Volunteers Are at the Heart of JFCS’ Food Bank
  • Nutrition Program
  • Volunteers
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Thanks to generous donations and dedicated volunteers, JFCS Food Banks are able to serve thousands in our community every year. We are thrilled to welcome Jill Kulick, Marian Sosnick, and Sara Green as our new Peninsula Food Bank chairs! These three dedicated women devote their time to volunteering at the JFCS Food Bank and supporting our community in many ways. For Jill Kulick, the thought of hunger in her backyard was gut-wrenching. She knew she wanted to help however she could. During the pandemic, Jill had been donating to her synagogue’s food drive when her friend introduced her to JFCS’… Read More

Posted by Admin on April 21, 2022
Heroes of JFCS: Volunteer Suzanne Mankoff Helps Seniors Get the Lifesaving COVID Vaccine
  • Heroes of JFCS
  • Stories & Testimonials
  • Seniors
  • Volunteers
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Hannah*, who is 82 and lives alone in San Francisco, was eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine so that she could go out and have some pieces of her pre-pandemic life back. But Hannah doesn’t have wifi or a computer, and like many local seniors who lack access or familiarity with technology, she was unable to use the websites that California provided to book an appointment. Not only was her internet connection unstable, Hannah found the websites so confusing to use on her cell phone that she stopped searching altogether.   Fortunately for Hannah, a volunteer named Suzanne Mankoff is one… Read More

Posted by Admin on March 9, 2021
In the Face of Loss, JFCS’ Israeli-American Volunteers Deliver a Vital Connection
  • Stories & Testimonials
  • Nutrition Program
  • Volunteers
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When COVID-19 hit the Bay Area, Israeli-American Jessica Hare knew she wanted to do something to help keep older adults safe. She immediately started looking for ways to volunteer and reached out to her friends at the Israeli American Council for ideas. They pointed her to JFCS, and after her first conversation with the volunteer coordinator, she knew JFCS was the right fit. Born in Washington, D.C., Jessica grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. The decision to move back to the US came when her husband received an opportunity to temporarily relocate to the Bay Area for work. With two… Read More

Posted by Admin on July 1, 2020
JFCS’ Nutrition Program Tackles Hunger, One Bag of Groceries at a Time
  • Nutrition Program
  • Volunteers
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The Bay Area is often described as a foodie’s paradise—but given the region’s high cost of living, many people from all walks of life find themselves unable to afford all the food they need. In San Francisco alone an estimated 1 in 4 people experience hunger. JFCS’ Nutrition Program collects nearly seven tons of food each fall through the High Holiday Food Drive, a critical community effort that ensures that our five regional pantries have basic food items stocked on the shelves all year long. Free, Healthy Groceries a Lifesaver for Fixed-Income Clients Linda, 76, a retired teacher’s aide living… Read More

Posted by Admin on September 5, 2017
Friendly Visitors Needed for Russian Emigres
  • Volunteers
Form a new friendship with a Russian-speaking senior who is eagerly awaiting your visit in San Francisco! All it takes is one hour per week for conversation, short walks, and other enjoyable activities. Not only will it brighten the senior’s life, it will make you feel great, too! Meet the Clients Igor*, a lively conversationalist, is nearly 90 years old and has difficulty seeing and hearing. He is however sharp as a tack and very engaged with life and its existential questions. Because of the limitations of his eyesight and hearing, he has limited ability to be out and about… Read More

Posted by Admin on August 1, 2017
Young Leaders Find Community, Give Back, and Help Shape the Future of JFCS
  • JFCS News
  • Volunteers
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Jewish identity is changing in America, and that’s especially true for many Bay Area Jews in their 20s, 30s and early 40s, some of whom are recent transplants with busy careers. So how are these millennials finding meaning in being Jewish today? JFCS has four different programs that answer this very question. Young Professional Community Connection: Behind the Scenes Amanda Merriweather, a technology company recruiter in her twenties, volunteers every month through JFCS’ Young Professional Community Connection. “For me, the community around the culture is how I connect with Judaism,” says Amanda. “The opportunity to give back with like-minded… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 7, 2017
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