Doing Good Together

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.

Passover For All

We invite you to participate in the upcoming 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!

Register to volunteer here!

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 is partnering 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.
Register here to help residents plant seedlings on April 8 and May 2. Continue volunteering during the season to care for the seedlings; transplant them outdoors; care for the plants in the raised-bed gardens; harvest; prepare the vegetables in the Open Arms kitchen; and deliver the food you helped create.
Watch for more St. Paul Mitzvah Corp opportunities coming soon.

IT Assistance

Tech-savvy volunteers needed to assist clients with the technology, including iPads, to support our innovative new counseling service for caregivers. This would entail driving to client locations within 30 miles of our agency, setting up with the tools the client will need, and/or disconnecting and returning their devices when they complete the 10-week program. Reimbursement for mileage may be provided.

English as a Second Language

We have a client who would like someone to socialize with in order for her to improve her English language skills. Her primary language is Spanish.

Play Chess

Volunteer time each week to play chess with a client in his home.

Job Shadowing

Companion needed to shadow a client with mild memory loss for three hours once each week at JJ Hill Library while she does her volunteer job.

Project Leader

Act as the lead JFS Ambassador in our new partnership with Opportunity St. Paul. Help us build a cohort of volunteers to provide reading assistance to lower income children and adults in various St. Paul hubs, approximately one hour each week.

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!

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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