Congrats to our June Volunteer Family of the Month, the Shanker family! We couldn't do what we do without the help of our incredible volunteers like you.
The Shanker’s have been volunteering as a family since 2012. They’re active in various TOV programs such as Mitzvah Mania, Good Deeds Day, and the JUF Uptown Cafe. We wanted to get to know the Shanker family a little bit more, so Lisa answered some of our questions below.
1. How did you first get involved with TOV/JUF and what makes it important for you to volunteer with us?
We first got involved with TOV in one of the holiday season Mitzvah Mania programs when my daughters were in elementary school, we have tried to instill in our children the concept of giving back, and especially, as young children, to get across to them how fortunate we are. Understanding that there are others in our own community who are in need can sometimes be a difficult concept to get across. Participating in TOV has a threefold benefit as I see it: we are able to perform mitzvot, we are able to do so as part of the larger Jewish community, and we are able to find avenues to volunteer that we might not otherwise know about.
2. Are there any fun facts about you that we might not know?
Years ago, a TOV activity was bringing your pet to Brentwood (a local nursing home) to visit with the residents. We wanted to participate in this event very much, but did not have a pet. To do so, we borrowed our neighbor’s dog for the afternoon! She was a big hit with the residents. Now we do have our own pet and we have brought her to Brentwood and other nursing homes regularly to visit with residents. It is one of our favorite activities.
We are so lucky to have the five of you as part of our TOV family! To learn more about JUF's important work in the community, sign up to volunteer, or make a donation in the Shanker's honor, please visit juf.org/tov.