Volunteers are the heart of Jewish Family & Child Service. Every year, approximately 100 people of all ages, races, and ethnicities donate their time to JFCS. During our 2012-13 fiscal year, volunteers contributed more than 6,850 hours of service, an in-kind value of more than $138,000!

Ways to Volunteer

Friendly Visitor

Get matched with an isolated individual who is seeking companionship and support. Volunteers visit on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, either at the client’s home or taking them out to lunch, shopping, or other outside activities. Caring and meaningful relationships reduce the risk of depression and enhance quality of life—make a difference in as little as an hour a week!

Home Help

Sometimes the simplest of tasks mean the most. By assisting low-income elderly and disabled clients with household tasks, you enable them to remain in their home with dignity and respect by keeping it clean and safe.


Our clients greatly benefit from and appreciate being transported to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, and other similar errands.

Mensches in Trenches

If you have skills, experience, or expertise that you would be willing to share on a limited, pro-bono basis with members of our community, sign up today to become a mensch. Examples include: plumbing, electrical work, painting, or general “fix-it” skills; financial management; resume writing and job coaching; cooking and meal planning; gardening; and tech support.

Administrative Support

Assist with our bulk mailing projects, stuffing envelopes, photocopying, filing, spreadsheet tracking, creating letters, light reception duties, and other miscellaneous clerical duties.

Tzedakah Centerpiece Program

Join the team to help lead and implement our new Tzedakah Centerpiece program. This program will utilize community volunteers that will create table centerpieces for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs for a tax-deductible rental fee. The centerpieces will be customized for each event, delivered, and returned by volunteers. The leadership team for this project will work closely with staff to build and develop the program.

Assembly & Ribbon Decoration

Help assemble the beautiful centerpieces and decorate with ribbons for JFCS events. Commitment is one to two hours for each event.

Thanksgiving/Adopt-a-Family Holiday Campaigns

Help prepare food boxes, gift wrap, and deliver holiday gifts to our clients.

Sign up to receive our volunteer email or Sign up to become a JFCS volunteer today.

To learn more about JFCS volunteer opportunities and whether they might be a good fit for you, contact Carrie Kaufman, Volunteers & Development, by email or by phone at 503-226-7079, ext. 118.