4.8.16 Issue

by Ozzie Nogg

April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week, and Jewish Social Services and the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home will once again show their appreciation for community members who give their time and talents to brighten the lives of the elderly among us.

“President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974,” explained Linda Cogen, Volunteer Coordinator at the RBJH. “The week recognizes and celebrates the efforts of volunteers and has become an effort to urge people all over the country to get out and volunteer in their home towns. At the Blumkin Home, we’re so thankful to our volunteers for their service. They make such a positive difference in the lives of the residents.”

In his 2014 Proclamation, President Barak Obama said, “By performing acts of service, we can shape a Nation big enough and bold enough to accommodate the hopes of all our people. Volunteers are often equipped with few resources and gain little recognition, yet because of their service, our country is a better and a stronger force for good.”

According to Cogen, special  treats will be available in the Volunteer Office (formerly the RBJH Gift Shop) every day between Monday, April 11 and Friday, April 15. “Our many volunteers do so much for the staff and residents of the Home,” Cogen said. “They continue the tradition of LOVE’S Mission — to support programs and services of the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home through volunteerism. We’ll formally honor our volunteers at an Appreciation event in June.”

National Volunteer Week isn’t just about random acts of kindness. It’s a time to make giving back part of your life. For information on volunteer opportunities in the Omaha Jewish community, call Linda Cogen at 402.334.6519.