JCFS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day of Service


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Close to 70 employees from Jewish Child & Family Services in Chicago volunteered at 8 locations in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day of Service on January 16, 2012.

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JCFS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day of Service

  1. 1. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day of Service January 16, 2012
  2. 2. <ul><li>One Afternoon </li></ul><ul><li>70 Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>8 Volunteer Sites </li></ul><ul><li>190 Community Service Hours </li></ul>
  3. 3. JCFS is about serving community and people in need every day. <ul><li>On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and help communities come together. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2011, the JCFS Dynamics of Difference Committee launched the MLK Day of Service event as a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community action. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2012, JCFS staff once again commemorated the life of Dr. King and the idea of contributing to the fabric of our Chicago community by volunteering at nine community service projects across Chicago and beyond. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Heartland Animal Shelter <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To find permanent, loving homes for homeless animals and promote responsible pet ownership through education, community outreach and collaboration while maintaining respect and compassion for all creatures. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean dishes, signs, wipe down walls—things that don’t get done on a regular basis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.heartlandanimalshelter.net </li></ul>
  5. 5. Team JCFS at the Heartland Animal Shelter
  6. 6. Anna, Melanie and Katherine from Response visit with Henrie
  7. 7. Rolinda from Foster Care, and Carolyn and Robin from Response, help freshen up the Cat area. Heartland, a no-kill shelter, cares for over 100 cats at a time. Fortunately, they oversee close to 80 adoptions a month. Don’t you need a loving companion?
  8. 8. Shhh…Melanie was not supposed to put her fingers in the cage, but DiDi, a brand new puppy resident, was just to cute to resist.
  9. 9. Kawryne (Financial Counseling), Rolinda and Robin feel the love in the Cat Room
  10. 10. Sarah and Carolyn, from Response find new friends.
  11. 11. Carolyn makes friends with Lively, who lives up to her name! Training and manner classes are part of the volunteer work at Heartland, to prepare pets for adoption.
  12. 12. Deborah’s Place (Two Locations) <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Breaking the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work at a shelter location of this organization whose mission is to support homeless women. Activities include serving lunch and organizing a dessert social (bingo or a craft). Two of the five volunteers at site one may help out with miscellaneous tasks as needed (cleaning, shoveling snow etc.). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.deborahsplace.org </li></ul>
  13. 13. JCFS volunteers make lunch for residents at Deborah’s Place.
  14. 14. Family Commons Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Appreciation Day <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Commons is a weekly inclusive recreation program where children with special needs and their siblings can play and learn alongside one another. Classes for adults are offered at the same time for parents and caregivers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help children ages 6 and up participate in four different activities including: arts & crafts, physical recreation, cooking/snack activity and drama. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.jcfs.org </li></ul>
  15. 15. Celebrating Our Seniors <ul><li>Volunteer Activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A collaborative effort with three organizations including CJE Senior Life, Caring Connections for Seniors, and JCFS. Complete biographical interviews with residents, serve kosher lunch from 11:30-12:30, and help with clean-up after lunch. Framed photos and bio’s will be presented to residents at a later date. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. “ I usually work with youth, at the Therapeutic Day School. I loved hearing the seniors’ stories of their lives. It was great to give back to the community.”
  17. 17. Chicago Chesed Fund Warehouse <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Chicago Chesed Fund provides food, clothing, furniture, foreclosure and eviction prevention, emergency utility payments and a whole lot more. All with sensitivity, dignity and privacy, for Chicago-area Jewish families. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work in the 44,000 square foot warehouse in Lincolnwood. Tasks will may include stocking shelves, sorting, cleaning, or breaking down unusable furniture. Volunteers will organize a “Dry Goods Drive” at their office the week leading up to MLK day. Each volunteer will collect a box of donated items (paper goods, dry goods, sandwich bags etc. that will be brought to Chesed on the day of MLK volunteering. Tour of facility included </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.chicagochesedfund.org </li></ul>
  18. 18. “ I’m amazed at the work that is being done (at the Chesed Warehouse) and the generosity of the community in so many donations. The commitment to service and dignity of others connected this experience to the legacy of Dr. King.”
  19. 19. The Ark’s Rhea Segal Food Pantry <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The ARK provides free social and medical services to help distressed members of our Chicagoland Jewish family return to self-sufficiency. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stock shelves at food pantry, which distributes nutritious Kosher food, diapers, soap, toilet paper and toothpaste to 550 families each month. A quarter of those being fed are children. Tour included </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.arkchicago.org </li></ul>
  20. 20. Cookie Bagging for the Night Ministry’s Health Outreach <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our Outreach and Health program provides services at night to youth and adults in neighborhoods where they live. Staff and volunteers work to build non-judgmental relationships aimed at empowering individuals to meet their own needs. We try to help those we serve find and use their own strengths and resources. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bag cookies baked by our very own residential youth! These bags of cookies will be donated to the Night Ministry’s Outreach Bus, which serves underserved and uninsured adolescents and adults that might not otherwise access health care in 6 Chicago neighborhoods. Site is closed on MLK day, so cookies can be dropped off the next day – open M-F 9-5. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.thenightministry.org </li></ul>
  21. 21. Julia from Response, Roberta from Respite, April from Admin, and Pia from Psych Services, bagged over 200 cookies, baked by youths in JCFS’ Residential Program, for the Night Ministry’s Health Outreach bus.
  22. 22. “ I volunteered because I wanted to be a part of making a difference in the lives of others. Knowing that cookies will go to those in need connected this experience to the legacy of Dr. King.”