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Meet an MJF volunteer: Jill Plavnick

By Shelly Sampon
of The Chronicle staff

March 3rd, 2010

Jill Plavnick wears a lot of hats in her role as a volunteer for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Currently a vice president of the federation’s Women’s Division, Plavnick also serves as co-chair of the Special K division and volunteer solicitor with the Women’s Campaign, co-chair of Shalom Baby, a co-sponsored program with the Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center that provides programming for new babies and their parents, and also on the Jewish Women Endowment Fund grants committee.

In addition to her federation efforts, Plavnick serves on the board of Temple Menorah and on BBYO-Wisconsin Region’s adult commission.

Plavnick juggles extensive volunteer commitments in addition to working as a computer programmer and managing a household that includes husband Jay, son David, 17 and daughter Lauren, 14.

“I am a volunteer because I want to help my community,” said Plavnick. “It’s important to me to keep the Jewish community strong and vibrant, and by volunteering, I can help ensure that the needs of the community can continue to be met.”

Promoting the federation and federated giving is also important to Plavnick. “People may not realize how important the federation is to the Jewish community. If you’ve participated in something Jewish, most likely you have been touched by MJF.”

Plavnick continued, “Without federation funding, the costs for schools, camps, youth programs and the JCC would be significantly higher. In addition, the federation helps feed the hungry and provide services for the elderly and disabled.”

Plavnick donates not only time but also funds to the federation. “I give to the annual campaign to ensure that the federation can continue to offer services to our community.

“As a Jew, I feel an obligation to help others and give back to the community I live in. Every little bit helps, and a lot can be accomplished if we all help out.”

Follow in her footsteps, and give to the Annual Campaign by visiting www.milwaukeejewish.org or mail a check to Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202.

If you would like to volunteer at the federation, contact Elizabeth Goldberg, director of volunteer engagement at 414-390-5713 or e-mail elizabethg@milwaukeejewish.org