Upcoming Embrace-A-Family Volunteer Opportunities
Embrace-A-Family, our wildly successful holiday gift giving program, is here and we have lots to do! Volunteers are needed October through December to help in every aspect of Embrace-A-Family. Now in its eighth year, Embrace-A-Family brings Hanukkah gifts to low-income families, homebound seniors and holocaust survivors in the community who would otherwise go without. Here our upcoming opportunities:
Embrace-A-Family Group Activities:
Group Gift Wrapping:
- December 3 from 2-4 PM
- December 13 from noon-2:30 PM
Keep Dreidel Boards Stocked at Area Locations:
November and December
- Check in Embrace-A-Family Gifts at JFS Office: Now until Dec. 22. Check in and wrap donated gifts in afternoons. Many time slots available.
- Reception Assistance at JFS Office: Now until Dec. 18. Welcome and thank families with their Dreidel gifts, help fill out donation forms and answer phones. Training will be provided.
- Assemble Food Packages: November 30, shifts noon to 2:30, 2:30-5 PM, 6:15 until done
- Deliver Food and Gifts to Isolated Seniors: early December. Times to be arranged. Volunteers must be amenable to JFS screening process.
For more info and to RSVP:
contact Lori at 408-357-7467 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Adult Initiative Leadership volunteers: Join us as JFS creates a young leadership group of people in their 20’s and 30’s who want to make the world a better place.
Friendly Visitors: Create a lasting friendship with an isolated senior or disabled adult for weekly visits. Friendly Visitors always say they get so much more than they give.
Shabbat Meal Delivery Volunteers: This is a wonderful and easy way to bring joy, connection and nutrition to an isolated senior. Deliveries take place on Friday. Volunteers must have their own transportation.
Chaplain Aides: Lead monthly services at a local senior facility on Friday afternoons or early evenings. Bring Jewish connection and memories to an appreciative audience. You should be comfortable leading an abridged Hebrew service and short ‘drash’ discussion, and developing a connection with seniors.
ESL Tutors: Help recently-arrived refugees learn English, leading to getting their first jobs in America. Opportunities abound for English as a Second Language tutors and teachers, and career mentors.
Office Assistance: Help with data entry, quarterly mailings, afternoon receptionist and more.
Knitzvah: Our group meets monthly and creates beautiful handmade items for preemie babies in the NICU, seniors who appreciate lap blankets to keep warm, cancer patients in need of colorful caps, and so much more. We knit, crochet, quilt, and more. Don’t know how? We’ll teach you! New members warmly welcomed.
Volunteering at Jewish Family Services requires a screening process. For more information contact Lori Cinnamon, JFS SV Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement 408.357.7467 or email@example.com
Make A Real Difference in the Life of An Isolated Senior
Are you looking for a way to do something that will add more meaning to your life? Jewish Family Services is looking for new Friendly Visitors. A JFS Friendly Visitor is matched up with an isolated senior for a weekly visit and they form lasting friendships with the senior. Our Friendly Visitors say that they get so much more than they give.
This is an important mitzvah to bring the outside world and lasting friendship to these seniors. For more information, please contact Lori Cinnamon, Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement at 408-357-7467 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers must be amenable to JFS’ screening process.
Can YOU Deliver Shabbat Meals?
It is Jewish Family Services’ vision that isolated, homebound and vulnerable seniors (including holocaust survivors) have access to hot, kosher meals. Our Shabbat Meals helps older seniors be connected and supported. Access to kosher meals is extremely important for seniors because it gives them a sense of their Jewishness and not being forgotten. Hot food is extremely important because some of the seniors cannot cook and prepare a delicious, hot meal.
JFS is seeking volunteers to help deliver these meals. Deliveries take place Thursday afternoons through midday Friday. Volunteers must have their own transportation. New volunteers must be amenable to JFS’ screening process.
This is a wonderful and easy way to bring joy, connection and nutrition to someone who will appreciate it. Please contact Lori, Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement at email@example.com or (408) 357-7467.
Inspire your children in giving to others. Volunteer opportunities for kids, teens, or the entire family abound - preparing holiday packages of gifts and food for our local elderly and families in need, holiday decorating of senior residential facilities, participating in holiday toy drives for needy children, and much more. Teens can earn community service credits for school. More importantly, doing good deeds (mitzvot) strengthens all who participate, from the youngest children, to parents and grandparents. Everyone benefits!
Make A Real Difference in the Life of An Isolated Senior!
