JF&CS News Summer 2017
Posted by Wendy Wilsker

Wendy WilskerJohn F. Kennedy said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." Since joining JF&CS three years ago, I have heard many people share with me their gratitude for JF&CS.

The first Lauren & Mark Rubin Visiting Moms® volunteer I met with shared that she is grateful for the opportunity to be a volunteer, that through the experience, she had become a better parent.

Recently, one of my children's former teachers emailed me to share how grateful she was to have found JF&CS during a challenging time in her life. She told me that no other agency treated her with respect, dignity, and the willingness to help her find solutions to a myriad of challenges, not the least of which was finding a home for her family after living in their car for one week.

And, surprisingly, every time I thank a donor for their generosity, more often than not, the response is how grateful they are for the opportunity to make a difference and how enriched their own lives are through the act of philanthropy.

In the JF&CS Summer 2017 eNewsletter you will read stories of people like you and me – parents, children, spouses – who have expressed their gratitude to JF&CS through philanthropy.

We are exceptionally grateful to be participating in the Harold Grinspoon Life & Legacy Program. I have had the distinct honor of meeting Harold on many occasions. Grateful for his own good fortune, Harold has inspired thousands of caring individuals across the country to consider the impact their philanthropy can have both during and after their lifetime. Concerned about the future of the Jewish community, Harold has invested in the Life & Legacy Program as a way to sustain our agencies well into the future. If you have already included JF&CS in your estate plan, please let us know so that we can express our gratitude to you. If JF&CS has been a meaningful part of your life, please consider the continued impact your support can have after your lifetime. Call me; I'd love to talk with you about the simple ways to sustain JF&CS long into the future.

This summer's newsletter also includes our Annual Report of Donors for Fiscal Year 2016. Thanks to you, we surpassed our goals, raising more money than ever before and welcoming new donors at every level. Your gift – of any amount – is deeply meaningful to me personally. I am so very grateful for your loyal support.

View all articles from the JF&CS News Summer 2017 edition.