Volunteer Opportunities

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:

Clerical Assistance

Provide support to the clinical or office staff (reception, data-input, filing)

College Counselors

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

Disaster Assistance

Supporting those in need following a disaster. We are currently still supporting families affected by the storms of 2015 with the assistance of packing/unpacking/organizing.

Events

Support for specific events throughout the year. Volunteer for one or more!

Upcoming events include:

  • ReelHope... a Night at the Movies (June 5th)
  • ReelAbilities Film & Arts Festival (Feb 19-23, 2017)
  • Kosher Chili CookOff (March 5, 2017).

Friendly Visitors

These volunteers serve as a second set of eyes/ears for our Case Managers. 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. (Senior Adult Services)

Handi(wo)man

Are you interested in helping a Senior to be able to age 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! (Senior Adults and Neighbors4Neighbors Network)

Job Coach

Mentors and adult with developmental or neurological differences as they perform job duties which will help them to become more self-sufficient. (Celebration Company or MainStreet Opportunities)

Mentor

Mentor an employment services client as they work to find employment or build their small business.

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! (Counseling)

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) and medical professionals (Doctors/Dentists/Psychiatrists) are needed throughout the year. We try to cycle our calls so that no one is over burdened.

Project Assistant

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

Senior Chavurot

Speakers, musicians, performers interested in bringing Jewish content into local retirement communities (1 hr).

Summer Intern

Both paid and unpaid positions are often available. Summer 2016 has positions in Development, ReelAbilities Film Festival (Shell Paid Internship), and a Summer Transitional Employment Program (ages 16-26) in partnership with Easter Seals.

Technology Support

Help to teach a 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. (Employment Services, Senior Adult Services or Neighbors4Neighbors Network)

Tutors

Provide tutoring to students K-12. (Financial Aid)

Future Programs    (LET US KNOW IF YOU'RE INTERESTED)

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.

Cyber Seniors

Help to train seniors to use technology! The plan is to start with a 6-8 week small group session in a public space and then transition to one-on-one assistance, when necessary. This is a national program that has materials which will be adapted for our needs. (Employment Services, Neighbors4Neighbors Network and Senior Adults)

For More Information:

For more information, or to volunteer for an activity, contact Lynae Novominsky (lnovominsky@jfshouston.org), Coordinator of Volunteer Services at (713) 667-9336 or contact us via email or by using our volunteer page.

Senior Adult Volunteer Services are funded in part by

Houston Jewish Community Foundation



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