Articles tagged with: Volunteer Spotlight

29October

Volunteer of the Month: Abby Rosenthal

Volunteer of the Month: Abby Rosenthal


Abby Rosenthal’s career has taken her to many places. The native New Yorker has lived in various cities across the country and worked for prestigious organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, City of Detroit Health Department and the University of Michigan. Before beginning a career in public health, Abby was a physical therapist and had the opportunity to work closely with older adults. She also was a caregiver for both of her parents as they were aging and used her professional knowledge to provide them with the best possible care. When she decided to retire two and a half years ago, she knew she wanted to make sure her expertise would be put to good use. Once she heard about Aviv Older Adult Services – Tools for Aging, she gave JF&CS a call to find out how she could become involved.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in Volunteer Services

30September

Volunteer of the Month: Lauren Harris

Volunteer of the Month: Lauren Harris

Born and raised in Houston, Lauren Harris moved to Atlanta in 1997 to attend Emory University. Shortly after graduation she began her doctorate studies at UGA in industrial/organizational psychology, and during that time she also got married. At this point, she knew a little about JF&CS because she had attended Havinagala. But, it was after her husband came home from the Community of Caring luncheon in 2006 and learning about a number of her friends’ involvement that Lauren started to become involved with the organization.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in Volunteer Services

26August

Volunteers of the Month: Bob Bachrach and Jonathan Ginburg

Volunteers of the Month: Bob Bachrach and Jonathan Ginburg

Coming from every stage in life, volunteers are undoubtedly the heart and soul of our organization. They can bring a variety of ideas to JF&CS, regardless of their personal volunteer experience. Board members Bob Bachrach and Jonathan Ginburg couldn’t be more perfect examples. While they both bring invaluable knowledge to JF&CS, they are at different points in their lives while sharing the same passion for volunteering and giving back to their community.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in Volunteer Services

31July

Volunteer of the Month: Dan Appelrouth

Volunteer of the Month: Dan Appelrouth

When one begins a career, he or she may expect to eventually become an expert in his or her given field. But what that person might not expect is how an expertise can lead to the discovery of philanthropic causes that become passions. For Dr. Dan Appelrouth, a native of Key West who has been living in Atlanta since 1977, this is exactly what happened. He moved here to begin his career as a rheumatologist. After practicing for many years, he found he had a passion: feeding the hungry and caring for those in need.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in Volunteer Services

31May

Volunteers of the Month: Beth Arogeti & Ellen Chalef

Volunteers of the Month: Beth Arogeti & Ellen Chalef

Each year JF&CS conducts the Annual Campaign, which raises unrestricted funds to help those in need right here in our own community. Donors who generously contribute to the campaign are a very large reason the work JF&CS does is a reality. This year, it is truly an honor to have the campaign chaired by two very active supporters: Beth Arogeti and Ellen Chalef. Both of these remarkable women have already dedicated countless hours to the organization, and for this we are exceedingly proud to highlight them as our volunteers of the month.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

30April

Volunteer of the Month: M. Queen Bailey-Brooks, LCSW

Volunteer of the Month: M. Queen Bailey-Brooks, LCSW

M. Queen Bailey-Brooks, LCSW, describes herself as a “born social worker.” Originally from Baltimore, she has been living and volunteering in Atlanta since 1995. To Queen, volunteering is not just something she enjoys doing on the side, it is her way of living. And while she has lent a hand to numerous organizations that serve various causes, older adults, or as Queen likes to say “my elders,” are her passion.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

25March

Volunteer of the Month: Jackie Naggar

Volunteer of the Month: Jackie Naggar

When it comes to being an all-around kindhearted and dedicated volunteer, Jackie Naggar is truly one of a kind. Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Jackie has been living and giving back in Atlanta for more than 10 years. Professionally, she is an attorney/legal recruiter. While she enjoys spending some of her free time with family and friends, traveling, and hosting her own networking events, volunteering is her absolute passion and joy.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

04February

Volunteers of the Month: Bruce Lindemann & Weda Zoller

Volunteers of the Month: Bruce Lindemann & Weda Zoller

When an individual volunteers for a cause, his or her goal usually is to help effect change in some way. One of the many wonderful things about volunteers is the different ways they can support the same cause.

This month, we’re pleased to highlight two hardworking volunteers – Weda Zoller and Bruce Lindemann, the current and past chairs respectively of the Developmental Disabilities Services - Tools for Independence (TFI) Family Advisory Committee. Both also volunteer at the annual Larry Bregman, M.D., Educational Conference in addition to supporting TFI in other ways. Weda and Bruce got involved because they both have children served by TFI. While that may have been the mutual catalyst for their involvement, they each feel a personal connection and a need to be a part of TFI.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

03October

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Bankston

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Bankston

The Ben Massell Dental Clinic (BMDC) and JF&CS proudly welcomed Dr. Stephen Bankston to the JF&CS Board of Directors this year. A volunteer at the clinic since April 2004, Dr. Bankston also sits on BMDC’s executive committee.

“Dr. (David) Zelby introduced me to the Clinic, and I have been committed ever since,” he says. “My motivation for this commitment is two-fold. The gratitude of the patients and the impact I see and feel from their response is truly inspiring. And this is my personal opportunity to give back to my community.”

