Embracing Aging Grant awarded to JFS

Jewish Family Services, SpiriTrust Lutheran, and RSVP of the Capital Region have been awarded an Embracing Age Grant through the York County Community Foundation’s Hahn Home Fund.   The three agencies will partner to engage older adults in volunteering by streamlining the opportunities, entry and training.

The creation of a central volunteer recruitment entry point will create easy access for all older adults interested in volunteering in the York, Pennsylvania area. There will be collaborative education and orientation of volunteers to ensure comprehensive training. Of utmost importance, is that volunteer experiences will be enhanced and adapted to meet the changing needs of older adults.

For information on volunteer opportunities with JFS please call 717-843-5011.

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Jewish Family Services of York is a human services agency which provides comprehensive professional assistance consistent with Jewish traditions, values, and culture to the Jewish community and to the community at large in order to enhance their quality of life. This includes but is not limited to geriatric care and advocacy programs, senior transportation programs, and food and safety net programs.

JFS of York does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, vendors, and clients.


A snowy situation for older adults in York, PA

5 tips on how you can help older adults during a cold weather storm

While there is a lot of excitement over a potential blizzard coming to the York, Pennsylvania area, this poses a large threat to our elderly community. Older adults have a higher risk of developing hypothermia, injury and isolation in cold and snow weather conditions. Below are a few ways that you can help your older friends and neighbors. This is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors, and volunteer within your area.

  1. Stock emergency resources in their homes. Provide them with flashlights, batteries, water, radio and blankets. Older adults should have at least a seven day supply of prescription medications and a three day supply of non-perishable food and water on hand.
  1. Prepare the home. Older adults are our most vulnerable to cold weather, especially those with cardiac issues who tend to get colder faster. Ensure they have proper heat, enough blankets, warm clothing, and work to prevent any drafty areas in the home. Make sure the thermostat is set to a warm temperature.
  1. Eliminate safety risks. Entryways are a big risk factor during any snow storm. Be sure entryways do not track in wet snow, and if able, make sure they wear slip proof shoes or grip slippers in the home. Keep driveways and walkways clear of snow. Some resources for snow removal are local churches and school programs as well as not for profit organizations. Candles, electric blankets, and space heaters are a fire hazard. Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well as provide fire extinguishers are in an easily accessible location.
  1. Keep in contact. If able, provide a cell phone or a way to contact them in the event of an emergency. Check in and make sure they have enough food and water and medical supplies, if their electricity is working, if they are warm enough. After the storm, make a visit to make sure they are ok.
  1. Establish an emergency plan. Power, heat, and food/water loss can create a serious emergency for seniors. Have an emergency bag packed with a change of clothing and all medical and care necessities. Create a list of local resources and emergency phone numbers to have handy.


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Jewish Family Services of York is a human services agency which provides comprehensive professional assistance consistent with Jewish traditions, values, and culture to the Jewish community and to the community at large in order to enhance their quality of life. This includes but is not limited to geriatric care and advocacy programs, senior transportation programs, and food and safety net programs.

JFS of York does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, vendors, and clients.

Protecting Our Veterans

Food Insecurities and SNAP Concerns

This Week Abby Leibman, President and CEO of Mazon – A Jewish Response To Hunger,  gave testimony at the House Agriculture Committee on Nutrition to bring awareness to the many challenges faced by veterans that lead to food insecurity.  In her testimony, Leibman shared the enormous need to protect the SNAP program. She states the need for more and accurate data as well as removing policy barriers would be a great benefit to this unique group.

In addition to  Leibman’s testimony, Mrs. Tebbens, a former military spouse, gave her personal account of her life in the military. It is an all too familiar story of our active duty member’s challenges of frequent moves resulting in spouse unemployment, and the inability to qualify for SNAP benefits due to the inclusion of BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing).

Mr. Faris, representative from the Meals on Wheels agency shared the story of Emily “who is unable to leave her home and how meals on wheels is providing a friendly and personal connection in addition to nutritional aid resulting in better health”. Mr. Faris stated “1 in 6 seniors struggle with hunger and 87% of this at risk group require assistance with grocery shopping”.

This information focuses on the need for  more local services like the food closet and transportation service we offer here at JFS of York. Snap is a piece of a much larger puzzle and our roles in the charitable sector in fighting hunger will make a difference in our individual communities as well as our nation.

