Volunteer Spotlight January 2024: Jeff Gershone

Can you tell us about yourselves and your background? I was born in St. Paul in 1948 and my parents moved to Minneapolis when I was 3. We lived in North Minneapolis until 1954 when we moved to St. Louis Park. I had a pretty normal childhood – average student and I graduated from St. Louis Park[...]

Caring Connections members relish opportunity to give back to community

Caring Connections Volunteer Group By Stacey Spencer • JFCS Disability Services Manager Caring Connections members – Jewish adults with disabilities – love to get together for events! I mean, they really like attending Caring Connections events. Who wouldn’t? After all, having a designated time to hang out and do cool thi[...]

JFCS NextGen upcoming events: Fall 2022

Mark your calendars – here are NextGen’s upcoming events and volunteer opportunities: Hag Sameach Shopping Event 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 @ Target Knollwood (8900 Highway 7, St. Louis Park) We are excited for our annual NextGen shopping trip for the JFCS Hag Sameach program. Hag Sam[...]

Volunteer Spotlight –February 2021: Sara Reininger

Sara Reininger, pictured with her son, who volunteers with her at JFCS What’s your current volunteer role at JFCS? In what ways have you volunteered with JFCS in the past? For the last two years, I have been one of the Delivery Co-Chairs for the Hag Sameach program. It’s been great gettin[...]

Staff Q&A: Mindy Teele, Hag Sameach Outreach Coordinator

Learn how hundreds of volunteers contributed their time and talents to help make the holiday season brighter for the 706 individuals from 342 families in our community. That's 173 more people than last year! How long have you worked with the Hag Sameach Program? Five years. How many peopl[...]

Introducing Community Services Director Amy Weiss

With its Community Services programs, JFCS looks for opportunities that help build and sustain well-being and meaningful connections, creating a stronger community. Through partnerships with PRISM Food Shelf and initiatives such as the Mental Health Education Conference and others, we aim to be a va[...]

Give2017: Generations of Change

By Angie Podvin • Donor Services & Annual Campaign Manager   David and Esther’s (pseudonyms) story begins nearly 30 years ago, when they first turned to JFCS for help. They and their three children were facing chronic homelessness due to their ongoing challenges in maintaining steady[...]

April showers are so much more than rain

By Deb Savitt • Community Involvement Manager   Sometimes doing my job as the volunteer manager at JFCS feels like having a fourth child: I plan. I arrange. I execute and troubleshoot. I worry (and worry) about the details, the goal of what we are trying to accomplish, and the permutati[...]

Why we all need a little Passover Hag Sameach

By Deb Savitt • Community Involvement Manager   Hag Sameach means happy holidays, and the JFCS Hag Sameach program has been synonymous with providing overflowing bags of Chanukah or holiday gifts for the past 24 years. This is an incredible operation—really a community event—and we [...]