May 31, 2024

Dear JFCS Family,

As we all know, nonprofits are charged with partnering with volunteers – not only to provide services, but also to help us guide and steer the organization. Here at JFCS, we are comprised of a very engaged board led by our President, Stacy Asbell Levin. Our board is complete with an Executive Committee, as well as several operational committees that focus on our core service areas including Counseling, Senior Services, Disability Services, Relationship & Development, Family Assistance Program, and Finance, just to name a few. These committees are integral to the management and operations of our agency. They provide support to our managers and directors and often provide insight into important community issues. They truly make an impact on the services that we offer and our day-to-day operations.

As you are our closest community members, I offer you the opportunity to be involved and engaged with us. Whether it’s through delivering meals, serving in the Betsy & Peter Fischer Food Pantry, or volunteering on one of our committees, I am sure you can find a home volunteering here at JFCS. If you are interested in getting involved with our agency, please reach out and let us know! Maybe you can help change the life of someone in need through your volunteerism.

Today, I want to give a “shout-out” to a special volunteer who was recently honored with a national award. This past month, Rhona Cohen, one of our longtime Board members and committee members, was the 2024 recipient of the Volunteer Lay Leadership Award from the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA)! Each year, this award is presented to a volunteer in North America who exemplifies initiative, resourcefulness, trust, and credibility; manages and champions effective change; and influences others to build consensus.

Throughout fifteen years of meaningful service, Rhona has sat on nearly every JFCS committee: Board Governance, Counseling, Disability Services, Finance, Relationship & Development, and Stepping Out. She joined the Board of Directors in 2010, serving as Vice President from 2012 through 2016. Rhona now heads the JFCS Advisory Council, comprised of local business and community leaders, ensuring that they are well-informed, connected, and engaged (and also another way for you to get involved!). Her professional background in speech pathology and traumatic brain injury care gives Rhona the unique ability to meet people where they are, listen attentively, and communicate with care.

I know that you will all join me in wishing Rhona a hearty “congratulations” for all she has done and continues to do to support JFCS. We are so grateful for her exceptional warmth, wisdom, and vision!

Wishing you peace, love and happiness today and every day!

Raechel