To watch the entire hearing, please click  HERE

JFS of York is proud to serve our community with our Staying Connected ride volunteer program, which allows our seniors to get to a grocery store and help battle food insecurity. To learn more about how you can become a volunteer driver and serve our senior community, contact Carol Miller at cmiller@jfsyork.org or by calling 717-846-2235

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Help Support Project Manna

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Project Manna is JFS’s response to hunger in our community. This morning a gentleman dropped off several bags of canned goods to our office. These random acts of kindness don’t go unnoticed.

There are many ways to help Project Manna. Providing canned goods is a great option. You can also be a hands-on volunteer and help to stock shelves, shop for food and pack the distribution bags for our clients once a month.

JFS works as a safety-net program with individuals and families to identify potential resources to assist them with their basic needs and ensure that they don’t fall through the cracks with their needs not being met.

JFS relies on dozens of volunteers, of all ages, to help operate the pantry. Make a commitment to volunteer once a week.

Next time you go grocery shopping, pick up a couple of extra non-perishable items and donate them to JFS through Project Manna or add them to a community food drive.

Here is a list of items most needed in our Pantry. You can call Susie at 717-843-5011 to arrange to drop of food items and also talk about all of our volunteer opportunities at JFS.


Canned soup
Canned fruit in juice and vegetables
Grains: Rice, pasta, etc
Meatless spaghetti sauce
Peanut butter & jelly/jam
Soft breakfast/granola bars
Paper towels, toilet paper, napkins
Canned tuna
Macaroni & Cheese
Dried Fruits & nuts
Vegetarian baked beans
Instant oatmeal
Coffee, tea
Detergent & dish cleaner
Dog and cat food

Join us to fight hunger!

JFS serves the York community in many ways. We partner with congregations to staff Our Daily every month. On a given day volunteers will serve between 200-300 meals.  A hot meal with others helps hungry neighbors meet many needs. People who lack access to food are fed. Individuals that crave company in a warm safe location receive just that.

Our daily bread is stocked with donated food or items purchased with donated funds. Our Daily Bread is dependent on volunteers. Some volunteer to make the meal and transport it to the kitchen, others, such as the JFS crew, volunteer their time to serve hot meals.

We arrange for volunteers at Our Daily Bread on the first Thursday of each month and occasionally later in the month as needed. Serving meals any day of the month will give insight to the Fight Against Hunger in York. In the beginning of the month, people that come to Our Daily Bread have chronic hunger needs. Families who attend meals in the end of the month generally have depleted their monthly budget for food.  Our Daily Bread becomes the guaranteed meal that prevents people in York from going hungry.

Volunteer to help Our Daily Bread, contact JFS at (717) 843-5011.  We always welcome volunteers in our Fight Against Hunger.

Trying to Get Around


A growing number of adults wish to age in place. Many older adults live in rural and suburban areas and transportation becomes a challenge when they are no longer driving.

An average adult driver makes 3.4 trips per day. Adults who no longer drive make 15% fewer trips to see their doctor, 59% fewer trips to shop or eat out and 65% fewer trips to visit friends and family than drivers of the same age.

The public transit systems struggle to keep up with increasing demand and as a result, many communities have developed grassroots membership organizations to deliver programs and services to make daily living easier for people, including transportation.

Staying Connected is one of these grassroots organizations that indentifies and serves to address this basic need. Many of our volunteers have been with us since the program’s inception and some are now changing their role from driver to rider. We will be there for them as they were there for us. If you have an open seat in your car for 2 hours a month when you make one of your 3.4 daily trips, give us a call and we can be here for you too.


Why Volunteer?

Thumbs-UpWe have many volunteers who serve for a wide variety of reasons, especially wanting to help others. But it’s also OK to want some benefits for yourself  from volunteering.

Instead of considering volunteering as something you do for others who are not as fortunate as yourself, begin to think of it as an exchange. Consider that most of us find ourselves in need at some point in their lives. So today you may be the person with the ability to help, but tomorrow you may be the recipient of someone else’s volunteer effort.

