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Want to be a volunteer? Contact Sandra Lusher-Waterhouse at 216.378.3475

Immediate Opportunities!!

Deliver Kosher Meals to Seniors
We currently have an immediate need for meals drivers! Spring and summer is a great time to spend delivering healthy kosher meals to older adults on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays between 8:30am and 10:30am. Take a friend with you! Many of our meals drivers like to volunteer in pairs.

Music Therapy with Holocaust survivors
You can enrich the lives of Survivors serving as a volunteer with our new music therapy program in conjunction with the Music School Settlement at University Circle. You will work one on one with survivors and assist with musical activities. Classes meet every Friday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm followed by lunch (provided) and a social hour from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. Our first session begins June 2, 2017 and continues until August 18th. Additional classes will be added over the summer.

Memoir Writing with a Survivor
Do you love to write? Are you a good listener? JFSA has a volunteer opportunity to assist a Holocaust survivor write her post-war memoirs. Weekly or bi-weekly at client’s home in Pepper Pike.

Friendly Visitor
You can add so much to an older person’s life just by having a friendly visit with them in person or by phone. Our Friendly Visitors spend time with older adults who are isolated and live alone and can include conversation, games, and activities of interest and/or outings in the local community. Volunteers also serve as a vital link with our staff and make them aware if they notice a change in their senior’s behavior, surroundings, or routine.

Day Support Program

JFSA’s Day Support program for adults with developmental disabilities needs a volunteer with an art background to lead art activities at our new B’nai Jeshurun Congregation location. We are also looking for someone who can share their yoga expertise with our clients in this program. Lots of flexibility is offered and you can choose your own day and time to volunteer.

YouthAbility Wants You!
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 on weekdays, evenings and weekends, including community projects, transportation, annual play production and more. Suitable for adults and students.

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