Attend the JFS Annual Meeting on June 3rd!

  

WE INVITE YOU TO THE JFS ANNUAL MEETING!

Monday June 3, 2019
7:00-8:30 PM

 
50 Oakland Street
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
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PROGRAM

Mass Bay Community College and JFS: Pathways to Student Success
A Pilot Partnership Project of Community Engagement and Mentoring
 
Other agenda items to include:
– Awards and Recognitions –
– Business Meeting and Board Member Installation –
– JFS and CJP Partner for Impact –
– JFS: A Look to the Future –

VIEW THE 2018 JFS REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY
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Your significant other, teenage children and friends are also invited.
We just need a count from you as to how many total people.
Dessert will be served.
For more information, please call 
Risa at 508-875-3100 x 290

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Join Our Team of JFS Patient Navigators – Next Training: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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NEXT TRAINING:
Tuesday June 25, 2019
9:00am-3:00pm
Lunch and materials provided


Flyer-become a PN volunteer-quoteVolunteer in your free time and help frail elders get the medical care and information they need to manage their heath, improve their quality of life and live independently in the community.

Volunteer as a JFS Patient Navigator:

  • Receive comprehensive, ongoing training and support
  • Gain experience navigating healthcare systems and working with elders
  • Select appointments that fit your schedule
  • Get a Patient Navigator padfolio to organize communications
  • Join a team of highly trained volunteers who make a direct and positive impact in the lives of people every day

Learn How to:

  • Help elders prepare for upcoming medical appointments, review
    concerns and frame questions
  • Serve as a companion to medical appointments and procedures
  • Facilitate communication between doctor and patient
  • Take notes during the visit
  • Assist in scheduling follow up care and picking up prescriptions

The Elders You Will be Helping:

  • Aged 60 to 100+ years old
  • Live in Framingham, Natick and surrounding communities
  • Able to enter and exit a car independently

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SIGN UP TO ATTEND THE NEXT TRAINING:
Tuesday June 25, 2019
9:00am-3:00pm
475 Franklin Street, Suite 101, Framingham MA 01702

Call 508-875-3100 x 110 or
email patientnav@jfsmw.org today!

Download the flyer (PDF)

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Weston Backpack Run Raises Funds to Help Students in Need

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Many thanks to all who participated in the
2019 Weston Backpack Run!

backpack4 Organized by Weston High School juniors Olivia Swartz, Becca Abrams and Lily Nielsen, the Backpack Run was held on May 11th and took participants on a 5K route through Weston, Massachusetts.

Runners asked friends, family and businesses to sponsor their participation and JFS is thrilled to report that the second Backpack Run was a tremendous success, with thirty-two runners participating!

The goal of the Backpack Run was to raise money for the JFS Donate a Backpack event, an initiative of the JFS Reducing Achievement Gaps program which provides school supplies to students in need. This annual event is held in August before the start of school and offers an opportunity for families and local organizations to help low-income students start the year off right. The funds raised are for supplies to fill the over 300 backpacks that will be packed during this event in August.

This year’s Backpack event will be held at two locations, first on Monday August 26th at the Framingham Public Library and then on Tuesday August 27th at the Wellesley Free Public Library. Participants typically register to attend one of these events.  Click here to learn more about this year’s Backpack event.

Thanks again to Olivia, Becca Lily and the team for their hard work
and for helping JFS stand up for students left behind!

Posted in Reducing Achievement Gaps, Volunteer Opportunities, We are JFS!

SAVE THE DATE – 8th Annual JFS Backpack Event – August 26-27, 2019

JFS OF METROWEST INVITES YOU TO DONATE BACKPACKS TO 
LOW-INCOME STUDENTS IN THE METROWEST AREA

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Photo: Sheldon Golder

Click here to register for this year’s Build a Backpack events!

Framingham, MA – 5/14/19 – Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest is hosting a Build-a-Backpack event at the Framingham Public Library on Monday, August 26th and at the Wellesley Public Library on Tuesday August 27th. Summer will fly by — start the 2019-2020 school year right by lending a helping hand to children in the Metrowest area.

This is the 8th consecutive year of the Build-a-Backpack event, where the goal is to give away 300 backpacks full of school supplies to families in our community who need it most.  Every year, JFS collects school supplies for children ages 5-10 years through corporate donations and local supply drives. Past donors include organizations such as, Kronos, Inc., On Process Technology, Christmas Tree Shops, Horizon Technology, Framingham Public Library, Staples, Trader Joe’s and Wegmans.

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Photo courtesy of Sheldon Golder

Volunteers (often families with young children) are asked to bring new backpacks to the event where they stuff them full of school supplies, choosing who the backpack will go to, i.e. 2nd grade girl, 4th grade boy, etc. Then JFS distributes the filled backpacks to the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham as well as the parent information center for the Framingham Public Schools.

