I started volunteering in Port Jervis 6 years ago, and it has been the most beautiful experience for me. I've always been very dedicated naturally, so to find a program that could emulate my interests was amazing. Doing the simple things that other people find difficult (shopping, driving, doctors office...) makes it a beautiful experience. I was able to bring celebrations such as birthday clubs and holiday events to the elderly. This brought joy to these people.
I have found that by giving to the community, I get the most satisfaction back. My experience has been watching the forlorn faces suddenly turn to laughter. Very rewarding for me.
As a 911 survivor I had ti give back to all of the wonderful people and that recipient would be my community. It is so rewarding to give from the heart my precious time to others that are in need. It is a delight, I meet wonderful people, go places new and learn everyday something new.
My original reason for joining was that my wife wanted me out the house. I have found that volunteering and helping others has enriched my life by my communicating with others about their lives and needs. I hope that when it comes my time, I hope that a program like this will be available to me.
As a board member I have been able to see first hand the good work JFS does. I've had many people ask me how to get help from the agency knowing my involvement. We enjoy an exemplary reputation.
I have served on the Board of Jewish Family Service for 17 years. JFS started as a committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County. We extend a helping hand to all residents of Orange County regardless of religious affiliation. Our programs include affordable counseling, case management for developmentally delayed, case management that finds services to meet the needs of seniors who wish to stay in their homes, friendly visits and reassurance telephone calls, the Roots program for Developmentally Delayed adults, a summer camp and family activities for Jewish special needs children, providing transportation to people so they can get to their medical appointments and too many other programs to list. The services are provided by a dedicated group of staff and volunteers and fill an important role in our community. I am proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.
JFS was the most inviting and wonderful place to volunteer. As a retiree, I was able to provide transportation for many seniors who needed to get to doctors' appointments. I was also able to participate in the Friendly Visitor Program, wherein I spent several hours each week with a senior. We often went shopping, got our nails done, had lunch: all sorts of fun things. As I result I continue to be in close contact with "my senior" and her family, often attending church with them. All the staff were always welcoming and the office atmosphere was wonderful. after volunteering in the office, I was able to use my curriculum development skills to write the volunteer training program for Friendly Visitor Services.
I am relatively new to JFS but have been involved in a number of other nonprofits and community service organizations over the years. The competence and administrative efficiency of this agency is impressive. The range and depth of the services they provide is inspiring. The biggest hurdle that I see for JFS right now is that not enough people know that the life-enhancing care that they offer is just a phone call away. It's a privilege to be associated with JFS; they bring light to despair.