Jewish Family Services honors graduate Barstow Senior who has volunteered in the pantry since she was a child
For more than half of her life, Susanna King, a resident of Leawood, has devoted time and energy to providing the pantry with Jewish family services.
The daughter of Chad King and Amanda Morgan, King graduated from Barstow School in Kansas City, Missouri, and is preparing to attend Brandeis University in Boston.
As King prepares for this next chapter in life, Greater Kansas City Jewish Family Services wanted to pay homage to him by naming her Volunteer of the month This can.
“Susanna has touched the lives of so many in the various programs she has volunteered for,” said Taly Friedman, director of volunteer engagement with the organization. “From collecting Hanukkah gifts to helping JFS start the Sunshine Card for their Bat Mitzvah program to supporting seniors through JFS’s Calling Connections program this year, JFS and our community have had the chance to have the smile, the positivity and the help of Susanna. hands.”
Volunteering since she was a child
From a young age, King remembers her mother taking her to the pantry to learn how to help others.
“She taught me the values of tikkun olam [repairing the world] when I was very little, ”King said. “As I got older, I knew I wanted to participate in giving back on my own terms.”
King took those early experiences and went on to organize a third-grade toy drive and later a Bat Mitzvah project to benefit the pantry.
This project included delivering food to homebound customers for the pantry, as well as hosting an activity at a local summer camp to create personal notes and greeting cards for homebound customers. the House.
“Volunteering helps me connect with the message of tikkun olam, who really guided me through my Jewishness, ”King said. “I think that’s what made me volunteer and part of it that keeps me volunteering.”
Pursued by a busy career in high school
During his high school years, King also continued to serve in the pantry, even during the COVID-19 pandemic when the pantry shifted to a drive-thru format last year.
She also helped film a pantry video to help share her story of serving customers in the midst of a global crisis. The pantry served up to 900 families per month during the pandemic.
“It’s less what I get out of it and more how can I help someone else,” King said. “Maybe it’s finding the brand of soup they like or just sharing a smile. I really want to make sure that customers have the dignity of experience with JFS that they are looking for in the pantry. “
King was also president of the Barstow Ambassadorial Team, played college football, and played on the school’s college dance team.
She also founded and chairs the Union of Jewish Students of Barstow.
King said she “100%” recommends volunteering for the JFS Pantry.
Anyone interested can contact the Volunteer Engagement Team at (913) 730-1410 or [email protected]