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.
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!
Bags will be assembled on March 24. Delivery dates to be announced. Email Margie to register to participate!
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.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering. Fields with an asterisk are required.