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Volunteer Opportunities 

 

Jewish Federation volunteers share a passion for doing good and a commitment to collective action — and know how good it feels to make a meaningful difference. All you need is the desire to get involved. You may just find that you get just as much as you give.

To learn about how to get involved in your Jewish community, please contact Addie Lewis Klein at alewis@jewishphilly.orgTo join a Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia committee, please contact Shara Swift at sswift@jewishphilly.org.

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MITZVAH FOOD PROGRAM

Deliver pre-packed bags of food and emergency supplies. Drivers are needed from the Mitzvah Food Pantry sites in Main Line and Northeast Philadelphia. Someone will be in touch to schedule your exact pickup time. Deliveries generally take less than two hours. To learn more and volunteer, click here.

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KleinLife

KleinLife's Home Delivered Meals program fills an essential need for 700 homebound seniors. Volunteers coordinate a weekly time (delivery day is Tuesdays) and deliver pre-cooked meals. To learn more and volunteer, click here.

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JEWISH RELIEF AGENCY (JRA)

JRA helps nourish over 6,000 diverse low-income individuals across Greater Philadelphia. Opportunities for all ages include packing kosher food boxes at JRA’s Food Distribution warehouse and delivering those boxes to clients.

To learn more and volunteer, click here or contact jra@jewishrelief.org or 610.660.0190.

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WRITE A LETTER OR CARD TO a community member

We are collecting letters and messages to be included in food packages that will be distributed to Mitzvah Food Program clients. This is a great activity for all ages! Send to:

Mitzvah Food Program Northeast - Food Pantry: 10100 Jamison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116

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LIFT A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR'S SPIRITS

We are collecting short videos of well wishes for home-bound and isolated Holocaust survivors. Take a short, positive video of you or your family and send it to brazin@jewishphilly.org.

Volunteer With the Jewish Federation & Partner Organizations

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FRIENDS OF JEWISH CEMETERIES

Protect and maintain our region's most historic Jewish cemeteries. We need volunteers for a number of projects, including community cleanups, genealogical research and more.

To learn more and volunteer, click here.

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JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN'S SERVICES

JFCS is a human services agency serving vulnerable populations throughout Greater Philadelphia. They offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, including connecting with children, Holocaust survivors, and people with disabilities. B'nai mitzvah volunteer projects are also available.

To learn more and volunteer, click here.

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ABRAMSON SENIOR CARE

This Jewish senior living and geriatric care facility welcomes volunteers of all ages. Opportunities include friendly visitors, librarians, hospice volunteers (training provided), Yiddish Club, games, art projects, and office support. Participate in programs and celebrations enriching resident life.

To learn more and volunteer, click here.

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NAZUN

Nazun brings people together to bake and sell challah in an effort to raise money and awareness for social justice causes.

To learn more and volunteer, click here or contact 267.423.4415.

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FEDERATION EARLY LEARNING SERVICES

Volunteers are needed to work in classrooms assisting teachers with young children, or for office work. Specific tasks are designed to meet volunteers’ skills and the needs of the classroom and center.

To learn more and volunteer, click here or contact 215.676.7550.

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HIAS PA

“Welcome the stranger” by supporting immigrants and refugees. Volunteers can collect school and housing supplies, help set up a home for a newly-arriving family, make welcome baskets, or spread the word by giving a presentation on the work of HIAS PA to their school or synagogue.

For a full list of ideas, click here and then contact community@hiaspa.org.

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JEWISH FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S SERVICE OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA (JFCS)

Volunteers for this social services organization help enrich the lives of those who are vulnerable and in need of help, including older adults, children and people living with disabilities. Opportunities include: helping with art therapy, cooking, celebratory and other programming at the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center, helping with the clothing-assistance program, delivering challahs to hospital patients, and “hands-on” service projects through Circle of Hands. B’nai Mitzvah projects welcome!

To learn more or volunteer, click here.

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FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE PHILADELPHIA REGION

Friendship Circle connects teens and young adults to youth with special needs and their families, offering Jewish and social experiences and developing friendships while participating in creative arts group activities, Jewish holiday celebrations, weekly playdates and more. This non-profit fosters the development of a caring, supportive community. Volunteer opportunities exist for adults as well.

To learn more and volunteer in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester or Delaware Counties, click here or contact info@phillyfriendship.com or 215.574.1765.

To volunteer in Bucks County,
 click here.

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MITZVAH CIRCLE FOUNDATION

This non-faith based organization provides materials that support individuals and families dealing with crises, poverty, homelessness and serious illness. Volunteers work alongside staff, sorting and organizing donations and assembling essential supplies.

To learn more and volunteer, click here or contact info@mitzvahcircle.org or 267.649.7610.

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THE MITZVAH BOWL

This comprehensive website is for finding mitzvah projects and volunteer opportunities for Bar/Bat Mitzvah students and high school students looking to fulfill community service hours. The Mitzvah Bowl offers resources for teens and families seeking a way to help others and make a difference.

To learn more, click here or contact info@themitzvahbowl.com.

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THE NORC @ JFCS

The NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) at JFCS is a fee-based membership program for individuals 60 and over within Northeast Philadelphia. This program helps members live safely and sustainably in their own homes with supportive services and interventions including care management, transportation, and home repair.

To learn more and volunteer, click here or contact lbarbour@jfcsphilly.org

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Our closet

Powered by JFCS, Our Closet is a volunteer-driven program with the goal of providing the basic need of clothing to vulnerable individuals and their families throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Volunteer responsibilities include collecting clothing from donors, sorting, bagging, and tagging clothing, running the pop-up shops, and hosting clothing drives.

To learn more and volunteer, click here or contact info@ourclosetpa.org.

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Maccabi USA

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports and promotes support for Israel, Zionism, and Jewish continuity through athletic, educational, and cultural experiences for participants of all ages. Athletic trainers, coaches, physicians, and many more volunteer jobs are needed for the games.

To learn more and volunteer, click here or contact maccabi@maccabiusa.com.

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Moving traditions

Moving Traditions emboldens Jewish youth to challenge gender stereotyping and other forms of discrimination and to pursue personal wholeness, caring connections, and a just and equitable world.

To learn more becoming a mentor for Jewish teens, click here.

 

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JEVS Human services

JEVS focuses on helping individuals with physical, developmental, and emotional challenges, as well as those facing adverse socio-economic conditions. JEVS’ volunteer program meaningfully engages individuals in the life of the organization and the work that it does to enhance the social capital of their clients.

To learn more and volunteer, click here.

 

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Teen opportunities

Looking for ways to get your teens more involved in the Jewish community?  To see volunteer opportunities and other programs, click here