Volunteer to Help
The JFS Volunteer Services mission is to engage volunteers in meaningful and fulfilling experiences, to build community through agency partnerships, and to demonstrate our Jewish values by promoting spiritual health and mental wellness.
Rewarding volunteer opportunities are outlined below. Contact Margie Solomon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 690-8907.
In this short video, a family describes the gift they received from their volunteer work at JFS.
Passover For All
JFS is recruiting volunteers for Passover for All, an annual community outreach effort. In partnership with the Minnesota JCC, kosher-for-Passover food and supplies are provided to families to help them celebrate the holiday.
There are three opportunities to help with this community outreach effort. First, a gift of $36 will provide one Passover for All bag that contains an array of traditional kosher-for-Passover food, a Hagaddah (prayer book), candles and holiday greetings. Donate at jfssp.org/donate.
Volunteers are also being recruited to safely deliver the gift bags. Sign up at https://signup.com/go/QMGXHyd to pick up bags curbside at JFS, then deliver the bags to the doorsteps of those in need the week of March 15. Russian-speaking volunteers are especially needed.
Register at https://signup.com/go/GwXQUtr to create holiday cards. Adults and children are encouraged to create Cards of Kindness to be inserted in every bag.
Contact JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist Margie Solomon at (651) 690-8907 or email her at email@example.com.
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.
Friendly Remote Visitors
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.
Contact Margie Solomon at (651) 690-8907 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send Cards and Greetings to Isolated Elders
In response to the urgent need to support the needs of isolated seniors in the community during COVID, we invite anyone who is looking for ways to share their talent while bringing a smile to someone’s face!
One opportunity to flex your creative muscle is to produce thoughtful and inspiring greetings to isolated seniors in the community. We partner with The Compassion Museum (TCM) to create and distribute joyful postcards, letters, and artwork to individuals in three local senior care facilities, as well as notes of thanks and encouragement to essential workers at those facilities. Contributing your talents to our joint Card Campaign is a simple, yet powerful way for you to make an impact on the lives of vulnerable community members who might be lonely and confused during these extraordinary times. There are two ways to participate, and both only require your own creativity, kind words and access to a mailbox! You may opt to create or re-purpose at least 5 cards/ notes/ letters within a two-week period, send them in bulk to TCM, and let them take it from there! Another way to participate is to write an electronic message that TCM prints out and distributes.
Contact Margie Solomon at 651-690-8907 if you are interested in this and other upcoming opportunities to extend your creative talents to add light to the lives of our clients.
B’Yachad Holiday Gift Drive
In 2020, we celebrated the 10th year of our annual community outreach program, B’Yachad, by delivering holiday joy to over 180 JFS clients. The program extends gifts of essentials, treats and greetings to those in need. It’s a great opportunity for volunteers and families to engage in a meaningful and fulfilling mitzvah experience and builds community through collaborative agency partnerships. This collaborative effort across organizations, generations, and stakeholders demonstrates our Jewish values by promoting spiritual health and wellness of those we serve.
The work on this important initiative begins this summer! To get involved, contact JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist Margie Solomon at (651) 690-8907.
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!