JFSA Life Director Dee Kleinman admits she had limited knowledge of JFSA at first. “I didn’t know much about JFSA prior to joining a committee in the late 90’s,” says Dee, who was recruited to
volunteer by a dear friend. That changed quickly as Dee became more involved in the agency. “I’m so impressed by the variety of services JFSA offers the community and by the professionalism of the staff. They really care about their clients.”

Besides serving as the Chair of the Volunteer Services and Community Engagement Committee, Dee has a special connection with JFSA’s College Financial Aid Program. Ten years ago, Dee created a named scholarship in her granddaughter’s honor to support college seniors and graduate students. “My granddaughter was graduating from college and I wanted to give her a meaningful gift,” explains Dee. “Creating a scholarship for those in need seemed like the perfect idea. Every year, my granddaughter and I choose the scholarship winners together. It’s a wonderful experience to be able to share with her and it’s very fulfilling to know we are helping someone else achieve their goals.”

It’s just one of the many ways Dee leads by example. She knows her time and financial support have a significant impact. “JFSA is a community,” says Dee. “The board members, staff, volunteers and clients – we are a community.”