Team Member Tuesday: Kim Toebbe

Kim Toebbe never meets a stranger, which is the perfect characteristic for a volunteer recruiter and coordinator for JFCS.  Kim had been the activities director at Four Courts, which gave her great insights into the Jewish community and many of the families whose parents/grandparents resided there.

Kim seemed to be the natural fit for the JFCS Volunteer Coordinator when the position opened up six years ago. She chose to work at JFCS because, ultimately, she believes in the mission and the work. Kim has been a terrific recruiter and has assisted the Development Director to name various funds that connect donor interests to existing and newly established programs.

·         The Sonny & Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry Fund – Pancakes for the Pantry, Pizza for the Pantry and Jazz and Jewelry provides more than 100,000 pounds of food for JFCS clients.

·         The Carole & Larry Goldberg Family Mitzvah Fund – creating 3-4 annual events, usually centered around the Jewish holidays, for families with young children to share in activities that encourage making the world a better place.

·         The Robert & Majorie Kohn Please 13 Program – encouraging and providing opportunities for Bar/Bat Mitzvah students to give 13 hours of volunteer time to nonprofit organizations or school-related activities.

Kim is married, with two grown children. She also has two dogs, some grandkittens, and a grandchinhilla! She enjoys swimming, reading, art, thrifting/antiquing, writing, listening to music, lifelong learning, and combatting injustice.

Perhaps part of why Kim works so hard to organize volunteers is because she recognizes the injustices in the world and knows she can help combat them with hard work and collaboration.

One of the many powerful women Kim is inspired by is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Kim is constantly motivated by her because she is an inspirational dissenter and a lifelong fighter for justice. Kim is also inspired by Golda Meir, the first female Prime Minister of Israel. If Kim could have dinner with anyone from history, she would choose Golda Meir because it would be fascinating to hear her story and struggles.

If Kim could do anything she wanted in 24 hours, she would fly to New York to see Hamilton, go to the MOMA, and eat at a real NY deli!

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