Volunteers are the backbone of the agency – supporting fundraising events, delivering Kosher Meals-on-Wheels, making phone calls and friendly visits, and so much more. JFS volunteers come from all backgrounds, neighborhoods and ages, but they have one thing in common – a strong commitment to giving back. Our volunteers, and so many new friends across our community, have asked how they can support JFS during these unprecedented times. We’ve put together some great ways to give back, all while keeping yourself and the public safe.
Craft Kits for Children
Hundreds of children use the JFS Food Pantry or other services, and continue to do so during this current health crisis. We’re asking for your help to keep them engaged and entertained while home from school by creating fun craft kits. Whether it’s a butterfly made from an elusive toilet paper roll or a construction paper flower bouquet, we want to see your creative side! Check out sites like Pinterest for great ideas.
Cards and Caring
Nearly 200 seniors rely on JFS for socialization and support. With self-quarantine measures in effect, those seniors are now confined to their homes and apartments. You can help make their days brighter so that social distancing doesn’t have to mean complete isolation from the outside world. Help our seniors stay connected by writing letters, making cards, sending pictures or sharing stories. We’ll make sure they get to an appreciative homebound senior.
Feeding our Neighbors
As discussed in more detail in my previous blog post, JFS is doing everything it can to ensure seniors and families have access to food during these difficult times. You can help keep our Food Pantry well stocked by supporting our collection efforts. JFS has collection bins at the Pleasantville Police Station, Ventnor City Hall and Linwood City Hall. Volunteers are needed to retrieve items from those collection sites and deliver them to our office in Margate.
Spread the Word
Once of the easiest ways to help is by sharing our work on social media. As this crisis evolves, JFS will be communicating important updates on: JFS services and supports, volunteer opportunities, critical community needs and fundraising news. Be sure to follow us on social media @jfsatlantic on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn so you don’t miss out.
Mobilize your friends and neighbors by starting a food drive or by collecting diapers, baby wipes, children’s craft supplies, unused games and puzzles. This is a great way to start your spring cleaning while also helping others. Please remember to always practice recommended state and health guidelines by staying at least six feet apart and leaving items on porches.
For more information about any of the above opportunities, please contact Vanessa Smith at 609-822-1108 x 249 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you all for being so supportive of our efforts and for displaying the power of Strength in Community!
Laura Rodgers, JFS Chief Program Officer