JFS Patient Navigator Program Wins 2016 NVTC STAR Award


The National Volunteer Transportation Center (NVTC) STAR Awards recognize outstanding volunteer transportation programs and the involvement of their volunteer drivers in promoting and providing transportation services to passengers, especially older adult passengers.

147 volunteer driver programs submitted applications for a STAR Award in 2016. In late 2016 and early 2017 a review team of 15 professionals in transportation, volunteerism, and aging reviewed 147 STAR Award applications; and in April of 2017 members of the team met to select the 2016 STAR Award winners.

This is the 16th year of the annual STAR Awards program. The awards were initiated by the Beverly Foundation in 2000. In 2014 the NVTC assumed the role of organizing the STAR Awards. To date more than 150 STAR Awards have been conveyed to senior and volunteer transportation programs across America. The 800+ unduplicated volunteer driver program STAR Award applicants are identified on a map located on the NVTC website. Information about the 2016 STAR Award applicants is reported in a Fact Sheet also on the NVTC website.

In addition to preparing an application, each applicant for a 2016 STAR Award was asked to submit a story written by a passenger/client who received transportation from its service. A book that includes sixty or more of these stories will be published in late summer of 2017.

This year, the JFS Patient Navigator program was among four recipients of the “Fast Start” STAR Award and was the only STAR awardee from Massachusetts.

Click here to download the press release and
see the full list of 2016 STAR Award recipients.

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Get Healthy this Summer! Attend Exercise Classes Wednesdays (6/21-8/16) in Natick.

Exercise Class Summer 2017
Space is Limited – Register Today!

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Wayland Children’s and Parents’ Association Donates Food to Lucy and Joe’s Pantry at JFS


In May 2017, Wayland Children’s and Parents’ Association conducted a food drive for Lucy and Joe’s Pantry at JFS. The children brought in food, sorted items and stocked the shelves for our JFS families. The kids and parents learned about the needs of families in the Metrowest area and how JFS helps to meet those needs.

Many thanks to the families of the Wayland Children and Parents Association
for their generous donations!

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JFS Receives Jean Wood Preston Grant from First Parish in Lincoln

The First Parish in Lincoln

On behalf of JFS of Metrowest, on May 21, 2017 Chief Operating Officer Lino Covarrubias accepted a $30,000 donation from the Jean Wood Preston Grant at the First Parish in Lincoln. The 2017 award is to be used for a purchase of a van that will facilitate the transport of immigrant and refugees families to many important appointments, and help provide transportation to other clients in need.

Thank you, First Parish in Lincoln!

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SAVE THE DATE – 6th Annual JFS Backpack Event – August 21-22, 2017



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

Framingham, MA – 6/6/17 – Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest is hosting a Build-a-Backpack event at the Wellesley Public Library on Monday, August 21st and at the Framingham Public Library on Tuesday, August 22nd.  With summer flying by, it’s time to start getting ready for the 2017-2018 school year by lending a helping hand to children in the Metrowest area.

This is the sixth consecutive year of the Build-a-Backpack event, where the goal is to give away 330 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.

DSC_0170Volunteers (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 is a wonderful event that brings families together and gives kids the chance to learn how they can help support their community” says JFS Manager of Volunteer & New American Services, Kayla Hopkins. This backpack event is a part of one of JFS’s larger initiative called Reducing Achievement Gaps, 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 programs work 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,” states Hopkins.  “This event is a chance for children to become involved in philanthropy and possibly even 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 nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to standing up for those left behind and provides services to over 5,000 people in need within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year, including afterschool academic support for low income children; nutrition and basic family assistance for struggling families; citizenship, immigrant and resettlement programs; and geriatric care management and other 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. To learn more about JFS, visit www.jfsmw.org.


Media Contact:

JFS of Metrowest
Kayla Hopkins
Manager, Volunteer & New American Services
508-875-3100 x220

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JFS Annual Meeting – Tuesday June 13th at 7PM

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JFS of Metrowest
Annual Meeting

Tuesday June 13th, 7:00 PM

Framingham State University
McCarthy Student Center: In the Forum (downstairs)
100 State St, Framingham, MA 01702

A Celebration of Volunteerism and Civic Engagement

The Diane and Chester Black Lecture for Volunteerism and Civic Engagement
Guest Speaker: Andy Tarsy “The Noble Transformation of the Volunteer”
Andy is former Executive Director of the ADL-New England, first Executive Director of the Ted Kennedy Institute and an active community leader

PLEASE click and complete
the online registration form

email Risa Lifshatz at

to reserve your seat(s).

Your significant other, your teenage children and other friends invited.
We just need a count from you as to how many total people.

Download the Program Here:
JFS 2017 Annual Meeting Program–June 13, 2017

For more information, please call Risa at 508-875-3100 x 290

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June 13th – Attend a Lunch and Learn in Natick

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Click here to register online or call today!

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