Posted by Marilyn Ross, as told to Jon Federman
Community service and volunteering has been a very important part of my life since I was 12 years old and I volunteered as a candy striper in a local hospital. My father was a doctor and was heavily involved in volunteering with Jewish agencies. He was my role model.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I was on the JF&CS Board of Directors. I had no idea that several years later, my father would become a JF&CS client. In 1998, I moved my dad from Cleveland, OH to a nursing home in Newton, MA. I had heard about the JF&CS Shabbat program for seniors and felt it was important for him to have a sense of Judaism and familiarity in his nursing home. JF&CS did a wonderful job in making him feel comfortable and connected.