Volunteer Opportunities

To find an optimal volunteer role at JFCS, please see a selection of current needs below. A volunteer application and background check may need to be completed. 

To learn more, please contact JFCS at Volunteers@jfcsnnj.org, call (201) 837-9090 x238, or fill out this inquiry form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

JFCS Volunteer Inquiry

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Kosher Meals on Wheels

Volunteer drivers deliver a box of seven frozen kosher meals to clients in Bergen and Passaic counties. Drivers typically deliver once a week to between one and five clients in a small geographic area that is convenient to them. There is also a need for dedicated substitute volunteers who are willing to take over routes for shorter periods while regular drivers are sick/away.

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Shabbat Meals Program

Volunteers on the Shabbat Meals program deliver a hot meal to a Holocaust survivor every Thursday afternoon. The meals are picked up from Dougie’s BBQ in Teaneck. Most drivers have between 1-3 clients.

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Friendly Visitors

The Friendly Visitor program is designed to provide socialization to homebound, isolated seniors who may not otherwise receive many visits or have much contact with people outside of the care that is provided to them. Friendly Visitors go to the client’s home, usually once a week for about an hour, and spend time chatting with the client, or sometimes doing other activities like playing games or a musical instrument.

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Telephone Reassurance

Telephone Reassurance is a program similar to Friendly Visitor for individual clients who are unable to or prefer not to have a volunteer in their home. Volunteers will call once or twice a week for 15-20 minutes to check in on the client and provide some socialization.

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Cooking Companions

Cooking Companions prepare a home cooked meal for a homebound senior twice a month and share the meal with the client in the client’s home. This program is intended to promote good nutrition, as well as to provide socialization over a delicious meal, a format that many seniors particularly enjoy. Ingredient costs are reimbursed to the volunteer by the agency.

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Café Europa

Volunteers can come to our regular Café Europa luncheons for Holocaust survivors to help set up and break down the room, serve food and socialize with survivors.

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Food Pantry

Volunteers in the food pantry help stack shelves, deliver food to clients as well as pick up deliveries from grocery stores and other donation sources. There are also one off opportunities for food drives and stocking shelves after hours.

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Club Ed

Club Ed volunteers assist with anything from homework help for elementary school aged children to leading group activities in one of our affiliated school districts. This program takes place after school and is perfect for younger volunteers.