Barnes Dennig Volunteer at JFS for Annual Outreach Day

Barnes Dennig in Indianapolis participated in an annual outreach day with Jewish Family Services on Sept. 27, where they closed the office to give back to the non-for-profit community. This year, in Indianapolis, the firm’s outreach day coincided with the Indiana CPA Society Day of Service.

“I admire companies who organize volunteer days and value giving back to the local community. It sends such a strong message to the staff, plus it’s such a fun way to get your team out of the office to do something good together,” said Rachel Katz, Program Director for Jewish Family Services.

Overview of the volunteer projects:

  • Volunteers learned about the struggles of food insecurity in Indianapolis and how JFS social workers address these concerns through our community food pantry, grocery transportation, senior meal program, and case management/referrals.
  • Volunteers spent the day shopping for and stocking Popsie’s Pantry.
  • Put together Rosh Hashana care packages for local Holocaust Survivors who participate in the KAVOD programs.

Ian McManis, Marketing Specialist for Barnes Dennig for the Indianapolis region, says they chose to work with Jewish Family Services (JFS) after teaming up with JFS in Cincinnati during last year’s day of service.

“We had such a beautiful experience,” he said. “Volunteering is part of our DNA and we pride ourselves in giving back to the community. Being able to impact a group of people that are in need is extremely rewarding.”

Riley Davidoff, staff accountant auditor for Barnes Dennig, loved her experience because it forced her to be more conscious of how expensive things are when having to stick to a strict budget.

“We made sure to buy every item that we could to ensure JFS’ clientele had choices for the items they needed,” she said.

Eric Toepp, tax staff accountant for Barnes Dennig, is a JCC member and has grown up attending JCC programs. Before the service day, he said he had no clue that the Jewish community even offered a food pantry.

“After learning about all of the services JFS provides, it’s mind-blowing,” he said. “Giving back to a place where I shared great memories means a lot to me.”

Katz says she really enjoyed spending the day with the Barnes Dennig team and am so appreciative of all they accomplished while they were here.


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