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JFS Volunteer Newsletter | February 2020

Welcome

We hope 2020 is treating you well! Whether you made a New Year’s resolution to start volunteering or want to continue a life-long passion for helping our community, it’s always the right time to get involved in giving back. We have some exciting things in store for you, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements on Galaxy Digital (our volunteer database) and emails from your Volunteer Engagement Team. Thank YOU for being the heart of JFS!

 

JFS Open House

Please join us as we open our main campus up to the San Diego community! We’ll be showcasing our incredible programs and the 180+ ways volunteers can support our agency. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to learn about our history, services, and how they, too, can change lives.

We'll have food, a guided campus tour, fun prizes, and so much more!

 

When: Sunday, March 1

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Where: Jewish Family Service, Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus, Turk Family Center 8804/8788 Balboa Ave., San Diego, CA 92123

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Volunteers of the Month
January & February

Each month, we recognize one of our outstanding JFS volunteers to showcase the amazing work they do in our community. Help us select our March and April Volunteers of the Month! If you want to nominate a fellow volunteer, please complete the Volunteer of the Month survey and submit by the 15th of each month.

Our Volunteer of the Month for January 2020 is...Liz Nederlander Coden and Dan Coden, M.D.!

Liz Nederlander Coden and Dan Coden, M.D. have been incredible volunteers at JFS for several years. Liz and Dan have Chaired two of our most successful fundraising events where we sold premium theater tickets and had a cast dinner for Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen when the shows were at the Civic Theatre. Their leadership has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for JFS, as well as bring many friends and new donors to the organization. We are so grateful for Liz and Dan’s generosity, partnership and dedication to JFS! Thank you, Liz and Dan!

Now, let’s hear from Liz!
How is volunteering a valuable part of your life?
Philanthropy and charitable giving have been modeled for both Dan and I since we were children as our parents were very philanthropic. Both my sister, Amy, and I have used our family’s theatre company, The Nederlander Organization, to raise money and partner with our favorite nonprofit organizations in order to make a difference in our communities. I have also enjoyed being on the JFS Heart & Soul Gala Committee for the past two years and I serve on boards of other San Diego organizations as well. I feel strongly that we are all obligated to help those in need if we have the ability to do so.

If you were to convince a friend to volunteer at JFS, what would you say?
I would share with them that JFS is one of the leading charitable agencies in San Diego and suggest they choose an area of the organization about which they are passionate and sign up to volunteer. From hosting a dinner in the Safe Parking Program to being involved on the Gala Committee, there are opportunities across the agency where any volunteer can and will make a difference.

Talk about a peak experience or high point in your volunteer position a time when you felt most engaged and proud of your work.
In 2018, Dan and I hosted a VIP event for the Broadway show, Hamilton, and last month we hosted our Dear Evan Hansen VIP event. We had 500 people join us for Hamilton in 2018 at the Civic Theatre, many of whom joined us for dinner with the cast followed by the show, and it was a smashing success! We were so pleased that Dan and I decided to do the same for last month for the Broadway show, Dear Evan Hansen, where more than 200 people joined us for dinner with the cast, the show or both. These unique experiences combined my passion for theater with my love of philanthropy and made us both so proud. We successfully raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for JFS, which we find truly gratifying. Both of these events were definitely the high points of our charitable giving for so many reasons.

Can you tell whether your efforts have had results? What are the indicators?
The funds raised through the events that we Chair are used for client programs and services to help those most in need when they turn to JFS. When I see JFS On the Go vehicles driving around town or see videos of clients at the gala who have received help from JFS, I am know that we played a part in making this possible. Dan and I are thrilled to do what we can to further the all-important goals of JFS!

Our Volunteers of the Month for February 2020 is...Shelley Miller-Odelson!

Shelley Miller-Odelson has been a staple within our Hand Up Food Pantry for several years. From restocking the Corner Market to supporting our clients while they shop, Shelley always rolls up her sleeves with a smile to help JFS whenever and wherever possible. We are so grateful for Shelley’s dedication to ensuring our community has enough to eat. Thank you, Shelley!

Now, let’s hear from Shelley!

How is volunteering a valuable part of your life?
I feel fortunate to be able to spend time volunteering for causes that are important to me. I’ve worked as a personal chef for 20+ years, and felt issues revolving around hunger and food waste were important to me. Volunteering in the Corner Market allows me to help reduce the cycle of food waste and alleviate hunger for our clients.

If you were to convince a friend to volunteer at JFS, what would you say?
I would ask them (and I have) to look at the volunteer website and challenge them to NOT find an area they are interested in! The variety of volunteer possibilities with JFS is enormous. Friends I have spoken with about JFS have ended up volunteering in various capacities and loved it.

Talk about a peak experience or high point in your volunteer position a time when you felt most engaged and proud of your work.
Almost weekly, when I am assisting clients in the Corner Market, I am told what a blessing JFS services are to them. Everyone I talk to has so much gratitude for the compassion and respect we show them.

Can you tell whether your efforts have had results? What are the indicators?
From picking up and rescuing unused food, to stocking the Market, to helping clients, I know we are serving a great need in San Diego. The waiting list to get Market appointments is proof of the need for our service. I also see results when clients ask me what certain produce is, or how to prepare meats in a healthy fashion. There is reward in knowing we can help them live a healthier lifestyle through the food they receive from us.

 
Donuts & Discussion

Monthly Donuts & Discussion

Join us for our March Donuts and Discussion to meet fellow volunteers, enjoy a sweet treat, and learn about our exciting *new* volunteer opportunity with Refugee Resettlement!

