We Need You!
Each year, Jewish Family Service volunteers donate thousands of hours helping us help others in our community. Volunteers are a vital part of JFS. Men and women of all ages and backgrounds generously give their time, energy and experience to help isolated seniors and others who may be struggling with difficult circumstances. Volunteers also provide professional assistance with various JFS programs and services. Their efforts bring smiles and comfort to those in need. Join them—and join us.
Whatever your skills or talent, JFS has a place for you. Whether you love to be a caregiver, work with crafts, read, teach, make new friends, or just talk on the phone, someone nearby needs your help.
Click here to register online via Volunteer Houston and become a "Fan" of Jewish Family Service or Neighbors4Neighbors Network.
If you have previously registered with Volunteer Houston, be sure to go into your profile and "Fan" JFS or N4NN
If you would prefer to download and application and send it in, click here to go to the JFS Volunteer Application or here to become a Neighbors4Neighbors Network Volunteer
Volunteer Opportunities include:
Provide support to the clinical or office staff. (Periodic need for reception, data-input, filing.)
To provide guidance to high school students as they prepare their college applications & essays, search for the appropriate college, locate scholarships, etc. (Financial Aid)
Supporting those in need following a disaster. We have supported families affected by the storms of 2015 & 2016 with the assistance of packing/unpacking/organizing. You would be added to the list of volunteers to contact following an event.
Employment Lab/Job Search Asst
Supports our employment program clients with research, creating and uploading documents, completing online applications, etc. (Open Lab times are currently Monday AM and Friday afternoon)
Assist an employment services client to stay on task, brain-storm networking, etc., as they work to find employment or build their small business.
Support for specific events throughout the year. Volunteer for one or more!Reel Hope... a Night at the Movies
ReelAbilities Film & Arts Festival
Examples of past events include:
These volunteers serve as a second set of eyes/ears for our Case Managers or for our Neighbors4Neighbors Network team. They make weekly personal visits (approximately 1 hr) to the homes of our Senior Adult clients to visit and make sure that they are OK. Some volunteers play games (chess/checkers), listen to stories of their families or past experiences, discuss current events, read (esp. to those who have lost their vision) or whatever brings the client pleasure.
Are you interested in helping a Senior to be able to stay in their own home and stay out of a retirement facility? Are you handy around the house and able to replace light bulbs, smoke alarm batteries, light yard work, clean gutters, etc? If so, we'd love to put you on our call list!
Mentors and adult with developmental or neurological differences as they perform job duties which will help them to become more self-sufficient.
Medical Appointment Buddy
Attend Dr appointments with a client who needs another set of ears or someone to take notes. You will not be asked to advise the patient, but they may need you to share your notes with a staff member or family.
Periodically our clients are in need of someone to help them to de-clutter or organize their household. If you are someone that likes to help others to set up systems that will make their lives easier, this job is for you!
Helps to review, clean up and edit photos taken by Celebration Company participants to process for sales on their website or via the gift shop. Must have experience, access to an editing program, access to drop box, and be able to work for 1-2 hours weekly.
Accountants/CPAs, Lawyers (Elder Law, Estates/Probate, Wills, Civil, Personal, Family), Insurance Professionals (to help clients chose best medical plans to fit their needs and income), medical professionals (Doctors/Dentists/Psychiatrists) and more are needed throughout the year. (We try to cycle our calls so that no one is over burdened.)
Assist our transitional employment (Celebration Company) clients as they create products which help to fund their program.
Speakers, musicians, performers interested in bringing Jewish content into local retirement communities (volunteer monthly or quarterly!).
Social Media Assistant
Celebration Company seeks someone that is social media savvy to help market their products; share participant celebrations; info about their program, etc. They can take pics and send to you with info and you would be responsible for posting to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc with a creative post/tweet.
Onpaid positions are always available (for those that need to build a resume or need credits) and paid positions are sometimes available in the summer. Contact us for more info!
Help to teach a Celebration Company, MainStreet Opportunities, or Senior client how to use technology more effectively. This may include software instruction; how to use a smart phone/iPad (Senior); how to Skype or use FaceTime; or how to use a new remote for their TV.
To provide tutoring to students K-12.
provide transportation for clients who are recovering from illness/surgery or are no longer able to drive. This will be on a case-by-case basis and you will be given the opportunity to accept or reject the jobs.
Senior Adult Volunteer Services are funded in part by