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Volunteering at Jewish Family Services

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Jewish Family Services is able to provide services to those in need in part because of the help we receive from volunteers. Everyone has something to contribute. If you have thought about volunteering, we can help you get started!

Making a Difference

You can make a difference and become part of a rewarding experience through the JFS Volunteer Services Program. Volunteers perform an important role in fulfilling the agency’s mission of service to the community. You are never too young or too old to make a difference in someone’s life.

There are opportunities to volunteer once a week, once a month or once a year, depending on your schedule and our needs. We want to help you find the best match for your skills and interests and will conduct a thorough interview with you help you find the volunteer position that best meets your needs. Our philosophy is that volunteers are an integral part of our agency and staff, and will make every effort to make this a positive experience that meets your goals and expectations.
If you would like more information about volunteer opportunities with Jewish Family Services, please call (734) 769-0209 or e-mail volunteer@jfsannarbor.org.

Ongoing Opportunities

Employment Department Volunteers:

We offer assistance to all individuals in our community, including resettlement clients and PATH participants, in their search for employment. JFS additionally provides vocational services, pre-employment training, placement and support to local jobseekers. Clients from a variety of backgrounds, occupations and levels of education benefit from our services. Learn more►

English as a Second Language (ESL) Volunteers:

We have two volunteer positions in ESL, ESL Teachers and Conversation Partners. Learn more►

Food Pantry Assistants:

Donate your time to the only Specialty Food Pantry in Washtenaw County. Learn more►

Friendly Visitors:

These special friends provide companionship and socialization opportunities to isolated older adults. Learn more►


Multilingual volunteers help us serve our diverse client population. Learn more►

JFS Office Assistance:

JFS has many on-going projects and administrative needs at our office. Learn more►

Partners in Care Concierge:

Support older adults and their caregivers by accompanying clients to medical appointments. Learn more►

Professional Services:

Individuals with professional experience in the areas of development, grant writing, public relations, marketing, and finance are needed. Learn more►

Resettlement Volunteers:

As a resettlement agency, JFS works with many refugees and immigrants from all over the world. Learn more►  

One-Time Opportunities

Meals on Wheels Christmas Day

Volunteering for Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels has become a tradition for JFS. Each year, we recruit volunteers to deliver meals to home-bound individuals living in Washtenaw County. There are many routes throughout Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, and, depending on various factors, volunteers spend between one and two hours delivering hot meals and sack lunches to customers. If you are interested in volunteering your time on Christmas Day, we would be happy to keep you informed on this unique volunteer opportunity. Please email volunteer@jfsnnarbor.org to be added to our Meals on Wheels email distribution list. Thank you in advance for your willingness to help make a difference!