May 7, 2014 (Beachwood) – On Thursday, May 1st Jewish Family Service Association celebrated its young adult volunteers with a special dinner and awards ceremony. This year JFSA recognized two outstanding volunteers with the Kim Chapman Young Adult Volunteer Award.
The award was first presented to Jerad Williams, a senior at Brush High School and a valued member of JFSA’s Know Abuse™ Teen Dating Outreach program for the past 3 years. “Jerad goes out of his way to make the other volunteers feel welcome and is always available to give advice and help in respect to acting, training sessions, and beyond,” explains Know Abuse™ coordinator Amanda Leb. “It is evident that he is passionate about the Know Abuse™ mission and he eloquently demonstrates that passion when he speaks with other students.”
The award was also presented to Dana Stratz, a volunteer with JFSA’s Horvitz YouthAbility program. According to YouthAbility Coordinator Heidi Solomon, Dana has volunteered with almost every YouthAbility activity, and always has a smile on her face. “It is not the amount of volunteering that she does which makes her special – it is the incredible spirit and joy she brings to every experience which makes her unique,” explains Heidi. “Dana takes a sincere interest in others. She is a mentor, guide, and friend to our YouthAbility participants.”
Kim Chapman(of blessed memory) was just 22 years old when she died in 2010 after a long courageous battle with epilepsy. Her positive attitude in the face of challenge was inspiring to all who knew her. Kim was extremely proud of her volunteer accomplishments and considered herself a professional volunteer dedicated to helping others. The Kim Chapman Young Adult Volunteer Award is proudly established in Kim’s memory to honor a young adult who exemplifies the values cherished by Kim.
For more information about Jewish Family Service Association and its programs, visit www.jfsa-cleveland.org.