To volunteer for any of these programs, click here, to print a Volunteer Application.
The Friendly Visitor Program was created to expand the support system for Jewish seniors feeling isolated from the community. Jewish Family Services matches a volunteer with a senior for regular home visits. Our volunteers find this connection ultimately leads to a unique friendship and improves the quality of life for the senior.
Today our phones often ring for solicitation purposes. Many seniors’ phones are quiet most of the day. Do you enjoy talking on the phone? Consider calling a person on a weekly basis just to say hi and check in. A warm and inviting conversation can really lift the spirits.
Jewish Big Brother Big Sister is another volunteer opportunity created through the collaboration of Jewish Family Services and Big Brother Big Sister of Central Ohio. As a volunteer you can be the adult friend who helps guide the little brother or sister through life’s challenges. It is an exciting and rewarding volunteer experience that often develops into a special lifetime friendship.
Leah’s List was developed to help Jewish individuals and their families, facing various challenges, get the help they otherwise could not afford. Jewish Family Services is in partnership with professionals who volunteer their skills and knowledge in specialized situations. Some of the requests have included legal advice, health care needs, automobile service, home repair, and housing. We are always looking for additional persons to offer their skills and talents to help others that are at a crossroads in life.
Special Projects occur throughout the year at Jewish Family Services. If you are interested in participating in time limited volunteer opportunities please let us know. To give you an idea of ways current volunteers assist Jewish Family Services see the list below:
- High Holiday Food Gift Bags
- December Holiday Gift Drive
- Passover Gift Bags
- General Agency Clerical Assistance
- Database Entry
- Writing Articles
- Picking up Donations (such as clothing and furniture)
Senior Transportation and Volunteer Engagement is also important because it offers volunteers an opportunity to give back to the community in a meaningful way. Participating in this effort is not just about providing a ride. It’s about helping to break the cycle of isolation and loneliness that so many non-mobile seniors face. It’s about human companionship and true chesed.
All drivers will receive a gas card to defray the cost of the rides. Training will be provided. Jewish Family Services will arrange your volunteer hours around your regular schedule. Please consider helping out.