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Volunteer Opportunities

Help JFS SV This Spring Through Volunteering!

Whether you can give one hour or twenty, your donation of time and caring will make a difference.  Here are the areas where we need your help:

 Make Food Drive Collection Bins

March 1st through March 15th.
Help us get Passover food collection barrels decorated and ready.

 Deliver Food Donation Bins

Passover Food Drive begins March 19 and ends on April 7.

Deliver Passover food donation bins to area temples and day schools and pick up when drive is over.

 Office Assistance

Help us with our next mailing. March 28th is a firm mailing date.

 Food Drive Sorters

Late March and early April. 
Adults and teens to help us sort food from our food drive.

 Food Packing

March 20th to March 25th (times to be arranged)
Adults and teens to pack food packages for seniors

Delivering Passover Food Packages

March 21st until March 28th (times to be arranged)
Deliver a Passover food packages and friendly visit to local seniors.  

Deliver Passover Bags to Nursing Homes

March 23rd until early April (times to be arranged)
Deliver small Passover bags to seniors in facilities and nursing homes.

Help Us at our Small Plates Fundraiser

April 6.  Shifts available from 10AM through 8 PM.
Help us with set up, volunteering during the event and clean up. Great activity for teens over 16 and young adults.


If you would like to join our team of volunteers,
please contact:
Lori at
or call (408) 357-7467
with your availability and interest.


Can YOU Deliver Shabbat Meals?

deliveramealIt 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.  As Vlada Gelfond, JFS Assistant Executive Director says, “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 or (408) 357-7467.

Opportunities abound for adults, teens, children and families!

…and more! Volunteers do make a wonderful difference. Days and hours are flexible.

Lori Cinnamon at or (408) 357-7467

Volunteering for Kids, Teens and Families

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!

More Info:
Lori Cinnamon at or (408) 357-7467

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
Mindy Berkowitz, Executive Director
(408) 357-7455.

Knitzvah: Knitting for Good!

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.

To get a sense of their dedication and activity, here are two in-depth articles about who Knitzvah is and what they do: "Knitzvah Thriving," and "A Very Special Yarn."

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.


Meetings are held on Sundays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Adult Lounge, APJCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos

March 23, 2014 - Adult Lounge, APJCC
April 13, 2014 - Adult Lounge, APJCC
May 18 - Chai House
June 22 - Chai House


More Info:
Barbara Berlant at
Lori Cinnamon at or (408) 357-7467


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.

More Info:
Lori Cinnamon at or (408) 357-7467


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.

More Info:
Lori Cinnamon at or (408) 357-7467


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.

More Info:
Lori Cinnamon at or (408) 357-7467

ESL Tutoring

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.

More Info:
Lori Cinnamon at or (408) 357-7467


Career Mentors

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:
Helen Sappa, Job Developer
(408) 357-7459