14March

1 Good Deed Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary with JF&CS.

Playing matchmaker for 11 years


Sharon  Spiegelman and Viv Kurland  view themselves as  “old-fashioned” matchmakers.  Only instead of matching young couples, they pair seniors with volunteer companions, or “friendly visitors.” The two run One Good Deed (OGD), an 11-year-old program that  is celebrating its  one-year anniversary as part of JF&CS.
“It was a match made in heaven,”  Spiegelman said of the union. “JF&CS recognized the success of our program, and,  rather than re-inventing the wheel, invited us to participate in its senior programming. That also opened up access to needed services for our seniors, like transportation, counseling and geriatric care management.”  

With 64 matches  in the past year alone,  Spiegelman and Kurland are  most proud of the meaningful friendships  that have  developed.  It’s clear they  are very good at matching the right volunteer to the right senior, as some of the matches have  continued as long as seven years. 

Syd and Lynn
Syd and Lynn are also celebrating their 1 year "match" anniversary.
“They have become like family to each other,” said  Kurland. “Especially those long-term matches. It’s pretty incredible.” 

One Good Deed  began in  Toco  Hills in 2006,  after  Spiegelman’s brother-in-law,  Marty Halpern, was inspired by similar programs he saw while  on a Federation trip in Israel.  He brought on Spiegelman  to  run the nonprofit.  After  three years of growing OGD, she was able to hire a coordinator, thanks to a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.  

“This work  we are able to do, and our ability to further support our volunteers and seniors as a program of JF&CS, is so fulfilling," said Kurland. "And without the love and commitment of our incredible  volunteers, we  would not  be able to  make such a  strong  impact on the lives of our seniors and their families.” 

Click Here to learn more about One Good Deed or call 404.274.2431.

To learn more about JF&CS’ other programs and services for older adults click here.

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