Because YOU are JFS...
In This Issue
Hello November!     
Time sure is flying...literally make sure that you changed your clocks back this past weekend! 

In this issue we take a closer look at the history of Election Day, diabetes risk factors as November is Diabetes Awareness Month and our Friendly Visitor program! 

We are brimming with NEW VOLUNTEER OPENINGS that are just waiting for you! Make sure to check out our spotlighted volunteer for this month and remember to wish all of our volunteers born in November a very happy birthday!

Make a difference, VOLUNTEER!  Recommend a friend too!
Volunteer Spotlight
Name : John Cox
Occupation: Retired Social Worker with a focus on Mental Health
Time with JFS:  1 Year
Volunteer Position: Patient Navigator                                 

John started volunteering with JFS a little over a year ago as a Patient Navigator. After 2 years of retirement John
found that he missed helping people as he had done in his 43 year career in the mental health f ield. John decided to become a Patient Navigator because it seemed "a natural fit to his previous professional experience and involves many of the sam e skill sets he has used all of his life". When asked what he enjoyed most about being a Patient Navigator John stat ed, " I have a couple of people in particular I've worked with and have developed relationships to help counter any anxiety they might have in going to appointments as well as to gather and communicate information to promote better patient care".

In his free time John enjoys taking care of his house, yard and vegetable garden along with playing volleyball at his local community cent er for the past 28 years. John is also an avid photographer and has even volunteered as an event photographer for JFS! Reading for pleasure and listening to music are also activities that John enjoys now that he has more time to focus on them. 

John, thank you so much for your 
commitment and dedication to JFS!
November Volunteer Birthdays!
all of our November born volunteers
Terri Podorefsky November 1st
Tina Miller November 2nd
David Silverman November 6th
Heather Rafey November 6th
Brenda Stephens November 7th
Benjamin Fink November 8th
Andrew Morse November 12th
Kenneth Brown November 13th
Andrea Macdonald November 15th
Julius Levin November 18th
Nancy Dlott November 18th
Rana Nashi November 21st
Jenna Mirandette November 21st
Barbara Robinson November 28th
Ann Lurie November 28th

Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. 

Type 1 diabetes is most commonly diagnosed in children and young adults. Only 5 % of the population has Type 1 diabetes. 

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and occurs when your body does not use insulin properly. Although the cause of Type 2 is not exact, major risk factors include: 
  • history of hyperglycemia, prediabetes, and/or gestational diabetes (GDM)
  • overweight and obesity 
  • physical inactivity 
  • genetics 
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  • race and ethnicity
  • age 
  • high blood pressure
  • abnormal cholesterol
For more information about Diabetes, Diabetes Treatments and other information you can visit the American Diabetes Association to learn more.

ELECTION DAY: November 8th

  • Weekday voting began in 1845. Congress designated the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November as Election Day by passing a federal law. 
  • Before this law was passed states could hold elections anytime within 34 days before the first Wednesday in December. 
  • Tuesday was chosen as the day voting would take place because for most people it took one day of travel to get to their polling place. Sunday was a day for religious services and Wednesday was the market day, therefore Tuesday was chosen, so people could travel on Monday and be back for Wednesday. 
  • Election day takes place in November because again many people were farmers, so the Spring was planting season, the fall was harvest season and winter made travel difficult. Early November was right before the winter, but at the end of the harvest season. 
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November Hours
JFS volunteers have spent   157.30   hours helping others in the Metrowest community  during the month of October! Thank you to all of our volunteers for  spending time and dedicating yourself to benefit of others. 
Program Spotlight
Friendly Visitor

The Friendly Visitor Program is a volunteer based service offered to Jewish elders living in the Metrowest area, who are in need of companionship, socialization and/ or emotional support. Volunteers are matched with clients, and a relationship is built through consistent visits and time shared socializing, doing errands, sharing meals and doing activities of interest to both the volunteer and the client. 

The agency requests a commitment of at least one year from each volunteer; volunteers are generally expected to provide 1 hours a week 3 weeks a month, although individual circumstances may result in different arrangements, and these must be communication to the agency and the client. 

Visits take place in a variety of settings, including the personal home of the client, community locations and in public areas like parks, and libraries. Volunteers provide companionship, transportation, shopping, and telephone support to their elder. 

If you are interested in volunteering as a Friendly Visitor or know a friend or loved one who may benefit from this service 
please contact  Abrielle Salloway at 
508-875-3100 x. 360 or at 

Upcoming Opportunities
JFS  has many ongoing programs and opportunities. Here are a few available right now!

  • Office Support: Multiple different areas of JFS are looking for office support....


Social Isolation: Data entry support. Must be comfortable with computers. 

  • All Stars/Math Academy:

Help mentor 3rd and 4th grade students after-school! The program runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00-5:15pm at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham. We only ask that volunteers commit to one day a week!


If you know of any high school students, college students or adults interested in volunteering please recommend them to us or have them reach out!  


  • Friendly Visitor: 

Provide consistent support and companionship to an elderly or disabled client through weekly visits and phone calls.


  • Patient Navigator: 

Accompany senior adults to their medical appointments easing the stress of the appointment for both the senior and their families. Upcoming trainings happening soon! Volunteering is flexible!

You can visit our website to learn more  or to sign up for any of these opportunities, please contact Kayla Hopkins, or 
508-875-3100 x220.
We are JFS!
Happy November!
Kayla Hopkins
Program Coordinator of Youth, 
Immigrant  & Volunteer Services
508-875-3100 x220
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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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