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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 19, 2009 PAGE 3A JFS earns grant from Disney for KidsKonnect For the third year, Jewish Family Services has earned a Helping Kids Shine Grant, which is given annually by the Walt Disney World Co. Disney distributes $700.000 in grant money each year to support nonprofit programs in the community with an emphasistowards kids. Quali- fied recipients of the award must focus on building better futurds for children in four specific areas: connecting with adults, constructive use of free time. character development and compassion. JFS received $15.000 to help fund the continuation of the Roth Family KidsKon- nect program, which serves the critical needs of children experiencing family disrup- tion. For children, family disruption occurs because of divorce, separation, paren- tal abandonment, violence, incarceration, issues of de- pendency, birth to a single mother and. other reasons that result in children being raised without the benefit of a two-parent home. The program operates out of more than 78 schools in Seminole. Orange and Osceola counties providing in,school support groups to qualified children. This year JFS entered into a contract with Family Services of Metro Orlando to expand the KidsKonnect program to child~'en in foster care in Orange and Osceola coun- ties. The goal for this expan- sion is to provide children in foster care with coping skills to increase stability in their placement and at school. Children are assigned to the program throtigh referrals from their case managers, teachers, guidance counselors or SAFE coordinators. According to Unju Chung- Canine. KidsKonnect pro- gram coordinator. "While in protective homes, children still need to attend school and function as if all is well. KidsKonnect is a powerful aid in helping them cope with very difficult situations." To learn more about the Roth Family KidsKonnect program and other services offered by JFS, contact JFS at 407-644-7593 or visit its website: www.jfsorlando.org. Picture perfect timing for new Pavilion volunteer coordinator Joy Clark and her mom, Mimmi Levin, in the poster that changed Clark's life. A poster of herself spurred Joy Clark into becoming the new volunteer coordinator at the Jewish Pavilion. One often hears the expres- sion "things happen for a reason," or. as Clark's grand- mother would say in Yiddish. it's "bashert." Clark was moving her mother. Mimmi Levin. into the Alzheimer's facility at Horizon Bay atthe beginning of March when she bumped into Carol Feuerman. presi- dent of Friends of the Jewish Pavilion, and Karen Selznick. who were volunteering by visiting the residents. They informed Clark of the Pavil- ion's mission: To enhance the quality of life of our elders in long-term care by strength- ening their connection to the community. The next week Clark became a member of the Jewish Pavil- Ion, and her mom's name was added to the list. At one point a picture was taken of Clark and her mother at a Jewish Pavilion event, and it was used to advertise a new position for avolunteer coordinator. The ad caught Clark's attention. She said she thought that she would get a lot of plea- sure working for the Jewish Pavilion and giving back to the Jewish community. The Jewish Pavilion is an outreach program, a culture of caring and a commitment that knows no boundaries, says Executive Director Nancy Ludin, who says she is look- ing forward toworking with Clark and Program Director Cathy Swerdlow. They have all known one another in various roles within the community and greatly respect one an- other's talents. She says they have lots of ideas to increase the number of volunteers and the satisfaction they get from volunteering their time. Clark says she will be devel- oping a more formal training program for volunteers, have more frequent educational seminars and help foster a stronger sense of community for the volunteers. She says the Jewish Pavilion team plans to maintain closer contact with the volunteers, so that they are not working in isolation, and so that they feel appreciated and a part of something important. One unifying project the Pavilion has set up is a Jewish Pavilion Volunteer Team for the Alzheimer's Walk sched- uled for Oct. 3 at Lake Eola. If you know of anyone in the Jewish Community who would like to have a friendly visitor from the Pavilion come to them, or if you would like to volunteer your time or would like to participate in the Alzheimer's walk on the Jewish Pavilion Volunteer Team, contact Joy at 407- 678-9363 or e-mailjoyclark'@ jewishpavilion.org. Plans are grand for JCC opening The staff and volunteers of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando are hard at work planning for the Grand Opening festivities of the new Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus due to open Aug. 2. The festivities will commence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at an event called ".Taste of the J" on Sunday, Aug. 30. A series of events are planned through Saturday, Sept. 12. The Grand Opening festivities leadership team poses in front of the building. They are, from left: Bonnie Rayman, branch director; Lauren Sharfstein, youth, family and adults director; Lauren Friedman, membership and events director; Lilly Robbins, Grand Opening co-chair; Aileen Schaked, Grand Opening co-chair; Amy Schwartz, marketing director; and David Wayne, associate executive director. Posing with banner and Mickeg Mouse are Barry Kudlowitz, JFS executive director (1); Unju Chung-Canine, KidsKonnect program coordinator; Karen Broussard, JFS director of program development; and Brian Cummins, Walt Disney Worl~ representative. HARVEY V. COHEN • Auto Accidents • Wrongful Death • • Nursing Home Negligence • • Defective Products • • Slip & Fall • Dental Malpractice • • Dog Bites • Insurance Claims ° "Prepared to fight for you!" 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