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Volunteer Opportunities

JFS volunteers are a diverse group of Rochesterians, united by their passion for serving the community in meaningful ways – from delivering meals, providing companionship to older adults, supporting new moms, providing literacy services, and much more. We welcome individuals of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds to volunteer with JFS Rochester – join our family today!

Our Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with the Brighton Food Cupboard involves providing food and resources either at the Cupboard or by making deliveries to individuals and families facing food insecurity

Our Friendly Connections program connects older adults with volunteers that offer a check-in, and provide comfort and companionship. 

Volunteer with Pencils & Paper to help JFS Rochester provide free school supplies to teachers in high poverty schools.

The Nurture program brings the community together by matching volunteers with parents during the first year of their baby’s life. Volunteers are trained and supervised to support parents who are adjusting to parenthood, feeling isolated, or overwhelmed. 

If you have an hour a week to spare and are open to training in how to help children learn to read… you can be a literacy volunteer!

Help assemble and deliver food baskets so families can share time together over a festive meal for Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and Passover.

Are you a team, class, youth group, or family looking for a special way to give back to Rochester together? We have lots of options for your volunteer team. 

Give back to the community by conducting a food, hygiene, or school supply drive on behalf of JFS. 

Do you have a special skill or talent you think might help JFS Rochester’s work in our community? We’re always looking for people who want to get involved.

Our Volunteer Process

  1. Start NowComplete our online volunteer application and background check
  2. Meet the Team – Attend an interview with program staff
  3. Learn About Your Volunteer Role – Get trained and attend a quarterly volunteer orientation
  4. Track Your Time – Our easy-to-use system allows you to see the time you’re scheduled to volunteer and track your hours with each program
  5. Stay Connected to JFS Rochester – Get ongoing updates, opportunities, and event news to make sure you know everything happening at JFS!

Questions about volunteering with JFS Rochester? Contact Shannon Megna, Volunteer Coordinator, 585-371-6759.

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