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Thank YOU for considering lending your heart and talents!

  Here are just some of the ways we need your help:

Kosher Meal Delivery to Homebound Older Adults
Use your car to deliver kosher meals to older adults. Pick up meals from the Albany JCC 11:00-11:30am and deliver to local older adult’s homes. Volunteer with a friend!
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Fall/Winter Yard Clean-up for Older Adults
Rake leaves or shovel snow for and older adult. A one or two-day commitment is preferred.
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Project 5
Drive older adults to appointments, one way or round trip. Hours are flexible, based on your availability. A clean driver’s license and inspected/insured car is required. Bring a friend!
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Grocery Shopping & Delivery
Help someone who can't shop. Coordinate on an agreed day and time to, shop at a designated Price Chopper using a special charge slip – no monies exchanged. This activity can be done with a friend!
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Friendly Visit with an Older Adult
Be matched with an older adult and arrange a weekly visit at an agreed time and day. This is a perfect volunteer program for Yiddish speakers.
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Reengagement Activities with an
Older Adult
Do puzzles, word games, crafts, or have topical discussions in person or virtually with an older adult. All activities are guided by a JFS Occupational Therapist and include adaptations and modifications to ensure a successful activity. Visits last 30-45 minutes.
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General Volunteer
Be called upon for task jobs such as: stuffing envelopes, packaging gift bags, or making phone calls.
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Move Donated Items
Help move donated items! This volunteer opportunity is an on-call basis with flexible hours.
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It’s easy to join the JFS volunteer team!

The JFS Community Volunteer Coordinator collaborates with  for JFS, Jewish Federation and the Albany and Schenectady JCCs to recruit volunteers for all organizations. We look forward to working with our volunteers to match them with the most fulfilling experience.

1. Please contact Rachel Gershon Rourke, JFS Community Volunteer Coordinator:
     518-722-4980, Ext 1003 or email Rachel. 


2. Complete this inquiry form. Completing the form does not obligate you to volunteer.

Please note:
1. Prior to starting, all  volunteers must complete our Volunteer Health Check-in Form.
You can also complete the form here as a pdf fill-in form and print it, or print it and write in your responses.

Please see our Confidentiality Statement.

What's the best part about volunteering for JFS?

Knowing that you are making a direct and positive impact to improve someone's quality of life.

I get that good feeling inside when helping someone else!

Providing immediate comfort to while connecting with my local Jewish community.

I enjoyed getting to know the people I delivered to and looked forward to seeing them!

See pics from our
2023 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast!