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A Message from Melinda Wilkes, Director Volunteer Engagement

Congratulations, San Diego! America’s Finest City is rated fifth in the top ten cities in America with the most volunteer opportunities available to the community.

americorps-regional-training1I am proud to be a part of the volunteering community in San Diego and I truly believe that the AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) Members have a huge impact on volunteerism in the County. JFS leads this initiative for San Diego County where we train and coach members to become volunteer coordinators and increase capacity in nonprofits throughout the region. AmeriCorps Fellows commit to a year of service and give back to the community. And they make an incredible impact! 

“AmeriCorps has given me the confidence that I didn’t know I had. I feel so capable now – making a difference in ways I didn’t think I could do.”

- Caroline Canter, Current AmeriCorps Fellow
“I have been able to make lasting change in my partner site – creating infrastructure that wasn’t there before. I have created volunteer assignments, drafted position descriptions and put new systems in place – that’s my legacy and it feels great!”
- Cristina Sierra, AmeriCorps VIP, The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank

Now it’s your turn to serve! We are recruitng for our next cohort of AmeriCorps VIP program. Come make San Diego great! Partner agencies include: Jewish Family Service, Kitchens for Good, North County Lifeline, ElderHelp, Motiv, SAY San Diego, South Bay Community Services, HandsOn San Diego, Shakti Rising, Hands On San Diego, MANA San Diego, City of San Diego Parks & Recreation, Just in Time for Foster Youth, NAMI San Diego, Voices for Children, and many more! To apply, visit or contact Kim Lesnau at AmeriCorps – Getting things done for America!

Melinda Wilkes 
Director, Volunteer Engagement 

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Patient Advocacy Honors Volunteer Dr. Lori Stone

(l-r) Lee Laurence, Patient Advocate; Andrea Carlin, Patient Advocate; Rachel Putrus, Patient Advocate; Whitney Wilson, Patient Advocate; Lori Stone, Volunteer; Jean McDonald, Patient Advocate, Mike Phillip, Director of Patient Advocacy, Melissa Hall, Patient Advocate; and Tory Michel, Patient Advocate 

When Lori Stone, MD, took an early retirement as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Sharp Health Plan, and wanted to give back to her community, the JFS Patient Advocacy Program won the lottery.

A neurologist by profession, she has always been interested in the mental health field and the opportunity to advocate for behavioral health clients appealed to her.

Since early 2016, Lori has been supporting the Patient Advocacy Program by representing clients in due process hearings in acute psychiatric hospitals. But it is her compassion, kindness, sense of humor, and wealth of knowledge that make her such a remarkable volunteer. Her modesty and humility prevent her from realizing just how much she has challenged, become a part of the Patient Advocacy Program.

On Friday, June 10, 2016, Jewish Family Service had the privilege of honoring volunteer Lori at the annual San Diego County Behavioral Health Recognition Dinner. 700 service providers and consumers gather together each year to recognize deserving individuals and behavioral health programs, and each organization who attends has the opportunity to sponsor an honoree who has made an impact on their program. It was our privilege to honor Lori! Thank you for making an impact in our community!  

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The beauty of volunteering at JFS is that there is something for everyone! Our volunteer opportunities give you the chance to branch out and try something new.

Ready to get started volunteering? Fill out our online application or give us a call at (858) 637-3050.

foodmobile_vol_250pxDeliver a Meal to a Neighbor

Volunteers deliver warm kosher meals with a warm smile to homebound older adults and younger disabled adults. Sometimes this is the only interaction they receive in a day. Our volunteers deliver meals with their own vehicles Monday through Friday from 10:30am to 1:00pm. Service areas include College/Del Cerro, Hillcrest/North Park, Downtown, and La Jolla.

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On the GoHelp Older Adults Get Where They Need to Go
**Next Training - Tuesday, August 9, 2016!** 

Older adults throughout Eastern, North Coastal, and North Inland San Diego need assistance getting around the city. Are you able to help? Drivers help older adults get to medical appointments, social visits, religious services, and more—enabling them to remain active, healthy, and connected to their community. This opportunity is family-friendly, flexible, and interpersonal, so you can help people on your own schedule in your own neighborhood.  

Unable to attend our June On the Go training session? Sign up for one of our future sessions.

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 10:00am Thursday, Sept. 29 – 2:00pm
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2:00pm Wednesday, Nov. 9 – 2:00pm
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 10:00am  Monday, Nov. 21 – 10:00am 
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corner-market-volunteerGet Friendly at the Corner Market

Volunteers at the Corner Market work one-on-one with people in need of food security to answer questions about the shopping process, provide information on healthy choices, and check out groceries. 

The Corner Market is open: 

Tuesday & Wednesday

10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-3:00pm 

Ready to get started volunteering? Fill out our online application or give us a call at (858) 637-3050.

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cn-4startJFS Receives Ninth Consecutive 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

We are delighted to share the news that, for the ninth consecutive year, Jewish Family Service of San Diego has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator which highlights the work of efficient, ethical, and transparent charities. Only 1% of nonprofits nationwide have achieved such high standards of sound fiscal management, accountability, and transparency year after year. Read more about this noteworthy distinction here.  

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CND-seal-300pxJFS of San Diego Recognized at First-ever California Nonprofits Day Celebration 

California State Senator Marty Block has named Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) “Nonprofit of the Year” for the 39th district during the first inaugural California Nonprofits Day on Wednesday, June 22 at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Read the complete press release here.  

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ucoac-movingUniversity City Older Adult Center is Moving! 

The University City Older Adults Center is moving to our new home at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus, starting late August 2016. Our clients will still enjoy the same great services – hot lunches, friendly staff, and wonderful programs – in our new, central location. Come join us! For questions, please contact Aviva Saad at or (858) 550-5998.  

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