Volunteer Spotlight January 2022: Kori Savitt
Kori Savitt, with her husband, Charles
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a mom of three beautiful daughters and two great son-in-laws, a Baubie to three perfect grandkids, and I’ve been married to a wonderful man, Charles, for 40 years. I am a big sports fan and I love my dogs, gardening, reading, crafts and many other things. I have helped people in many different ways.
I used to work a doctor’s office during the week and at Mount Sinai Hospital on weekends. I continued working at the doctor’s office until I stopped to take care of my mom who was terminally ill. I just couldn’t go back to the medical field, so I taught preschool at Bet Shalom and Adath Jeshurun. After many years, I decided to go back to the medical field and found my dream job, where I worked at Partners in Pediatrics in Maple Grove and I loved it.
What motivated you become a volunteer?
I always knew I wanted to volunteer at JFCS. It’s an organization that has helped my family and an enormous amount of people in many ways. I contacted (Volunteer Engagement Manager) Dana Shapiro two years ago and I was hooked!
What JFCS programs have you volunteered with?
I first started volunteering with JFCS by decorating and delivering Chanukah bags (from the Hag Sameach Program) to Sholom Home. I currently volunteer with Cards for the Community, Caring Connections events, and Hag Sameach, where I pick out gifts, put together Mitzvah bags and wrap the presents. I also volunteer with projects in the warehouse with (Hag Sameach Coordinator) Mindy Teele as needed. It’s such a beautiful thing what JFCS does!
How has being a JFCS volunteer impacted your life?
It brings a purpose to my day and life and it is such a rewarding feeling I get for helping JFCS – especially the people that JFCS serves.
Do you have a memorable story about your JFCS volunteer experience to share?
My favorite memory is my first event helping with a Caring Connections event at Beth El Synagogue in August, making challahs, listening to stories and singing songs together. I am so grateful that (Inclusion Program Manager) Stacey Spencer reached out to me to volunteer.
What would you say to someone who’s thinking of volunteering with JFCS?
If you have a little time and you’re thinking of volunteering, try JFCS. There are so many different opportunities.
Anything else to share?
I want to thank Dana Shapiro, Stacey Spencer and Mindy Teele. The three of them are such awesome people who represent JFCS proud.