Jewish Family Service volunteers help us to provide life-changing services to thousands of people from all walks of life. JFS offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities designed to match the unique interests of our volunteers with the needs of our clients and professional staff. To discover how you can make a difference in someone’s life by assisting at a specific program. If you would like to discuss potential opportunities, feel free to call Vicki Gold at (818)789-1293 ext. 309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are more specific ways that you can volunteer. If you are interested in one of these openings, please fill out the Volunteer Application, indicate that information in the comments section of the volunteer application.
Not all volunteer opportunities are available at all times.
OLDER ADULT SERVICES
CONNECT: An errand and escort program for West Hollywood and Park LaBrea seniors. Volunteers accompany clients on shopping trips twice a month.
FITNESS CENTERS: Located at our Mid-Wilshire and Valley Senior Centers. A volunteer can assist clients in exercise and fitness routines.
HOME VISITOR: Located throughout the City and Valley. Visit seniors who are receive case management at home and/or in the community. Home visitors require special training.
LIFE PROGRAM: Located at Park La-Brea. Volunteers assist residents by providing information and referral to community resources, visit clients in their homes, or help with activities. Home visitors require special training.
SENIOR CENTERS: Located in the Valley, West Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire, West Los Angeles, and Venice. Volunteers assist with activities, help to teach classes, or become case aides and meet with clients to complete paperwork and provide emotional support.
FOOD AND HUNGER
Senior Nutrition Program: Dining sites are located at multiple locations throughout the City and Valley. Volunteers greet guests, serve meals, and provide light clean up.
SOVA Community Food and Resource Program: Located in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood and Valley areas. Volunteers pack groceries, stock shelves, help with intake, or assist at the resource center. There are also volunteer opportunities to create centerpieces (Baskets of Hope) or assist with home delivery of food bags.
Family Violence Project: Located in the San Fernando Valley and near Downtown LA. Volunteers help at one of three domestic violence shelters, assisting with: child activities, grocery shopping, accompanying clients to court and taking calls on the crisis hot lines. Family Violence Project volunteers require a special training mandated by the State of California.
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Chaverim: Located in the Valley. Volunteers participate in social programs for developmentally disabled adults 18 and older. They can also accompany members on trips, or lead classes.
HaMercaz: Located throughout Los Angeles. At this program, which supports Jewish families that have children with special needs, volunteers can work on a warm line to provide referrals, or visit families to offer emotional support. Home visitors require special training.
CHILD AND FAMILY
New Moms Connect: Located in the City and Valley. Volunteers at this program, which helps new moms with post-partum depression, can work on a warm line to provide information and referrals, assist at a class, or visit families to offer emotional support. Home visitors require special training.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND AGENCY WIDE ASSISTANCE
Many programs throughout the agency welcome volunteers who can provide administrative assistance; including answering phones, assisting at the front desk and helping with paperwork and filing. In addition, the following opportunities support our administrative functions and are located in the Mid-Wilshire area:
Central Access: Volunteers respond to phone inquiries, assess needs, and connect clients to resources.
Young Leaders: This program is open to young adults (20-39) who would like to be involved in leadership development, networking and group volunteer opportunities throughout the agency. Events take place regularly during the year.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND HOLIDAYS
There are opportunities throughout the year for you and your family to provide episodic help to many of our clients at JFS.
Adopt-A-Family: Provide gifts that would otherwise be beyond the reach of an anonymous family. (Holiday time)
Community Passover Seders: Volunteer several weeks before Passover at one of our community Seders serving individuals who may not have the opportunity to celebrate the holiday with family. (Spring time)
Thanksgiving Special Meals Delivery: Spend Thanksgiving Day delivering holiday meals to the homebound. (November)
Tools for Schools: Assist with the filling back packs with school supplies for low income children prior to the start of the school year. (Summer.)
*Please note that we are unable to fulfill court ordered community service hours.