Volunteer Spotlight: Beverly
We here at JFS Delaware would not be able to fulfill our mission to strengthen individuals, families, and the community without the help of our incredible volunteers. One of those amazing volunteers is Beverly. Let’s get to know Beverly!
Why did you decide to volunteer for JFS?
“I started by helping out with rides while looking into the refugee program. Watching the news nightly I felt the need to help out in any way I could with those that were having to leave their homelands.”
What is the best part of volunteering?
“The best part of my driving volunteering is meeting new people and learning about them and their amazing stories. The best part of the refugee program is meeting and finding out that there are so many people in the community that want to help. I have not encountered anyone who has been negative. When I mention a need or when I am with a refugee family at a doctor, social services, and various appointments, everyone is so helpful and asking what else does the family need. Our group likes to say that we have many “angels” looking over our shoulder.”
Would you recommend volunteering for JFS? Why?
“Yes! Helping others has helped me see the world from a different perspective. And helping
others has been proven to be great for one’s mental health, and who wouldn’t want that?”
What is a fun fact about you?
“I was a collegiate gymnast and growing up I participated in many sports, but my favorite was playing rugby.”
If you could go anywhere in the world for your next vacation, where would you go? Why?
“South Africa! Everyone that has been has said it was their best vacation ever. I am going next summer!! I’m just not excited about the long plane ride.”
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“A nurse, but after volunteering in a hospital when I was 15 I learned I didn’t like the sight of blood. So I became a social worker and worked in a hospital setting for 37 years. I still can’t stand needles and blood!”
What is one food you could eat every day?
What is the last show you binged?
What is the best book you ever read?
“I read several books a month since I retired and I can’t even tell you the name of the one I am reading now without looking at it! So I unfortunately can’t say my favorite book. I love all kinds. Joining a book club 19 years ago made me read many books that I wouldn’t have considered. and also enabled me to meet a wonderful group of women who are the women that are helping with the refugee family.”
What are you most thankful for you in your life right now?
“My family, home, and health.”
Our work is made possible by dedicated volunteers like YOU! Volunteers supplement the professional, clinical care provided by JFS by fostering a sense of community, building relationships, and extending your skills and kindness to older adults, refugees, and other clients of JFS. Click here to apply to be a volunteer for JFS.
About JFS Delaware
Jewish Family Services of Delaware is a place where all members of our community can receive help and support to overcome life’s challenges and cope with difficult situations. JFS is committed to providing the highest quality services available in our area, with compassion and respect for everyone. Our mission is to strengthen individuals, families, and the community by providing counseling and support services, based on Jewish values. To stay up-to-date on the latest news from JFS, sign up for our newsletter by submitting your e-mail at the bottom of the page.