JFS Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers make a difference!

Volunteers are the lifeline of Jewish Family Services. You can make an important difference in the life of a needy child, a lonely older adult, a refugee family, or a person with a disability.

We need your help and support in providing transportation to older adults who have difficulty getting to doctor’s appointments, running errands, and attending JFS programs. We also need your help in becoming a friendly visitor for persons in the community who could benefit from extra social support each month. You may also serve as a leader in the community by helping to lead a weekly Shabbat Outreach service at one of our area senior congregate facilities. In addition, please don’t forget to donate your canned and non-perishable items to the JFS Food Pantry! Please contact Jordana Brown at 919-354-4924 or jbrown@shalomdch.org for more information about these or other volunteer opportunities.

Spring 2019 Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Passover Food Drive – March/April 2019
    • We will be collecting Passover items for Passover Food Bags through April 10th. A flyer will be posted in the Weiss Family Lobby at the Levin JCC with all of our needs.
  • Chaverim Seder – Wednesday, April 10th 11:00am-1:00pm
    • We always need extra hands for this event! This event will take place in the Sol Schechter Community Hall at the Levin JCC.
  • Passover Baking and with the JFS Cooking Club – Monday, April 15
    • We need help to make treats for Passover gift bags. This year, the volunteers for this event will join Rauch Tova and over three million people around the world in Good Deeds Day 2019!
  • Food Bag Packaging & Delivering – Tuesday, April 16th
    • We will pack and Deliver our Passover Food Bags to those in need in the community.

Become a JFS Volunteer today!

For those of you with particular talents and interests, we’re creative about matching your expertise with a variety of fun special projects including:

Shabbat Outreach

Do you have an hour to spare? Do a mitzvah and volunteer for JFS’s Shabbat Outreach program.

Shabbat Outreach volunteers lead a short Shabbat service on Friday afternoons for Jewish residents of two local long term care facilities. JFS provides the juice, service booklets, and other materials. All you bring is a loaf of challah and yourself! You may sign up for one Friday a month or more if you are available.

Please contact Jordana Brown at 919-354-4924 or jbrown@shalomdch.org for more information.

Fresh Produce/Food Pantry Delivery

There are members in our community who need to utilize the food pantry but are unable to physically get to the J to pick up these items. Volunteers are needed to pick up food items for these individuals. We ask that volunteers provide this service around our Fresh Produce day on 4th Wednesday of the month, but deliveries can be made at the volunteer’s convenience. Volunteer needs to have their car.

Cooking Club

The JFS Cooking Club meets approximately every other month, as a group, to cook for Chaverim, for holiday gift bags, and/or for special events. It is a great way to meet new people and give back to the community.

Chaverim Drivers/Servers

Drivers are needed for attendees of each Chaverim program, which runs once a month. Volunteers are also always needed to help set up/serve/clean up lunch after each program.

Friendly Visitors

Volunteers spend 2-4 hours a month helping run errands or visiting with a senior or homebound person in our community. They spend time going for a walk, talking about books, or exploring common interests.

Clerical & Administrative Help

Volunteers are occasionally needed to help make phone calls, stuff envelopes, write thank you notes, answer the phone, and help in the dozens of other little ways that are so important to make our organization run smoothly.

Community Mitzvah Projects

In partnership with other organizations, such as Community Midrasha, the Lerner Jewish Community Day School, and NC Hillel, volunteers work to make our community and the world a better place.

Sponsor-A-Family Program for Hanukkah

Bring joy and light this Chanukah to a Jewish family in need! Sign up to participate in the JFS Support-a-Family program. You will be assigned to a family anonymously, buy their presents, and drop them off at the Levin JCC before Chanukah. Suggested amount per family is $100-$200. Support on your own or have your friends participate with you. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to do with your family or Chavurah. Check back in December, 2019 for more information!