I truly enjoy volunteering at Kid's Kloset. I get such a good feeling by packing bags for needy children.
I did workshops on Alternative Career Options and Entrepreneurship for unemployed individuals at WJCS's Connect-to-Care Division.
I have been a volunteer with Kid's Kloset, a children's clothing pantry sponsored by Westchester Jewish Community Services, for the past year. In that time we have clothed over 1800 needy children with individual Bags of Love, each with a child's name and a week's worth of gently used and new clothes. The heart and soul of this organization, Stephanie Roth, works tirelessly as a volunteer, to constantly make social service agencies, schools, religious organizations and community centers aware of our work; she is always looking for likely sources of donations, both individual and group/corporate, to ensure that we have the means to make up our Bags of Love. About a month ago, we were put out of our home due to a fire on the roof of our building. Stephanie never gave up and worked 24/7 to find us a temporary home. We are now in a large, clean, airy space, a great place to work. This is an amazing organization and Stephanie is a truly gifted organizer and worker.
I have been volunteering as a tutor at the Mount Vernon New York Edward Williams Elementary School Afterschool Advantage program which is a WJCS sponsored program. The program is invaluable to the school community. I am involved as a member of Westchester Reform Temple which supports the program with many adult and student volunteers. As an experienced teacher I am able to tutor students on their school work and give very much needed help. The relationships that I have formed with the students are extremely gratifying. They are so appreciative of the help. They have told me that the attention that the tutors give them makes them feel special. An impressive group of high school student have organized their peer group into a high school club. They take their responsibility seriously and come in strong numbers to tutor the children in the program and to work on special projects with them. This is a win win situation - the children in the after school program get invaluable help and the high school students experience the satisfaction of knowing that they have done an amazing job in giving to those who are in need.
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These seders provide an invaluable servide to the Jewish community they serve. I have been volunteering for nearly 20 years, and have seen firsthand the joy the seders bring to the developmentally disabled population and their family members. The guests look forward to the seders, not only as a chance to celebrate their Jewish traditions with song, prayer and food, but also to connect with friends they have made at the seders over the years. It is also a wonderful experience for the younger generation of volunteers, to actively participate in such a heart warming event.
I have been one of the volunteers at the WJCS Seders for the disabled. Clearly the benefit to those who attend is incredibly worthy, however, the benefit received by our student volunteers ( B'nai Mitzvah age and older) is PRICELESS. For some it is their chosen Mitzvah project for others it is a project that they participate yearly. It is quite an experience ~ all around to behold!
The staff at WJCS is warm and caring. I am a volunteer helping out with meal delivery to home-bound seniors. The seniors are SO happy when they have a visitor and a warm home-cooked meal. I am so proud to be a part of their program and I hope they can continue to provide this service - and so many many more to those in need.
I have been one of the volunteers at the WJCS Seders for the disabled. I witness many of the same people attending the service. They look forward to coming and taking a part in the Seder. I believe I have participated for at least five years, and I feel good about seeing the happy look on the faces of the people, during the services.
I have been participating as a table leader in this Seder for 18 years. It is a beautiful and wonderful experience. The team of volunteers lead by Gail is terrific and have become my close friends. I love seeing our work come together for this special population. This program is necessary as it fills the population with cultural joy. "Jewish spiritualism" is the theme of the room. All are so easily connected to being together to experience the Seder story, the food, the music, the tradition and the so much care and friendship. All three of my children have participated as waiters and now my oldest son enjoys sitting at the table with the population and feeling their joy at the Seder. It is truly a deep and wonderful connection for our family to our Jewish life. We all look forward to seeing our friends from all the different group homes year to year. I love seeing their faces light up showing recognition that we are all together again for our Passover Seder.
WJCS serves a tremendous role in Westchester.
The organization embraces the diversity of the County and is able to support every need that arises.
An example of this is the Women's Home Center on Barton in White Plains. This center has been operating for almost 2 years and provides a safe and healthy home environment for 6 Jewish women. These 6 women are in their 20's and 30's and are developmentally disabled. This is their first home away from home which provides them with independence. The experience gives these women supervision, their own living area, daily responsibilities in a group setting, and either part time employment or school - all of which are coordinated by WJCS.
It is an amazing program that has changed the lives of these women.
It is imperative to understand the needs of our community and the critical need to serve it, as WJCS does.
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