JFCS 2018 CALENDAR! (UPDATED WEEKLY)

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JULY 2018

Low Vision Support Group

July 11, 2018 –  1 PM – 2:30 PM

Contact: Hilary Gould, MSW, LSW  at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1016  or email hgould@jfedsnj.org. Grant funding provided by Jewish Community Foundation 

 

Cafe Connection – A Memory Cafe

July 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States 
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Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us from 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184.  Grant funding is provided by The Camden County Board of Freeholders and Jewish Community Foundation.  The program is brought to the community through a collaboration of JFCS, JSHHS, and the Katz JCC.

 

Aging With Pride – LGBT Group for Older Adults

July 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This program offers a welcoming atmosphere to share resources, build relationships, learn about JFCS services, and discuss unique LGBT issues, such as social isolation and discrimination.  For more information, please contact Reva Farenback-Brateman, MSW, CDP at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184 or email rfbrateman@jfedsnj.org.  Sponsored by the Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law Firm.

 

Project Rainbow Pool Party!

Thursday, July 19th,  6-8 PM at the JCC Camps at Medford!

For LGBTQ teens and their allies. Swimming, pizza, dinner! Free to Everyone. RSVP by July 9th to Nancy Lubars at 856-424-1333, xt 1725 or email  nlubars@jfedsnj.org   This program is a collaboration of Katz JCC & JFCS.  Grant funding by Jewish Community Foundation. 

 

 Low Vision Workshop

July 23, 2018 – 1 PM – 2:30 PM

with Jeffrey Clark fro The Seeing Eye

Contact: Hilary Gould, MSW, LSW  at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1016  or email hgould@jfedsnj.org.  Grant funding provided by Jewish Community Foundation 

 

AUGUST 2018

Cafe’ Connection – A Memory Cafe’

August 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States 
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Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us from 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184. Grant funding is provided by The Camden County Board of Freeholders and Jewish Community Foundation.  The program is brought to the community through a collaboration of JFCS, JSHHS, and the Katz JCC.

Aging With Pride – LGBT Group for Older Adults

August 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This program offers a welcoming atmosphere to share resources, build relationships, learn about JFCS services, and discuss unique LGBT issues, such as social isolation and discrimination.  For more information, please contact Reva Farenback-Brateman, MSW, CDP at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184 or email rfbrateman@jfedsnj.orgSponsored by the Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law Firm.

Low Vision Workshop

August 13, 2018

Featuring: Susan Vanino, Support Program Coordinator, for ASPIRE with CBVI from 1 PM – 2:30 PM. Contact: Hilary Gould, MSW, LSW at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1016 or email hgould@jfedsnj.org.  Grant funding provided by Jewish Community Foundation.

SEPTEMBER 2018

Cafe’ Connection- A Memory Cafe’

September 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States 
+ Google Map

Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us from 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184. Grant funding is provided by The Camden County Board of Freeholders and Jewish Community Foundation.  The program is brought to the community through a collaboration of JFCS, JSHHS, and the Katz JCC.

 

JFCS Annual Meeting and Recognition of Board, Staff & Volunteers

September 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States 
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JFCS Annual Meeting & Recognition of Board, Staff & Volunteers Sponsored by: Katz Jewish Community Center Kresson & Springdale Roads Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003 No charge to attend, but registration is required. Spouses and friends are welcome. For more information, please contact Beth Wynne at 856-424-1333, xt. 1179    Find out more »

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Special Needs Program Project SEARCH Helps a Childhood Dream Come True

On the Right Track

Special Needs Program Project SEARCH Helps a Childhood Dream Come True

Ever since PJ was a child, he had an admiration for trains.

“Since birth, PJ absolutely loved trains. It probably started with Thomas the Tank Engine,” says Noemi, PJ’s mom. “He really wanted to work as an engineer; it was his ‘train dream.’”

