A Message from Melinda
I hope you all had a wonderful and meaningful spring holiday season.
Spring is about rebirth and rejuvenation. What better way to rejuvenate
yourself than to volunteer! Join the JFS Volunteer Team and help us make
a difference in people’s lives!
Rides & Smiles® Volunteer Team
2012 Volunteer Recruitment Campaign is on! Join our Rides & Smiles®
Volunteer Team and help us recruit! Our goal is 100 new drivers by
December 31. All new volunteers, and those who recruit their friends and
family, will receive a coupon for a complimentary car wash.
Since 2004, the award-winning Rides & Smiles® program, a component of On the Go,
has provided transportation for older adults to medical appointments,
personal appointments, pharmacies, banks, and other life necessities. It
is the largest volunteer-based transportation service in San Diego
County—providing more than 1,500 rides by 250+ volunteer drivers each
Smiles® works with a convenient, web-based scheduling system. You
determine who, when, and where you drive. There is no minimum number of
rides to provide, and every ride makes a difference in maintaining the
dignity of our older adults.
the upcoming volunteer trainings to be held at JFS Turk Family Center,
located at 8804 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123. Pre-registration is
required. Contact Rachelle Minteer at (858) 637-3042 or email@example.com to reserve your spot today!
May 7 • 3:00pm May 18 • 9:00am
Bill Farrar has been named the Reserve Officer of the Year for the San Diego Police Department. We are so fortunate to have Bill on our Rides & Smiles® volunteer team. Not only is he an exceptional community member, but he was also the driver for On the Go's 100,000th ride! Congratulations Bill!
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What Does Volunteering Do For You?
does volunteering create a positive and meaningful difference in the
community, but it has many personal benefits as well. According to a
study published by United Way, the benefits of volunteering include:
- Building self-esteem and self-confidence
- Improving your health
- Meeting new people
- Feeling needed and valued
- Making a difference in someone’s life
Here's what some of our own JFS volunteers have to say about their experiences:
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“Volunteering these past few months has been one of the greatest joys I have experienced in a very long time.”
am just getting so much enjoyment out of doing Rides & Smiles®. Out
of all the volunteering I have done over the years, this is by far one
of the most rewarding. I want to grow up to be just like all the ladies I
“The wonderful people I work with at JFS
make this service both fun and rewarding. Everyone at JFS, including the
receptionist, is always friendly, courteous, and helpful. This helps me
stay friendly, courteous, and helpful too.”
Thank you JFS volunteers! We appreciate you!
In This Issue
Rides & Smiles®
Be the Match
Happy May Birthdays!
Charles David Hall
Hand Up Youth Food Pantry Volunteer Application>>
Returning Hand Up Youth Food Pantry Volunteer
April was National Volunteer Appreciation Month! JFS held many appreciation events for our volunteers. Here are a few highlights:
College Avenue Center and Foodmobile
More than 50 volunteers in the Foodmobile, College Avenue Center, and Nutrition
programs came together on April 20 for a volunteer appreciation
luncheon. The theme was Asian inspired, from the origami decorations on
the table to the oriental music playing in the background. Upon arrival,
volunteers wrote down why it was their good fortune to volunteer and
placed these slips in a giant paper fortune cookie. Some memorable
quotations were, “I enjoy volunteering because it makes others happy,”
and “I like to see the smiles on the faces of the people I am helping.”
Volunteers enjoyed a tasty Chinese lunch and were presented with
certificates acknowledging their volunteer commitment to JFS. It was a
great event and the volunteers walked away feeling appreciated and
College Avenue Center Nutrition Program
Submitted by Kjersten Langill, College Avenue Center Program Assistant
College Avenue Center is proud to introduce Mike and Donna, who are
employed by Life, Inc. They are job coaches for the special guys and
gals who assist our kitchen staff in the Nutrition Program. Most of the
current crew has been working at our job site for nearly five years.
They are in a community-based program that is funded by the State of
California through the Regional Center. After finishing high school,
they enter the Trace program, which transitions them from school to a
job training and work experience program.
Irina Kryuchkova, Nutrition Coordinator, is like a mother to this
group of dedicated individuals who perform their jobs diligently and
cheerfully. Once they serve food to the older adults, they sit down to
dine and socialize until it’s time for clean up. The entire group feels
“at home” here and considers JFS and the Center’s participants as their
extended family. They enjoy many activities at the Center, especially
the exercise, painting, and dance classes. Their love and appreciation
for the Center is boundless, and we are richer for having befriended
Hand Up Youth Food Pantry
Last month, some of our dedicated Hand Up Youth Food Pantry volunteers gathered for a special occasion: to be appreciated for their service. Hand Up depends on the help of more than 1,000
volunteers each year, who contribute nearly 5,000 hours of service throughout the year.
