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Sweet September, How is it already October?!     
In this Special Edition Volunteer Newsletter we will be taking a look back at all the wonderful work that was accomplished in September followed by a look ahead at what is to come in October! 

It seems as though September disappeared just as fast as the warm weather, but no need to worry we have compiled a list of fun fall activities happening around the community to keep your spirits high and your hands busy!

We are also brimming with NEW VOLUNTEER OPENINGS that are just waiting for you! We also have birthdays galore and a special shout out to our wonderful Backpack Event volunteers. 

Make a difference, VOLUNTEER!  Recommend a friend too!
Volunteer Spotlight
Name : Backpack Event Volunteers 2016                                         

Our 5th Annual JFS Build-A-Backpack Event took place at the end of August. With 9 corporate sponsors, the help of over 20 event volunteers and 70 metrowest families participating we were able to fill over 250 backpacks with supplies that were donated throughout the Metrowest area to families and students in need.  

This is all thanks to you, the wonderful community members who came to fill backpacks and support JFS along with the event volunteers who helped load, unload, setup, cleanup and restock supplies and organize backpacks! 

We cannot thank everyone enough for donating your time and energy! 


Thank you so much for your continued support and commitment to JFS, we could not accomplish what we do without you!
September Volunteer Birthdays!
To all of our volunteers born in September! 
We hope your special days were filled with happiness!
Doreen Goldberg September 3rd
Louis Rossi September 9th
Rina Wagman September 10th
Paula Spies September 14th
Miriam Kutcher September 17th
Cathy Regensburger September 18th
Jessica Flagg September 21st
Bruce Nable September 24th
Anne Rubenstein September 24th
Virigina Daukas September 28th

Fall Festivities

S eptember 29th-October 2nd: Marlborough Heritage Weekend (Marlborough)

October 8th:
Johnny Appleseed Harvest Festival (New Hampshire)

October 10th:
Columbus Park Fall Festival (Boston)

October 10th:
Sukkot Design Challange (Watertown)

October 15th:
Pies on the Common (Framingham)

October 16th:
Campfire in the Pumpkin Patch Patch at C
amp Thoreau (Concord)

October 22nd:
Family Day at MassArt (Boston)

October 22nd:
Long Hill Orchard Fall Festival (West 

October 28th:
Tales of the Night at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

October 31st:
Spooky Story Hour & Halloween Craft (Dover)


October Volunteer Birthdays!

to all of our Volunteers born in  October!


Rozalia Lavitman
October 1st
Milena Pavlovskaya
October 3rd
Ivy Rubeck
October 3rd
Linda Sakin
October 4th
Michelle Hoffman
October 8th
Charlotte Temple
October 8th
Ivy Bauer
October 12th
Rachel Seliber
October 13th
Charlie Hitch
October 19th
Deb Martin
October 19th
Barbara Sands
October 22nd
Lauren Marks
October 22nd
Jayme Moffi
October 23rd
Lizzy Knyazhitsky
October 25th
Tamar Steinman
October 26th
Susan Driscoll
October 27th
Marily Feinberg
October 29th

August and September Hours & T-Shirts
JFS volunteers have spent   298.45   hours helping others in the Metrowest community  during the months of August and September! 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:
  • Noel Raphael

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!
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
A ccording to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, breast cancer
is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives.pink_ribbon.jpg
Many women can survive breast cancer if it is found and trea ted early . The screening test for breast cancer is a mammogram, which is an x-ray of the breast that checks for breast cancer. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance o f early detection.

For more information about breast cancer:
Program Spotlight
Have you ever gone to a doctor's appointment only to walk out saying, 
"I forgot to ask about this..." 
"What did the doctor say I needed to do?" 
Doctors appointments can be challenging for everyone, especially older adults who may  have lots of appointments or a limited support system to help navigate those  appointments. 

Patient Navigator is an innovative program that works with volunteers to accompany older adults to their medical appointments to help facilitate communication and eliminate those questions after the appointment.

Patient Navigators document the appointment and give a copy to the individual so they have a record of what happened. They can also serve as reminders to say, oh I thought you wanted to ask this.... Patient Navigators can help reduce the stress that is often associated with these appointments.

If you are interested in becoming a Patient Navigator we are always looking for new volunteers. Visit our website to learn more or apply online to become a Patient Navigator!

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....

Geriatric Care Management: Two days a week looking for filing and organizational 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 3:00-5:30pm at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham. Check out this video to learn more!


  • Friendly Visitor: 

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


  • Patient Navigator: 

Interested in being a Patient Navigator? Our next training will be on October 20th 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,, 508-875-3100 x220.
We are JFS!
Happy August!
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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