Posted by Ava Harder and Vivian Samson

It's National Volunteer Week! We thank you, our community of volunteers!

In today's tumultuous world, it is sometimes hard to remember that one person can make a meaningful difference. People say, "What can I do? I'm just one person." Our volunteers answer the call in so many ways. They help provide companionship to isolated elders. They help a new mother overcome her fears or lack of self-confidence. They deliver nutritious groceries to members of their community. After long days at work, our volunteers lend their time and expertise to help give back.

Last Thursday, April 12, JF&CS hosted our annual Benefit centered on the theme of the ‘Power of Community.' The Power of Community is the collaboration of individuals, family members, synagogues, and corporations partnering to make a difference through philanthropy and volunteerism. Realizing that no one person can change the world on their own, JF&CS inspires and engages individuals to unite to improve the lives of more than 14,000 people annually.

When you walk through the doors of our Waltham Headquarters, you see the following quote on our wall: "Everyone has a purpose in life. Ours is to help people of all ages and backgrounds pursue theirs." We do not do this work alone. The Power of Community is our ability to come together to give purpose, offer support, and change lives for generations to come.

To our volunteers: we would not be able to offer this support and change lives without you. You ARE the Power of Community, and we thank you.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering with JF&CS, please check us out here.