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.

B’Yachad Holiday Gift Drive

B’Yachad means “together” in Hebrew, and JFS is pleased to continue 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, each year JFS and our Jewish agency partners organize and deliver festive gift bags to 180 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 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 on Sunday, December 8 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at our pop-up space in Sibley Plaza on West 7th.
  • Deliver gifts! All hands on deck for gift bag delivery on Sunday, December 15th, beginning at 10:00 am. 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.

Please volunteer to help by registering here. contacting JFS Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Margie Solomon at (651) 690-8907.
Talmud Torah students create greeting cards for inclusion in each B’Yachad gift bag.

B’Yachad & Brews

Join Us for the 3rd Annual B’Yachad and Brews on Thursday, December 5th!

We’ll meet at Target at the Quarry in Northeast Minneapolis, 1650 New Brighton Blvd at 6 pm to shop for B’Yachad recipients and their families.

Following the shopping spree, we’ll gather at Sociable CiderWerks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, for complimentary snacks, drinks and non-alcoholic beverages, and a conversation on the work of JFS, and the role of all of us in making Minnesota a warm, welcoming place and empowering immigrant families through JFS.

Let us know you’re coming by registering here.

2019 B’Yachad Partners

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 (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 de-clutter or pack for a move. Just be a friendly visitor to an aging adult.

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