

Barbara Boltuch, 
Gmilut Hassadim~Acts of Loving Kindness Award

Sandy Chase, 
Management Services Award

Audrey Coleman, 
Community Outreach Award

Nancy Eisenstat, 
Senior Outreach Award

Dr. Jerry Fleischer, 
Humanitarian Award

Don and Phyllis Goldberg, 
Jewish Life Education Award

Eve & Marc Kanoff, 
Philanthropy Award

Donna Laikind, 
L'Dor V'Dor Award

Dawn Moore, 
Organizational Impact Award

Geraldine Sanders, 
Jewish Spirituality Award

Yale Club of the Suncoast, 
Corporate Citizen Award

To make your reservation to attend the 31st Annual V olunteer Recognition Brunch, please call Lynne Georgette at 941-366-2224, ext. 181 or by email

To find out how you can make a difference as a volunteer at JFCS, please contact Cindy Underwood, Director of Volunteer Services & Community Outreach at 941-366-2224, ext. 143 or

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