JFS Volunteer of the Month

Russell Kusher, “semi-professional” volunteer

Russell Kushner /Neal DrobnisPROVIDENCE – Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island proudly presents the Volunteer of the Month Award for October, 2013 to Russell Kushner.

Known to JFS for a little over a year as a kosher meals-on-wheels driver to home-bound seniors in Providence, Russell Kushner jokes that he is a “semi-professional” volunteer. He has earned that title as a dedicated volunteer to several worthy organizations.

For three years he has served as a docent for the R.I. Historical Society, leading various walking tours around the city, including the children’s walk, the Waterfire walk and the Benefit Street tour. He has been temporarily sidelined from his work with Habitat for Humanity due to back pain, but hopes to be able to contribute to this group again in the near future.

On Friday, Oct. 11, Russell will treat the participants at the Kosher Senior Café at the Alliance JCC to an exhibition of his exquisite photographs. His photography subjects include butterflies, flowers, Scandinavia and scenes from the rooftops in Providence, which he calls “Look Up Providence.” His collections have been on exhibit at URI’s Feinstein campus in Providence and the Central Congregational Church on Angell Street.

For more information: call Neal Drobnis, kosher nutrition coordinator, at 861-8800 x 107.

Patty Harwood, LICSW, Director of Older Adult Resources, Jewish Family Service RI, can be reached at 331-1244.