Community Service

The desire to assist children and their families remains at the heart of community efforts on behalf of Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation. We give sincere thanks to those who have kept JRF in the forefront of their minds and lives.

To Volunteer:

A Teen Action Group (TAG) was formed in September 2010 and started as a group of teens who were involved in volunteering with Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation activities. Teen Action Group is constantly evolving with new student volunteers (middle school through high school) that work with the mission of “TAG” one teen tagging another to provide help and healing to teens with brain tumors.

The TAG group is “on call” to help with a variety of activities from doing craft projects via zoom during webathons and creative matters, to various fundraising opportunities (basesd on students community service goals), to helping JRF with as needed projects such as social media and dropbox filing. Community Service confirmation letters/hours are provided. For more information contact Francie Steiner at [email protected].

Thank You:

The JRF Board has been so grateful and fortunate over the years to have many supporters fundraise and volunteer. See some examples below…

  • Stacy Goldfarb ran a marathon every year in Jenna’s memory raising funds for JRF.
    A message from Stacy Goldfarb…
    On Sunday November 18th, 2012 I will be running the Philadelphia Marathon. It will be my 22nd marathon. Since 2000 I have dedicated my fundraising efforts to Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation. Gideon and Linda Kamil founded Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation in memory of their daughter, Jenna, who lost her valiant battle with brain cancer at the age of seven. Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation is committed to supporting children and their families facing the challenges of pediatric cancer.
  • JRF Book Cart – We invested in a beautiful book cart and delivered it to the Jerome L. Greene Pediatric Hematology – Oncology Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY. Click here to learn more and see pictures.
  • Jamie Rogers embraced the idea of asking those invited to her 11th birthday party to bring a check for charity instead of a gift for her. Jamie received 13 checks totaling $580, all payable to JRF. Please click here to read Jamie’s note.
  • Carly Janowitz and Alyssa Potolsky collected craft materials from the community and took them to Beth Israel Hospital where they sat and made projects with the kids. This visit helped the kids forget about their illness for a little while.
  • Alex Greenberg organized a fundraiser through Art Kids Inc., for kids to design and customize their own cards. Proceeds from the purchase of the personalized cards were donated to the Foundation.
  • Ofer Kamil and Randy Smith, Jenna’s Uncles in Los Angeles threw a pumpkin-carving party every year where they raised funds for the Foundation.
  • Jake Lazarus and Mark Wysoki chose to do a Mitzvah project in honor of the memory of their friend, Jenna Kamil. They wrote letters to family and friends asking for donations of teddy bears and board games. At a Valentine’s Day party, hosted by Jake and Mark, at Beth Israel Hospital, cupcakes were decorated, toys and games were distributed and the boys read stories to the kids. It’s hard to say who benefited most from the day.
  • Justin Rocke collected video games and movies from friends and family. Justin and his parents brought them to Beth Israel Hospital to be shared among the kids on the pediatric floor.
  • Cayley Kasten and Jesse Wachtel came up with a new twist for “Lance Armstrong” type bracelets. Together, they chose a catchy rainbow design and had “Jenna’s Rainbow” printed on them. The girls then sold the bracelets throughout the community. At the end of the day they made a very generous donation to JRF from the proceeds of their sales.
  • Alli Grabell and Alyssa Potolsky kicked off their rainbow lollipop business in the Spring of 2007 at the 8th Annual JRF Spring Fair. The lollipops were such a big hit that they were then sold in various stores in Tenafly and Englewood, NJ. When Alli and Alyssa went off to college, their lollipop business ran under the new leadership of Gabrielle Aboodi and Lara and Emily Herrmann.
    Alexander Scott Graphics generously donated all lollipops. All proceeds from sales of lollipops were donated to JRF.
  • Jackie Zenn and her Grandmother, transformed JRF t-shirts into comfort pillows. Jackie and her Mom brought the pillows and her own custom-made goody bags to Beth Israel Hospital.
  • Carly Wolfer visited the oncology floor at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center, The Bronx, with arts and crafts supplies that she selected. Carly spent an afternoon doing projects with the kids. She enjoys crafts projects and worked with her Grandmother creating pillows from our t-shirts.
  • The Junior Youth Group of Temple Sinai of Bergen County, worked together creating 30 pillows from JRF t-shirts.
  • In June 2004, Rachel Gerber arranged for The Blue Moon Cafe in Englewood, New Jersey to donate 20% of the proceeds of lunches and dinners purchased during community night. The funds raised helped buy small gifts to fill toy boxes at Beth Israel Hospital and Roosevelt Hospital in New York.
  • Lizzie and Jessie Shevins organized a candy sale at a Tenafly Middle School basketball tournament in March, 2004. The funds raised were used to present gift certificates to teens celebrating their birthdays at Beth Israel Hospital. Lizzie and Jessie also set up a dog contest booth and volunteered their time at the Spring Rainbow Fair.
  • JRF extends a warm thank you to the student council and families of the Smith Elementary School and Maugham Elementary School in Tenafly, New Jersey for collecting an abundant supply of toys for holiday distribution. The items were donated by Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation to pediatric services at Beth Israel Hospital South and Montefiore Children’s Hospital in New York.
  • A Teen Action Group was formed in September 2010 and was made up of teens who have been involved in volunteering in a wide range of Jenna’s Rainbow Foundation activities over many years prior to middle school. Teen Action Group worked with the mission of “TAG” one teen tagging another to provide help and healing to teens with brain tumors.