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Volunteer

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.

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


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 msolomon@jfssp.org.

Send Cards and Greetings to Isolated Elders

We have launched a new opportunity through a new partnership with The Compassion Museum (TCM) to reach out to isolated elders through telephone visits. Eight JFS volunteers have already committed to participate in their  Card Campaign  — a simple, yet powerful way for you to make an impact on the lives of vulnerable community members who are lonely and confused during these extraordinary times. This is aligned with the JFS Volunteer Services mission to improve the lives of others, 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.

We can all support this important work by helping TCM 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. 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.

If you are interested in joining the JFS cohort that is making an impact on those in need through these simple activities, please contact Margie Solomon, Volunteer Engagement Specialist, to volunteer. You can reach Margie at msolomon@jfssp.org, or by calling her at (651) 690-8907.

B’Yachad Holiday Gift Drive

In 2020, we will celebrate the 10th year of our annual community outreach program, B’Yachad. The program extends gifts and greetings to those in need, engages volunteers in a meaningful and fulfilling experience, and builds community through agency partnerships. This collaborative effort across organizations, generations, and stakeholders demonstrates our Jewish values by promoting spiritual health and wellness.

Due to this extraordinary time, B’Yachad in 2020 will look a bit different, but we are planning for many ways to involve our wonderful volunteers virtually!

Watch for more information on how you can be involved –  remotely – to support our annual outreach initiative.

Contact JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist Margie Solomon at (651) 690-8907.
Talmud Torah students create greeting cards for inclusion in each B’Yachad gift bag.

2019 B’Yachad Partners

 


Passover For All

In partnership with the St. Paul JCC, JFS volunteers assist with this annual outreach program that provides kosher-for-Passover food and supplies to help clients and their families celebrate the holiday. Watch this space for our re-designed process and COVID-friendly volunteer opportunities for the whole family.

Contact JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist Margie Solomon at (651) 690-8907 or email her here for more information.

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!