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Happy May!  April showers bring May flowers!  
May is somewhat unique because there are so many holidays and special days that are important to many people. For example, Mother's Day, is the second Sunday in May, Cinco de Mayo is May 5th, National Nurses Day is May 6th, National Teachers Week is the first full week in May, Memorial Day is the last Monday in May, and of course, we can't forget National Chocolate Parfait Day on May 1st! Sorry, but I had to throw that last one in the mix even though it pales in comparison and importance to these other days. This dessert holiday dates back to 1894 and may have originated in France since parfait means "perfect" in French. And the parfait is oh so good!  


Join us as we take a few moments to discuss this special month as well as spotlight our volunteer of the month, Eileen Simons. 



Make a difference, VOLUNTEER!  Recommend a friend too!
Volunteer Spotlight
Name:  Eileen Simons                                         
Occupation:  Attorney, looking to change careers to higher education         
Time with JFS:  Since December of 2012
Volunteer Position: Friendly Visitor

Eileen has always been drawn to working with the elderly. Perhaps it is because she didn't grow up with grandparents, she says. She enjoys spending time with this population and feels that our society doesn't spend enough time or give enough respect to the elderly. Fortunately, JFS has a wonderful program that offers an opportunity for Eileen to utilize her ability to relate to people in this
special age group and help fulfill an important need at the same time. She enjoys participating in the Friendly Visitor Program and has developed a wonderful bond with a few of the clients. Listening to stories they tell, witnessing the love they have for each other, and learning from their experiences, benefits the listener and the visitor as well. It's a mutual exchange of love and respect, according to Eileen.
In her spare time, Eileen enjoys reading, exercising and traveling. She has a very active 11 year old daughter who keeps her family very busy. 
Thank you Eileen for all that you do as a Friendly Visitor. How wonderful to have a volunteer with so much empathy and insight. We are fortunate that you give your time to respect and truly listen to and enrich other's lives.  
March Hours & T-Shirts
JFS volunteers have spent 158 hours helping others in the Metrowest community during the month of April! Thank you to all of our volunteers for 
spending time and dedicating yourself to benefit of others. 

Thanks for Your Helping Hands!
Our clients thank you and we appreciate you for standing up for those in need!
Once you've reached 20 hours of service you are eligible for a t-shirt. Those that reached that mark are:
  • John Cox
  • Susan Driscoll
  • Shalom Kinyua
CongratulationsPlease let us know how you'd like to collect your t-shirt!

Please remember this is based on the number of hours recorded in our system. If you volunteer for programs other than Wilson or Patient Navigator the system does not auto calculate your hours. If you don't know how to log your hours of service, let us know and we'll help you!
Happy Mother's Day Sunday, May 8th

The first Mother's Day was May 10, 1908 in Philadelphia. Celebrate this important day with Mom or someone who is like a Mom to you!

May 6-12 is National Nurse's Week  
Every year we recognize nurses for their many contributions and commitment to quality health care by celebrating National Nurses Day in May. In 1953, Dorothy Sunderland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare asked doctor-team.jpgPresident Eisenhower to proclaim a special day for nurses. On the birthday of Florence Nightingale, International Nurses Day is celebrated. There is also a School Nurses Day and a Student Nurses Day. Nurses are special and deserve to be celebrated for the skilled work they do in aiding patients and providing comfort to all who need it. 
Program Spotlight
Lucy & Joe's Food Pantry 

Established in 2006, the JFS Food Pantry provides emergency food assistance to
frail elders and families in our community to meet basic nutritional needs. As part of the JFS Family Assistance Network, this short-term aid puts food on the table while our experienced case managers guide clients out of crisis and help them get the support and resources needed for stability. To learn more, visit our website

We are always looking for food items for the pantry, if you're looking to donate, you can see the list of items we stock here.
Upcoming Opportunities
JFS has many ongoing programs and opportunities. Here are a few available right now!
  • Communication Specialist:

Writing a newsletter which highlights the activities of the many volunteers at JFS is the project!
How are your writing skills?  
Are you a person who supports positive ideas?
Do you like to write about people, activities and successes?

Here's your opportunity to write a monthly newsletter communicating with the many wonderful JFS volunteers. 

Volunteer your time on a very flexible schedule and utilize your skills to help a great organization.
  • Patient Navigator: Accompany older adults to their medical appointments and help facilitate communication with the doctor. Upcoming training on May 24th.
  • Lunch and Learn: May 10th at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, topic is: Stuff, Love it or Leave it, the speaker is Ann Newberry of Smooth Transitions of Massachusetts. Need 2-3 volunteers from 11:15-2 to help with setup, registration, and cleanup. 
  • Citizenship Clinic: Volunteers needed for our annual citizenship clinic. With your help we can provide free assistance for green-card holders who want to apply to become U.S. Citizens. Volunteers needed from 9am-2pm. Training will be provided the week before if you have not helped with a clinic before.


You can visit our website to learn more or to sign up for any of these opportunities, please contact Sarah Roth,, 508-875-3100 x320.

We are JFS!
Happy May!
Sarah Roth, MSW
Manager, Youth, Immigrant
& Volunteer Services
508-875-3100 x320
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Adoption Choices
Since 1982, Adoption Choices has been helping build families in Massachusetts.

JFS Elder Care Solutions
Using an integrated approach, JFS has been working to meet the needs of elders in our community.

Patient Navigator
JFS volunteers are working to help facilitate communication with elders and their doctors.

Learn about these and other JFS programs by visiting our website.
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