November 20, 2020
CONNECTIONS
Congratulations AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement Inductee,
and JFS Board member,
Marcus Collins.
The American Advertising Federation (AAF),
Advertising Hall of Achievement elected Marcus Collins for induction into their Class of 2020. The Advertising Hall of Achievement remains the premier industry award to recognize young, talented individuals aged 40 and under, who are making a significant impact in the advertising industry and through philanthropic work in their communities.

Congratulations, Marcus, for your outstanding contributions and wonderful body of work!
As you do your holiday shopping, keep in mind these opportunities to shop with a cause:
$15,000 to support Kosher Meal Delivery received!
We are thrilled that the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor has awarded $15,000 to help fund Jewish Family Services' kosher meal delivery program. This grant was made possible by Federation's Community Emergency Fund, which was launched in March as a proactive and ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Thank you for this much needed support!
The latest issue of the JFS youth newsletter, "The Youth Scoop," can be found here.
This issue includes information on tutoring, college prep, Thanksgiving traditions, the presidential election, and COVID-19 prevention tips.
Visit smile.amazon.com, log in, select "Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County" as your charity of choice, and shop as you normally would! Every eligible purchase you make with Amazon Smile will result in a donation to JFS at no additional cost to you.
JFS is enrolled in Kroger’s Community Rewards program, which designates a portion of each purchase you make to your selected organization. Visit the Kroger Community Rewards webpage to get started. Please designate Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County / organization number: EF132.
It's time to order JFSMade Holiday Gift Boxes
Only 100 boxes available!
Order by November 30
$50 Holiday boxes containing items from seven Micro-Enterprise Development (MED) vendors
See all of the details and order boxes here.
Read all about this one-night-only event and purchase tickets here.
Take a Wellness Wednesday musical break with us:
Our first Wellness Wednesday virtual concert, held Wednesday, featuring Adam Kahana, was fantastic! After the show, audience member, Lois, shared this comment: "Perfect break at a perfect time of the day!"

Be sure to register for the next concert featuring pianist, Lydia Qiu, on Dec 16 at 4:30 PM.
Looking for a job?
Do you have a craft?
Do you want to sell your work?
 
JFSMade is
LOOKING FOR YOU!
Through grants from Citizens Bank and Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation,
JFS is offering $500 grants for you to start a home-based small business!


Questions about the program may be directed to: Shadin Atiyeh, Employment &
Economic Empowerment Programs Director: shadin@jfsannarbor.org
Giving Tuesday is just around the corner.
JFS is proud to participate in #GivingTuesday again this year. This global day of giving invites individuals to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and creating positive change in their communities and their world.

Your support allows JFS to:
  • DELIVER prepared meals and groceries to Holocaust survivors, isolated seniors, disabled adults, and newly arrived refugees
  • PROVIDE care coordination to older adults facing extraordinary challenges during this time
  • LINK unemployed and underemployed adults with employers and financial resources
  • OFFER crisis management support, including eviction and utility shutoff prevention
  • CONNECT to isolated seniors through our WISE Comfort Line, counseling, and technology 
  • SUPPORT caregivers through CARES virtual groups, education, respite care, and other resources  
  • LISTEN and counsel through THRIVE teletherapy and virtual support groups
  • INITIATE virtual youth support groups
  • PROVIDE transportation to critical medical visits and treatments
  • SUPPORT refugees as they navigate integration during the pandemic
  • CONTINUE to foster revenue producing programs through the Amster Center

We need your help now more than ever. Together we can make a positive difference.

Please mark your calendars to make a gift on #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2020.
Food Gatherers’ Eileen Spring named local United Way’s Woman of the Year

Congratulations to Food Gatherers president and CEO, Eileen Spring, on being named United Way of Washtenaw County’s 2021 Woman of the Year.

The award is given by UWWC’s Women United group to women who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the local community. Spring has been at the helm of Washtenaw County’s food bank and food rescue program for 27 years, which includes coordinating with Food Gatherers' 170 partner networks.

Spring was central in developing a food security plan in response to the increased need due to the pandemic. According to her Food Gatherers' profile, she does what she does because she "believes that no one should go hungry".

Congratulations, Eileen!
Thank you for the very important
work you do for our community!
Winter Clothing Needed
As we enter the colder months, JFS is collecting winter items for our clients and their families. We are requesting the following items for adults and children in new to gently used condition: 

  • Sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts
  • Pants/jeans
  • Gloves / Mittens 
  • Hats / Earmuffs
  • Scarves
  • Boots
  • Socks 
  • Hand warmers
  • Microwavable heating pads
  • Blankets

Contactless drop off at the JFS office:
Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM
2245 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.769.0209
Please call ahead to make sure someone is
available to collect the items from your car.