A JFS Friendly Visitor is matched up with an isolated senior for a weekly visit and they form lasting friendships with the senior. Our Friendly Visitors say that they get so much more than they give. Volunteers must be amenable to JFS’ screening process.
Shabbat Meal Delivery Volunteers
This is a wonderful and easy way to bring joy, connection and nutrition to an isolated senior. Deliveries take place on Friday. Volunteers must have their own transportation. Volunteers must be amenable to JFS’ screening process.
Bring Shabbat services to seniors in facilities! Chaplain Aides to lead services once a month at a local senior facilities late on Friday afternoons or early Friday evening. The service prayer book we use is easy to lead--It takes about 1 hour including the prayers over the candles, wine, and challah. A Chaplain Aide should be comfortable leading a shortened Hebrew service, leading a short ‘drash’ discussion and developing a connection with the seniors. Volunteers must be comfortable with our screening process.
Refugee Resettlement & Émigré Support
JFS SV resettlement programs support a multitude of international clients who struggle to make a new life in America. Our volunteers include ESL tutors and teachers, and career mentors.
Russian speaking émigré seniors appreciate volunteer support in longstanding ESL classes.
Help with data entry, quarterly mailings, afternoon receptionist and more
Knitzvah meets monthly and creates beautiful handmade items for preemie babies in the NICU, seniors who appreciate lap blankets to keep warm, cancer patients in need of colorful caps, and so much more. We knit, crochet, quilt, and more. Don’t know how? We’ll teach you! New members warmly welcomed.
Lori Cinnamon, Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement
firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 357-7467
Since Knitzvah began in 2006, the "fabulous and amazing" Knitzvah members have created over 10,000 cuddly creations for 18 agencies serving thousands of people.
If you love to knit, crochet or sew; or really want to learn how, this is the group to join! Knitzvah meets monthly and creates beautiful handmade items for preemie babies in the NICU, seniors who appreciate lap blankets to keep warm, cancer patients in need of colorful caps, and so much more.
All ages welcome.
Knitzvah Meetings 2015
More Information: Jewish Family services (408) 556-0600
Workplace Charitable Support
Attention JFS Volunteers: Your Workplace May Donate to JFS – When You do What You Love
Did you know… Many corporations have stepped up the ways they support local nonprofit organizations, and are proud to support their employees’ volunteering efforts. Examples of such companies include: Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Bank of America, The Gap Corporation, State Farms, Starbucks, Verizon and Wells Fargo. Employees who volunteer with JFS can apply for a volunteer grant (typically $500-$1000) which would be awarded to Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley.
These companies are pleased to support the generosity of their employees. Community-minded corporations know that more they partner, the greater their impact will be.
Please contact your company "engagement" officer to see if there is such a program at the place you work. JFS staff are happy to explore with you customized team-building opportunities.
For more information, please contact
Community Group Programs
Volunteer programs are available for your synagogue, chavurah, service organization, school or youth group. Help us to give support and care to our isolated seniors, refugees, recent émigrés, families and others in need during the holiday seasons, as well as, all year round.
Helping Isolated Seniors
JFS SV volunteers make a big difference in the lives of our senior community, including Holocaust survivors. Holiday Package Preparers and Deliverers bring connection and nutrition to frail elderly. Chaplain Aides lead Shabbat at local senior retirement facilities, and JFS’ Friendly Visitors bring friendship and a sense of community to isolated seniors. Decorate a senior retirement facility or nursing home for Hanukkah.
Refugee & Emigré Support
Support JFS SV resettlement programs support a multitude of clients who struggle to make a new life in America. Our volunteers include ESL (English As Second Language) tutors and teachers, and career mentors.
JFS SV needs experienced ESL teachers to volunteer in our classroom. We need people with ESL teaching experience who can commit a minimum of 1 to 2 hours per week for at least six months to work with ESL beginners.
Do you have knowledge of any of these fields: education, finance, medicine/healthcare, environment, beauty, IT, machining and manufacturing, construction …or other industries?
JFS SV seeks volunteers willing to provide tips and information to help our clients learn about working in the U.S. Many of our clients have advanced degrees and work experience in other countries, but need guidance in finding opportunities here.
As a volunteer mentor, you will provide advice on job trends, entry-level opportunities or internships, professional associations and perhaps even referrals to good contacts about jobs or informational interviews. You may help by reviewing a resume and directing the job seeker in the right direction.
We need mentors from many industries, currently working or recently retired, willing to accept a phone call or take time to meet with our clients at our offices at the Levy Family Campus.
If you can help, please contact: