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Volunteering at JF&CS

Volunteering at JF&CS

We hope you will become part of our caring network of more than 2,425 volunteers. Volunteers are a vital part of JF&CS and have an incredible impact in the communities we serve. In 2021, our volunteers logged more than 26,770 hours, the equivalent of $936,000 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.

Would you like to participate in one of our 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!

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

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Assist Families

Family Table Sunday Distribution - Waltham

The mission of Family Table is to end hunger in the Greater Boston Jewish community, while serving those who need our assistance, regardless of religious affiliation. Family Table fulfills its mission by providing kosher food, creating a caring Jewish connection, and empowering people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives.

Family Table is looking for responsible, dedicated volunteers to help on Sundays to pack and deliver groceries to families in need. View our complete distribution schedule here.

What is the time commitment?

Volunteers sign up for a one-hour arrival window in which to pack and deliver food on a designated Sunday morning. Our distribution serving Allston or Brighton clients runs from 9 am – 11 am and our distribution serving the rest of the Greater Boston area runs from 9 am – 12 pm. Packing takes about 30 minutes. Then you will drive and deliver the groceries to your assigned recipients. You may be assigned 1-3 deliveries.

If interested in helping on-site, contact Family Table for more information. 

Volunteers are welcome to join us one or more Sundays per year. Children are also welcome to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Advanced registration required
  • Sunday morning availability
  • Volunteers younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • All volunteers 18 and older must undergo a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) background check. The CORI must be processed by JF&CS.

How to Apply

If you are interested in volunteering at a Family Table Sunday Distribution in Waltham, please fill out our brief Family Table Application.

Family Table Sunday Distribution - North Shore

The mission of Family Table is to end hunger in the Greater Boston Jewish community, while serving those who need our assistance, regardless of religious affiliation. Family Table fulfills its mission by providing kosher food, creating a caring Jewish connection, and empowering people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives.

Family Table North Shore is looking for responsible, dedicated volunteers to help on Sundays to pack and deliver groceries to families in need. View our complete distribution schedule here.

What is the time commitment?

Volunteers sign up to arrive between 9:30 am – 10:15 am or 10:15 – 10:45 am to pack and deliver groceries on a designated Sunday morning. Packing takes about 30 minutes. Then you will drive and deliver the groceries to your assigned recipients. You may be assigned 1-3 deliveries.

If interested in helping on-site, contact Family Table for more information. 

Volunteers are welcome to join us one or more Sundays per year. Children are also welcome to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Advanced registration required
  • Sunday morning availability
  • Volunteers younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • All volunteers 18 and older must undergo a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) background check. The CORI must be processed by JF&CS.

How to Apply

If you are interested in volunteering at a Family Table North Shore Sunday Distribution, please fill out our brief Family Table Application.

Family Table Sunday Distribution - South

The mission of Family Table is to end hunger in the Greater Boston Jewish community, while serving those who need our assistance, regardless of religious affiliation. Family Table fulfills its mission by providing kosher food, creating a caring Jewish connection, and empowering people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives.

Family Table South is looking for responsible, dedicated volunteers to help on Sundays to pack and deliver groceries to families in need or support the food distribution. View our complete distribution schedule here.

What is the time commitment for delivering groceries?

Volunteers sign up to arrive between 9:30 – 10:00 am or 10:00 – 10:30 am to pack and deliver groceries on a designated Sunday morning. Packing takes about 30 minutes. Then you will drive and deliver the groceries to your assigned recipients. You may be assigned 1-3 deliveries.

If interested in helping on-site, contact Family Table for more information. 

Volunteers are welcome to join us one or more Sundays per year. Children are also welcome to volunteer when accompanied by an adult.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Advanced registration required
  • Sunday morning availability
  • Volunteers younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • All volunteers 18 and older must undergo a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) background check. The CORI must be processed by JF&CS.

How to Apply

If you are interested in volunteering at a Family Table South Sunday Distribution in Waltham, please fill out our brief Family Table Application.

Family Table Marketplace Volunteer

The mission of Family Table is to end hunger in the Greater Boston Jewish community, while serving those who need our assistance, regardless of religious affiliation. Family Table fulfills its mission by providing kosher food, creating a caring Jewish connection, and empowering people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives.

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

  • Volunteers help to distribute perishable items, restock, and help clients carry bags to their cars every Tuesday and the first Wednesday of the month. This requires the capacity to move around quickly, stay on your feet the entire shift, and have an attention to detail.
  • At least 17 years old
  • All volunteers over the age of 18 must undergo a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) background check processed by JF&CS.
  • Travel to JF&CS Headquarters in Waltham
  • Stand for 3 hours
  • Interact warmly with a diverse population
  • The ability to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. is preferred

How to Apply

If you are interested in volunteering at Family Table Marketplace, please fill out our brief Family Table application

Lauren & Mark Rubin Visiting Moms® Volunteer

The Lauren & 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, Rubin Visiting Moms volunteers 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 Rubin Visiting Mom, please fill out this program-specific application form.

