JFS Kids Care Fair combines service-learning activities with good times


The overwhelming sentiment flowing from the staff of Jewish Family Services is that each of us, no matter what age, has the potential to impact a person, a cause and a community.  Their collective enthusiasm supports the notion that doing good for others and the community, provides a natural sense of accomplishment, purpose and happiness.

“Our children are tomorrow’s leaders and Kids Care Fair aims to engage them in the joy of giving back. Just like adults, kids like to share their passions with others. If their friends and family are engaged, they will be too. This is a very social event,” says Sarah Hong, Director of Programs and Outreach.

With this in mind, the Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, based in Ann Arbor, created the JFS Kids Care Fair which features fun service-learning activities for elementary school aged children and their families. Now in its fourth year, the widely anticipated event will feature activity stations (some staffed by big kids) and hands-on experiences to energize elementary school aged children (and their families) about community service and kindness.

Activities include “Grow your Plants, Grow Your Earth,” Book Creation Station, “Postcards of Gratitude,” Disability Awareness Exercises, Creating Activity Bags for Refugee Children, Meeting Therapy Dogs, sensory and craft activities and more. A live performance by Mariah’s Amazing Puppets will entertain with the stories of The Giving Tree and the Selfish Litterbug Giant.

This unique family fun event is from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at Emerson School, 5425 Scio Church Road.

All ticket proceeds directly benefit JFS family programs, including food pantry and refugee resettlement services. Tickets are by suggested donation, with most families giving from $5-$50 ($25 requested) based on ability to pay.

No family will be turned away.

Activity Partners include 826Michigan, Alpha House, American Red Cross, Ann Arbor Police Department, Ann Arbor YMCA, Beth Israel Congregation, Blue Ocean Faith, Bird Center of Washtenaw County, Children’s Literacy Network, Food Gatherers, Goldfish Swim School, Hebrew Day School, Judson Center, SafeHouse Center, Saline Fire Department, SCRAP box, Temple Beth Emeth AARTY, Therapaws, and JFS’ Resettlement Department and Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served by Amanda’s Kitchen.

Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County is a private non-profit social services agency serving the greater Ann Arbor community since 1993. Originally established by the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County to assist the growing number of refugee families in Ann Arbor from the former Soviet Republics, JFS has since grown into an organization providing programs and services ranging from older adult caregiving to immigrant resettlement and career services. As an agency in Washtenaw County that serves a diverse, international population, the mission of Jewish Family Services is to create solutions, promote dignity and inspire humanity.


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