Volunteer and Philanthropy Spotlight
JCCNV Volunteer Spotlight: Sara Astrow
What is your favorite aspect of the JCCNV and why?
My favorite aspect of the JCCNV is that it has programs and activities for all stages of life for a diverse population. For example, nearly 30 years ago my daughter and I participated in the Mom’s Day Out Program; years later my teenage son was active in BBYO; as adults my husband and I take advantage of events like the Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, Comedy Night, and the Israel Street Festival; and I hope to be around to
participate in the senior programs. I also place great value on the JCCNV-JAFI Community Shlichim Program — providing information about and strengthening our ties with Israel is an important role filled by the JCCNV, and I have enjoyed being a sponsor family for our emissaries from Israel.
Why is volunteering at the JCCNV important to you?
Volunteering at the JCCNV is a way to show that our Jewish community is a vibrant part of the greater Northern Virginia community. As a parent liaison at Holmes Middle School, which is just a few miles from the JCCNV, I work with families that are homeless, receive free student lunch, need warm winter clothes, etc., and I am aware that not everyone in Fairfax County is affluent. I am proud that the JCCNV partners with FACETS to provide a hot meal, companionship, and a warm place to sleep for people in our community in need during thewinter months. It is important for us to lead by example and demonstrate that we are good neighbors and that our tzedakah goes beyond the walls of the JCCNV.
To learn more about volunteering opportunities, please contact Carla Rosenfeld, Carla.Rosenfeld@jccnv.org or (703) 537-3060.
Philanthropy Spotlight: Adult Services
Thanks to the generous support of our donors and funders, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV, Center) is able to provide quality programs, activities, and services to a diverse and growing community.
Times are changing, and the JCCNV is prepared to change with the times. People today are living longer, staying healthier and remaining more active and engaged in community activities, and here at the Center, we’ve responded by offering a wide variety of social and self-development programs and activities for adults of all ages.
These days, it is virtually impossible to differentiate between “seniors” and any other adult. By merging the Adult Department and the Senior Department, we’ve created a seamless spectrum of programming for our adult participants, ages 50+. There’s something (or many things) for everyone at the JCCNV, just take a pass through Centertainment or visit our Center any day of the week and see for yourself. Too far to drive? Visit one of our five satellite program sites located throughout Northern Virginia.
Our adult programs are wonderful, but many in our community cannot afford their real costs. Fortunately, Adult Services Department’s programs are subsidized by grants (public and private), and by individual donors which, along with additional subsidies from the JCCNV, keeps program fees low enough to be accessible to our participants. To continue meeting this growing need, we need your help. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available, and additional support would be greatly appreciated.
To learn more, please contact Michelle Pearlstein, Development Coordinator, at Michelle.Pearlstein@jccnv.org, or (703) 537-3033.