JFS MetroWest volunteers mobilize to help most vulnerable
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JFS MetroWest volunteers mobilize to help most vulnerable

Sharon Huber of Pine Brook, left, and Ann Malin of West Orange
Sharon Huber of Pine Brook, left, and Ann Malin of West Orange

Volunteers for the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest have been working hard since the pandemic began. In mid-March, JFS realized that isolated Holocaust survivors and other older adult clients need hot meals and groceries safely delivered hot meals and groceries for isolated Holocaust survivors and older adult clients as they sheltered in place. To fill that need, JFS began organizing its volunteers to shop and deliver meals. By the end of December, 78 volunteers had delivered 2,776 meals to more than 180 clients. To protect everyone, volunteers dropped off meals without making any direct contacts with the recipients.

Ava Reinfeld and Steve Delman, two of JFS’ most dedicated volunteers, have won a Points of Light award twice in the last few months. Points of Light is an international organization that equips people, non-profits, and corporations to build stronger communities around the world. Their awards celebrate the power of individuals to lead and lend support to causes they care about. As the awards they were given told them, “A connection has certainly been developed between Steve and Ava and their clients, who will ask questions about their families and wish them a happy holiday or a good Sabbath. One of their usual meal recipients even gave them flowers for the holidays. Steve said for some of the clients who aren’t able to get out of the house for several days at a time, just having someone to stop by for a moment can make a huge difference in their lives.”

Last week, JFS Volunteer Services delivered Chanukah meals and packages. Chanukah meal deliveries were made possible through generous funding from Kavod Shef, the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, and Wilf Family Foundations. The Chanukah care packages were filled with letters of hope and good wishes from Golda Och Academy’s Community Service Club, fresh donuts donated by the Chabad of Short Hills, and tea, Chanukah gelt, and cookies from JFS MetroWest. For more information, call (973) 765-9050 or go to jfsmetrowest.org.

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