The JFCS Senior Services Department, along with theJCRC Goodwin Holocaust Museum (GHMEC), welcomed Americorps Vista Program participant, Joyce Ofori, to work with the agencies last week. The Americorps member will spend a one-year tenure with the agencies.
VISTA, commemorating 50 years in 2015, is an idea spawned by the late President John F. Kennedy, and was founded as “Volunteers in Service to America” in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs.
Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
One of the main objectives of her tenure is to maintain best practices in providing services and programs to the Holocaust Survivor population in our area. She will garner program ideas from Holocaust Education Centers nationwide, and assess further needs of the Survivors in Vineland. Joyce will also research trends, programs, and innovations of agencies which provide services to Survivors across the country. Additionally, she will help to develop and market fundraising efforts in our community, by investigating Federal, State and Private funding sources through grants.
Finally, Joyce will assist with educating the community with regard to the special needs of this population as well as the programs and services provided to the Holocaust Survivors in our community, and will work to increase the volunteer base for JFCS and GHMEC with focus on the needs of the Holocaust Survivor population.
Joyce graduated from Binghamton University this past May with a BS, majoring in Human Development. Originally from Takoradi, Ghana, Joyce speaks excellent Twi and Fante and some basic Spanish since she spent a semester abroad Spain during her junior year of college.
Both JFCS and GHMEC are fortunate to have Joyce join the JFED family for the year, helping the agencies strive for further excellence in providing for our Holocaust Survivor population.