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Ben Massell Dental Clinic, Volunteer Services

04September

Volunteer Spotlight: Bradley Erbesfield

Volunteer Spotlight: Bradley Erbesfield

One year ago, Bradley Erbesfield began volunteering with Career Services – Tools for Employment. He liked volunteering so much that he decided to help out five days a week. Hearing the client success stories gave Bradley the extra motivation.

“It is nice to know that my efforts are helping people,” Bradley said.

Written by Anna Wishneff, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Career Services, Volunteer Services

01August

Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Wipper

Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Wipper

She began as an intern at JF&CS in August 2011, and for two more months Emily Wipper stayed at JF&CS as a volunteer. Why did she stay? Because she felt there was more to be done.

“JF&CS is a top organization and I knew that this place would be a great opportunity,” she said.

Written by Jennifer Fine, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services, Volunteer Services

28June

Volunteer Spotlight: Howard Wexler

Volunteer Spotlight: Howard Wexler

He has been volunteering for only a few months, but Howard Wexler already has been making an impact on people who really need help – new refugees moving to the United States. Since March, Howard has been helping an Iraqi family make a new life here, through the Refugee Resettlement program of JF&CS’ International Services - Tools for New Americans division. The program consists of volunteers and professionals helping refugees transition to a new culture while maintaining their own.

Written by Jennifer Fine, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, International Services, Volunteer Services

04April

Volunteer Spotlight: Intake Team

Volunteer Spotlight: Intake Team

We at JF&CS are proud of volunteers and appreciate that we could not do what we do without them. It is especially wonderful when our volunteers provide critical services not only to our clients, but also to the organization itself. This is precisely what our group of dedicated intake volunteers does for us each week. Day in and day out, these volunteers are the first voices heard by hundreds of potential JF&CS clients looking to access our many services. Fielding dozens of calls each day, the intake volunteers have made a phenomenal impact on our staff, on our clients and on JF&CS as a whole.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

01March

Volunteer Spotlight: Allan Tanenbaum

Volunteer Spotlight: Allan Tanenbaum

The Jewish Community is deeply rooted in traditions, customs and values – one of the most important of which is giving to those in need. As Passover approaches, we are reminded of one such practice that reflects this value: Maos Chitim. Literally meaning “money for wheat,” Maos Chitim dates back thousands of years. It exists to provide food for Passover to those in need. Tradition dictates that Maos Chitim is different from Tzedakah in that it is not merely a mitzvah, but rather an obligation of the community to help all Jewish families celebrate Passover.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

31January

Volunteer Spotlight: Marla Shainberg

Volunteer Spotlight: Marla Shainberg

JF&CS volunteers have been instrumental to the success of so many of our programs. Each year, they dedicate hours upon hours of their time to meetings, projects, programs and events. This comes from a drive and desire to make a positive impact on the community and to help provide a range of services to those who need them. Marla Shainberg is a shining example of this commitment to JF&CS and the community.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Developmental Disabilities Services, Volunteer Services

04January

Volunteer Spotlight: Cara Gurney

Volunteer Spotlight: Cara Gurney

January is National Mentoring Month. So if you ever thought about being a mentor – or even if you haven’t – now is the perfect time. And JF&CS has the perfect opportunity to be one. We call it being a PAL.

A PAL is a loving Jewish adult volunteer who shares a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a child in need of a role model. Big PALs provide friendship and support, and make a huge difference in the lives of their little PALs – and vice versa.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services, Volunteer Services

30November

Volunteer Spotlight: Annette Marcus

Volunteer Spotlight: Annette Marcus

JF&CS volunteers affect the lives of others in countless ways, through a number of different channels. Annette Marcus is precisely this type of volunteer - dedicated, dynamic and a natural leader. She has been very involved with JF&CS over the years, and her most recent role as a member of our synagogue affinity group for Caring Committee chairs has enabled her to help synagogues, JF&CS and community members in meaningful ways.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in Counseling Services, Volunteer Services

28October

Volunteer Spotlight: Carol Harris Glickman

Volunteer Spotlight: Carol Harris Glickman

Sometimes we do not realize how much we may take for granted in our day-to-day lives.  Carol Harris Glickman, a volunteer with our Refugee Resettlement program, has been able to see and experience that first hand with the refugee family she and her daughters assist. The Refugee Resettlement program, part of our International Services - Tools for New Americans division, helps families new to the United States transition to a new life so far from home as smoothly as possible.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in International Services, Volunteer Services

28September

Volunteer Spotlight: Toby Bloomberg

Volunteer Spotlight: Toby Bloomberg

When you surf through JF&CS’s exciting new social media tools (this blog included!), you’ll find the innovative and creative influence of Toby Bloomberg. Toby is currently co-chair of the Social Media ad hoc subcommittee of our Marketing Committee. Her path to this role has taken her from volunteer to consultant and back again over the last year.  As we developed JF&CS’ social media strategy, she played an instrumental role.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in Volunteer Services

31August

Volunteer Spotlight: Rachel Selber Kropp

Volunteer Spotlight: Rachel Selber Kropp

If you have been job hunting and have attended our career workshops, you might have met Rachel Selber Kropp. Rachel is one of the workshop facilitators for Career Services – Tools for Employment, leading mostly the job search skills workshop but also at times resume-writing and interviewing skills. She also runs the LinkedIn and online networking classes at JF&CS and some of the synagogues in our outreach program.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Career Services, Volunteer Services