On Wednesday, Nov. 17, a group of eight Upper School students traveled to Bradley Crossing, a housing facility run by Jewish Family Services, for an afternoon of service to the community. The students were on hand to help prepare one of the organization’s gardens for the winter season.
The students were accompanied by Renee Weber, Upper School French teacher. “Students are eager to help their communities, and the sign-up for this event filled within 45 minutes,” said Weber. “Our 9th and 10th grade students represented USM well by working hard outside for two hours. JFS administrators expressed their gratitude, as did a few of the residents at Bradley Crossing.” Weber, along with service coordinator and Upper School faculty member Colleen Tiefenbrun, hope to schedule at least one community service opportunity per month as nonprofit organizations open their doors to volunteers.
About Jewish Family Services
Jewish Family Services (JFS) is one of the longest-standing nonprofit organizations in the state of Wisconsin. Founded in 1867 as the Hebrew Relief Society, the agency was established to meet the emerging needs of the European and Russian Jewish population migrating to the United States.
Over the years, JFS expanded its mission to serve the community at large. Today, it offers quality community-based programs that improve the health, personal well-being, and level of independence of thousands of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, age related disabilities, and chronic mental illness. These services are fully accessible and are provided regardless of someone’s health insurance status, household income or ability to pay.