Adults who live with disabilities or chronic illness often struggle with a sense of isolation and experience difficulty with life's daily tasks. You can help them to live fuller lives and provide practical support and a connection to the community. Orientation, training, and ongoing supervision are provided. Our bimonthly educational volunteer support groups provide volunteers a space to share experiences and learn.
JFCS volunteers and those from partnering organizations prepare and deliver hearty Jewish meals to people with AIDS, chronic illness, or disabilities. Delivery takes place on Sunday afternoons. Volunteer once or twice a month; families and individuals of all ages welcomed. Offered in San Francisco and on the Peninsula.
Provide companionship and practical support to adults in need of extra help. Possible activities include running errands, accompanying clients to appointments, attending cultural events, or just sharing a cup of coffee. Volunteers are matched with individuals living in their region. Schedules are flexible. Volunteer commitment is ongoing--once a week, for 2 - 3 hours. Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older. Offered in all regions.
Work closely with social workers to provide practical assistance to people who need extra personal support to get back on their feet after experiencing economic or emotional crises. Assignments range from one time to several meetings. Must be over 21 years of age. Offered in all regions.
The Tzedakah Corps is a group of passionate individuals who want to help JFCS strengthen our community through a “virtual” committee (without committee meetings) by working independently on a project-by-project basis. It’s an easy and fun way for busy people to give back to our community. At a time when so many more people are turning to JFCS for assistance, there are many ways your involvement in the Tzedakah Corps can really make a difference for struggling families and seniors. To name a few: donating to our Food Pantry on a monthly basis; writing personal and inspirational notes to your friends and family to support our Friends Campaign and fundraising galas; serving as a volunteer liaison to your synagogue or children’s or grandchildren’s school to promote JFCS services and programs; promoting our Seder Sacks campaign, where an $18 donation provides a Passover food bag to the elderly and most vulnerable; lending a hand with other special events and projects! Contact Claire Huntington O'Neill at 415-449-1256 or ClaireO@jfcs.org to learn more.
JFCS volunteers assist with preparing and delivering meals for Project Open Hand clients on Christmas Day. Offered in San Francisco. For more information or to volunteer, contact Rachel Kesselman at 415-449-1288 or RachelK@jfcs.org.
JFCS sponsors the only Sunday of the year on which volunteers can participate in a workday at the National AIDS Memorial Grove. (Workdays at the Grove generally take place on Saturday, which is Shabbat.) We beautify this part of Golden Gate Park, which honors those whom our community has lost to AIDS and those living with HIV/AIDS. A wonderful opportunity for individuals of all ages and families. This year, our workday will take place on Sun., Aug. 7, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Volunteers prepare income tax returns for low-income families and individuals.