Volunteer

We have a JFS volunteer opportunity for every age and every stage.

In addition to how great it feels to help others, benefits include:

  • JFS volunteering makes a real difference in real lives.  You might be the reason an older adult without a car can still get to the doctor, send an e-mail to grandkids, or attend religious services.
  • Most opportunities work around your schedule – you pick how often and when you’re available.
  • We have projects that give all ages a chance to experience the joy of giving to others.
  • You can volunteer individually, with friends and family, or in groups.  The more the merrier.

You can make a difference in the life of someone who needs you.  For more information, contact Volunteer Engagement at (913)730-1410 or volunteer@jfskc.org.

Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to accept court-ordered volunteer service.

Start the volunteer application process online here.

JFS Food Pantry: Feeding the Hungry in Kansas City
The Jewish Family Services Food Pantry is our response to the ever-growing need for food assistance in Kansas City.  The JFS Food Pantry offers both VAAD-supervised kosher and non-kosher food, with such staples such as grains, dairy, protein, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.  Personal care and household items are also available when possible. JFS needs volunteers to help sort food donations, pick up donations from food drives and local grocery stores, organize and staff the pantry, make food deliveries to homebound clients, and assist clients who come to our pantry.

JET Express Volunteer Driver Program
When you volunteer as a JET Express driver, you use your own vehicle to give rides to older adults to help them stay active, independent, and connected to their community. Choose the rides you want to give based on your schedule. Pick how often and when you’re available. It’s a great way to make a real difference.  Click here for more information.

Help@Home: An Aging in Place Program
Are you handy and enjoy helping out? Can you hang pictures, change high light bulbs, put together a new bookshelf or do computer troubleshooting? Then volunteering with Help@Home is for you – the possibilities are endless!

JFS Holiday Projects
Our holiday projects help individuals and families for three holidays each year: Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and Hanukkah. Traditional foods for Passover and Rosh Hashanah are provided, as are gifts for Hanukkah. You can help in so many ways: donate holiday food, adopt a family for Hanukkah, help package items, or make deliveries. There are great volunteer opportunities for individuals and for the whole family.

Attorney Referral Program
As a legal professional, you may already know there’s a growing need for legal services right here in our own community by low-income or disadvantaged clients. More and more, our clients need legal help, and JFS invites you to assist with one pro bono case per year. Learn more about this program to see if it’s the right fit for you.

Friendly Visitor Program
In its effort to provide life-enriching services to older adults, this program will match a volunteer with an older adult for companionship and friendship. Research shows that the creation of caring and meaningful relationships can reduce depression, alleviate loneliness, and enhance the quality of life for older adults. Volunteers who become Friendly Visitors enrich their own lives with this rewarding experience.

For more information on volunteering contact Volunteer Engagement at (913)730-1410 or volunteer@jfskc.org.