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​​​​​At JFS SV a broad range of volunteer opportunities for individuals, 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) strengthen all who participate, from the youngest children to their grandparents.

Holiday Giving, Back-to-School Program, and Emergency Food Distribution

Dozens of JFS SV volunteers contribute in a multitude of ways each year for our annual Passover Food Drive, Embrace-A-Family Hanukkah program, and our Equipped To Learn Backpack Drive.

Host a Zoom Parlor Meeting
Love what JFS does? We’re looking for people who are interested in hosting a 

meeting that shares JFS’ work with friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc.  Host a Zoom

meeting focused on one of our programs or “JFS 101” to cover everything we do.

You get the people, we’ll do the work. We promise to inspire them and tell how they

can make a difference.  For more info, contact Lori Cinnamon:


Refugee Support

There are variety of ways to volunteer to help refugees that includes: ESL tutoring, mentoring for job searches, driving clients to appointments, donating and delivering snacks and food, creating an employment network, delivering food and furniture to refugee families, hold and spearhead group events and projects, or donate to our Emergency Fund for Refugees.  Learn More.

Friendly Visitors
Create a lasting friendship with an isolated senior or disabled adult through weekly visits. Our Friendly Visitors always say they get so much more than they give.  JFS is in need of empathetic and committed volunteers to become Friendly Visitors.  A JFS Friendly Visitor is matched up with an isolated senior for a weekly or every other week visit.

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.  Learn More.

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 meets monthly to create beautiful handmade items for preemie babies in the NICU, for our elderly who appreciate warm lap blankets, for 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.  Learn More.

Career Mentors
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.

Volunteering at Jewish Family Services requires a screening process.

For more info on any of these opportunities, please contact:

Lori Cinnamon, MBA
Manager of Volunteer and Community Engagement
(408) 357-7456

How You Can Help Refugees

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How You Can Help Refugees

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