Personal Reflections from the President & CEO
President & CEO
Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving, a time to reflect what we are thankful for. For me personally, it is a pretty easy exercise…my 3 beautiful daughters, my wonderful new husband, a job that I love and gives me so much personal satisfaction, a great family, terrific friends and exceptional colleagues.
As the President & CEO of JFS I get to be the voice of the Agency. It is at this time of the year, where I have the privilege to speak on behalf of our thousands of clients and our outstanding professional staff to express our heartfelt thanks to our Board of Directors and volunteers who give so freely of their precious time and to all of our donors and supporters, through whose generosity we are able to provide HELP. HOPE & HUMANITY to so many of our neighbors in need. As the needs in our community continue to grow. JFS is fortunate that our number of donors, supporters and volunteers continue to grow as well.
We happen to live in an incredibly giving community that provides for our neighbors year-round. However, it is during this time of year, where there are special activities that occur which go above and beyond.
Over the past couple of weeks, JFS has conducted its Annual Toy Drive, collecting holiday presents for families who are unable to afford gifts for their children. 60 children benefitted from this year’s Toy Drive.
The Annual Woodfield Feeds the Hungry Food Drive took place prior to Thanksgiving. Residents of Woodfield Country Club purchased food, sorted, bagged, boxed and delivered Holiday packages to 62 clients of the Jacobson Food Pantry.
Our annual Thanksgiving Banquet was bigger and better than ever. Through our partnership with the Levis JCC, JFS produced a truly inspiring event for nearly 700 guests, who otherwise would have been alone for the Holiday. This year’s sponsors were once again Edith & Martin Stein and Etta & Raymond Zimmerman. This year’s event was dedicated in memory of Larry Phillips (z”l) one of the founding benefactors of this event. Nadine Greenberg, JFS’ Director of Volunteer Services, managed a flawless event with the help of Volunteer Co-Chairs Amy Ross and Robin Rubin and the support of over 300 volunteers. It is one of my personal highlights of the year.
Finally, the Annual Stonebridge Mitzvah Project will be taking place this weekend. Similar to the Woodfield event, Stonebridge Residents purchased food and will be sorting and delivering Chanukah meals and packages for 75 food pantry clients.
From my family to yours, best wishes for a happy & healthy holiday season.