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For more information, contact Sandra Lusher-Waterhouse at 216.378.3475

You Can Make A Difference!
Volunteers are a vital part of Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland. Men and women of all ages and backgrounds generously give their time, energy, and experience to help isolated seniors,  people with disabilities, and many others in need. All of our volunteers exemplify the true meaning of care and compassion.

Why volunteer?

Rabbi Hillel, taught us “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”

JFSA Cleveland has a strong community presence, providing social services since 1875.  We are a nationally accredited, non-sectarian organization that assists more than 5,000 clients each year.  As a nonprofit organization, JFSA has made a commitment to finding good-fit opportunities for volunteers that recognize the unique talents and skills of young adults, baby-boomers and older adults.  As a JFSA volunteer, you can be part of a team that prides itself in offering compassionate services and outreach to others in need.

Volunteering can add a great deal to your life and the lives of those you help.  It offers you a chance to become involved in a project or with an organization you really care about, as well as an opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life. Best of all, you have the opportunity to try out something different, make a meaningful contribution to your community, and experience the benefits and gratification derived from helping others.

Our residential clients enjoy having visitors! Be a regular visitor to one of our residential homes located throughout Northeast Ohio. Play board games, sing or play an instrument, or do an art project. All volunteers are supervised by an on-site staff member. Suitable for adults or children accompanied by an adult. Evenings and weekends.

The Horvitz YouthAbility program helps disabled and at-risk youth by engaging them in volunteer service and social enrichment activities. You can assist the program director with a variety of activities conducted weekdays, evenings and weekends, including community projects, transportation, annual play production and many more.  Suitable for adults and students.

Work with community organizations and individuals to help keep our food pantry filled year round. Suitable for adults, families and students. Weekdays.

Make the holidays meaningful by sharing the celebration at our residential sites. Light Shabbat candles, blow the shofar, cook up some potato latkes or lead an activity. Suitable for all ages.

Brighten the day of a Holocaust Survivor or other elderly adult with visits, excursions, a game of cards and other activities. Visit once a week or once a month. We encourage these volunteers to make at least a 6-month commitment. Suitable for adults and families. Weekdays and weekends.

Deliver nourishing meals to elderly and disabled adults on the eastside. Some light lifting and possible stairs. Buddy up with a friend and share the deliveries and the rewards! Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle and proof of insurance. Suitable for adults. Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings only.

Drive Holocaust Survivors to and from their homes (eastside) to Café Europa, a weekly social gathering at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle and proof of insurance. Suitable for adults. Wednesdays 2:00–4:00 p.m.

If you are proficient in reading and translating German or Hungarian, you can help translate letters and documents associated with Holocaust Reparation claims. Suitable for adults.

Help individuals for whom English is a second language and would like to improve their speaking skills. Suitable for adults.

Many of our elderly clients would enjoy a “class” to keep them sharp and learning new things. We welcome those of you that have something interesting to share, including topics like travel, literature, history, health and nutrition. Suitable for adults.

Each spring, local high school students are invited to audition and interview to participate in the Know Abuse™ drama troupe and student advisory panel for the upcoming school year. Students receive community service hour credits. High school students only.

Sponsor a group activity at your community location. Invite our clients to a dance, sing-a-long or bingo games. Suitable for all ages. Evenings and weekends.

Often we have requests for a one-time or occasional need. Be “on call” if you are willing to help out on occasion. Suitable for adults.

Do you enjoy singing, playing an instrument or have another talent to share? Whether you are solo or have a group we have many opportunities for you to entertain clients. Suitable for all ages.

Volunteer Services are funded in part by:

JFSA Volunteer Activities and Education Endowment Fund