Journey to Self-Empowerment Mentor

Mentor Economic Self-Empowerment for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

This volunteer mentor role works with survivors of domestic abuse within the context of increasing their economic security through collaborative goal setting and goal attainment, coaching, problem-solving, and resource research, while also providing gentle and non-judgmental support and encouragement.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Participate in required orientation, training, and ongoing bi-weekly group supervision.
  • Meet with mentee weekly or bi-weekly either in person or by phone for up to 9 months (or as appropriate during the pandemic.)
  • In collaboration with the mentee, identify economic security goals and steps necessary to attain these goals.
  • Demonstrate consistent coaching, problem-solving, and resource approach for each goal, using a non-judgmental and compassionate approach.

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a Journey to Self Empowerment Mentor, please fill out this application form. For questions or more information, please contact Ava Harder, Manager of Volunteer Services, at volunteers@jfcsboston.org or 781-693-5007.

Volunteer with Older Adults

Friendly Visitors for Older Adults

The Friendly Visitor Program matches volunteers with isolated older adults who are living either in their homes or long-term care facilities. Through one-on-one visits, volunteers offer companionship, help alleviate loneliness, promote aging with dignity, and for many offer a treasured connection to Judaism. 

Volunteers visit their older adults 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 older adult is flexible and up to you and the older adult to decide. All volunteers receive training and ongoing support from the JF&CS Friendly Visitor Program Coordinator. Volunteers who speak Russian are highly desirable, though it is not a requirement.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Commit to visiting their older adult 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 and provide proof of COVID vaccination

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering for the Friendly Visitors Program, 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 another type of dementia or cognitive change, 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. The Café meets in-person in Waltham or virtually on Zoom. Volunteers are needed to help set up the room and greet and mingle with everyone gathered at the Café, or to encourage participants on Zoom. 

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.

Okonow 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.

Okonow Parkinson's Tremble Clefs Choral 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.

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.

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.

Sibshops

Sibshops & SibConnect

Sibshops is a nationally acclaimed program of fun workshops for kids ages 8-12 who have siblings with disabilities, chronic illness, or mental health needs. Each Sibshop gives participants opportunity to participate in recreational activities that encourage sharing, laughter, and fun! SibConnect is the 13+ age group that meets alongside Sibshops.

SibConnect is also supported by Boston University and the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network. This partnership allows for college student volunteers to participate in SibConnect, acting as role models and providing friendship and support to participants.

Volunteers assist with:

  • Helping run activities and engaging with participants
  • Provide role model support and education in a recreational environment
  • Facilitate conversations with participants about their lives and experiences as a sibling of a child with a disability

If you are a college student or just interested in volunteering with Sibshops, please contact Valerie Maio, Manager, Inclusive Programs for Children and Families, at vmaio@jfcsboston.org or 781-409-1919.

Please visit www.siblingsupport.org for more information on Don Meyer and the Sibshops national model.

Help Holocaust Survivors

Caring Cards Project

"Thinking of You" Cards for Isolated Older Adults

Write personalized “Thinking of You” cards that we can send to our isolated, older adult clients. In the past, this generation primarily communicated through handwritten notes and letters, so your personally-written message will be particularly meaningful. If you are interested, please follow these Card Making Directions. Contact Ava Harder with any questions at aharder@jfcsboston.org.

Birthday Cards for Holocaust Survivors 

Each year, JF&CS sends birthday cards to hundreds of Holocaust survivors. For many survivors, this is the only birthday card or acknowledgment they will receive. We are looking for volunteers to create homemade cards for our Schechter Holocaust Services clients. If you are interested, please follow these Card Making Guidelines. Contact Ava Harder with any questions at aharder@jfcsboston.org.

Friendly Visitors for Holocaust Survivors

The Friendly Visitor Program matches volunteers with isolated older adults who are living either in their homes or long-term care facilities. Through one-on-one visits, volunteers offer companionship, help alleviate loneliness, promote aging with dignity, and for many offer a treasured connection to Judaism. 

Volunteers visit their older adults 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 older adult is flexible and up to you and the older adult to decide. All volunteers receive training and ongoing support from the JF&CS Friendly Visitor Program Coordinator. Volunteers who speak Russian are highly desirable, though it is not a requirement.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Commit to visiting their older adult 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 and provide proof of COVID vaccination

How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering for the Friendly Visitors Program, please fill out this 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! Put your 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.


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

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