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Volunteering at JF&CS

We hope you will become part of our caring network of more than 2,300 volunteers. Volunteers are a vital part of JF&CS and have an incredible impact in the communities we serve. In 2016, our volunteers logged more than 17,500 hours, the equivalent of $525,000 in paid service.

Volunteer Opportunities at JF&CSThere are many ways that individuals and organizations can help make a difference in the life of just one person or in the well-being of the larger community. We offer flexible volunteer opportunities that fit into all lifestyles ranging from a one-time experience to a full year commitment.

JF&CS volunteers are provided with training, support, and supervision. Many have formed long and lasting friendships with their clients. We make every effort to match your schedule and interests with the needs of our clients. We look forward to having you become part of our JF&CS family of volunteers!

Our volunteer opportunities are listed below. To apply for a specific volunteer role, click to view the opportunity description and then click on the link to the application form.

Know you want to volunteer but not sure what you want to do yet?

That’s okay! Our Volunteer Services team is happy to talk with you about your skills and interests and help you find the right volunteer role. Just fill out our general application form and our Manager of Volunteer Services will be in touch.

Interested in learning more about Mitzvah Project opportunities? View our list of options.

Have questions? Contact our Manager of Volunteer Services at volunteers@jfcsboston.org or 781-693-5007.

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Volunteer with Older Adults

Friendly Visitors for Older Adults

The Friendly Visitor Program matches volunteers with frail and isolated elders who are living either in their homes or long-term care facilities. Through one-on-one visits the program offers companionship, helps alleviate loneliness, promotes aging with dignity, and for many offers a treasured connection to Judaism.

Volunteers visit their elder every week for about an hour. Activities may include: sharing memories, helping with errands, sharing a holiday, or taking a walk. The time and day you meet with your elder is flexible and up to you and the elder to decide. All volunteers receive training and ongoing support from the JF&CS Friendly Visitor Program Coordinator.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Commit to visiting their elder once a week for about an hour
  • Commit to volunteering for at least six months
  • At least 18 years old
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Attend required interview and 1-hour 1:1 training
  • Undergo a CORI check

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering for Friendly Visitors, please fill out this application form.

Memory Café Volunteer

Held on the first Friday of each month, the JF&CS Memory Café offers a welcoming place for people living with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder and their care partners. These intergenerational events feature a guest artist, musician, poet, dancer, or author who shares his or her work and leads the group in a related activity. Volunteers are needed to help set up the room and greet and mingle with everyone gathered at the Café.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Available once a month on Friday, 10.00 a.m. – noon
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Undergo a CORI check

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering for the Memory Cafe, please fill out this application form.

Parkinson's Dance Volunteer

The JF&CS Charlotte & Richard Okonow Parkinson’s Family Support program specializes in helping families live as fully as possible with the many challenges of Parkinson’s disease (PD).

To address the important function of movement, a dance program is offered and activities are structured so that everyone can participate at his or her own level. People with Parkinson’s and their care partners value these activities for the physical benefits, the strategies for symptom management that are offered, and they enjoy being part of a caring and supportive community.

We are looking for a responsible, compassionate volunteer to help each week with set up, greeting program participants, and serving refreshments during break. No experience is required but volunteers are expected to actively participate in the dance class.

Dance class takes place most Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at JF&CS Headquarters in Waltham.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Available on Wednesdays, 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
  • Commit to volunteering on a weekly basis for a minimum of 6 months
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Undergo a CORI check

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering for the Parkinson’s Dance Group, please fill out this application form.

Parkinson's Choral Group Volunteer

The JF&CS Charlotte & Richard Okonow Parkinson’s Family Support program specializes in helping families live as fully as possible with the many challenges of Parkinson’s disease (PD).

To address the important function of voice, a choral program is offered and activities are structured so that everyone can participate at his or her own level. People with Parkinson’s and their care partners value these activities for the physical benefits, the strategies for symptom management that are offered, and they enjoy being part of a caring and supportive community.

