Volunteering for a JFCS is a wonderful way to get involved and give back to our community. Since these opportunities require individuals to interact with or perform support for our clients on a regular basis, new volunteers must fill out an application form, complete a background check, and submit all required paperwork before they are eligible to volunteer. See below for a full list of ongoing volunteer opportunities. Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, not all programs are currently utilizing volunteers.
NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES DURING COVID-19
Connect with one or more clients to provide necessary shopping, including groceries and other personal items.
Check in on an isolated senior weekly, biweekly, or as requested to provide companionship and help bring peace of mind for out of town family members.
Grocery Delivery Runners
Must be available Monday through Friday to deliver nonperishable groceries to clients in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties. No food shopping is required as all pantry items are provided by our Betsy & Peter Fischer Food Pantries. This is a contactless opportunity.
Teens with Talent
If you (adults or teens) have a special talent that you can share over Zoom with either Holocaust Survivors or Special Needs clients, please let us know! Examples include live performances, singing, playing an instrument, or exercise. This limited only by your imagination and may be a one-time or ongoing opportunity based on your desire and availability.
JFCS OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCE
Are you organized? Do you have experience working in an office? JFCS is always looking for additional help with filing, mailings, data entry, accounting, and more. Computer literacy skills are required. This program has been temporarily suspended during COVID-19 and will return as soon as restrictions are lifted.
BETSY & PETER FISCHER FOOD PANTRIES
Help stock, sort and pack bags of food in the Betsy and Peter Fischer Food Pantries. Volunteers may also deliver bags / boxes of groceries to home-bound individuals. This program has been temporarily suspended during COVID-19 and will return as soon as restrictions are lifted.
TAKE THE WHEEL VETERANS' TRANSPORTATION
Take the Wheel provides free, volunteer-based rides for veterans to medical appointments at local VA facilities. Take the Wheel services are available to Veterans living in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties.
Take the Wheel is currently available on a limited basis and will resume later this summer.
Help clients who are unable to drive maintain their independence by providing transportation to
medical appointments. In general, in order to receive volunteer-based rides to medical appointments,
one must first become a JFCS client, which includes having a scheduled Social Work Assessment.
To learn more, call 856-424-1333. This program will resume later this summer.
CATERED HOME DELIVERED MEAL DELIVERY
Deliver prepackaged, microwaveable kosher meals on a weekly basis to seniors or home-bound clients. We currently need volunteers who are willing to deliver meals to outlying areas (Sewell, Turnersville, Willingboro, etc.) as needed.
Bring friendship and companionship to seniors and home-bound adults through home visits and phone calls to isolated clients. We are always looking for volunteers who are willing to engage our clients. Matches are ongoing and it may take a few months to connect each volunteer with a client who has similar desires and interests. During the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers are providing visits via phone calls, video chat, and other virtual platforms.
HOSPICE SHABBAT VISITORS
Bring the comfort of Jewish traditions to seriously ill patients by bringing them challah, candles, and other traditional items to celebrate Shabbat. We are always looking for volunteers who are willing to drive to outlying areas including Medford, Pennsauken ,Willingboro, etc. This program is in partnership with Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice. This program has been temporarily suspended during COVID-19 and will return as soon as restrictions are lifted.
PATIENT PARTNERS ADVOCATES
Volunteer medical advocates provide transportation to and from doctor appointments, attend doctors’ visits with the clients, taking notes and helping the patient to understand important medical information and doctor instructions. Volunteers receive training for this service opportunity. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this program is available on a limited basis for in-person medical appointments. JFCS is currently seeking adults
(ages 18+) who wish to become Patient Partners advocates.
SHABBAT SHALOM VISITORS
Bring the warmth and spirit of Shabbat and the joy of Jewish holiday celebrations to Jewish residents in nursing homes and residential facilities by visiting and conducting services. This is an ideal opportunity for parents with young children. This program has been temporarily suspended during COVID-19 and will return as soon as restrictions are lifted.
SOUPS AND SWEETS PROGRAM HELPERS
Help out in the kitchen of our special needs culinary training program, assisting the students and chef with various supportive duties. This program has been temporarily suspended during COVID-19 and will resume when restrictions are lifted.
SPECIAL NEEDS RECREATIONAL ASSISTANTS
Assist with coaching basketball, soccer, softball, hockey teams, through our social and recreational programs for young adults with special needs. (Minimum age to coach is 18.) This program has been temporarily suspended during COVID-19 and will return as soon as restrictions are lifted.
SPECIAL NEEDS DAY PROGRAM HELPERS
Assist the day program for young adults with special needs by sharing your special skill (such as art or music) with our special needs clients, or offer a set of hands to help out in the classroom. This program has been temporarily suspended during COVID-19 and will resume when restrictions are lifted.
PRESCHOOL TEACHERS' HELPERS
Help out at the Sari Isdaner Early Childhood Center at the Katz Jewish Community Center. This is a perfect opportunity for middle school or high school students. This program has been temporarily suspended during COVID-19 and will resume when restrictions are lifted.