Community is key at JBBBS.

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June 12th, 2015
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Bruce and Lily at Keshet picnic

Friend 2 Friend participant, Bruce, and Community Organizer and volunteer, Lily Siegel, at Pride Community Picnic.

JBBBS values its community. In fact, many of our strongest volunteers and supporters are initially referred to the organization by a friend, family member or colleague already connected to us. Increasingly, too, volunteers are expressing a desire to connect to others who share their passion for mentoring and the JBBBS organization. Community-building events are one important way we keep our volunteer base engaged.

On that front, reports JBBBS Community Organizer, Lily Siegel, it’s been a busy spring for YoPro: the young professionals’ arm of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters.

In mid-May, nearly 20 current JBBBS volunteers and their friends celebrated Shabbat with dinner and conversation. “I was hearing our volunteers were interested in meeting other volunteers, building community and eating dinner. And that’s how it played out.” In the process, Siegel reports, YoPros learned more about the agency and one another. They connected around Judaism and the JBBBS organization.

On June 7, JBBBS co-sponsored Pride Family Picnic and Field Day, which brought together young families in and outside the GBLTQ community to enjoy the beautiful weather, good food and new friends. Among them were JBBBS participants and volunteers. This year marked the third in a row that JBBBS co-sponsored the picnic, which served as the kickoff to Pride week in Boston. (Pics from the event are available on Facebook.)

If you’re a volunteer or other supporter of JBBBS who’s interested in connecting to others in our community, or if you want to learn more about ways to get involved at JBBBS, contact Lily Siegel.