Volunteer Spotlight: Gail

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 Gail. Let’s get to know Gail!

Why did you decide to volunteer for JFS?

“I’ve never stopped being motivated by the idea that saving one life is the same as saving all.  In this instance,  I was inspired by my lifetime friend, Beverly Shreve, who found out about this need in resettling refugee families in DE.”

What is the best part of volunteering?

“The knowledge that you helped someone achieve something they couldn’t have done on their own….making the possible a reality.”

Would you recommend volunteering for JFS? Why?

“Yes! The need is universal and never ending and you can find a need that fits your time/talent/treasure/resources.”

What is a fun fact about you?

“I have four grandchildren and one more on the way and they are all right here in the Wilmington area!”

If you could go anywhere in the world for your next vacation, where would you go? Why?

Canada. It’s a bit of an inside family joke that I have never taken my children (now grown of course) on a trip to Canada, whereas they have been to Asia, Africa, Europe, Scandinavia, Central and South America…and mostly on their own!”

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“A bank president.”

What is one food you could eat every day?


What is the last show you binged?

Jack Ryan.”

What is the best book you ever read?

The Man Who Was Magic, by Paul Gallico. Given to me by a friend in college, it made me realize that I really do believe in magic and often you make the magic yourself.”

What are you most thankful for you in your life right now?

“I am endlessly grateful that my grown children and their families and my mother all live within a 10-mile radius of each other. If there ever was a need, we could literally walk to find each other and be together, which I find importantly reassuring.”


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.