The Tremble Clefs Choral Group is looking for a responsible, compassionate volunteer to help each week with set up, greeting program participants, and serving refreshments during break. No experience is required but volunteers are expected to actively participate during rehearsals.

The Choral Group takes place on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. - noon in Newton.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Available on Mondays, 10.30 a.m. – noon
  • Commit to volunteering on a weekly basis for a minimum of six months
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Undergo a CORI check

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering for the Parkinson’s Choral Group, please fill out this program-specific application form.

Assist Families

Family Table Sunday Distribution - Waltham

JF&CS Family Table is New England’s largest kosher food pantry, providing healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. The program is looking for responsible, dedicated volunteers to help with the Sunday home-delivery service. Volunteers pack specific orders for recipient families and then deliver orders. Volunteers may also help with activities such as setting up the pantry and sorting food donations beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Volunteers pack and deliver food between 10:00 and 11:45 a.m. and have their deliveries completed by 2:00 p.m.

Volunteers may help on one or more Sundays per year. Children are welcome to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Advanced registration required.
  • Have Sunday morning availability
  • Have access to a car and are able to drive
  • Drivers younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • All volunteers 18 and older must undergo a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) background check processed by JF&CS.

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a Family Table Sunday Distribution Volunteer in Waltham, please fill out this program-specific application form.

Family Table Sunday Distribution - North Shore

JF&CS Family Table is New England’s largest kosher food pantry, providing healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. The program is looking for responsible, dedicated volunteers to help with the Sunday home-delivery service. Volunteers pack specific orders for recipient families and then deliver orders.

Volunteers may also help with activities such as setting up the pantry and sorting food donations beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Volunteers who are packing and delivering food should arrive at 9:30 a.m. and have their deliveries completed by 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers may help on one or more Sundays per year. Children are welcome to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Advanced registration is required.
  • Sunday morning availability
  • Access to a car
  • Drivers younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • All volunteers 18 and older must undergo a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) background check processed by JF&CS.

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a Family Table Sunday Distribution Volunteer in Marblehead, please fill out this program-specific application form.

Family Table Marketplace Volunteer

JF&CS Family Table is New England’s largest kosher food pantry, providing healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need.

The program is looking for responsible, dedicated volunteers to work at the Marketplace one Tuesday and/or Wednesday each month. Volunteers help set up and restock food and assist clients as they sign in, choose their own groceries, and pack their own bags. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for multiple dates, but we welcome one-time volunteers as well.

Volunteer Requirements

  • At least 18 years old
  • All volunteers over the age of 18 must undergo a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) background check processed by JF&CS.

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a Family Table Marketplace volunteer, please fill out this program-specific application form.

Military Family Support Volunteer

JF&CS Shoulder to Shoulder® is a family-centered, peer-to-peer program offering weekly in-home visits to support military families faced with the challenges that accompany military service.

Volunteers are veterans, spouses, parents, and other military-connected community members. They bring their unique perspective as members of the military community who understand the extraordinary pressures of military family life.

The program is looking for dedicated, compassionate volunteers to visit with military families in their home one hour weekly.

Candidate must be a member of the military community with the flexibility to attend a bi-monthly, 1.5-hour supervision group.

This position requires approximately 8 hours per month. Volunteers will be supervised by a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) who has extensive experience working with children and military families.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Participate in 10 hours of initial training (held as five 2-hour sessions)
  • Commit to visiting their matched family weekly for around one hour
  • Commit to volunteering for a minimum of one year
  • Attend a twice-monthly supervision group in Waltham
  • Provide a minimum of two references.
  • Attend required interview
  • Undergo a background check

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a Military Family Support volunteer, please fill out this program-specific application form.

Visiting Mom Volunteer

The Lauren and Mark Rubin Visiting Moms® program is a home-visiting support program staffed by trained and supervised volunteers that provides weekly visits for up to one year. In this unique relationship, Visiting Moms offer nurturance and non-judgmental support to parents of newborns. Our goals include increased confidence and competence in their parenting roles.

The program is looking for dedicated, compassionate volunteers to visit with parents of newborns in their home one hour weekly until the baby’s first birthday.

