JFCS welcomes and is grateful for volunteers, who are needed throughout the organization. From basic office support and fundraising help to hands-on work with clients, we can find a fit for every skill level.
Do I have to be Jewish to volunteer at JFCS?
JFCS proudly serves the entire Metro Louisville community. Our clients, volunteers and employees come from all over the world, and we celebrate that diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, physical or mental disability as defined by law, or any other legally protected status.
How much of a commitment is required?
Some of our volunteer options are weekly, and others can adapt to an irregular schedule at your convenience. You may browse our list of positions below. Please keep in mind that some options may not be available at any given time due to our current capacity. Positions involving vehicles require you to have a valid driver’s license and car insurance.
How do I get started as a volunteer?
We are so glad you asked! Please contact Kim Toebbe, volunteer coordinator, at 502.452.6341, ext. 103.
Carole and Larry Goldberg Family Mitzvah Program
Inter-generational Family Mitzvah events are scheduled four times a year. These fun family activites occur around Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah, Passover, and Hanukkah. This program is a great way to teach young children about the importance of performing mitzvahs.
Majorie and Robert Kohn Pledge 13 Program
Our Pledge 13 students commit to giving a minimum of 13 hours of community service to JFCS organized events or through other organizations. This voluntary program is perfect for Jewish students preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
Doris L. and Theodore B. Meyers Shabbos Friends Program
Volunteers make monthly visits to assisted living and nursing facilities to share a bit of Sabbath delight with the Jewish residents living there. The volunteer brings grape juice and a freshly baked challah for each individual and says the Sabbath blessings as well.
Volunteers in Action-Louisville (VIALou)
Shabbos Friends Participant
Volunteer will visit an assigned nursing home or assisted living facility on an assigned day of each month in order to visit Jewish residents living there. Volunteer will share Shabbat with the residents, either in a group setting or by individual one-on-one room visits on an assigned Friday afternoon prior to dinner time at that facility.