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“The people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials, but the ones with the concern.” ~Max Lucado
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 2012-2013 fiscal year, volunteers contributed more than 6,850 hours of service, an in-kind value of more than $138,000.


Make Connections

There are many ways to make a connection in our community. Please see how you might be able to give back in just a little amount of time and make a huge difference!


Friendly Visitor

Be matched up 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 so help us 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 home based tasks, you help empower them to remain in their home with dignity and respect by helping keep it clean and safe.

Examples of tasks include:

  • Laundry
  • Light cleaning (dusting, sweeping, scrubbing)
  • Sorting, organizing
  • Preparing and/or helping with a move 

Be the Wheels!  – Transportation Volunteer

Many of our clients would greatly benefit from the gift of being transported to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, & other similar tasks. If you want to help make a difference in the lives of our clients, sign up to be a driver today! 

Mensch in the Trench Program

If you have skills, experience or expertise 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 of skills include:

  • Plumbing, electrical work, remodeling, painting  or general “fix-it” skills
  • Teach someone how to develop a budget, balance their checkbook, or manage their bills
  • Resume writing, interviewing or job coaching
  • Cooking, shopping, and low-cost meal planning
  • Gardening
  • IT savvy, tech support 


Behind the Scenes

Administrative support

Assist staff with agency bulk mailing projects, stuffing envelopes, photocopying, filing, spreadsheet tracking, creating letters, possibly light reception duties to relieve agency staff, and other miscellaneous clerical duties. 

Tzedakah Centerpieces
Be a Leader

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 each individual event. Commitment is 1-2 hours for each event.

Thanksgiving/Adopt-a-Family Holiday Campaigns (November/December)

Join us in the preparation of food boxes, gift wrapping, and delivery for our clients.

Call today – 503-226-7079  ext 118 or email Liz Connor, Volunteer & Development Coordinator