March is Momentous at JFCS

The days are getting longer, the birds are singing, and we’ve even had some spring-like days recently. Everything is pointing toward a change for the warmer, and JFCS is preparing some new programs just for the season.

Come out of hibernation with Employment Search Jumpstart, which begins fresh on Monday, March 3. If your plans for a change in employment stalled through the cold months, this is the perfect thing to get you in tip-top shape for a spring job search. Visit our Classes & Workshops page or check with Janet Poole at 452-6341, ext. 222, for details.

Daylight saving time is almost here, so don’t forget to Spring Forward on Sunday, March 9. The new Spring Forward program at JFCS offers free assistance to anyone who needs help adjusting clocks for the time change. If you know someone who could benefit from this program, please contact Kim Toebbe at 452-6341, ext. 103.

Make the most of the spring semester with our ACT Preparation Workshop, starting on Monday, March 10. If your favorite student is scheduled for an April testing date, this workshop can help refresh his or her skills just in time for the exam. Check out the details on our website and contact Janet Poole at 452-6341, ext. 222, to register.

If you are a morning person, our Job Seekers Resource Group is a great idea to help your spring job search. The next cycle begins on Monday, March 24 — and at only $10 for the full six weeks, this is one of the best values you’ll find for your career counseling dollar. Visit our Classes & Workshops page or contact Andrea Brown at 452-6341, ext. 334, for details.

Our popular LinkedIn Workshop will return on March 31 and April 1. The workshop spans two evenings and costs only $20. Our instructor will help you understand and navigate LinkedIn, and you’ll even walk away with a professional photo for your profile. Keep an eye on our website for more information, or contact Janet Poole at 452-6341, ext. 222.

We still have paid summer internship opportunities available for Jewish college students who reside in Louisville. Click here for details on this unique program offered by JFCS, JCL and JCC. Applications are due by April 1; contact Ellen Shapira at 452-6341, ext. 225, if you are interested in applying.

March is the first month of this year’s Feinstein Challenge, which will benefit the JFCS Food Pantry. All gifts to the Food Pantry in March and April will help us qualify for a matching grant from the Feinstein Foundation. Monetary donations are also accepted as a part of the challenge. (Financial gifts are accepted through the Sonny and Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry Fund.)

For the month of March, our Food Pantry needs chunky soups, ramen noodles, canned tuna, cookies, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and toilet paper. If you will mark your donations with “Feinstein Challenge,” you will help us qualify for additional funds through the challenge. Please note that we are not able to accept donated items that are outside their noted expiration dates.

Finally, in closing, we want to share a few staff appearances in the community from the last week.

Dan Heffernan, director of our Navigate Enterprise Center, had a great op-ed in Monday’s Courier-Journal. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to read what he had to say about our services and our successes.



Career Counselor Andrea Brown and her husband Mike volunteered last weekend at the Tailspin Ale Festival. Andrea is a career counselor at JFCS, and she volunteered at the event to benefit Dare to Care Food Bank, which partners with many food banks in Louisville (including ours) to provide food to those in our community who need it.

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