Once again this year Ronna Cohen and Scott Cohen, instead of giving Chanukah gifts to each other donate Stop and Shop cards to Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS) to fight hunger. Thank you so much Ronna and Scott!
Framingham, MA – December 1, 2016 – In recognition of its sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS) has once again earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Receiving an increased Overall Score and Rating of 96.74, this is the second consecutive time that JFS has received this top distinction. This highest level designation demonstrates JFS’ superior performance.
“JFS’ exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “This adds JFS to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support JFS.”
“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using our funding wisely to accomplish our Mission,” said Marc Jacobs, JFS CEO. “Every day, individuals and families turn to JFS when they are in crisis. We hear their heartbreaking, emotional stories. We also see the pride as their problems get solved, and dignity and self-sufficiency restored. The extraordinary high Charity Navigator rating has direct outcomes—-more people are served, and the impacts are deeper.”
JFS’ full rating is available https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=15573
About Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS)
JFS is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to standing up for those left behind. JFS provides services to over 5,000 people in need within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year, including extended day academic tutoring for at-risk children, comprehensive birth parent and adoption services, nutrition assistance for low-income families and crisis management and elder care planning for families struggling with the complex needs of aging parents. To learn more about JFS visit www.jfsmw.org.
In 2016, 1 in 8 Americans struggle with hunger (Feeding America) and the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School located in Framingham is a local community that has confronted this reality. The Wilson School enrolls over 550 students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 and approximately 80% of those students participate in the free or reduced lunch programs. For many, these school meals are essential to keeping them both healthy and focused. The remarkably diverse, low income population of students and families at the Wilson School is supported by JFS’ Reducing Achievement Gaps initiative.
Photos courtesy of Axie Breen
On November 22nd, thanks to support from Cambridge Packing , Holiday Dreams Foundation and Horizon Technology over 15 volunteers helped to distribute the fixings needed for a Thanksgiving meal to 150 families at the Wilson School; that’s over 450 individuals! Families picked up fresh fruits and vegetables, turkey, stuffing, apple pie, and other delicious items so that they could share a meal with family and friends without the added pressure of having to sacrifice to make the meal possible. Volunteers helped pick up the food at the grocery store, package up the bags, and give out to the Wilson families. In its 5th year, this Thanksgiving distribution is truly a volunteer effort!
JFS’ Reducing Achievement Gaps program is a comprehensive system of interventions to help Wilson families’ access physical nourishment and promote intellectual and emotional stimulation through tutoring and mentoring. A core component of this initiative is Healthy Harvest, a bi-monthly fresh fruit and vegetable distribution which helps provide access for families to healthy foods they may not otherwise have been able to afford. While the program targets the everyday and ongoing needs of the Wilson families, the support of Horizon Technology has allowed JFS to provide this one-time event and offer support around this holiday of giving. To learn more about the Reducing Achievement Gaps program, visit our website.
Dear JFS Supporters and Community Members:
In this season of Thanksgiving, it is with great pride and gratitude that we present Jewish Family Service of Metrowest’s 2016 Report to the Community. The stories and the data within these pages represent the lives you have touched with your generosity and your involvement. We thank you for your commitment.
These are the faces of JFS.
The distressed families unable to make ends meet; the children needing warm clothes and food; the immigrants striving to become a citizen; the unexpectedly unemployed looking for a job; the elders with memory problems needing accompaniment to doctors’ appointments; the couples and individuals wanting to create a family through adoption; the adult children struggling to take care of frail, aging parents.
JFS is an agency filled with problem solvers. We find the solutions to these problems and very personal needs.
We are proud of our deep roots in Metrowest/Greater Boston and together we will continue to honor the promise JFS has made to the community – standing up for those left behind.
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If you would like to have a face-to-face meeting to deepen your knowledge and connect to JFS, please contact Amanda Coughlin at email@example.com.