Member Spotlight: Jewish Family Service of Colorado

Founded in 1872, Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human services agency serving metro Denver and Boulder. JFS believes in strengthening the community by providing vital services to vulnerable individuals and families.

The full continuum of care includes helping older adults stay supported, connected, and engaged as they age while maintaining a high quality of life; providing quality mental health counseling and case management to children, adults, immigrants, and refugees; offering training, job placement, and community enrichment to people with disabilities; and providing housing stability, employment support, and food security to individuals and families. Every year, the agency serves thousands of individuals and impacts more than 15,000 people of all faiths, races, ages, incomes, and abilities.

The JFS mission is to enhance well-being to those in need throughout Colorado by delivering services based on Jewish values.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in mid-March, JFS quickly pivoted to extend services and continue to safely assist individuals and families in need. The Weinberg Food Pantry was opened up to anyone experiencing food insecurity, no documentation required. As a result, the pantry has experienced a 400% increase in demand for service, and the need for volunteers has dramatically grown.

Nancy Benyamin, director of Volunteer Services, says, “So many of us have felt powerless during this pandemic. Volunteerism empowers you to make a difference, and helps you get through difficult times.”

JFS has an immediate need to fill September and early October shifts since many summer food pantry volunteers have gone back to work and school. It’s the perfect opportunity to help the community and meet new people in a safe, socially distanced way. You can check out opportunities on Spark the Change Colorado’s website or sign up for shifts right now on the JFS SignUpGenius Calendar. The calendar is updated frequently, so please share the link with friends, family, and on social media.

Jeff, a new JFS volunteer, is spreading the word about his experience: “When I arrived at the pantry to volunteer, the staff greeted me warmly. We all worked together with a real purpose, connecting as a team. Everything went smoothly, I felt safe, and it was extremely fulfilling.” To learn more about JFS volunteer programs, visit jewishfamilyservice.org/volunteer. Be sure to follow JFS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see their work in action and keep up with volunteer needs.

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