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 jsaltzman@jfssp.org or (651) 983-0965.

In this short video, a family describes the gift they received from their volunteer work at JFS.

B’Yachad Holiday Gift Drive

In keeping with our tradition, JFS will be leading the B’Yachad Gift Bag program again this year.

We invite you to join us as we reach our goal to deliver over 200 gift bags including items for health and safety and a gift card for home essentials and groceries to our clients in need this year.

B’Yachad offers opportunities to feel connected to our larger community. The program extends gifts of essentials, treats and greetings to those in need who can use a boost.

B’Yachad builds community through collaborative agency partnerships across organizations and generations, demonstrating our Jewish values by promoting the spiritual health and wellness of those we serve.

We have three opportunities for you to get involved this year.

  1. Donate here to our B’Yachad Program. Your gift of $36 will provide one gift bag that contains a fabric mask, hand sanitizer, a sweet holiday treat, a greeting card and a gift card for groceries and home essentials. $72 will provide two bags!
  2. Register here to safely deliver gift bags. Sign up for curbside pickup at JFS, then deliver your bags to the doorsteps of those in need between November 19 through 21.
  3. Register here to create holiday cards. Adults and children are encouraged to create Cards of Kindness to be inserted in every gift bag.

Help us ensure that the isolated, lonely and vulnerable know we are thinking of them.

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Manager Jodi Saltzman (651)313-6623.

Talmud Torah students create greeting cards for inclusion in each B’Yachad gift bag.

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.

Create Cards of Kindness for Isolated Elders

We invite you to create joyful postcards, letters and artwork for clients and other individuals in the community. You may contribute holiday-themed cards or year-round greetings to brighten their days.

Contributing your talents to our Card Campaign is a simple and creative way for you to make a meaningful impact on the lives of seniors in our community. Contact us if you want to flex your creative muscle and share some inspiration to a grateful senior.

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!

Passover For All

JFS recruited volunteers for Passover for All 2021, an annual community outreach effort. In partnership with the Minnesota JCC, kosher-for-Passover food and supplies were provided to families to help them celebrate the holiday.

There were 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. Make a monthly donation to support Passover for All and B’Yachad. Volunteers were also recruited to safely deliver the gift bags.