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JFS Volunteer – Gabriela

May 1st, 2017 - Brett Diaz

GabIn 1999, I was contacted by Goodman Jewish Family Services to see if I would be interested in becoming a volunteer.  I was asked to be a companion to a senior in Tamarac who need a weekly ride to the supermarket. Having just retired and moved to Florida, this opportunity opened the door to a part of my life I had never experienced before. This was the beginning of my love story with volunteer work.

Eighteen years later, I am still going strong.  Goodman JFS can count on me for any assistance they may need.  I have volunteered for many projects and events, including serving food at Café Europa, assisting at luncheons, visiting seniors in need, folding invitations and more.  But most important is my relationship with the Holocaust survivors I visit and deliver food cards to every month.  All of the survivors I visit are my friends, and it warms my heart to bring joy into their lives. Goodman JFS is a community, and I am proud to be their boots on the ground.

Goodman JFS treats their volunteers with honor and respect, and they always express their appreciation for the work we do. Last year I was recognized as their volunteer of the year, and my name was added to the Tree of Life in their office.  I was so emotional that words simply cannot describe the feeling.  For those of you who may be thinking of becoming a Goodman JFS volunteer, I say jump at the opportunity. There is no better feeling in the world than bringing hope, dignity and joy to those in our community who need it the most.

 

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