Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Tzoref
Linda Tzoref knew she wanted to give back to the community and had a very distinct idea of how she wanted to do it. So when she called JF&CS more than a year ago to see what potential volunteer opportunities were available, she was very clear about what she sought to do. She enjoys working with senior citizens, and Café Europa was the right place for her to start.
Café Europa is a monthly social gathering for Holocaust survivors. They listen to a speaker and then enjoy a kosher catered lunch. Linda started off by working as an extra hand serving food, cleaning up and assisting those who needed help moving around the room. She met a lot of survivors and was awed by each and every one of them. They inspired her to want to do more -- something that would help her develop a personal relationship with someone. Linda spoke with Amy Neuman, Program Manager of Holocaust Survivor Services. Amy told her about a new program being developed called Connections, which would match a volunteer with a Holocaust survivor as a way of forging relationships between community members and survivors.
“Linda is always willing to pitch in to do what is needed.” Amy says. “When we decided to create the Connections program, we immediately thought of her. She has always shown an interest in working with Holocaust survivors and she naturally connects with people."
Linda was paired with Rose, a survivor who does not have any family nearby. They hit it off immediately! Linda goes to Rose’s house to spend quality time with her. They also are planning future outings like going to the movies. “It’s like hanging out with my grandparents, except Rose is so young and spirited!” she says. Aside from socializing in person, they talk on the phone quite frequently.
Spending time together is not only great for Rose; Linda truly enjoys and cherishes it. She loves hearing the stories and learning from everything Rose has been through. “It’s a win-win situation to me, and that’s the best type of volunteer work. I get to be with someone who is so funny and interesting.”
For more information on volunteering with the Aviv Older Services - Tools for Aging division, please contact 770.677.9448 or email email@example.com.