Reynoldsburg residents Norman and Susan Brusk have been named the Elisabeth Federman Cohn Volunteers of the Year by Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Columbus.

Reynoldsburg residents Norman and Susan Brusk have been named the Elisabeth Federman Cohn Volunteers of the Year by Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Columbus.

The agency has been serving people in need with mental health and career services for almost 100 years, mostly by volunteers.

JFS spokesperson Una Barbee said the volunteer of the year award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have volunteered their services to the agency.

The Brusks, owners of Brusk & Brusk Attorneys at Law, have been volunteering their services, mostly in family and bankruptcy law, to JFS clients over the past year. Barbee said their services have been above and beyond what the agency expected.

“They have been an invaluable help to our clients needing those kinds of services and providing pro bono advice to them on many issues,” Barbee said.

“JFS is here to strengthen families and help children from birth to 3 years old get ready for school.

“This year, we’ve helped 217 families rebuild their lives, and 535 people obtain employment,” she said.

Norman Brusk, 70, said he and Susan, 67, said they were humbled and honored to receive the JFS award.

Norman Brusk said they decided to offer their legal services pro bono to JFS clients for a number of reasons.

“We’ve done well and we like to give back to the community, and I think we were taught well by our extended families, who were always helping other people,” he said. “And É when you help people who really need it, it feels good. You know, you say, ‘I’m glad I can do this.’”

Brusk spent 21 years working in the industrial health industry with Borden Foods. He said he and his wife both decided to go to law school together at Capital University in 1988, graduating in 1992.

Their law firm was launched in 1993 in an office on East Main Street in Reynoldsburg. The later moved to a location on East Livingston Avenue until 2005, when Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“When she had breast cancer, we decided to cut back, and we’re in semi-retirement now, so we sold the office and kept in business working out of our home office,” Brusk said.

Susan Brusk, now recovered, said she was also honored to receive the volunteer of the year award and a little bit surprised.

“I didn’t expect it. Norm and I have been giving our time because it was the right thing to do,” she said.

“We have skills and expertise and we believe in giving back to our community, so when they called me and said that they needed attorneys that could help people who didn’t have financial resources or could not afford attorneys, I didn’t hesitate for a minute,” she said.

The couple also volunteer their time with many other organizations in and around Reynoldsburg. Norman is treasurer of the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Reynoldsburg-Pickerington Rotary Club, the Lions Club, a Crime Stoppers board member and also sits on the Reynoldsburg Board of Zoning and Building Appeals.

Susan is a member of the board of the Reynoldsburg Community Association, is active with the Livingston House and this year is heading the organization of Reynoldsburg’s Christmas On The Town event.