JF&CS Volunteer News Spring 2011

Throughout the year, the JF&CS Development department works tirelessly to coordinate events that will raise the profile of the agency and bring in funds that are crucial to our continued success. This year the team's workload was made lighter by the helping hands of two amazing volunteers, Jo McConaghy of Wellesley and Wendy Wolk Berger of Sudbury.

With their warmth, professionalism, and winning attitudes, Jo and Wendy are eager to take on any task, big or small. From writing thank you letters and inputting data, to procuring auction items and connecting with donors, the duo have become an indispensable part of the Development Office.

"They are so dedicated. I truly think of them as staff people. We could not do it without them," said acting chief development officer Lauren Dorn-Jones.

The agency's most recent success was the annual Benefit on March 12, which raised $718,000 to support programs and services. Jo and Wendy were on the front lines, helping organize a myriad of details that go into such a big event.

Jo and Wendy have been friends since their children were students at Concord Academy and both had volunteered there. When Jo's children finished school she began looking for a new volunteer opportunity. She was familiar with JF&CS through long-time supporters Nancy and Mark Belsky and had supported CHAI. In September 2009 she decided to bring her talents to JF&CS. "Jo jumps in wherever we need her with a positive attitude," said Lauren.

She was having so much fun that she recruited Wendy, who began volunteering in June 2010. Trained as a corporate librarian, Wendy began doing research into corporate grant opportunities four mornings a week. As the date of the Benefit neared, she ramped up to full-time, tracking and organizing auction items. "Wendy helped create and organize a very successful auction," said Lauren.

Both women appreciate the welcoming spirit in the Development Office and throughout the agency. Jo said, "JF&CS sees volunteers as an important part of getting the message out. They take the time to make it work and include you into the system wherever you volunteer. It's so heart warming and it serves them well."

Wendy added, "It's the best group of people I've ever worked with. They're so appreciative. There's a fit for anyone who wants to be here."

The agency is indebted to Jo and Wendy and all the volunteers like them, who generously share their time, expertise, and energy to ensure the success of life-changing programs for the community of Greater Boston. "I'm so grateful that they are here and giving their time," said Lauren.

For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.