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 email@example.com 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.
Friendly Remote Visitor
While we need to be physically distant, we want to remain socially and spiritually connected. In response, JFS has organized a new way to engage with individuals in our community. Friendly Remote Visitors reach out by telephone to individuals who might be experiencing isolation, or who would just like someone to chat with. They help ensure that the individual knows that someone cares and is thinking of them, while also offering a connection to the JFS community.
Following an easy background check and training, an opening “script” and suggestions for discussion starters will be provided to volunteers. Expect approximately 20 minutes per call, once per week or as agreed on.
Contact Margie Solomon at (651) 690-8907 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Passover For All
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
JFS is recruiting volunteers to help with the annual community outreach effort Passover for All. In partnership with the JCC, kosher-for-Passover food and supplies are provided to families to help them celebrate the holiday.
Volunteer to assemble supplies on Tuesday, March 24 beginning at 7:00PM at JFS. Keshet Berlinsky Edry, the Shlicha (Israeli emissary) from St. Paul Jewish Federation, will give a presentation on Good Deeds Day as part of the Federation’s Lev el Lev (heart to heart) series of events. Good Deeds Day originated in Israel to unite people from around the world to do good deeds for others and the planet. Today, it’s celebrated in 108 countries and millions of people volunteer.
JFS also invites volunteers to help deliver the supplies in more than 150 gift bags to JFS clients in the Highland, West 7th Street and Macalester-Groveland neighborhoods. Bags can be picked up at JFS and delivered any day from March 25 to April 6.
It’s a simple way 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.
Register to assemble or deliver gift bags here. Russian-speaking volunteers are especially needed. Contact JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist Margie Solomon at (651) 690-8907 or email her here for more information.
B’Yachad Holiday Gift Drive
B’Yachad means “together” in Hebrew, and each year in December, JFS continues its annual tradition of coming together with the community to provide JFS clients and other referred individuals in need with gifts to let them know they are being thought of during the holiday season.
In keeping with our commitment to respond to the needs of both the Jewish community and the community at large, JFS and our Jewish agency partners organize and deliver festive gift bags to nearly 200 individuals and families. The B’Yachad program provides customized bags filled with household/personal care items and gifts to enhance joy, wellness and fulfillment while being sensitive to the cultural and spiritual needs of our diverse client groups.
B’Yachad has a remarkable history of collaboration with community agencies. Each year, board members and constituents in St. Paul community service organizations and synagogues contribute their time as gift shoppers, as mitzvah-makers who wrap the festive gift bags and as delivery volunteers with their friends and family. We’ve been thrilled that many individuals and families also donate miscellaneous items to the B’Yachad bins that are placed throughout the community, or donate cash or gift cards to help spread the spirit.
Here are a few ways you can support B’Yachad, have fun in service of others, and make an impact on a single client and their family during the holiday season:
- Shop for gifts using client-specific wish lists that will be distributed in late October to leaders and supporters of Jewish community agencies.
- Help to connect us to businesses and community donors who can provide in-kind and financial support.
- Fill up the B’Yachad bin that will be located in the JFS lobby, and/or in the offices of our partner agencies including the JCC, Talmud Torah, St. Paul Jewish Federation and local synagogues. Each will display some ideas for specific gift items to donate at that location.
- Wrap gifts! Join us for a fun gift wrapping event, date/time/location to be announced.
- Deliver gifts! All hands on deck for gift bag delivery. Date and time to be announced. Russian-speaking volunteers are especially needed to help with deliveries.
Volunteering to help with the B’Yachad Program provides a perfect opportunity to do a mitzvah (good deed) with your family, friends, or work team. Children ages 10 and above are welcome to help with deliveries to our clients, mostly in the Highland Park area or in nearby Hennepin County.
2019 B’Yachad Partners
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 de-clutter or pack for a move. Just be a friendly visitor to an aging adult.