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Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley has collected gifts through their wildly successful Embrace-A-Family program for many years using up to 20 display boards like the one pictured here, mounted on easels throughout the community. Individuals take a tag, purchase the gift listed, and bring the unwrapped gift to the JFS office to be gifted to clients in need. They have also begun to use Amazon to maintain a list of gifts, allowing donors to make their purchase online and ship directly to the JFS office.
This program has become a huge outreach vehicle for their agency and the result each year in terms of publicity, gift donations, and donations has grown dramatically year over year. Their volunteer committee is always looking to build on the success of the program and are currently seeking examples from other agencies of what displays they might utilize in similar gift drives, hoping to gather some ideas to improve their display board template. If you have an interest in learning more about this model or have a similar program and would like to compare notes, please reach out to Lori Cinnamon, Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement at 408-357-7467.   

Jewish Community Services of South Florida's 15th Annual Meeting on June 4th featured the results of an extensive study JCS commissioned from the Washington Economics Group (WEG) which determined that for every dollar in donations and funding spent to produce JCS programs, JCS generates an annual economic Impact of $32.47 for a total of $434 million. As J. Antonio Villamil, Founder and Principal of WEG, related in his keynote speech, the report details how JCS' highly efficient operations and low operating budget through partnerships with funding agencies, community organizations and local leaders continuously strengthen its outreach and expand its social and economic impacts with successful program outcomes.

"The importance of investing in our community's future by investing in JCS can't be overstated," said Fred Stock, JCS' President and CEO.  "Our programs bridging the gap between those who are struggling and those who are self-sufficient has a very positive economic and social impact on South Florida. A dollar invested in JCS today pays dividends for years to come in countless ways, such as moving people from dependency and taxpayer assistance to gainful employment; enabling seniors to continue to live at home rather than in government-subsidized healthcare facilities; building support networks that alleviate the economic and social consequences of addiction and violence; and providing kosher food and other assistance so that families can resume their productive place in society."

Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania (JFS NEPA) celebrated their 100th Annual Meeting on June 16, 2015.  The meeting was held at The Colonnade in Scranton, PA. Officers were elected.

Officers nominated to serve a one year term include (from left to right) Seth Gross (Treasurer), Jay Landau (President), Sheila Cutler (Secretary), Natalie Gelb (3rd Vice President), Elliot Schoenberg (2nd Vice President) and Eric Weinberg (1st Vice President)(not pictured).

Incoming President Jay Landau focused on increased attention to fundraising and branding for JFS during his speech. The evening was attended by over 125 people. Over $36,000 was raised from sponsorships.