Participants in Because We Care’s Soothing Sunday event made stress relief kits for JFS therapists to present to teen clients.

JFS Volunteer Program Targets Youth

The Because We Care program at Jewish Family Service allows Jewish youth the opportunity to engage in service and work for meaningful change through flexible b’nai mitzvah opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of the Stephen H. Schulman Millennium Fund for Jewish Youth, the program will continue for a fourth year.

Participants in Because We Care’s Soothing Sunday event made stress relief kits for JFS therapists to present to teen clients.

Participants in Because We Care’s Soothing Sunday event made stress relief kits for JFS therapists to present to teen clients.

“Because We Care serves an important need in the community,” said Brian Rothenberg, community grants manager at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. “The committee expressed a great deal of support for the value of this program.”

Students can participate in monthly hands-on service opportunities planned by JFS; each program provides insight into how JFS helps the community. Last year, participants made Chanukah crafts and cards for JFS clients, prepared soup and basic needs packages for homeless individuals in Detroit and created stress relief kits for teens receiving counseling at JFS, among other activities.

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“We are very appreciative of the Schulman Fund in helping us continue our program in the upcoming year,” said Emily Croitori, volunteer services supervisor. “Because We Care has had hundreds of children and teens participate. Not only is the program a great opportunity for them to get in-service hours for their bar or bat mitzvah, or school requirements, but they get to see firsthand how JFS impacts our community.”

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