It is not uncommon for people on the autism spectrum to have intense and highly-focused interests, often from a fairly young age. Fortunately, PJ found that his dream of working in the train industry came true after his year-long participation in Project SEARCH. Project SEARCH is a nationally- recognized, one-year high school transition program, which provides training and education with the goal of competitive, integrated employment for students with disabilities.

This collaborative program, of which JFCS is the Community Rehabilitation Provider, started in South Jersey in September 2016 through Kennedy Health (now Jefferson Health).

“I loved our experience with Project SEARCH,” said Noemi. “It is a wonderful program. Considering

the help PJ needed, everyone was all-hands-on- deck. The entire Project SEARCH team was very supportive and patient.”

Before he landed his job in the train industry, PJ participated in three 12-week internship rotationsin different departments within Jefferson Health. He learned to write letters of application and compile a resume, honed interviewing techniques, and gained transferable skills. PJ monitored machines in the boiler room, retrieved orders from a handheld device, and completed hardware diagnostics during his internship.

“PJ was always consistent in receiving high scores from his department mentors on work-related behaviors,” noted Janeene Martin, JFCS Employment Specialist for the Project SEARCH Program. “PJ was eager to apply all his experiences

and training in the workforce.” PJ would soon realize that his skills and work ethic, along with guidance from the Project SEARCH team, would put him on the right track to his dream job.

“JFCS was able to connect PJ with a job opportunity as a courier with Edens Corporation, a partner organization with SEPTA. Now PJ gets to work in a job where he is riding the rails all day long, three days a week, from 9 AM – 4 PM. He even rides a train into work,” Noemi says with pride. “His job is to ride the train to various locations, and to deliver important documents to the staff there.”

Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, Edens Corporation provides a variety of services to include paratransit transportation and ticketing throughout the Philadelphia region.

“One of the biggest rewards,” says Noemi, “is that PJ is coming out of his shell. PJ used to keep to himself a lot, but now he comes home to relay that he spoke up and asked for help on something. He is always pleased to share what he has learned, and how willing the staff is to assist him. Every day, his confidence in himself, and in his abilities, shows. If any parent is on the fence about a program like this, they shouldn’t be. They should just do it. Project SEARCH offers so much support to all the participants … there are just so many benefits.” PJ, when asked to choose two things he liked most about his job, said, “I like interacting with people and being independent.” Riding the trains, it goes without saying, is of course at the top of his list.

The Project SEARCH Program occurs on-site at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, and is a collaboration of community partners including JFCS, Jefferson Health, Y.A.L.E. School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), and New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). For more information on Project SEARCH, call Janeene Martin at (856) 424-1333, Ext. 3275. To learn more about all of the special needs programming JFCS offers, visit www.jfcssnj.org/special-needs.

 

What Do I Say to My Kids?

What Do I Say to My Kids?

Tips on having conversations on the aftermath of a tragedy

Carlos A. Bermeo. LCSW, NBCCH – Director of JFCS Clinical Services

On the morning following the tragic and senseless shooting that took place in Vegas many parents found themselves asking the same what’s and how’s to explain to their children what happened and  offer comfort and a sense of safety.

While many parents struggled to find what to say to their children, others opted to say nothing or avoided the conversation in hopes that this will shield their children.  In efforts to provide some help to the parents, here are some suggestions for broaching the issue with your children, being mindful of the ability of your child to take in and comprehend information…

  • With younger children (preschool and kindergarten): Let them take the lead in the conversation, make sure your child knows you are there to answer any questions. The issue does not need to be brought up unless a child hears about it first
  •  With older children (elementary school): Parents should be more direct.  Parents should preemptively help their child know about the tragedy and share basic details and leave the door open for them to ask questions.  Note that they may initially say that they are ok but that does not mean that you shouldn’t talk about it.
  • With teenagers: Parents should have a more detailed conversation with children. Start by asking questions like, “Have you heard about this?” and “What do you think about this?” to find out what they know and what may be bothering them.
  • Children want to know if they are safe.  Talk about creating a safety plan with your child and what to do in an emergency.
  • Adults should not to say everything is okay, that it happened somewhere else , and it will not happen here. This may seem like it is comforting to a child however it is not the truth.  This varies for where your child is developmentally.
  • Although these suggestions are for talking to your children, parents and adults cannot forget about their own care.  Take time to reflect and for time for self-care.  You cannot help your child cope if you yourself cannot.

