Volunteer to Help

Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity that will brighten the life of a JFS client or increase program impact while putting a smile on your face? Rewarding volunteer opportunities are outlined below. Contact Margie Solomon at msolomon@jfssp.org or (651) 690-8907 or complete the volunteer interest form to learn more.

In this short video, a family describes the gift they received from their volunteer work at JFS.


We are accepting applications for our second cohort of volunteer para-chaplains. Para-chaplains help Jews and their families throughout the Twin Cities metro area reconnect with their faith and spirituality through visits that nurture healing and resilience.

Training sessions will begin on Monday, November 4, and last for seven weeks through December 16, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Following the completion of training, cohort members will be matched to clients. This pairing may include one-to-one monthly visits with the same client, regular monthly visits to Jews who are incarcerated, leading holiday celebrations for those who are shut in, or other options to be announced.

Complete the application below to volunteer to become a para-chaplain. Once we have your application for this program, you will be scheduled for an interview. If accepted into the program, your commitment is expected to be for one year, with the option to continue after that.

Passover For All

We invite you to participate in the spring Passover for All event. This annual community outreach effort, in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of St. Paul, provides Kosher for Passover food and supplies to families in need to help them celebrate the holiday.

Help assemble and deliver over 150 bags to JFS clients. It’s a simple way for you to meet some of the people who benefit from the services offered by JFS. This is a perfect family mitzvah activity where you can teach the young people in your life about the importance of helping others! Two opportunities to help include bag packing and bag delivery. Russian-speaking volunteers are especially needed!

Email Margie to register to participate!

Volunteer Gardening Assistance

The St. Paul Mitzvah Corp is a new volunteer opportunity that allows volunteers to participate in unique, impactful activities that serve JFS clients, the Jewish community, and partner agencies throughout the metro area.

To kick off this collaboration, The Corp partnered with Sholom and Open Arms Minnesota to begin the growing process this spring. It will assist Open Arms in nourishing their seriously-ill clients with fresh veggies grown with love.

By working alongside a resident, volunteers can help them experience an activity they enjoy, socialize with you and other residents, and realize the joy that a sense of purpose and accomplishment can provide.

The produce grown will be used by Open Arms Minnesota to cook and deliver free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities.

And now it’s Harvest Time!

We’re seeking 15-20 friends to support resident volunteers with harvesting and packaging garden produce on Thursday, September 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the gardens on the Sholom Shaller Campus.

To sign up, click here, or to learn more about his fun and fulfilling volunteer opportunity, contact Volunteer Engagement Specialist Margie Solomon at msolomon@jfssp.org or (651) 690-8907.

Skill-Based Volunteering

Do you have an interest or skill that you can use to assist JFS and our clients? This could include special competencies in community education, technology, language translation, career mentoring, or legal matters. Please let us know so we can make note your special talents when the need arises. We have many opportunities available to do one-time volunteering with clients, on a community conference planning committee, or in the office! We may be able to customize a project just for you! We ALWAYS need Russian-speaking volunteers!

Life Enrichment Volunteers

Share your time and life experiences to support and add joy to the lives of aging adults. Just a few hours each month can help a senior reconnect and discover activities that bring them fulfillment and vitality like social and cultural outings or a trip to the library or movies. Help with errands or shopping or help declutter or pack for a move. Just be a friendly visitor to an aging adult.

Talmud Torah students create greeting cards for inclusion in each B’Yachad gift bag.

B’Yachad Holiday Gift Drive

Each year during the winter holiday season, JFS, along with agency partners and generous community volunteers, spreads joy and holiday cheer by distributing festive gift bags to many of our clients. Our B’Yachad program serves disabled adults or seniors who are alone or isolated during the holiday season.

There are a variety of ways you can help bring everyone together for a happy holiday.

Process Designer
Design a process to manage all of the data collected as part of this massive project.

Wrap Gifts
Volunteer to wrap gifts at our B’Yachad pop-up space in Sibley Plaza.

Deliver Gifts
All hands on deck for gift bag delivery in December. Russian-speaking volunteers are especially needed for this part of the program.

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