Build-a-Backpack brings families together and gives kids the chance to learn how they can help support their community. The backpack events are part of JFS’s Reducing Achievement Gaps initiative, which is a comprehensive system of interventions to address the academic and social needs of low-income children of immigrant families in Framingham.

JFS Reducing Achievement Gaps works to give children the tools they need to succeed in school and in life.  Backpacks and school supplies can help a child feel more confident at school and prepared to tackle homework at home. This event is a chance for children to become involved in philanthropy and build a backpack for the student sitting next to them in math class. JFS is finishing off the summer with a feel good project that makes a difference in people’s lives.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to ensure an adequate stock of supplies.  Click here to register for this year’s events.  To learn more about JFS and the Reducing Achievement Gaps program, please visit www.jfsmw.org.

About JFS of Metrowest

JFS is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with over 5,000 people within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year, targeting at-risk families, individuals, immigrants, and elders aging in place. Dedicated to standing up for those left behind, JFS is:

  • Increasing the ability of frail elders to maximize independence and quality of life as they navigate the challenges that come with aging
  • Accelerating academic achievement and pathways to college for low-income and first-generation students
  • Providing safety, hope and opportunity for refugees victimized by world conflict
  • Advancing equity with comprehensive assistance that empowers immigrant families to succeed
  • Reducing poverty in our community with case management, basic needs assistance and employment readiness support
  • Building families through adoption

120x60JFS provides the tools to meet life’s obstacles to stabilize during a crisis and optimally achieve self-sufficiency, strengthen lives, improve wellbeing, and build a stronger community. JFS’ sound fiscal management practices have earned it a 4-star rating (score=100!) from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. To learn more about JFS or to view the 2018 Report to the Community, visit https://www.jfsmw.org/.

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Media Contact:

JFS of Metrowest
Amanda Coughlin
Director, Program Operations
acoughlin@jfsmw.org
508-875-3100 x340

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JFS of Metrowest Patient Navigator Program Receives Cumming Foundation 10 Year Sustaining Grant

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JFS Patient Navigator Staff and Volunteers with Susan Lewis Solomont, Cummings Foundation’s pro bono Director of Volunteers, member of the Sustainabilty Grants Selection Committee

Framingham, MA (May 6, 2019) – Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest is one of the local nonprofits sharing in Cummings Foundation’s $25 million grant program in 2019 and has been awarded a Sustaining Grant to be distributed over 10 years. Lino Covarrubias, Chief Operations Officer and Josef Volman, Board Vice President represented the nonprofit at a May 2 awards night at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn.

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Josef Volman and Lino Covarrubias with
Joyce and Bill Cummings

JFS Patient Navigator is a nationally recognized program that uses trained and supervised volunteers to improve health care access and equity for low-income, frail and isolated older adults.   JFS Patient Navigators help local older adults get to and manage their medical appointments, reduce social isolation, and assist with prescriptions. Additionally, the program provides assessment, referral and on-going case management when necessary and appropriate. No other program in Metrowest provides this combination of services.

The Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grant provides long term stabilization to the JFS Patient Navigator program. The program also plans to expand its reach to the area’s older adult LGBTQ community. The program will partner with Fenway Health to design and to provide culture-competence training to Navigators and local medical providers to combat the health disparities that affect LGBTQ older adults and breakdown the barriers that these individuals face in health care settings, so that LGBTQ older adults, as all Metrowest older adults, can age in good health and with pride.

“Since the program launched in 2012, JFS Patient Navigator has provided assistance with over 2,600 appointments and is a well-established resource for Metrowest area low-income, frail older adults, however the LGBTQ community remains an under-served segment of this population.” said Covarrubias. “JFS believes that the Metrowest provider community can and should develop the competence to serve LGBTQ older adults with respect and compassion and with the addition of the generous support from the Cummings Foundation, JFS will broaden efforts to address social and health inequities in this area.”

The Sustaining Grants initiative builds on Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. First offered in 2012, $100K for 100 annually awards $10 million through multi-year grants of $100,000 each to 100 nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk counties. Grant recipients that received their final grant disbursements in 2018 were automatically considered for $15 million in Sustaining Grants.

“We introduced Sustaining Grants to help alleviate the constant burden of fundraising so nonprofit professionals can spend more of their limited time and resources on actually providing services,” said Christina Berthelsen, grants manager at Cummings Foundation.

Cummings Foundation has awarded nearly $250 million to date in Greater Boston alone. Funds are generated through commercial properties that are owned by, and operated for the sole benefit of, Cummings Foundation. All of its buildings are managed pro bono by Woburn commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties.

Sustaining Grants winners were selected primarily by a 33-member volunteer committee, which included former state legislators, CEOs of local companies, and a retired justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, among many others. Committee members met with each nonprofit twice to learn how the $100K for 100 funds helped to advance its mission, and how it might put a 10-year grant to use.

View the complete list of the 50 Sustaining Grants winners at www.CummingsFoundation.org. An additional 100 winners will be announced in June through the $100K for 100 program.

