Volunteer Opportunities at JFS

The JFS Volunteer Services mission is to engage volunteers in meaningful and fulfilling experiences, to build community through partnerships, and to demonstrate the JFS values of kindness, justice, and repairing the world.

We offer a variety of opportunities for involvement, including ongoing and one-time options. There is truly something for everyone who wants to help.

NEW! Carry Groceries Into Apartment in St. Paul
Carry groceries into a second floor apartment for a woman with a sprained knee in the Merriam Park area of St. Paul.
When: Days and times to be arranged with client. Help needed for the next 2-3 weeks or so.
Where: Merriam Park area near library in St. Paul
Details: Client sprained her knee and cannot carry grocery deliveries upstairs. She will see her doctor for follow up on 6/28 and needs help at least until then approximately 1x/week. She will need help starting late next week.
Interested? Contact Anne Myers to sign up at [email protected] or 651-359-7775.

NEW! Call Clients to Inform Them About a Survey
80 clients need to be called by July 17 to inform them about a survey being mailed to them from Medicare. Help our care coordinators complete these calls.
When: Flexible
Where: From your own home
Details: Calls will inform clients about something they may receive in the mail and encourage them to complete the survey. You will not be asking survey questions.
Interested? Contact Anne Myers to sign up at [email protected] or 651-359-7775.

Provide Spiritual Care Visits to Jewish Prisoners
Visit with male prisoners in a correctional facility who want to discuss Judaism.
When: Flexible
Where: Stillwater or Faribault
Details: Receive para chaplain training from Rabbi Lynn Lieberman to make one-on-one visits with prisoners who express interest in talking about Judaism and receiving spiritual support. Volunteer must be Jewishly knowledgeable.
Interested? Contact Anne Myers to sign up at [email protected] or 651-359-7775.

Represent the Jewish Community at the Twin Cities Pride Festival
What: Staff the J Pride booth at the Pride Festival and/or walk in the Pride Parade with the J Pride group.
When: Sunday, June 25 (see shifts on sign up link)
Where: Loring Park in Minneapolis
Details: J-Pride is seeking volunteers for Twin Cities Pride! They will be hosting a booth at Twin Cities Pride on Sunday, June 25 (10am-6pm), and are looking for community members to help us staff it. Volunteers will receive information about J-Pride and their program offerings to share with those who stop by the booth. They are also looking for anyone and everyone who wishes to celebrate LGBTQ+ Jewishness by joining them in the parade on Sunday morning!
Interested? Sign up at https://bit.ly/4281Rq2 or contact Isaac Ezra Jennings, J-Pride Program Coordinator, at [email protected]

Help Form A Men’s Group
Assist other volunteers and program staff in starting a men’s group at JFS
When: To be determined, possibly quarterly or monthly on Sunday mornings or weekday evenings
Where: At JFS office, 1633 W 7th St
Details: We are exploring starting a group for men. This would be an opportunity for men to gather, learn from a speaker, and have a discussion. It would also provide socialization. Volunteers may brainstorm ideas, recruit attendees, speak at meetings, and/or attend meetings.
Interested? Contact Anne Myers to sign up at [email protected] or 651-359-7775.

Drive Clients to Appointments as part of our new Volunteer Transportation Program
Drive JFS clients to medical appointments, errands and social outings
When: Mondays-Thursdays between 9 am-4 pm
Where: Throughout the Twin Cities Metro area
Details: Be part of our pilot program beginning in July. Drive clients in your own vehicle, using your own auto insurance. This is a great way to help our clients remain active and independent!
Interested? Contact Anne Myers to sign up at [email protected] or 651-359-7775.

Want to help in other ways? Reach out to discuss your interests and availability. Contact Anne Myers at [email protected] or (651) 359-7775.