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JFS Volunteer Spotlight in Sun Sentinel – Mike Wild

Congratulations to Mike Wild, who was featured in a full-page profile in the Sun Sentinel spotlighting his meaningful volunteer work for Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services. We are so proud of Mike and appreciate his inspiring commitment to helping others on behalf of JFS.

This profile of Mike Wild was published in the Sun Sentinel Volunteer Guide on September 18, 2014:

Mike Wild, 72, of Boynton Beach has volunteered at the Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services for six years. His primary role is on the telephone reassurance program, which includes making calls to senior citizens.

Conversations range from the weather to personal problems. Whatever the topic, Wild strives to let them express their feelings, answering questions when he can but ultimately allowing them to calm down and enjoy the day. "My goal is to make them laugh at least once during our phone call." He also volunteers at Café Europa luncheons where he chats with Holocaust survivors and puts a face to some of the phone calls.

Recently, he also joined a group of volunteers that help individuals look for employment. He conducts mock interviews and submits comments to the project leaders.

Wild has fun in his volunteer roles. One caller said he'd been feeling better so Wild joked that he'd added him to their baseball team to play second base. "I asked if he had a glove and he played along with me. I told him I'd pick him up for practice."

Or this is a funny store: "Another time, when Chicago was hit with a monster snowstorm, I told some folks that we were meeting at PBI to fly to Chicago and help them shovel. After a second, they caught on and told me they didn't have a shovel, but I can count them in."

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Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, career & employment services, counseling and mental health services and many volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who reach thousands in need each year. For more information about JFS call 561-852-3333. Learn more at www.ralesjfs.org.

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