Posted by Wendy Wilsker, Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Webster's defines "impact" as the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another, and the effect or influence of one person, thing, or action, on another. When you pause to consider those meanings, it truly defines the work that we do and our goal, not just to improve people's lives, but to have a long-lasting impact.

I'm proud to share the first issue of our rebranded spring newsletter, Impacting Lives. You will read about the myriad of ways that JF&CS impacts the lives of thousands of people across Eastern and Central Massachusetts.

The Talmud teaches, "Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world." Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:9; Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 37a.

Jewish tradition values every single life. At JF&CS, this means we care deeply about the impact we have on every life we touch. To make a meaningful difference in the lives of clients facing complex problems, we take time to understand their unique needs and tap into all available resources to meet those needs. Every day we save a life, we rejoice as though we have saved the entire world.

I'm profoundly grateful to the thousands of donors and volunteers who give so generously of their time and financial resources to change the lives of our clients. This year, we are proud to recognize the members of our Tree of Life Society, individuals who have included JF&CS in their estate plan. Your legacy ensures that we will be a safety net for generations to come. Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers give their time – some one hour a year, others several hours a week. Your time enhances our ability to support our clients and reminds them that their community is here for them.

For your generosity and caring, my thanks are beyond measure.

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