If you need help talking with your children, or your child needs guidance, contact the JFCS Counseling Department at 856-424-1333.

New Additions and Exciting Events for JFCS Special Needs Programs

Zumba, Zinburger, and more!  That’s what the participants of the JFCS SAIL (Supports to Achieve Independent Living) Special Needs Program are up to this summer, and it is thanks in part to the newest addition to the JFCS family, SAIL Coordinator Kimberly Liebovitz, MSS, LSW.

Kimberly joined the JFCS team in June, and she brought along her enthusiasm and passion to share with the many SAIL members, who enjoy social and recreational offerings through the program.

“When I saw there was an opportunity for me to work at JFCS with the special needs population to support young adults in their social and community functioning,  I was beyond thrilled.   I knew that JFCS was one of the few local programs that helped support families in transition to adulthood and becoming independent. I then saw the opening for SAIL, and I thought it would be such a a blessing for me to be able to continue my work of supporting families and students after their graduation,” says Kimberly.

We are excited to have Kimberly, who will be responsible for developing and planning the monthly activities for SAIL,” says Barbara Abrams, Director of the JFCS Special Needs Program. “Kimberly has hit the ground running, coming up with many new and innovative program ideas to keep the SAIL participants engaged and interested. SAIL currently has 45 active members who are always eager to try new things, so this is a great match!”

Kim worked as a school social worker, school counselor and as a child study team coordinator, which has provided her with experience to understand the needs of SAIL clients.

“It is not only my goal to help create fun activities for the SAIL participants, but to help participants build new friendships. One of the major benefits of having friends is that they improve our lives. They help us develop a sense of sharing, be it tangible things or just inspirational or motivational words of wisdom,” says Kimberly.

In addition to Kimberly, the JFCS Special Needs Program also welcomed Robin Cohen as the Soups and Sweets Special Needs Culinary Training Program Coordinator.  “I was drawn to the position because I was looking to incorporate my teaching skills with my passion for cooking and baking … and this is that job,” says Robin. “As a former special education teacher, Soups and Sweets allows me to see what happens to young adults with learning needs after their high school education is completed. It is rewarding to watch them obtain culinary skills and know that there is employment in their future.  The positive environment, the dedicated staff, and the volunteers inspire me to provide the best possible opportunities to our students.”

Robin was a member of the JFCS special needs job coaching team for the past year, prior to assuming her new role. “Robin came to JFCS after spending her 39-year career as a special education teacher, mostly for the Mt. Laurel School District. Upon her retirement, she knew that she wanted to stay working with individuals with special needs,” said Barbara.  “Robin brings a great deal of spirit, wisdom, and experience baking to her new position and we look forward to having her in our Soups and Sweets kitchen.”

JFCS is excited to see the strides the programs will make with Kimberly and Robin as part of the team.  Stay tuned!

**We invite you to learn more about information about SAIL Program, by visiting here!

For the brand new, delicious High Holiday catering menu brought to you by the Soups and Sweets Special Needs Culinary Training Program, visit here, and place your order!

 

Justin Wolfe Memorial Birthday Event To Support Addiction Prevention – June 13

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Please see full flyer below, and purchase your tickets for this event by going to www.justinforjustice.org.

