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JEVS and Citizens Bank Present the Financial Webinar Series

JEVS Career Strategies and Career Solutions for 55+ are partnering with Citizens Bank to address the financial issues people are facing during these challenging times. This virtual 2021 Financial Webinar series will include six topics to choose from. Each webinar will be hosted by trained Community Ambassadors from Citizens Bank. The webinars are free to virtually attend. Below are links to register.

On January 12, JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ will kick off the series with Protecting Your Identity and Other Assets. Viewers will learn to reduce the risk of elder financial exploitation and identity theft. Career Solutions for 55+ will also introduce January 19’s webinar, Disasters: Financial Preparation and Recovery. Here you will learn how to prepare for financial disasters or unexpected loss of ability to manage your finances. While these two webinars are catered for 55+’s audience, all are welcome to learn from Citizens Bank’s trained experts.

The next four webinars have been hand selected by JEVS Career Strategies. Program director Peggy Truitt will introduce the following topics, Disaster Preparedness and Recovery on January 14, Your Income and Expenses on January 21, Importance of a Credit Score on January 28, and Is Owning a Business a Right Fit on February 4.

Career Strategies and Citizens Bank will teach you how to financially prepare for, and recover from, financial disasters in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery. Your Income and Expenses will highlight the benefits of tracking and understanding money coming and going. Next, you can learn all about credit reports and scores, building productive credit histories, and repairing and improving credit in Importance of a Credit Score. Finally, the last webinar, Is Owning a Business a Right Fit, will examine what it takes to own and operate a business.

There is no better time to learn financial skills that can shape your future. This series is a great step to take whether you are just starting out or want to expand your financial literacy.

Financial education fosters financial stability for individuals, families and entire communities. The more people know about credit and banking services, the more likely they are to increase savings, buy homes, and improve their financial health and well-being.


Register for Career Solutions for 55+ Events

1/12 – Protecting Your Identity and Other Assets
1/19 – Disasters: Financial Preparation and Recovery


Register for Career Strategies Events

1/14 – Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
1/21 – Your Income and Expenses
1/28 – Importance of a Credit Score
2/4 – Is Owning a Business a Right Fit

Operation Coat Check

Volunteer Profile

On December 2, 2020, JEVS Human Services held its first coat drive with the help from Marshalls Distribution. Marshalls generously donated 706 men’s and women’s winter coats from Bernardo and Nautica. With enough coats to go around, all of JEVS’ programs were invited to take part. Thus the creation of “Operation Coat Check”.

For years JEVS and Marshalls have built a strong relationship. JEVS provides workers and Marshalls donates supplies when possible. Recently, Marshalls donated food for the Thanksgiving food drive and will supply hats, gloves, and scarves this January.

The first mission of Operation Coat Check began with a caravan to Marshalls distribution center from program participants from various JEVS programs: The Choice is Yours (TCY), Looking Forward, some of the residential homes, Community Living & Home Supports, Center for New Americans, Project WOW, Work Ready, Achievement through Counseling and Treatment (ACT), and STRIVE.  Cars lined up outside the warehouse to pack their cars with as many boxes as possible. For phase two, volunteers masked up to organize the Bernardo and Nautica coats inside JEVS’ Orleans Technical College. This location provided enough space so volunteers could maintain a safe distance in the atrium, conference room, and lunchroom.

“It was such a good experience. I would do it again in a minute.” – Ranee Shipley, Volunteer Coordinator

Boxes stacked to the ceiling and hundreds of jackets took over the college space, while volunteers formed assembly lines. What should have taken all day, only took a couple of hours. When all JEVS’ programs stuffed their cars with coats to take back to their participants, two local non-profits also benefitted from Marshalls’ generosity and were able to give away coats within their communities.

To complete the operation, all participating programs that day were given manufacturer coupons to be used for food items, with a few limitations.

Why I Volunteer at JEVS: Q&A with Emily Dones

Volunteer Profile

We spoke with one of our partners at Rivers Casino, Emily Dones. She shared her experience volunteering with JEVS.

Q: You could choose to spend your time with many organizations. Why do you volunteer at JEVS Human Services?

A: Rivers Casino Philadelphia (Formerly SugarHouse Casino) has partnered with JEVS for many years. Recently, we committed ourselves to spending more time volunteering with the different programs within JEVS, not just the job recruitment aspect. I enjoy working with the JEVS leadership.

Q: What kinds of volunteer activities have you participated in? Do you have a favorite and, if so, why?   

A: We’ve participated in several activities, including career fairs, Q&A sessions, mock interviews, and panel discussions. Recently, my favorite activity has been the mock interviews with the TechServ students. The students are clearly so proud of their progress and accomplishments and have worked hard to prepare for the interviews. It also allows us to provide some mentorship advice and remain humble to the fact that we have all started out as young professionals. I am thrilled that JEVS continued these programs and tailored them to a COVID-19 world.

Q: What would you say to others thinking about volunteering at JEVS?

A: There is so much joy in a JEVS partnership. You are introduced to an amazing team of program managers who, over time, become more than colleagues, they become friends. The program participants come from diverse backgrounds and you will have no problem finding your volunteering niche- whether it’s professional development, women and family services, GED programs, or simply helping the general mission.

Interested in volunteering at JEVS Human Services? Visit our Volunteer page to learn about upcoming opportunities.

Why I Volunteer at JEVS: Q&A with Vaughn Brown

Volunteer Profile

For National Volunteer Week, we spoke with Vaughn Brown, a committed volunteer at JEVS Human Services about his experience. 

Q: You could choose to spend your time with many organizations. Why do you volunteer at JEVS Human Services?

A: I spent several years working in Philadelphia for a large retailer. On my first day in a new role, I connected with a JEVS employee, Evelyn Morales. Evelyn was energetic, welcoming, and eager to build a partnership.  Evelyn became an essential business partner with whom I worked to find career opportunities for her clients, who are people having a hard time finding employment.

Over time I met more of the JEVS team and I’ve been so impressed. Everyone within the JEVS organization has displayed dedication, passion, and commitment to making a difference in the community.

Q: What kinds of volunteer activities have you participated in? Do you have a favorite and, if so, why?   

A: I’ve participated in career readiness workshops for JEVS clients, helped to pack winter essentials care packages for their families, and recently had an opportunity to lead a team of volunteers to help reorganize the JEVS Thrift Store which provides clothing for clients.

I have enjoyed the opportunity to connect with folks and help them learn how to best showcase their experience and talents with prospective employers. I’ve had the pleasure of hiring a few individuals for employment. It’s inspiring to see how far a little help can go just by offering time and attention to those who need an opportunity.

Q: What would you say to others thinking about volunteering at JEVS?

A: I would encourage everyone to volunteer with JEVS. A little time goes a long way. While being able to donate items or money to JEVS is appreciated, time and support is welcomed just as much!

Interested in volunteering at JEVS Human Services? Visit our Volunteer page to learn about upcoming opportunities.

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