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Say Hello to Our New Staff!

January is almost over, but we don’t want the first month of 2020 to slip by without properly introducing JMF’s newest staff members! Keep reading to hear what they’ve learned, what they’re most excited for, and why they’ve chosen to join the JMF family.

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Program Update: Winter 2020

Each quarter, JMF likes to take the time to update our followers and supporters on  each of our five programs. We have a lot of exciting things coming our way in 2020, so don’t forget to check back in every three months, and see how JMF is serving children of ALL abilities in central Indiana! For now, keep reading for our winter 2020 program update:

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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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Board Member Blog: Alfie Hernandez

Alfie Hernandez is the Assistant Athletic Director at Guerin Catholic High School, as well as the Master Facilities Planning Consultant for Washington Township. He enjoys hanging out with his family, golfing, and sitting on JMF’s Board of Directors! Alfie has been with the Joseph Maley Foundation since the very beginning, and is a top-notch problem solver. Keep reading to learn about Alfie’s thoughts for the future of JMF, and his memories from the beginning.

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The Kaleidoscope Circle

What do you imagine when you hear the word “kaleidoscope”? A variety of colors – bright and blooming? An array of geometric shapes, each one bleeding into the next? Whatever image you conjure, the kaleidoscope can be described universally as uniquely beautiful. It brings a sense of unity and cohesion to what might otherwise be defined as chaos.

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Board Member Blog: Jared Applegate

JMF board member Jared Applegate is an employee at Barnes and Thornburg LLP, an avid hiker, and loves spending time with his wife and dog! Jared believes deeply in community engagement and volunteerism, and has dedicated his time to serve on the Joseph Maley Foundation’s board. Find out how Jared came to know the Joseph Maley Foundation, and why he has continued to support our mission and programs over the years.

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Saying Farewell: JMF Staff Member Maggie Mestrich

The Joseph Maley Foundation is not just a nonprofit – it is a family, and we hope that everyone who walks through our doors can feel the deep roots of acceptance and love that comes with a family such as ours. 

At JMF we have certainly had our share of great joys and sorrows, but feel blessed that we have experienced these together.  It will come as no surprise then that it can be very difficult when we must say goodbye. 

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