 

JFCS News & Calendar

JFCS Calendar & News

August-December 2017

AUGUST 2017

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

August 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts, 2700 Chapel Avenue West
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002 + Google Map

Dementia caregivers support group at Arden Courts. Attendees will experience an open and compassionate group where you can discuss concerns, stressors, and topics only caregivers understand.  Respite care provided for your loved one while you attend. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Nadler, LSW at 856-424-1333, xt 1173, or email Snadler@jfedsnj.org   Find out more »

 

  SEPTEMBER 2017

Volunteers: High Holiday Cooking Project

September 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Congregation Beth El, 8000 Main Street
Voorhees, NJ 08043 United States + Google Map

Volunteers needed for Rosh Hashanah cooking at Congregation Beth El for meals for seniors and those who are homebound. 5:00PM – 7:00PM  Congregation Beth El 8000 Main Street Voorhees, NJ TO REGISTER VISIT HERE:https://jfcssnj.org/high-holiday-community-cooking-registration-form  Find out more »

 

Cafe’ Connection – A Memory Cafe’

September 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us on September 14th at 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184.…  Find out more »

 

Volunteers: Holiday Meal Delivery

September 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Temple Beth Sholom, 1901 Kresson Rd,
Cherry Hill , NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Volunteers needed to deliver meals to seniors and those who are homebound. 9:30AM – 11:30AM Temple Beth Sholom 1901 Kresson Road Cherry Hill, NJ TO REGISTER, VISIT HERE:  https://jfcssnj.org/high-holiday-meal-delivery-registration-form  Find out more »

 

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

September 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts, 2700 Chapel Avenue West
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002 + Google Map

Dementia caregivers support group at Arden Courts. Attendees will experience an open and compassionate group where you can discuss concerns, stressors, and topics only caregivers understand.  Respite care provided for your loved one while you attend. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Nadler, LSW at 856-424-1333, xt 1173, or email Snadler@jfedsnj.org    Find out more »

 

 OCTOBER 2017

Volunteers Needed: Community Food Sort for JFCS Pantries

October 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

JFED Commons, 1721 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Volunteers are needed for the JFCS High Holiday Food Sort Sponsored by WCRE on October 1st. 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM  The Commons 1721 Springdale Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 REGISTER: To register, visit here: https://jfcssnj.org/high-holiday-community-food-sort-registration-form  Find out more »

 

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

October 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts, 2700 Chapel Avenue West
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002 + Google Map

Dementia caregivers support group at Arden Courts. Attendees will experience an open and compassionate group where you can discuss concerns, stressors, and topics only caregivers understand.  Respite care provided for your loved one while you attend. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Nadler, LSW at 856-424-1333, xt 1173, or email Snadler@jfedsnj.org   Find out more »

 

NOVEMBER 2017

Thanksgiving Cooking Project – Volunteers Needed!

November 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Congregation Beth El, 8000 Main Street
Voorhees, NJ 08043 United States + Google Map

Volunteers needed to prepare and package meals for seniors and those who are homebound for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Cooking volunteers must be 12 years or older to participate.  Please contact Andi Loew at aloew@jfedsnj.org to register to volunteer!  Find out more »

 

Thanksgiving Meal Delivery – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

November 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 pm

Congregation Beth El, 8000 Main Street
Voorhees, NJ 08043 United States + Google Map

Volunteers needed to deliver meals for seniors and those who are homebound for the Thanksgiving Holiday.   Please contact Andi Loew at aloew@jfedsnj.org to volunteer. Find out more »

 

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

November 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts, 2700 Chapel Avenue West
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002 + Google Map

Dementia caregivers support group at Arden Courts. Attendees will experience an open and compassionate group where you can discuss concerns, stressors, and topics only caregivers understand.  Respite care provided for your loved one while you attend. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Nadler, LSW at 856-424-1333, xt 1173, or email Snadler@jfedsnj.org    Find out more »

 

 DECEMBER 2017

12th Annual JFCS Dubrow Vocational Celebration Breakfast

December 1 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

We invite you to attend the 12th Annual JFCS Dubrow Vocational Celebration Breakfast, celebrating empowerment, independence and seeing others in the full light of their potential.    Please join us to celebrate the inspiration that  embodies our JFCS Special Needs Supported Employment Program.   December 1, 2017, 8 AM Katz JCC Social Hall    For more information, please contact Barb Abrams at 856-424-1333 or email Babrams@jfedsnj.org. Thank you to Rande Dubrow, Jen and Jim Weiss, Rachel and Kevin Smith, and Stacey and Jon Gelman, for their continued support of this event and…  Find out more »

