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The Pittsburgh Business Times announced the winners of their annual list of the Best Places to Work in Western Pennsylvania. For the 10th consecutive year, Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh was named on that list. We are honored to be named among those selected for the award!

Additionally, JF&CS earned a place earlier this year on the annual Pittsburgh Post-Gazette list of Top Places to Work for the fourth consecutive year. The results of both awards are determined by the results of an anonymous survey of employees of companies and nonprofits throughout the region.

How does a social service agency like Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, Massachusetts measure impact? It's a question we hear from constituents and Board members, donors and foundation leaders and it's a challenging question to answer. 

We can and do track all the pertinent numbers- client visits in homecare, test scores at Framingham's Wilson School, visits to our in-house food pantry- to name just a few. Yet none of these measures can provide a cumulative understanding of the impact of services and programs within the Metrowest community.

This year JFS Metrowest has begun a multi-year program to devise and implement a performance measurement and management system that will function as both a planning and evaluation tool. 

It will be used across the entire agency to answer the questions, 'What works?" and "How can it be changed if it doesn't?" Click here to view the report.

Jewish Family Services Portland, Maine, the social services arm of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, is the first pantry in Maine to become a member of the National Diaper Bank Network

Diaper need is defined as the struggle to provide babies with clean, dry diapers. On average, a baby could go through 6-10 diapers in a day, costing approximately $936 a year. Diapers are not covered by food supplement programs and are an essential need in maintaining a baby's health and well-being.  

JFS Food Pantry specifically focuses on the needs of families and young children in the services provided, and has seen a steady increase in need among families for diapers and other non-food baby essentials. By joining the National Diaper Bank Network, JFS has the opportunity to purchase diapers in bulk at a significantly reduced cost to distribute not only to the JFS consumer base, but to dispense to other local pantries feeling a similar pressure to provide much sought after items. All diapers are provided free of charge.