Candidate must be an experienced mom with the flexibility to attend a bi-monthly, two-hour supervision group during weekday morning hours.

This position requires approximately 8-10 hours per month.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Experienced moms whose children are older than 18 months
  • Have weekday morning availability
  • Have access to a car
  • Attend an initial 10-hour training, held as five 2-hour sessions
  • Commit to attending twice-monthly 2-hour supervision groups (during weekday morning hours)
  • Provide a 1-hour home visit every week for a minimum of one year
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Undergo a CORI check

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a Visiting Mom, please fill out this program-specific application form.

Help People with Disabilities

CHAI Works Group Facilitator

The CHAI Works Day Program creates meaningful and fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities to lead productive and integrated lives in their communities and to increase feelings of self-worth and confidence. This is done through employment, volunteering, health and wellness, recreation, enrichment, and community experiences.

The program is looking for compassionate, responsible volunteers with special interests/talents/skills to share with and teach participants. Volunteers would facilitate groups (with the assistance of program staff) either once or on a recurring basis.

Groups can be facilitated at either 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. or 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Possible group topics include:

  • Singing/chorus
  • Drama
  • Budgeting/money skills
  • Book group
  • Healthy cooking
  • Gardening

Volunteer Requirements

  • Have daytime, weekday availability
  • Commit to volunteering weekly for a minimum of six months
  • At least 21 years of age (although children can accompany their parents)
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Attend required interview and training
  • Undergo a CORI check

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a CHAI Works Group Facilitator, please fill out this program-specific application form.

CHAI Works Weekly Program Volunteer

The CHAI Works Day Program creates meaningful and fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities to lead productive and integrated lives in their communities and to increase feelings of self-worth and confidence. This is done through employment, volunteering, health and wellness, recreation, enrichment, and community experiences.

The program is looking for compassionate, responsible, dedicated volunteers to provide additional support to program staff and develop relationships with participants on a regular, ongoing basis in community settings throughout Greater Boston.

Volunteers may commit to a block of time one day or more during the week (Monday - Friday) during regular program hours (e.g. every Monday from 9:00 a.m. - noon or every Tuesday and Thursday noon - 3:00 p.m.)

The ideal candidate will have an interest in supporting people with disabilities as they learn life skills and develop relationships in the community. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Have daytime, weekday availability
  • Commit to volunteering weekly for a minimum of six months
  • At least 21 years of age (although children can accompany their parents)
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Attend required interview and training
  • Undergo a CORI check
How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a CHAI Works Weekly Program Volunteer, please fill out this program-specific application form.

CHAI Residential Activities Volunteer (Evenings)

The JF&CS CHAI Supported Housing programs offer a range of options for adults with disabilities who want to live as independently as possible while enjoying community involvement and pursuing individual goals.

Volunteers plan out an activity to do with residents based on the volunteers’ skills and interests at one of the JF&CS supported residences in Greater Boston and the surrounding towns.

Possible ideas include:

  • Music/sing-along evening
  • Games night
  • Crafts

This role takes place weekday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Commit to volunteering once a week for at least six months
  • Be 21 or older
  • Have weekday evening availability
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Attend required interview and training
  • Undergo a CORI check
How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering for the CHAI program as an Activities Volunteer, please fill out this program-specific application form.

CHAI Residential Cooking Volunteer

The JF&CS CHAI Supported Housing programs offer a range of options for adults with disabilities who want to live as independently as possible while enjoying community involvement and pursuing individual goals.

Cooking volunteers plan out simple, tasty, and healthy meals to cook and share with 7 to 14 residents and staff at one of the JF&CS supported residences in Greater Boston and the surrounding towns.

This role takes place weekday evenings from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (allowing for about an hour’s meal prep/cooking and then eating around 6:30 p.m.).

Volunteers can send staff a list of ingredients ahead of volunteering so that the ingredients can be purchased.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Commit to volunteering once a week for at least six months
  • Be 21 or older
  • Have weekday evening availability
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Attend required interview and training
  • Undergo a CORI check

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering for the CHAI Residential program as a Cooking Volunteer, please fill out this program-specific application form.

