A new undertaking – the Young Professionals Task Force – is breathing new life into idea-generation at Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service (Alpert JFS)! This is one of many examples of Alpert JFS’ commitment to engaging and educating the entire community about our programs and services, and the agency’s dedication to offering opportunities for participation in advocacy and social action projects.
It all started when the Alpert JFS Development Department initiated a focus group for young leaders, including board members Jason DelGrosso and Brett Sandala, Sheri DelGrosso, and Councilman Ilan Kaufer. Participants identified food insecurity as a key issue that they wanted to learn more about. On Sunday, June 27, the agency’s Clinical Director Dr. Elaine Rotenberg, Director of Volunteer Leadership Belinda Lasky, and Development Officer Maxine Sonnenschein, who coordinated the initiative, welcomed the group to the West Palm Beach office for an afternoon of education and engagement. It was “a family affair,” as Kaufer brought along his young son Asher, to learn with him.
Excitement was in the air as the young professionals heard an overview of Alpert JFS, and saw the impact that the community’s generous support makes through the photographs and stories of clients that line the hallway walls. They also had the opportunity to experience the Kosher Food Pantry operations first-hand, conducting inventory and stocking shelves with donations of non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products.
We are grateful for the generous donations the young professionals brought. These items will make a meaningful difference in the lives of local Alpert JFS clients.
The feelings of gratitude are obviously mutual: as shared by Mr. DelGrosso, “Alpert JFS hosted a wonderful Sunday afternoon of education, ideas, camaraderie and hands-on helping. I am eager to see what the future holds!”
We, too, are eager to see how a new generation will carry the agency into the future, making a mark on the organization and its clients.