Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s Jack and Loraine Stern Awards are presented annually to volunteers who make a significant contribution to JFS and the communities we serve. This award was created in honor of former JFS board member, Jack Stern, who went above and beyond his duties. He served as President of the Board in 1986, and throughout the many years that followed, he never felt there was a volunteer activity below his reach. He got his hands dirty—literally. Jack was instrumental in starting the car donation program that raises funds for JFS, which evolved into Charitable Adult Rides & Services (CARS). He personally picked up the donated cars, washed them, changed the oil, and parked the vehicles outside his house to sell. It was Jack’s dream to make JFS successful in serving the community to the best of its abilities. Loraine, his wife, presented these awards in her husband’s memory until her passing in 2017.
At JFS, we feel strongly that volunteers help make our work possible and deserve to be celebrated. Although we couldn’t be together in-person to present the 2020 awards, we were able to meet virtually with each volunteer who was being honored. This was our opportunity to share our gratitude and learn more about what motivates them to volunteer.
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Thank you to all 1,000+ of our volunteers who make our work possible. If you’d like to volunteer with JFS, please click here.