Jewish Community Federation: Teen Volunteers Making a Big Difference in Health

Teen Volunteers Making a Big Difference in Health

November 17, 2011

HEALTH CARE is one of the most important challenges we face today, and local and international organizations from the International Red Cross to UCSF Medicine are working tirelessly to improve our world’s health. Teens are also working with incredible dedication to address health issues in this country and beyond, and we are proud to celebrate their efforts. If you know any exceptional Jewish teen volunteers in CA, nominate them to win $36,000 that will change their lives and spotlight their extraordinary work!

2008 Recipient Fred Scarf and his best friend Shiri

2008 Recipient Fred Scarf and his best friend Shiri

Fred Scarf, above, received a Tikkun Olam Award in 2008 for his project organizing proms for teens with life threatening diseases—who might not make it to their own proms. Fred’s organization, No Worries Now, is still going strong and is working on its 6th prom. The organization is also expanding, pairing teen volunteers with individual patients for monthly outings, creating the tools and resources for other teens to throw proms, and working with Cal Cord Blood to promote life-saving public umbilical cord blood banking.

Last year, almost 20 percent of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award nominees worked on projects impacting disease prevention and care for the sick! Outstanding teens recognized with a nomination last year organized projects such as donating teddy bears and dvds to pediatric wards, raising the money to buy dozens of pediatric wheelchairs for Iraqi children, and organizing a school health fair to teach peers about heart health.