   

JFCS Volunteer Gift Wrap

December 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Help wrap gifts for the client families of JFCS and the children of Chai Lifeline, and volunteer for this special opportunity at: Katz Jewish Community Center (JCC) 1301 Springdale Road Cherry Hill, NJ Room 202 of the Katz JCC For More Information, contact Meredith Cohen at Mcohen@jfedsnj.org    Find out more »

 

JFCS/ Chai Lifeline Hanukkah Party

December 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Assist as a volunteer for JFCS and Chai Lifeline at a special holiday party for children who are battling illness.   Social hall of the Katz JCC 11 AM – 1:30 PM For more information, contact Meredith Cohen at Mcohen@jfedsnj.org.  Find out more »

 

Cafe’ Connection – A Memory Cafe’

December 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us on December 14, at 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext.   Find out more »

 

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

December 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Arden Courts, 2700 Chapel Avenue West
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002 + Google Map

Dementia caregivers support group at Arden Courts. Attendees will experience an open and compassionate group where you can discuss concerns, stressors, and topics only caregivers understand.  Respite care provided for your loved one while you attend. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Nadler, LSW at 856-424-1333, xt 1173, or email Snadler@jfedsnj.org  Find out more »

 JANUARY 2018

 Right In Our Backyard

January 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Right in Our Backyard Addiction Awareness and Prevention Program Wednesday, January 24 from 7-9 PM. Find out more »

 

APRIL 2018

Stepping Out with JFCS Annual Fundraiser 2018

April 21, 2018 @ 8:45 pm – 11:30 pm

Congregation Beth El, 8000 Main Street
Voorhees, NJ 08043 United States + Google Map

Saturday, April 21st at Congregation Beth El at 8:45 PM. For more information, or to become an agency sponsor, please contact Beth Wynne.  Find out more »

 

JUNE 2018

Justin Wolfe Memorial Birthday Benefit

June 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Mansion, 3000 Main St
Voorhees Township, Nj 08043 + Google Map

Justin Wolfe Memorial Birthday Benefit to Support the JFCS Right In Our Backyard Addiction Awareness Program Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 6:00-9:00 PM. The Mansion, Voorhees, NJ   Find out more »

 SEPTEMBER 2018

JFCS ANNUAL MEETING

September 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map

Celebrate our JFCS board, staff and volunteers! Katz Jewish Community Center Kresson & Springdale Roads Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003 No charge to attend, but registration is required. Spouses and friends are welcome. For more information, please contact Beth Wynne at 856-424-1333, xt. 1179   Find out more »

 

Patient Partners Program is Accepting Volunteers and Clients!

This amazing program offers patient advocates to assist during doctor or medical appointments, helping to ease worry and assist in understanding of treatments, procedures and medical terminology.   Click here for more information! Or email Patient Partners Program Coordinator Suzi Abrams, RN at sabrams@jfedsnj.org  Program funding provided by Raymond & Gertrude R. Saltzman Foundation, Community Foundation of South Jersey Aging Innovation Fund,  Area VII Physicians Review Organization, Inc./HQSI, and Prime Homecare. 

 LIFE & LEGACY

JFCS is an organization selected to participate in the LIFE & LEGACY™ program. This program enables members of the JFCS community to remember JFCS in their estate plans, and is brought to our community though a partnership of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and The Jewish Community Foundation.    So far, 29 JFCS supporters have signed a letter of intent.  By making this commitment, they will help the agency to build endowment funds that will provide essential annual funding for generations into the future.  To see a list of all of our planned givers,  please visit HERE.  For more information on how you can become a LIFE & LEGACY donor, call Beth Wynne at 856-424-1333, xt. 1179 or email bwynne@jfedsnj.org.

Thank You to Our Sponsors…

As always, JFCS is thankful to all those who help support the agency mission to bring help and hope to our community. Visit our agency sponsors by clicking  HERE.