The night began with a dinner and awards ceremony, followed by volunteers assembling more than 600 food bags, sorting pallets of food, and organizing the pantry shelves. One volunteer shared, “This has been a really great experience for me and my dad. Not only does it feel really good to help out, but it helps me to build my resume for college.”
So many Hand Up volunteers begin their experience ready to give back to the community. They quickly realize that they are receiving just as much from the volunteer experience as they are giving. To become involved as a Hand Up volunteer, click here to view our available opportunities and register online. Returning volunteers can log into their account here.
On the Go
On the Go hosted a volunteer appreciation event to celebrate their volunteers for their amazing contributions to On the Go programs. With more than 100 volunteers in attendance, the event was as lively and fun as the group of volunteers themselves! Councilmember Sherri Lightner expressed her thanks to the volunteers and staff and announced April 27, 2012 was Jewish Family Service of San Diego On the Go Day in San Diego County! On the Go Rides & Smiles® staff presented five-year volunteer awards to Edgar Leon, Pat Kramer, Ruth Linder, Oscar Teal, Walter Heidelberger, and Betty Christenson. What a committed group of San Diegans!
Project SARAH (Stop Abusive Relationships At Home) offers monthly clinics to provide free legal assistance with family law matters for clients. The legal assistance addresses divorce, custody, child support, alimony, restraining orders, etc. Attorneys volunteer their time to provide information about the legal process, client’s rights, and advice regarding such matters. Project SARAH staff had an appreciation dinner to express how greatly the service is appreciated by clients and how lucky we are to have volunteers who are so dedicated to the program!
University City Older Adult Center
Submitted by Aviva Saad, University City Older Adult Center Program Coordinator
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we have a lovely young volunteer, Ariana, who
commits her free time to helping us out at the University City Older Adult Center and improving the
lives of older adults in our community. Ariana has a sweet, easygoing
personality and is warm and friendly to everyone. Many of our members
think of her as their own granddaughter. Ariana graciously does whatever
we ask her to do and always has a smile for everyone. We know that
someday Ariana will leave us to pursue the next adventure that life
brings her way, but until then we will enjoy the time she spends with us
every week. Thank you, Ariana, for being a part of our UCOAC family!
Ariana, all UCOAC volunteers were honored for April’s Volunteer
Appreciation month. Instead of serving lunch, they were surprised with
an appreciation luncheon, a photo montage, and a gift from Center staff.
The older adults that attend the center and the staff always appreciate
the volunteers’ hard work and dedication, but this day was entirely
devoted to recognizing their efforts. Thank you for all that you do!
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URGENT** Bikkur Holim—Friendly Visitor Program
The Bikkur Holim—Friendly Visitor Program is in desperate need of volunteers. The program matches friendly volunteers with Jewish isolated and ill individuals. Volunteers make a one-year commitment to visit with their match for approximately four hours a month, providing conversation, support, friendship, and a connection to the Jewish community. There are many individuals who are waiting for volunteers. If you are looking for a meaningful way to give back to the community, complete a volunteer application and mark Bikkur Holim as your volunteer choice.
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Learn How You Can Be Jewish Big Pal
Mentors are people just like you and me, but their commitment to making a difference makes them everyday heroes—transforming lives and transforming our community. You can be a hero, too, by joining the Jewish BIGPals program. Just a few hours a month can make a big difference in a child's life. All interested volunteers ages 19 and up are invited to apply. For more information, call (858) 637-3371.
Examples of the impact of Jewish BIGPals
Big Pal Derek Hyman featured in UT Volunteer Spotlight>>
Big Pal William Friedel featured in UT Volunteer Spotlight>>
NBC 7/39 News features Big Pal Derek Hyman>>
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Be the Match – Community Member Needs Bone Marrow Transplant
A member of our community has leukemia and needs a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. He is of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi). It takes only a couple of minutes to register—you are not committing to anything and can back out at any time. Visit www.marrow.org and click on “Join the Registry”. This will take you to a page where you will select “Join Now”. Then you'll be asked to make an appointment to give blood.
Thank you for helping – you might be the lifesaving match!
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