Think about how much we receive when we give and consider why we want to volunteer. Here are just a few of the many possible motivations identified by other volunteers:

    • to feel needed
    • to share a skill
    • to get to know a community
    • to demonstrate commitment to a cause/belief
    • to gain leadership skills
    • satisfaction from accomplishment
    • to keep busy
    • for recognition
    • to donate your professional skills
    • to have an impact
    • to learn something new
    • to help a friend or relative
    • to be challenged
    • to feel proud
    • to make new friends
    • to explore a career
    • to help someone
    • as therapy
    to do something different from your job
  • for fun!
  • for religious reasons
  • to earn academic credit
  • to keep skills alive
  • to be part of a team
  • to build your resume
  • to be an agent of change
  • to stand up and be counted




You will probably have some special reasons of your own. Remember that the motivations you have to select the place to offer your services may not be the reasons why you stay. Once you’re on the volunteer job, you will continue to serve as long as you feel that your efforts are accomplishing something, that your talents are appreciated, and that you make a difference. And if you also like the people with whom you work, so much the better!

Volunteers are the lifeline of JFS of York. Make an important difference in the life of a hungry child, an older adult living alone, or a person with a disability. Or help the agency by providing clerical and administrative support. Call Susie at 717-843-5011 or click here to fill out a form. Share this blog with your friends.

Hunger: Food Insecurity

We strive to fight Hunger at JFS, but you may have seen another phrase used; Food Insecurity.

What does that mean? How are they different?

The long and short of it, the Fight Against Food Insecurity is linked to the Fight Against Hunger. Hunger is defined as “a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat.”  Food Insecurity is defined as “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

Seniors in particular, have hardships related to food insecurity.  When seniors lack nutritional food they are more likely to have major health conditions than other generations that suffer from food insecurity. Seniors that live in food insecurity are 53% more likely to report a heart attack, 52% more likely to have asthma, and 40% more likely to report congestive heart failure.  Seniors are 22% more likely to have difficulty preforming the Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) such as eating, dressing and bathing.  The effects of food insecurity go far beyond physical ailments.  Seniors that are food insecure are 60% more likely to have depression.   Sadly living in a multigenerational household is not protection against food insecurity. Seniors that report living in households with grandchildren are three times as likely to be food insecure than those who live apart from their grandchildren.

There are ways to help –

  • 2 out of 3 seniors who would qualify for food stamps never apply.

The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program helps seniors get the nutrition they need to remain healthy.

  • Support measures that fund SNAP benefits and promote awareness within our community. In addition other programs target the senior population, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  These programs are funded by Congress, so make your Representatives and Senator aware that you support measures to end Food Insecurity in our community.


Representative Scott Perry
2209 East Market Street
York, PA 17402
Phone: 717-600-1919
Senator Pat Toomey
228 Walnut St.
Suite 1104
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: (717) 782-3951

Senator Bob Casey
22 S. Third Street, Suite 6A
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: (717) 231-7540
Phone: (866) 461-9159


  • To support local efforts to alleviate food insecurity, donate foods that are rich in essential nutrients and are high in protein or you can help by taking a friend in need to the grocery store.

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We’re Hiring!

Jewish Family Services of York (JFS) is seeking a full time Program and Development Coordinator. This position is seeking a candidate with a passion for building and promoting a mission based innovative organization. JFS is on the forefront of meeting individual, family and older adult service needs in the community. JFS serves the greater community without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.


Program and Development Coordinator

Program Responsibilities

  • Oversees the coordination and administration of current core and outreach programs. Core programs are Staying Connected and Project Manna. Outreach programs focus on social, recreational and holiday related programs for older adults.
  • Review, update and monitor compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate, monitor and supervise the activities of volunteers.
  • Develop yearlong program schedule.
  • Recruit and select volunteers and program participants.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness.

Development Responsibilities

  • Identification, cultivation and stewardship of individual and family donors.
  • Ambassador for the organization in seeking business partnerships and client referrals.
  • Strategically design and implement annual giving campaign.
  • Establish goals and timetable for event fundraisers.
  • Monitors gift recording and acknowledgement, tracking of annual gifts.
  • Report generation and publicizing of donor names.
  • Oversee coordination/timetable of marketing and graphic design tasks.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • At least two years experience in program and development work.
  • Strong and effective communication skills with the ability to adapt messages to fit the audience.
  • Creative and strategic thinker.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Technological aptitude, proficiency with Microsoft in particular Excel database management and reporting. Openness to new forms of technology.
  • Must have a car, current driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • Knowledge of the Jewish community, its customs and traditions preferred.


JFS offers competitive wages and a generous benefits package. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit resume and cover letter to