Volunteer Opportunities - JFCS of Greater Philadelphia

Give back and find great ways to engage with your community (while maintaining safe, physical distancing guidelines.)

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Moshe Rothman

Moshe Rothman shares why he enjoys volunteering with JFCS’ Baking with a Mission program, where he and other persons living with disabilities bake challah and other delicious treats for those struggling with food insecurity.

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Marla Luterman

Marla Luterman talks about her first meaningful volunteering experience at JFCS and why she loves volunteering with our persons with disabilities.

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Lila & Mia Schwartzberg

JFCS Junior Board Member Mia and her sister Lila from JFCS’ Teen Empowerment Program share their favorite JFCS volunteer experiences and why volunteering with JFCS is so meaningful to them.

Messages of Hope

Join Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager Emalie Clamage for some in-home volunteering. Write and decorate meaningful messages of hope and comfort that you can share with homebound JFCS clients experiencing isolation.

Decorate Kindness Rocks

Spread hope in a difficult time! Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager Emalie Clamage shares a great family-friendly art project that helps us all remember that we are not alone.

Volunteer To Deliver Groceries

Volunteer to Deliver Groceries: Looking for an opportunity to give back? Learn about our bi-weekly, no-contact grocery deliveries to homebound JFCS clients from Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager Emalie Clamage. Sign up to volunteer at jfcsphilly.volunteerhub.com/lp/groceries/ 

No-Sew Face Masks

Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager Emalie Clamage shares two techniques for making no-sew face masks. Make these masks for yourself and your family, or donate them to JFCS and we will share them with our clients and partner organizations like Project HOME. Mask donations can be mailed to The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS, 345 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.


JFCS Volunteer Opportunities

For more information on any of the opportunities listed below, please contact Emalie Clamage, Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager, at 267.256.2131 or eclamage@jfcsphilly.org.

For Everyone

No-Contact Grocery Delivery
JFCS will be offering No-Contact grocery delivery to our clients scheduled now until the end of the summer. Volunteers pick up groceries from the Brodsky Enrichment Center parking lot in Bala Cynwyd and drop off at the homes of our clients across the Philadelphia region following safe social distancing practices. To sign up for a shift, CLICK HERE

Friendly Call-In Line
The Friendly Call Line is a place where anyone, regardless of if they are a JFCS client, who may be feeling lonely or isolated can speak with an empathetic adult volunteer who will provide a listening ear. Friendly Callers Line volunteers are here to provide much needed comfort and socialization to those who might feel isolated during this difficult time. Call-In line volunteers will have calls forwarded directly to their phones in four hour shifts and all volunteering can be done safely from your own home. To learn more, reach out to Emalie Clamage, Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager.

Adopt-An- Older-Adult
Give back to JFCS clients by taking part in our “Adopt-An-Older-Adult” program! Families will be matched with a Holocaust survivor or older adult who takes part in our programming, and deliver a monthly mitzvah right to their doorstep. For our first month, we’ll be putting together care packages of snacks, activities, and more, and dropping them off at their seniors house following proper social distancing guidelines. All drop-offs can be done on your own schedule. It’s a great way to keep your kids engaged in community service through the whole summer! To sign up, CLICK  HERE

Lead A Book Club
Help facilitate a Zoom book club with members of JFCS’ ELECT Summer jobs program! A great opportunity for book lovers who want to work with engaged teens! To learn more, reach out to Emalie Clamage, Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager.

Lead a Group for People with Disabilities
We are always searching for people who can facilitate a session with our people with disabilities over Zoom, whether you are a fitness or yoga instructor, acting teacher, or meditation expert. If you have a special talent you’d like to share, reach out to eclamage@jfcsphilly.org.

For Teens and Bar Mitzvah Students

Make New Friends with the Network!
We are looking for high schoolers to join our online Teen Network program for teens with disabilities, creating a more inclusive environment and making lasting friendships with participants. Take part in our fun weekly Zoom calls and make new friends while giving back! Sign up by emailing volunteer@jfcsphilly.org.

Recipe Testing
Help out our clients with disabilities write their cookbook by testing recipes at home and giving your feedback! Participants receive three recipes, give their notes, and will participate in calls with our clients to give their feedback! Sign up by emailing eclamage@jfcsphilly.org.

Make a friend in a new generation by making weekly calls to seniors who are clients of JFCS! You’ll help them feel less isolated and learn a lot from them too. To learn more, reach out to Emalie Clamage, Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager.

For Companies

Summer Career Speakers
Talk to youth in our summer job readiness program about your chosen field, how you got on your career path, and about what its like to work in your industry. This is a great opportunity for individual employees or a small group or department to join together to give some education on your industry. We are seeking experts from a large variety of different fields to talk to our students, who have very diverse work interests! To learn more, reach out to Emalie Clamage, Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager.

Resume and Interview Coaches
We are currently seeking resume and interview coaches to meet with teens later in the summer over Zoom to provide feedback on resumes and give mock interviews to prepare our youth for the working world. Provide constructive feedback and help teens think critically about how to best promote themselves as they enter the job market. For more info, reach out to Emalie Clamage, Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager.

“Give Back” Happy Hour
Give your Zoom happy hour or team building meeting a meaningful twist by participating in one of our “Give Back” Happy Hours. Participants will hear about our programming from a JFCS staff person and be lead in an at home activity that helps to give back from the community, like writing cards to homebound seniors or making kindness rocks for our Holocaust survivors. Each session is completely customizable and we can work with you to match your staff to a program that best serves your priorities in the community, whether it be immediate COVID response for those struggling economically or working with teen parents, seniors, or adults with disabilities. To learn more, reach out to Emalie Clamage, Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager.

Boost your mental and physical health during the pandemic by volunteering virtually

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