To give the gift of gloves is one matter, to hold a hand is something else. Volunteering through Jewish Family Service lets caring people like you make a contribution to the community through service, rather than or in addition to monetary donations. Our volunteer opportunities vary and can be tailored to your skills and interests. If you have a desire to help, the willingness to make a time commitment, and agree to work within our guidelines, we will wholeheartedly welcome you as a community volunteer! If interested in taking the next step, please complete the volunteer form. For more information, contact Kraig Johnson, Community Director, (760) 325-4088, ext, 101.
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Community members in California’s Coachella Valley are recruited to serve on the board of directors. Board members serve an initial one-year term, followed by two-year terms, if re-elected. Board meetings are held nine to 10 times a year, and members are expected to serve on at least one committee. There is an annual meeting, usually held in April.
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE AUXILLARY
The JFS Auxiliary is a vital group of dedicated volunteers who support the mission of JFS through a variety of planned activities and fundraising events. Proceeds from their events benefit JFS community programs including holiday gift giving, Shabbat-in-a-Bag, camp scholarships and emergency assistance. If you would like to meet others who share your values of Tzedakah through planned activities, please consider becoming part of the JFS Auxiliary.
LET’S DO LUNCH!
The Let’s Do Lunch! program is designed is designed to decrease isolation and increase mental stimulation by providing isolated seniors with twice monthly activities outside their home. Programs are provided at senior centers and senior apartment complexes and are designed to encourage seniors to interact with other participants to increase socialization.Volunteers are needed to assist seniors with a variety of tasks at the program sites.
Volunteer office aides work a minimum of four hours a week at our main location in Palm Springs, Calif. While tasks vary based on the skills of the volunteer, they tend to include greeting clients; answering the telephone; filing; organizing client records; and data entry for those with computer skills.
A FRIENDLY VISITOR
Make a connection with isolated older adults on a regular basis by visiting two or three times a month. Time spent together may be in playing cards, watching TV or taking the senior out for an errand or lunch. This volunteer may be the only person the senior will see all week other than care givers.
TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM – JFS Express
JFS is always on the lookout for drivers. Volunteers are needed to drive seniors who do not have transportation to much needed medical appointments, wait for them, and return them home. Such a simple act, for a senior, can really be life saving.
For any of these opportunities, and to make a difference in the world one person at a time, please download and complete the following application:
Volunteer Application (.pdf)
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT
Community Program Coordinator
490 South Farrell Drive, Suite C-208
Palm Springs, CA 92262