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.

To learn more about JFCS volunteer opportunities and whether they might be a good fit for you,
contact Tavia Berrigan, Volunteer Coordinator, by email or by phone at 503-226-7079 ext. 134.

Ways to Volunteer

Thanksgiving/Adopt-a-Family Holiday Campaigns

Help prepare food boxes, gift wrap, and deliver holiday gifts to our clients during the Fall and Winter holiday season.

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 social activities such as our monthly Cafe Europa gatherings for our Holocaust Survivors.

Russian Translators

Many of the people who seek support from JFCS speak only Russian. We occasionally need help communicating with them or translating materials. It would be wonderful to have a volunteer who we could call on when these situations arise.

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.