Three JFS volunteers receive Jefferson awards

Three JFS volunteers receive Jefferson awards

Bob Gebroe, Bruce Tenzer, and Kathryn Maloney, who volunteer at Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ,  were selected as honorees for the 2020 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson awards. This recognition is based on their extraordinary volunteer and public service. The presentation ceremony and celebration was held online on February 20.

Kathryn Maloney is a Listen to Children and Reading Buddies volunteer at the South Mountain Annex in South Orange, where she reads to first and second graders. She has been part of the program for five years and continues to work with her students virtually during the pandemic.

Bob Gebroe also volunteers with Listen to Children volunteer; last year he mentored six children referred to him by Livingston School District guidance counselors. This year he is volunteering virtually through Computer Buddies, an online pen pal program serving the West Orange school district.

Bruce Tenzer is a volunteer with Reading Buddies and Listen to Children. Through Reading Buddies, he spent two years reading to students at Washington Elementary in West Orange, and this year he volunteers at PS-22 in Jersey City, where he and his wife, Babette, read to children online.

“We are honored to have Kathryn, Bob, and Bruce serving at JFS MetroWest,” JFS’s senior director of volunteer services, Stephanie Grove, said. “Each of them has gone above and beyond in their volunteer roles and deserve this recognition and acknowledgement. Their dedication to giving back to their community and the kids they serve is an inspiration.” For more information, go to

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