Jewish Family Service
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About Us

Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) believes in strengthening the community by providing vital services to people in need. Every day, JFS helps people overcome life’s challenges to live fuller, more meaningful lives. Founded in 1872, JFS is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human services agency serving metro Denver and Boulder. JFS helps seniors maintain a high quality of life, provides quality mental health counseling to children and adults, offers training and job placement to people with significant barriers to employment, and provides food and financial aid to individuals and families in crisis. Every year, the agency benefits nearly 24,000 people of all faiths, races, ages, incomes, and abilities.

Signature Events

Faces of JFS Winter Soirée
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace
This event will celebrate the diversity of JFS clients while benefiting the life-transformative work of the agency. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and a short program. The event will honor David Asarch with the Yana Vishnitsky Leadership Award and Mindy Levy Peckar with the Joyce and Kal Zeff Humanitarian Award.
Tickets $250 at www.jewishfamilyservice.org/faces. Sponsorships available.
Contact Kate Shephard at kshephard@jewishfamilyservice.org, 720-248-4633.

JFS Executive Luncheon
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Seawell Ballroom
Now in its 15th year, the JFS Executive Luncheon attracts hundreds of JFS supporters from the Denver business community to hear a high-profile speaker. Previous speakers include Barbara Corcoran, Magic Johnson, Mandy Patinkin, Al Pacino, and Archie Manning. Watch for details to come.

Reel Hope Boulder
Fall 2019
This film-themed event features guest speaker from the entertainment community. All proceeds benefit Boulder JFS. More details to come.

Giving Opportunities

• Support Jewish Family Service on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 4, 2018!

Annual program support– make a donation to support a specific program or make an unrestricted contribution

Event sponsorships

In-kind contributions (food and household supplies)

Planned gifts (bequests, trusts, and life insurance)

Endowment
Contact: Bonni Raderman, development associate, at 786-554-0034 or braderman@jewishfamilyservice.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Jewish Family Service understands that volunteers have an immeasurable impact, not only on our agency, but on our community as a whole. By becoming a volunteer, you give us the most precious gift of all – yourself.

There are a multitude of ways that individuals, organizations, and corporations can help make a difference in the life of just one person or on the well-being of the larger community.

• Enhance the life of a person with a disability by participating in a variety of social, recreational, and cultural activities that help them lead dynamic and fulfilling lives.
• Get involved as a group. Put your good intentions to use with some low-impact, high-yield volunteer projects.
• Help fight hunger. Donate your time to the Weinberg Food Pantry and become a partner in the fight against hunger.
• Ride the Lunchbox Express. Help feed Denver’s hungry children during the summer when they don’t have access to free or reduced-fee lunches.
• Become part of our office staff. Work side-by-side with our staff to provide behind-the-scenes help that it takes for our organization to run smoothly.
• Make a difference in the life of a senior. Enhance the quality of life and reduce the risk of isolation and loneliness for our senior clients.

Contact:
Nancy Benyamin, volunteer services director, at 303.597.5000, or visit www.jewishfamilyservice.org/volunteer for a current
list of volunteer opportunities.

Amanda Greenberg

Shareholder, Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC

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Why is Jewish Family Service so important to you? What is your WHY for supporting them?
My personal WHY: My personal values include social justice, acting kindly, feeding the hungry, and treating all people as equal. As a human services organization that serves a diverse client base—always with kindness and dignity—JFS leads with these values. As important to me that JFS is guided by these Jewish values is that that they serve all people in our community, regardless of faith, race, age, income or ability. JFS serves people from all walks of life, including young, old, those with disabilities, and immigrants from all over the world.
Otten Johnson’s WHY: At Otten Johnson, we believe that every employee has the responsibility to make our world a better place. We do our best to put this responsibility into practice by striving to make our work environment—and our community—a better place for all. As a firm, when we have selected JFS as our holiday gift recipient in honor of our friends and clients, we have done so knowing that JFS “walks the talk” of making the world a better place for a broad cross-section of the community.
The firm’s why also includes a desire to “triangulate” our brand. We promote the causes we underwrite, most directly through spots on Colorado Public Radio, in the hope that others will follow our example.

What is one thing you wish the Denver business community knew about this non-profit?
I wish more people knew about the tremendous impact of JFS programs that benefit people from all walks of life throughout our community.
JFS is helping to provide access quality mental health counseling services to those who need it most, including low-income kids who now have access to no-cost quality counseling at their school. The agency operates a growing mental health practice for refugees from more than 50 countries, many of whom have experienced severe trauma and loss in their native countries.
JFS is helping to prevent homelessness in our community by helping families in crisis with needed services BEFORE they are homeless by addressing root problems and getting people back on the path to stability and self-sufficiency.
JFS is working to reduce hunger in our community by providing healthy, nutritious food to individuals and families through the Weinberg Food Pantry—one of the largest food pantries operating in the Denver metro area. The JFS Lunchbox Express program distributes more than 20,000 meals and 18,000 books to low-income children during the summer when they don’t have access to free and reduced-fee lunches at school.

How long have you supported this non-profit and what positive changes have you seen since you started working with them?
For over three decades, Otten Johnson and its employees have given time and financial support to JFS. Both organizations were founded in Denver and both work hard to make the community a better place for all.
We’ve seen the impact of JFS on our community and the impact of our firm’s involvement on our employees. It’s a win-win partnership.

What else would you like to tell us?
JFS’s events are always of interest to our clients and friends; it is an easy organization to get behind philosophically. It doesn’t matter where you come from politically or spiritually, it appeals to the universal notion that every human deserves security, love, dignity and opportunity. With a little support, each of us can reach our full potential.
Through my participation on the JFS Development Committee, I have seen firsthand the professionalism and commitment of JFS’s top-notch staff. JFS has an amazing 146-year legacy and continues to lead with first-class programs.