CHAI Residential Shabbat Facilitator

JF&CS makes it possible for people with disabilities to enjoy the Jewish tradition of welcoming Shabbat.

We are looking for a responsible, dedicated volunteer to facilitate a Friday night Shabbat candle lighting ceremony (candle lighting, Kiddush, and Motzi) from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in a JF&CS CHAI residence. The ideal candidate will have an interest in helping people with disabilities celebrate their Jewish faith.

The volunteer may choose to facilitate this service at one of the JF&CS supported residences in Greater Boston and the surrounding towns.

Training, supplies, and ongoing support will be provided.

This position requires one hour per Friday and volunteers may choose one or more Fridays per month.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Have an interest in helping people with disabilities celebrate their Jewish faith
  • Facilitate at least one Shabbat dinner each month
  • Have Friday evening availability
  • At least 21 years of age (although children can accompany their parents)
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Attend required interview and training
  • Undergo a CORI check

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a CHAI Residential Shabbat Facilitator, please fill out this program-specific application form.

Chaverim Chaim Shabbat Meal Helper

JF&CS makes it possible for people with disabilities to enjoy the Jewish tradition of welcoming Shabbat. CHAI (Community Housing for Adult Independence) is the only Jewish residential program in Greater Boston for adults with disabilities.

One Friday night per month, JF&CS hosts a community Shabbat dinner at JF&CS Headquarters in Waltham for CHAI program participants. Twice per year the Shabbat dinner is replaced with a Saturday Shabbaton and brunch.

We are looking for compassionate, responsible event volunteers to help set up, serve dinner, socialize during the event, and assist with clean up.

Friday event hours: 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday event hours: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Have an interest in helping people with disabilities celebrate their Jewish faith
  • Have Friday evening or Saturday daytime availability
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Attend required interview and training
  • Undergo a CORI check
How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a Chaverim Chaim Shabbat Meal Helper, please fill out this program-specific application form.

HALO Swim and Sing Respite Volunteer

The HALO Swim and Sing program offers therapeutic recreation and socialization for individuals (ages 7-35) with moderate to severe neurological disabilities while providing three hours of weekly respite for their parents and caregivers.

The program is looking for dedicated, compassionate volunteers to work one-on-one with individuals during interactive music therapy and then swimming. During music therapy, participants, staff, and volunteers play instruments, sing along, and move around with a certified music therapist. Music is followed by a free swim when participants, staff, and volunteers have fun relaxing in a shallow pool.

The program is held in Newton on Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and in Stoughton on Sundays from 3.15 – 6:15 p.m. Volunteers can choose which location they prefer.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Commit to attending a minimum of 15 sessions a year (held on Sundays, during the day)
  • Attend an initial interview and training
  • At least 18 years old
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Undergo a CORI check

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a HALO Swim and Sing Respite volunteer, please fill out this program-specific application form.

Kids' Connection Corner Volunteer

Kids Connection Corner (KCC) provides a fun, recreational, family support program for youth (ages 7-14) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.

The program is seeking volunteers who have a passion for working with children with ASD. Volunteers will work on a team to provide opportunities for socialization, life skills development, and creative activities for youth while giving family members much-needed time to themselves. Our goal is to promote optimal health by strengthening support networks for these children and their caregivers.

Volunteers should possess high energy and creative talents to make the program stimulating.  The volunteer may help support and facilitate events with parents such as workshops and networking.

The program runs in Newton on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Commit to attending a minimum of a school calendar year
  • Attend an initial interview and training
  • At least 18 years old
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Undergo a CORI check
  • Demonstrate excellent communications skills
  • High school degree required

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering for KCC, please fill out this JF&CS volunteer application form.

Help Holocaust Survivors

Schechter Holocaust Services Visitor

Schechter Holocaust Services (SHS) continues to honor the agency's longstanding commitment to address the needs and concerns of Holocaust survivors and their families as they change over time.

