Volunteer

Volunteers are an integral part of our Jewish Family Services team and Middlesex County. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of dedicated individuals who contribute their unique talents, skills, and knowledge to make an impact in our community. Our goal is to connect volunteers to a vital role in the agency or for the greater Middlesex County area via the RSVP program which is a positive and enriching experience for volunteers and clients alike.

If you want to help make a difference in your community, Jewish Family Service can use your help. We have volunteer opportunities in many of the programs and services that we offer as well as opportunities throughout Middlesex County. To learn about volunteer opportunities or for more information contact Phyllis Freed, Volunteer Coordinator at 732-777-1940, or phyllisf@jfsmiddlesex.org

Volunteer Opportunities

CAREER SERVICES – The JFS Career and Women’s Centers offer comprehensive career services to assist the unemployed, underemployed, career changers, women in transition, new Americans and early retirees in entering or reentering the workforce. If you have a background in Human Resources, Resume Writing (and cover letters too), enjoy helping with job search and interviewing skills, Career Services can definitely use your skill sets!

COMPUTER INSTRUCTORS – Do you like to teach others? Do you enjoy the computer? We can use your help to teach computer classes for Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Intuit Quick Books. Teaching can be done on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting.

DELIVERING KOSHER MEALS ON WHEELS – Brighten up the day of a homebound individual. Deliver a meal; say a few words to a person who may not see anyone else during that day. You are needed to deliver Kosher Meals on Wheels from one of our two locations, Highland Park and Monroe Township. JFS delivers Kosher Meals on Wheels throughout Middlesex County. Days, times and routes vary.

FRIENDLY VISITOR – Often elderly adults face the risk of becoming isolated over time from their communities, friends and family. Jewish Family Services sends volunteers to the homes of these isolated senior adults to provide socialization and a sense of connectedness to the community. Telephone calls provide additional support by offering more frequent contact and reassurance.

The Friendly Visitor program supervises, recruits, trains, and matches volunteers to provide assistance to seniors 65 and older in Middlesex County. Many are frail, lonely, and vulnerable. Volunteers may provide help through companionship, arranging for medical appointments and transportation. Days and Hours vary.

FOOD PANTRY – Over the past number of years, due to the economy and limited income many individuals and families find it difficult to meet their needs.  The JFS Kosher Food Pantry is designed to aid and supplement the unique challenges of affording kosher food. The high cost of kosher foods makes it difficult for Jewish families to uphold their traditions with dignity. Our services are available to anyone in need — regardless of their ethnic origin or religious preference. Volunteers are needed to pack and distribute bags of food. Training is available on Fridays.

HOSTS AND HOSTESSES – Enjoy working with seniors? Volunteers are needed to assist with our Senior Socialization Programs. JFS Volunteers may serve seniors, make coffee or tea, distribute information, and most importantly, be a friend to those who participate in the group. Do you have a special interest you would like to present to the group; can you teach them something new? Please let us know. What you do can make a senior’s life more interesting.

KOSHER MEALS ON WHEELS (KMOW) – Only through the team of dedicated KMOW volunteers can we provide Kosher Meals on Wheels to the many seniors who are homebound, disabled, unable to shop and/or cook for themselves. The program delivers hot and cold meals Monday through Friday. Volunteers work alone or in teams to make their Kosher Meals on Wheels deliveries in Middlesex County. Drivers and “jumpers” are needed. The “jumper” is the person who gets out of the car to bring the meal into the home. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, one day a week for 2 hours from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or as a substitute on an as-needed basis. Drivers must have a valid NJ driver’s license, their own car, and be insured. If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer to be a driver or a jumper call JFS at 732-777-1940. Your help will be appreciated.

OFFICE WORKERS – Did you work in an office at some point in your life and you don’t want to lose you grasp of computer fundaments such as data entry or Microsoft Office programs? We can really use your skills. Volunteers are needed at the JFS Monroe office especially on Friday mornings.

RSVP of Middlesex County 55+ Volunteer Program –   The Corporation of National and Community Services awarded the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) grant to Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County. RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people ages 55 and older. RSVP is a federally funded program whose mission is to provide opportunity for individuals 55 years of age and older to provide volunteer service in their community. It has over 500,000 members nationwide.

The program identifies volunteers and volunteer opportunities in the county and makes a careful connection. Numerous RSVP volunteer opportunities are available throughout Middlesex County. Each volunteer opportunity is different; requiring different skills, level of commitment, and training. Volunteers can choose where to serve, when to serve, how much time they want to serve, and whether to share their skills or develop new ones.

Interested In Becoming A JFS Or RSVP Volunteer?

Phyllis Freed, Volunteer Coordinator of the JFS Volunteer Program and RSVP of Middlesex County, is dedicated to finding the perfect match for each volunteer. For more information, contact Phyllis Freed at 732-777-1940 or phyllisf@jfsmiddlesex.org.

Potential volunteers can come to the JFS Milltown office where they can review a number volunteer opportunities available at our Milltown and Monroe offices or through the RSVP program. A trained Volunteer Coordinator will assist you. This assistance ensures that volunteers are placed in a position that matches their skills, desired time commitment and interests.

Use the following 5 forms to apply to be a volunteer.

Click Here for Volunteer Application

Click Here for Volunteer Confidentiality Form

Click Here for Volunteer Authorization to Release Information Form

Click Here for Volunteer Authorization to Release Driving Information Form

Click Here for Volunteer Photo Release Form