What does Refugee Resettlement do?
Become a Refugee Resettlement Youth Mentor! R&R Youth Mentors will mentor Congolese Youth by providing mentoring as they adapt to life in the U.S. The goal is for volunteers to help youth by encouraging the development of social and life skills by helping youth learn American culture while maintaining and celebrating the youth’s cultural heritage; providing information about opportunities to participate in civic activities; providing academic support; and assisting with career development, health, and financial literacy. Together we work to develop leadership skills among the youth for the greater benefit of San Diego's DRC refugee community.

A New Volunteer Opportunity!
Among our many volunteer opportunities is our newest one: Refugee Resettlement Youth Mentor! R&R Youth Mentors will mentor Congolese Youth as they adapt to life in the U.S. The goal is for volunteers to help youth by encouraging the development of social and life skills by helping youth learn American culture while maintaining and celebrating the youth’s cultural heritage; providing information about opportunities to participate in civic activities; providing academic support; and assisting with career development, health, and financial literacy. Together we work to develop leadership skills among the youth for the greater benefit of San Diego's DRC refugee community.

Come join us to learn more about this wonderful program, its newest volunteer position, and how you can help create a welcoming environment for our new neighbors!


When: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 2:00-3:00pm
Where: College Avenue Center (Located at Temple Emanu-El), 6299 Capri Drive, San Diego, California 92120

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Galaxy Digital Event

Get to Know Galaxy Digital

Let’s come together and explore all that Galaxy Digital has to offer! Bring your questions and fresh ideas to the College Avenue Center on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Find out how to navigate the Galaxy of volunteering through our handy, dandy volunteer database! We will go through the different functions of Galaxy Digital, how you can use it to find new opportunities, and so much more.

Who: Volunteers
When: Second Tuesday of the month
Time: 9:0010:00am
Where: College Avenue Center, Located at Temple Emanu-El, 6299 Capri Drive, San Diego

Click here RSVP for our March session

 

Help Us Grow the JFS Volunteer Family

We want YOU to help us grow our JFS Family and there’s some pretty cool perks along the way! Refer a friend, family member, neighbor, or colleague to a Volunteer Orientation or Donuts & Discussion to be entered in a raffle for two tickets to Disneyland! Our Recruitment Campaign runs from Friday, February 14th until Friday, March 27th. While any and all volunteers are welcome, this year our main recruitment goal is to add 30 more Foodmobile drivers to our team! Can you help us reach that goal?

How do I win those cool prizes? Each time you refer a friend to a Volunteer Orientation (hosted weekly) or Donuts & Discussion (hosted the first Wednesday of the month), you get a chance to win!! And, in the final week of the campaign (ending March 27), everyone who participated will have a chance to win 2 tickets to the happiest place on Earth Disneyland! Please make sure to let VE know each time you recruit someone you can email Maya Allen at mayaa@jfssd.org, Cheyenne Arroyo at cheyennea@jfssd.org, or Chrissy Califf at chrissyc@jfssd.org with the name of your referral.

How do I recruit? We have made it easy for you!! Share the following links on social media:

If I lose this email, where can I find the information about this campaign? Don’t worry! We will provide updated Disney-themed images EACH week of the campaign (6 weeks) as a tickler on both the MISH and the tv in the Staff Lounge. Or, you can just ping VE!

Thank you ALL for your time and efforts in growing our JFS family. Volunteers truly are the heart of JFS!

 

Looking for a Way to Change Lives?

Jewish Family Service relies on the support, time, and commitment of our 1100+ volunteer team check out some of our high-needs programs and learn how you can get involved!

 

Care for Children

Family and Children’s Hub Helper

Support families who are accessing JFS services by providing childcare for their children. Organize activities and games for children at the Hub at our JOAN & IRWIN JACOBS CAMPUS or at community sites during outreach events.

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Engage Our Community

Safe Parking Program Dinner Lead

Assist volunteer groups who are serving dinner to Safe Parking Program guests. Provide a brief orientation, help with dinner set up, and ensure each volunteer event goes smoothly.

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Build Community for Refugees

Refugee Youth Mentor

Offer one-on-one mentoring to young Congolese refugees as they apply to college, look for a job, and acclimate to the San Diego community.

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Deliver Homemade Meals

Foodmobile Driver

Deliver warm meals to homebound older adults and younger disabled adults across San Diego County. Mileage reimbursement and secondary auto insurance are provided.

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Reduce Food Waste

Food Rescue Driver

Pick up donated grocery items from community partners, such as Target and Ralphs, to stock our Corner Market and Hand Up Food Pantry.

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Drive an Older Adult

On the Go Rides & Smiles® Volunteer Driver

Provide safe and reliable transportation to older adults ensuring they remain active and connected to their community. Mileage reimbursement and secondary auto insurance provided.

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Provide Music Therapy

Music and Memory Volunteer

Connect with older adults living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias by listening to customized playlists that help reduce the negative symptoms of memory loss.
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Serve Meals

Social & Wellness Food Servers

Serve lunch to older adults at our two Social & Wellness Centers the College Avenue Center and Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center.
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Help Immigrants Gain Citizenship

Citizenship Instructor

Assist in the classroom to prepare lawful permanent residents for the civics (U.S. history and government) and English (reading, writing, and speaking) components of the naturalization test.
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Welcome Asylum Seekers

Volunteer at the Migrant Family Shelter

Serve meals, provide transportation, sort donations, and assist with daily shelter operations to ensure vulnerable asylum-seeking families receive vital humanitarian assistance as they search for a better life. Currently seeking early shifts (4am-8am) for meal service and transportation, Port of Entry and ICE volunteers, and translators who speak Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Russian and Mandarin.
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Thank you for making a difference every day!

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Jewish Family Service of San Diego
JOAN & IRWIN JACOBS CAMPUS
Turk Family Center  8804 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123-1506