Programs

JMF Volunteer Opportunities: Winter and Spring 2020

Last week, we told you why we think YOU should volunteer for JMF. As a follow up, we’re taking this week to provide you with an updated list of winter and spring volunteer opportunities within each of our programs. Our volunteer needs are constantly evolving, so be sure to check back in before the summer months!

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Why Should You Volunteer for JMF?

The Joseph Maley Foundation is reliant on the generous support of our volunteers to help make sure that our programs are as impactful as possible. We love our volunteers, and we’re always looking for passionate individuals to join us in our mission to serve children of ALL abilities. Volunteer opportunities, however, are not hard to come by, and with so many options available, we want to take the time to explain why volunteering for US is the right choice for YOU. This week’s blog focuses on answering the question: “Why should you volunteer for JMF?”.

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A Letter from Our Director of Programs: Julie Friedman

For the final blog of 2019, JMF’s Director of Programs, Julie Friedman, has written an end-of-year letter for our followers and supporters:


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Our Programs: Behind the Scenes

If you follow JMF on social media, you’ve likely seen photos from our programs. Photos that show staff members implementing disABILITY Awareness curriculum in schools, photos of Joseph Maley Friends puppeteers performing skits, and photos that show athletes of ALL abilities learning and laughing alongside their Joseph Maley Fitness volunteer mentor.

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Unconditional Acceptance: Board Member Tim Gee

Board Member Tim Gee has been an ardent supporter of the Joseph Maley Foundation for over ten years now. Tim, a history teacher at Park Tudor Middle School, has witnessed JMF programming through the eyes of a board member and an educator, giving him a unique perspective on how JMF serves children of ALL abilities. Keep reading to find out why Tim continues to support JMF, and why he thinks others should too.

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HOPE: Where We Are Now with Allison Boyll

The Joseph Maley Foundation’s HOPE Program continues to evolve to better help students, teachers, and our program partners begin the journey of mental health education in their community. In order to understand the program’s evolution and why certain changes were made, we sat down with JMF staff member Allison Boyll to talk with her about the past year, and where HOPE is now.

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HOPE: The Beginnings with Dr. Jen Money-Brady

While the month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the week of May 5-11 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the state of mental health in our community ought to be a year-round concern. And yet, we are lacking as a country, and as a state. According to a 2018 study by Mental Health America (MHA), Indiana currently ranks 48th out of 51* in the Nation for mental health.

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Spring and Summer 2019: Volunteer With JMF

April is National Volunteer Month, and as the month winds down, the Joseph Maley Foundation would like to provide our audience with a full list of upcoming volunteer opportunities. Keep reading to learn more about the volunteer needs for each of our programs, as well as our upcoming events.

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Our Volunteers: Hannah Wleklinski

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? The Joseph Maley Foundation would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of our volunteers – whether they give hours or years of service, we are tremendously grateful for the work and passion that they put into helping serve children of ALL abilities. For this week’s blog post we’d like to introduce Hannah Wleklinski. A sophomore at Zionsville High School, and a Joseph Maley Junior Board member, Hannah has spent much of her free time volunteering with multiple nonprofits and organizations, including the Joseph Maley Foundation. Keep reading to learn why Hannah gives so much of her time to JMF, and why she thinks others should too.

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A Brighter Future: Curriculum Manager, Jane Seib on disABILITY Awareness

The Joseph Maley disABILITY Awareness Program utilizes a number of different components in order to create a program that is unique, customizable, and impactful. Jane Seib, the Joseph Maley Foundation’s Curriculum Manager, has worked over the years to perfect the curriculum we use in all of our programs, including disABILITY Awareness, so that it not only meets Indiana Department of Education Standards, but remains engaging and informative for central Indiana students. For this last Disability Awareness Month blog post, we’ve asked Jane to share her experience of writing curriculum for JMF and the disABILITY Awareness Program, and tell us why she thinks our curriculum is so vital to this program.

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