Volunteer Opportunities

We Need You!

Each year, JFS volunteers donate thousands of hours helping our clients in the community. Volunteers are a vital part of how we are able to help by generously giving 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 programs and services. Their efforts bring smiles and comfort to those in need.

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. If you would like a meaningful volunteer opportunity, please join us! It only takes a couple of minutes to complete our online Volunteer Application. As a HIPAA compliant agency, your Volunteer Job may require annual HIPAA training and quiz. In addition, because we work with a vulnerable population, all volunteers that work directly with clients are also required to provide a recent background screening (if you have one) or to use our screening system which has a nominal fee.

Fill out our Volunteer Application here!

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 an 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:

Clerical Assistant

provide support to the clinical or office staff. (Periodic need for reception, data-input, filing.)

College Counselors

To provide guidance to high school students as they prepare their college applications & essays, search for the appropriate college, locate scholarships, etc. (Financial Aid, periodic need)

Disaster Assistance

Supporting those in need following a disaster with the assistance of packing/unpacking/organizing or mentoring a family through their recovery. You would be added to the list of volunteers to contact following an event and may be contacted months after an event based upon the recovery period. You are not obligated to accept each job you’re contacted about.

Drivers

Provide transportation for clients who are recovering from illness/surgery or are no longer able to drive due to age or disability. This will be on a case-by-case basis and you will be given the opportunity to accept or reject the jobs. SPECIAL APPLICATION, LIABILITY RELEASE & BACKGROUND SCREENING ARE REQUIRED.

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)

Employment Mentor

Assist an employment services client to stay on task, brain-storm networking, etc., as they work to find employment or build their small business.

Events

Support for specific events throughout the year including, but not limited to: annual fundraising event, ReelAbilities: Music Film & Art Festival, local markets/festivals, etc.

Friendly Visitors

These volunteers serve as a second set of eyes/ears for staff that work with seniors. Visitors make weekly personal visits (approximately 1 hr) to the homes of our Senior Adult clients to check-in on them. 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.

Handi(wo)man

Are you interested in helping a Senior or disabled community member to be able to stay in their own home? 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!

Job Coach

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.

Organizational Assistant

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!

Photo Editor

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.

ProBono Volunteers

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.)

Project Assistant

Assist our transitional employment (Celebration Company) clients as they create products which help to fund their program.

Senior Chavurot

Sspeakers, musicians, performers interested in bringing Jewish content into local retirement communities (volunteer monthly or quarterly!).

Summer Intern

Unpaid 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!

Tax Preparer

Train with Beyond Careers to become IRS-Certified (fall training). Must be available to assist on Monday evenings (weekly or bi-weekly) at the JFS offices (Jan – April)

Technology Support

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.

Tutors

to provide tutoring to students K-12.




Future Programs

Drivers

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

Houston Jewish Community Foundation



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