Back to School Supplies

According to Deloitte’s Back to School Survey for 2016 and 2017, parents need to spend almost $400 just for school supplies and required clothing. For low-income and refugee families, this is nearly an impossible task without the support of organizations like JFCS. In 2016, we planned for 100 students to utilize our first-ever pop-up store, but 150 students came to …

Volunteer Spotlight: Sophie Snyder

JFCS’s Marjorie and Robert Kohn Pledge 13 program is an excellent way for young students studying for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah to give back to their community by volunteering. As they are studying to become Jewish adults, and what it means to be a Jewish adult, they are learning through real-world experience. A large part of being a Jewish adult …

Volunteer Spotlight: Henry Strull

A student who volunteers over summer vacation, while remarkable and generous, is rare. Henry Strull, a rising senior at IU Bloomington, has fortunately taken up the mantle. After studying abroad in Prague this past semester, enjoying tasty pastries and scenery, and learning about the Prague itself, Henry came back to Louisville and immediately began volunteering. First, he volunteered for two …

Volunteer Spotlight: Debbie Hyman

JFCS has many amazing, selfless, hard-working, generous and talented volunteers. All volunteers are precious; giving JFCS their most valuable asset; their time. Once in a while, JFCS has a volunteer who stands out even from this distinguished crowd. Debbie Hyman is one such volunteer. Since Debbie retired and became an empty-nester, she has helped JFCS in myriad ways. With JFCS …

Hot Dogs and Bingo- A Hit for the Whole Community

By Robin Ungar On Sunday, March 4, 2018, JFCS and Chabad of KY collaborated on a fundraiser called Hot Dog Bingo for the Pantry. The event was fun and successful by all counts drawing over 30 volunteers and a total of 83 people; a good time was had by all. The fundraiser was so successful that more than $1,000 was …

Combating Senior Isolation with Solutions to Transportation

  Isolation impacts the health and well-being of nearly half of Louisville’s seniors. JFCS’s Klein Older Adult Services has several programs geared to help seniors age in place through transportation and home care services. In Louisville and across the country, the population of adults ages 65 and older is expected to double by 2050. At a time when more seniors require …

Volunteer Spotlight: Carole Goldberg, Linda Goodman, Melanie Fadel, Dara Cohen and Patsy O’Brien

The JFCS Food Pantry is a vital resource available for JFCS clients. Thanks to the generosity of people throughout the community, our volunteers process more than 80 thousand pounds of food per year, which helps to feed more than 150 people each month. This service would be impossible without volunteers like Carole Goldberg, Melanie Fadel, Linda Goodman, Dara Cohen and …

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Kling, Sophia Goldberg, and the Meeron family

The Carole & Larry Goldberg Family Mitzvah program hosts fun, inter-generational events scheduled throughout the year around Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Passover, and Hanukkah. The program is a great way to teach children of all ages about the importance of performing mitzvot. This week, we are highlighting the brilliant efforts of our Family Mitzvah volunteers; Julie Kling, Sophia Goldberg, …

Volunteer Spotlight: Evelyn Figa

  The Doris L. & Theodore B. Meyers JFCS Shabbos Friends program provides a monthly Shabbat celebration with Jewish seniors living in local assisted-living facilities and nursing homes. Volunteers visit and spend time with the Jewish residents, share holiday memories, and saying the traditional Sabbath prayers. This week as part of Volunteer Appreciation Month we are highlighting one of our …