The SHS Visitor program matches volunteers who are the children or grandchildren of Holocaust survivors with Holocaust survivors. Volunteers call or visit the survivor one or more times a month. During the months of Purim, Passover, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, and Chanukkah, the volunteer will also bring small holiday-themed gifts (provided by JF&CS) to the survivor as part of their visit.

SHS Visitors offer survivors a treasured connection to Judaism and the knowledge that the Jewish community continues to remember them.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Child or grandchild of a survivor
  • Commit to calling or visiting their elder once a month
  • Visit their elder on key Jewish holidays, bringing with them a gift provided by JF&CS to mark the holiday
  • Commit to volunteering for at least one year
  • At least 18 years old or accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Attend required interview and 1-hour 1:1 training
  • Undergo a CORI check

While Russian language skills are not required, they are certainly a plus!

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a Schechter Holocaust Services Holiday Visitor, please fill out this program-specific application form.

Administrative Volunteer

Schechter Holocaust Services (SHS) continues to honor the agency's longstanding commitment to address the needs and concerns of Holocaust survivors and their families as they change over time.

Administrative Volunteers assist staff with the day-to-day operations of the program. This includes helping with filing, mailings, calling clients to check in, and assisting with program events. Russian speakers may also be asked to help with translation.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Commit to volunteering once a week (for three – six hours per week)
  • Commit to volunteering for at least six months
  • Have daytime availability
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Attend required interview
  • Undergo a CORI check

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering for Schechter Holocaust Services as an Administrative Volunteer, please fill out this program-specific application form.

Café Hakalah Volunteer

Schechter Holocaust Services (SHS) continues to honor the agency's longstanding commitment to address the needs and concerns of Holocaust survivors and their families as they change over time.

Café Hakalah is a monthly social and cultural gathering of Holocaust survivors.

The goal of Café Hakalah is to offer Holocaust survivors:

  • A reason to leave their home
  • An opportunity to talk and make connections with other survivors
  • Intellectual and cultural enrichment

Café Hakalah Volunteers attend the café and assist staff with registration, greeting guests, and serving food. Russian speaking volunteers may also be asked to help with translation.

The café lasts for about two hours and is generally held on the last Wednesday of every month.

Volunteers may sign up to help at one or more Café Hakalah events.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Experience with elderly people
  • Russian language skills a plus
  • Have Wednesday daytime availability
  • Be able to travel to Brookline
  • Provide a minimum of two references
  • Undergo a CORI check
How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering for Schechter Holocaust Services as an Café Hakalah Volunteer, please fill out this program-specific application form.

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Administrative Support

Assist in the day-to-day operations of the agency by providing support in the following areas: special projects, clerical tasks (mailings, filing, data entry), and other valued work.

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this application form.

Skill-Based Volunteer Opportunities

JF&CS needs your expertise! Got a flair for entertaining? Perhaps our event planning team could use your help. Good with numbers? Maybe our fiscal department could use your assistance. Put your accounting, marketing, event planning, artistic, musical, language, or other proficiencies to work. Your specialized abilities can support our programs in a multitude of ways. Please contact us if you would be interested in sharing your expertise to help others.

How to Apply
If you are interested in Skill-Based Volunteer Opportunities, please fill out this general application form.

Committees

Joining a committee is a great way to learn about a specific program and become more engaged in the work of the agency. Opportunities range from Board committees and program advisory committees to event committees for our fundraisers. Contact us to find out which committee is right for you. 

How to Apply
If you are interested in joining a committee, please fill out this general application form.

Complete a Mitzvah Project

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Projects

JF&CS offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that would make the perfect community service project for your child. With more than 40 programs, we can always find an opportunity that will allow your child to connect with the Jewish community in a meaningful way. We hope to provide a rewarding and memorable experience that he or she will carry into adulthood.

Community Group Opportunities

Help JF&CS clients as part of your group’s social action project, synagogue’s Mitzvah Day, or family’s volunteering. JF&CS has many interesting volunteer opportunities within our various programs. We can work with you to create a custom experience that will be meaningful, rewarding, and fun!


For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.

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