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has grown to be one of the three largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date has been to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

About JFS of Metrowest
JFS is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with over 5,000 people within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year, targeting at-risk families, individuals, immigrants, and elders aging in place. Dedicated to standing up for those left behind, JFS is:

  • Increasing the ability of frail elders to maximize independence and quality of life as they navigate the challenges that come with aging
  • Accelerating academic achievement and pathways to college for low-income and first-generation students
  • Providing safety, hope and opportunity for refugees victimized by world conflict
  • Advancing equity with comprehensive assistance that empowers immigrant families to succeed
  • Reducing poverty in our community with case management, basic needs assistance and employment readiness support
  • Building families through adoption

JFS provides the tools to meet life’s obstacles to stabilize during a crisis and optimally achieve self-sufficiency, strengthen lives, improve wellbeing, and build a stronger community. JFS’ sound fiscal management practices have earned it a 4-star rating (score=100!) from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. To learn more about JFS or to view the 2018 Report to the Community, visit http://www.jfsmw.org/.

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CONTACT:

Amanda Coughlin
Director, Program Operations
JFS of Metrowest
acoughlin@jfsmw.org
508-875-3100 x340

Joyce Vyriotes
Cummings Foundation
781-932-7072
jkv@cummings.com


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Hear Powerful Stories, Watch Videos Featured at Seize the Dream 2019

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DONATE  |  SEE PHOTOS  |  GET INVOLVED  |  THANK OUR FOOD PROVIDERS  |  PRESS RELEASE

Watch these extraordinary videos featured at
Seize the Dream 2019
that celebrate Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest’s powerful impacts, relentless commitments to fighting Jewish poverty, standing up for immigrants, harnessing the power of volunteers:


Volunteers have Collective Impact at JFS of Metrowest


Immigrants Matter: JFS of Metrowest Responds to Josie and Her Family


Jewish Poverty: JFS and CJP Respond Together

Every individual-honorees, staff, volunteers-driving meaningful impact, empowering those without a voice, and inspiring others to get involved and make a difference in the community.

Join JFS in Standing Up for Those Left Behind,

CONTACT US or DONATE NOW!

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To all who attended and contributed to Seize the Dream,
thank you for your generous support!

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ABOUT JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF METROWEST
120x60JFS is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to standing up for those left behind, serving over 5,000 people within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year with a wide variety of programs including extended-day tutoring for at-risk children, nutrition assistance for low-income families and support services that enable frail older adults to live independently. JFS’ sound fiscal management practices have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, with a highly-coveted score of 100!. To learn more about JFS, visit www.jfsmw.org.

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Many Thanks to These Food Providers for Supporting Seize the Dream 2019!

MANY THANKS to the following food providers who donated their delicious food for Seize the Dream 2019 – please thank them by patronizing their businesses and tell them you appreciate their support of Seize the Dream!

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110 Grill
Metrowest locations: Hopkinton, Marlborough, Wayland
978.496.1867
www.110grill.com

2Life Communities (Formerly JCHE)
49 Edmands Road, Framingham
508.405.8600
www.2lifecommunities.org

Cakes by J and J
497 Brook Street, Framingham
508.405.4258
www.cakesbyjandj.com

Foodie Café Catering
102 Fountain Street, Framingham
508.309.7349
Myfoodiecafe.com

Larry Levine’s Kosher Market/Catering by Tevya (KOSHER)
474 Lowell Street, Peabody
978.535.6449
www.levineskoshermkt.com

Legal Sea Foods
50-60 Worcester Road, Framingham
508.766.0600
www.legalseafoods.com

New City Microcreamery
28 Main Street, Hudson
978.333.7144
newcitymicrocreamery.com

Rail Trail Flatbread Co.
33 Main Street, Hudson
978.293.3552
railtrailflatbread.com

Red Heat Tavern
227 Turnpike Rd, Westborough
508.329.1795
redheattavern.com

Roche Bros. Catering
70 Hastings Street, Wellesley Hills
781.235.9400
www.rochebros.com

Take the Cake
Ashland, MA
857.472.3361
www.facebook.com/takethecakema

Temazcal Tequila Cantina Framingham
155 Worcester Road, Framingham
774.505.7744
www.temazcalcantina.com

The Melting Pot
92 Worcester Road, Framingham
508.875.3115
www.meltingpot.com

 The Sleepy Baker
4 Strawberry Hill Road, Natick
617.519.9190
www.thesleepybaker.com

Uno Pizzeria and Grill
70 Worcester Road, Framingham
508.620.1816
203.unotogo.com

Yummy Mummy Brownies
36 Meadow Lane, Southborough
617.899.0028
www.yummymummybrownies.com

Zaftigs Delicatessen
1298 Worcester Street, Sherwood Plaza, Natick
508.653.4442
www.zaftigs.com

Zayde’s Market (KOSHER)
15 Washington Street, Canton
781.828.3530
www.zaydesmarket.com

 

 

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