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Etleva citizenship eventNearly 50 people complete citizenship applications with volunteer support! 

Last month, JFS hosted a Naturalization Workshop to assist people in compiling their applications for U.S. Citizenship. The event was a joint collaboration with the International Rescue Committee, Unite Here, and Catholic Charities. Together with a determined group of 25 volunteers, we were able to complete a total of 48 citizenship applications over a 12 hour period—both a complex process and a major milestone in the lives of our new Americans!

We are so grateful to the generous individuals who donated their time, energy, and heart to our community. Amidst minor technical difficulties and language barriers, they were truly the glue that held this event together.

Thank you to everyone who made this day possible. We are excited to see our neighbors on the path toward becoming U.S. citizens!

“Working at the Naturalization Workshop was an incredibly unique experience! I worked with a woman who spoke very little English, and 2 hours later with my broken Spanish (and assistance from her husband), we were able to get her application processed and move her towards the legal section of the workshop.

You form memorable relationships with the participants in such a short period of time and become emotionally invested in their naturalization process. I hope the best for the woman I helped and I hope many other volunteers take the opportunity to experience this process.” - Julie Russo, JFS volunteer

Thank you to all of our volunteers who help us reach our community in ways we never could without their support. If you are looking to get involved with our Immigration Department, contact Celeste Caton at Or call our Volunteer Engagement at (858) 637-3050. 

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Friends & Partners Who Volunteer Together, Stay Together
Okay, so we don’t have any real evidence to back this up, but it’s something we believe to be true. We know that relationships are strengthened and tested with time, travel, and togetherness. We have many volunteer opportunities at JFS that incorporate all of the above – most notably On the Go Volunteer Driving Program and Foodmobile. Make this summer a season of love and community by hopping into the car with your friend or sweetheart and making a difference in the life of an older adult who needs a ride, a meal, or a friendly visit. Chances are, your life will be changed, too.

Start today at Send us your photos at or post them to Facebook tagging @JewishFamilyServiceSD.   

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Corner Market shopperSchool’s out, but hunger never stops!
Join us for a Summer Food Boost! Help keep our food pantry stocked by leading a food drive this summer! June is the start of a dwindling food supply for local food pantries, and we need your support to keep families fed this summer. We can supply you with the bins and make a pickup when they're full. Highly desired items include canned tuna, peanut butter, dried beans, oatmeal, rice, pasta, canned vegetables and soups, toiletries, and diapers. Contact Brendan Rosen at or (858) 637-3243 to get started today!

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JFS Fix-itHelp Protect Seniors From Trips and Falls in Their Home
JFS Fix-It volunteers help with minor home-safety tasks like changing lightbulbs, installing grab bars and hand rails, and more. Coaching is provided and volunteers of all skill levels are welcome! Apply today at

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Join the Team That Drives On the Go
We’re a team of volunteer drivers. When older adults make the tough decision to “turn in their keys,” we help them hold on to their independence by getting them where they need to go. Sometimes we drive people to the doctor, and sometimes to visit friends. We’re about helping our neighbors stay connected to the people and places they love most. Make a difference – with just a few hours a month. Ready to get started? Apply today at

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