At 25 years old, Becca Friedman and Sarah Dorfman are setting an example for young philanthropists in Chicago. Both are currently co-chairs of JCFS Chicago’s Associates Board, a group of dedicated young professionals that are passionate about social service and helping others. As the next generation of JCFS supporters, the two women are learning the importance of giving back — both as a volunteer and as a donor.
Becca and Sarah grew up with a deep connection to the Jewish community and social services along with an understanding of why it’s crucial to support those areas. For Becca, her involvement with JCFS started at a young age through her mom, Marci, who is a member of the JCFS Board of Directors. Becca’s connection strengthened after she returned to Chicago from college and realized how pivotal Judaism and social services were to the foundation of her life. Having had both friends and family members aided by JCFS, it became clear just how critical the agency’s services are to the community. It was during this time that Becca helped found the Associates Board with her friend Karly Worth. “I have enjoyed learning about the agency’s programs and all of the incredible work being done for the community. That's what really draws me to JCFS,” says Becca.
Similarly, Sarah’s connection to JCFS began after college. Though she grew up connected to service, social justice, and the Jewish community, she felt a bit disconnected to those values after college. She joined the Associates Board and soon became co-chairs of the Associates Board with Becca, giving them an opportunity to lead young professionals. Sarah adds, “The Board provides a space for us to continue to learn and grow. It allows us to get to know people our age who are all working towards a common goal. We are always looking for new members to join the Associates Board.”
Today, Becca and Sarah continue to demonstrate how their generation can effectively support the mission they care about in a meaningful way. Whether it’s sharing a shabbat dinner with residents of one of our group homes, shopping for winter clothing for JCFS clients, or participating in a fundraising event, both women are focused on reaching other young philanthropists. For both women, they know they are a part of something special.