Getting Started/FAQs

Interested in volunteering but aren’t sure if the opportunity is right for you? Below you can find answers to some of the frequently asked questions.

How do I become a JFS volunteer?

The first step in becoming a JFS volunteer is to complete the online Volunteer Application.  After your form is received, we will contact you to learn more about what you’re looking for in a volunteer opportunity and discuss available options. The next steps include an in-person interview, background check and training.

Do you have group volunteer opportunities? 

Yes, we offer a few group volunteer opportunities depending upon your interests. These primarily take place at SOVA, our food pantry. Group sizes are limited to 15 people. Please contact our Director of Volunteers at (213) 260-7919 for more information.

Do you have one-time only volunteer opportunities? 

The vast majority of our volunteer opportunities require a 6-month minimum commitment. However, we do offer a few one-time only volunteer opportunities. These primarily take place at SOVA, our food pantry, or helping at special events. For more information, please contact our Director of Volunteers at (213) 260-7919 for more information.

My child has a Mitzvah project she has to complete. What are my options?  

We offer several meaningful opportunities for Mitzvah projects. Depending upon your child’s interests, he or she can volunteer at SOVA (if over the age of 12), organize a food drive, organize a drive benefiting children and families at our shelters, host an event at our senior centers, and more.

I want to teach a (wellness, exercise, poetry, you name it!) class. How can I help? 

We would love to speak with you about what you’re willing to share with our clients. We offer clients in-person as well as virtual classes, and we’re always looking for new ideas. Please contact our Director of Volunteers at (213) 260-7919 for more information.

I am interested in interning as part of my Master’s program. How do I sign up? 

Please contact our Director of Volunteers at (213) 260-7919 for information about interning with JFS.

My child wants to volunteer. Do you have a minimum age for volunteering? 

Yes, our minimum age for volunteering is 12 years old. We do not offer opportunities for children younger than 12 even when accompanied by a parent.

I need to finish court-ordered hours. Can I volunteer with you?  

While you are welcome to volunteer with us, we are not able to complete court-ordered paperwork. 

Can I take pictures during my volunteer shift? 

No, we adhere to the strictest of guidelines regarding client confidentiality. As a result, we have a strict policy of no photography during volunteer shifts.  

Do you have holiday volunteer opportunities? 

Yes, we have several holiday volunteer opportunities, including helping at our Purim, Passover, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah events and more. Please contact our Director of Volunteers at (213) 260-7919 for more information.

I want to volunteer to organize a drive for items needed for your shelters or SOVA. Do you accept donations?

Yes, we accept new items for our shelters and have a wish list of our most needed items. This list can be found here. We also are in high need of canned food donations. Please contact our Director of Volunteers at (213) 260-7919 for more information about where to drop off your donations.

Questions?

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Please contact our Director of Volunteers & Training at (213) 260-7919