Articles tagged with: Volunteerism

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

04March

An Inside Look at Tools for Leaders: Part 2

An Inside Look at Tools for Leaders: Part 2

I have lived in Dunwoody since 2005 and have driven by JF&CS around 3,500 times not knowing what it did until earlier this year, when I joined the Tools for Leaders Program. Boy am I glad I did. Not only have I met a tremendous group of individuals, but I have been able to learn about an organization that does so much for the local community. I can honestly say that the more I learn about JF&CS, the more excited I get to participate in this and other programs. JF&CS is the Gold Standard when it comes to nonprofit organizations that make an impact on thousands of individuals’ daily lives.

Written by Justin Milrad, 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

03April

Rolling Up Our Sleeves: The JF&CS Financial Leadership

Rolling Up Our Sleeves: The JF&CS Financial Leadership

As an organization, JF&CS is consistently recognized for the expertise and forward thinking of the financial leadership of the organization. Funders including United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, The Community Foundation of Metropolitan Atlanta, and The Marcus Foundation continue to demonstrate and express their confidence in the business minds that guide decisions and manage resources.

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

27March

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders - Session 3

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders - Session 3

“Why do people volunteer?” This was the opener for session 3 of Tools for Leaders. There was a common theme throughout everyone’s answers - “because we were raised in a family of volunteers and we want to carry on the tradition”, “the love of giving back”, “helping make the world a better place”. We volunteer because that’s what we do. It’s who we are – we do it without it thinking about it.

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

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders

Blog Series: Tools For Leaders

Tools for Leaders is an interactive and dynamic learning series designed to engage individuals who have shown leadership at JF&CS or elsewhere in the community who may be interested in greater leadership opportunities within our agency. Tools for Leaders provides the opportunity for participants to gain more in-depth knowledge of the agency’s programs, offers networking and leadership skill-building opportunities, and encourages participants to explore their future volunteer and leadership path at JF&CS. Our 2012 program kicked off on January 18, and we are very excited that Sheri Kornblum is going to be sharing her experiences in the program through our blog.

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

27October

60 miles, 3 days... I did that!

60 miles, 3 days... I did that!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  We are so proud of Denise Deitchman, JF&CS Manager of Volunteer Development who participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure the weekend of October 21-23.  These are her reflections on why she walked 60 miles for a cure.

I decided to walk the Susan G Komen 3-Day for a Cure in 2006 because it was always something on my bucket list. I thought it would be a great physical challenge, as well as inspirational, and I signed up with a few friends to do the walk. At the time, breast cancer didn’t really affect me personally, but I still wanted to help the cause.

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