Volunteer

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.

Food Pantry Shopper

Description: Volunteer will be willing to shop for the JFCS Food Pantry as designated by the Food Pantry Managers and/or the Volunteer Coordinator. Shopping list must be approved by the Volunteer Coordinator prior to the expenditure. Volunteer will shop and then deliver specific items to the agency. Volunteer will turn...
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Gardener

Description: Volunteer will be asked to assist the JFCS Office Manager in maintaining landscaped beds located around the outside of the building. Tools and supplies will be provided by the JFCS Office Manager. Requirements: Volunteer will have a basic understanding of gardening and weeding. Volunteer must be in good health...
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Oral History Interviewer

Description: Volunteer will be asked to meet with specifically assigned interviewees in order to record answers to the designated survey questions. Volunteer will need to record these sessions or to hand write the responses and deliver either the tape or paperwork to JFCS upon completion. Requirements: Excellent listening skills are...
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Oral History Project Manager

Description: The Oral History Project is a several step process with the outcome to include a completed interview document which will be mailed to the interviewee and the second copy to remain archived at JFCS. The interview documents are currently kept in binders in the Volunteer Coordinator’s office and also...
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Oral History Typist

Description: Volunteer will be asked to type Oral History documents into the JFCS H drive file by name of interviewee. A computer will be made available either in the Computer Lab or in a private office. Requirements: Volunteer must have a clean criminal record check, must have excellent typing skills...
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PALS Driver

Description: Volunteer will be asked to drive a JFCS client to or from an assigned destination in the volunteer’s own vehicle. Assignments take place directly through a conversation or email from the assigned JFCS staff person to the volunteer. Volunteers are asked to drive at least once each month if...
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PALS Weekly Phone Caller

Description: Volunteer will come into JFCS and call the listed PALS clients and PALS drivers to remind and confirm the rides for the following week. Requirements: Volunteer will have an understanding of basic senior aging issues and will provide a nurturing, patient and encouraging environment for the client(s). Volunteer must...
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Shabbos Friends Participant

Description: 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...
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Special Speaker

Description: Volunteer will share his/her expertise in his/her particular professional role. Volunteer will speak with seniors with the assistance from a Klein Older Adult Staff member present. Examples of speakers needed: Geriatric nurse, pharmacist with geriatric training, insurance consultant. These volunteers will speak at senior caregiver support groups and will...
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Telephone Reassurance Caller

Description: Volunteer will be asked to call an isolated senior at least 3 times each week. This gives the senior client the security he/she needs at that time. Conversations need not be long or detailed; rather, a quick check-in is all that is required. Volunteer will be expected to keep...
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Class Assistant

Description: Volunteer will attend the Business Planning Classes with a JFCS Microenterprise Staff member and act as an assistant in this setting. Examples: Volunteer might be asked to staff the front door and allow late-comers into the building or he/she might be asked to make copies as needed, etc. Requirements:...
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Microenterprise Consultant

Description: A volunteer consultant will be asked to spend 1-2 hours counseling or advising clients in the Microenterprise class process in the areas of law, accounting, record keeping, marketing, insurance, real estate, computers, etc. as it applies to the opening of a new business (or the expansion of an existing...
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Microenterprise Mentor/Coach

Description: Volunteer mentors work with an individual client during the business planning process. While the participant attends the 6-8 week business planning classes, the volunteer mentor is asked to meet with that client to help him/her utilize what he/she has learned in class and transform those concepts into a readable...
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Basket of Blessings Assistant

Description: Volunteer will be asked to assist Development Department in organizing and creating the decorations needed for a Basket of Blessings order. Volunteer might be asked to deliver /return the order at a site such as a local synagogue Requirements: Volunteer will have an understanding of basic decorating, bow making...
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Clerical Assistant

Description: Volunteer will perform assigned duties such as help to organize mailings, help to collate files and packets, assist staff by typing special documents, etc. Requirements: Volunteer must have a clean criminal record check. Volunteer must sign a confidentiality contract. Volunteer must be able to follow directions. Training Requirements: Volunteer...
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Data Entry Volunteer

Description: Volunteer will be asked to enter specific data into the agency’s computer system or type specific documents. Requirements: Volunteer must have excellent typing skills and a basic knowledge of computer programs. Average computer skills are sufficient. Training Requirements: Volunteer must attend a Volunteer Orientation and have a clean criminal...
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Friendly Visitor

Description: Volunteer will be asked to visit an isolated senior at least 2 times each month. This gives the senior client the some companionship and stimulation he/she requires. Conversations/visits need not be long or detailed; rather, a quick check-in is all that is required. However, if a longer visit is...
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Food Pantry Manager

Description: Volunteer will be asked to work in the JFCS Food Pantry, helping to shelve new food items, and helping to keep existing items current and well organized. Volunteer might be asked to sort and organize foods donated to JFCS from Dare to Care such as a 50 pound bag...
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Handyman

Description: Volunteer Handyman will assist the Office Manager in projects around the agency and building. Projects might include: changing light bulbs, rewiring fixtures, replacing parts, painting, hanging shelves, etc. All projects will be directed by the Office Manager. Requirements: Volunteer will have an understanding of basic building and repair work....
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General Shopper

Description: Volunteer will obtain a list of needed items from appropriate staff member. Volunteer will purchase and delivery items to agency. Volunteer will turn in appropriate receipts to staff member. Staff member will receive items into the agency and place in appropriate location. Requirements: Volunteer must have a clean criminal...
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Staff Assistant in the Counseling Dept.

Description: Volunteer will be asked to assist the JFCS Counseling Department by keeping this department aware of local workshops, seminars, parenting classes, etc. with therapeutic benefits that are being offered throughout the Kentuckiana area. The volunteer could email this data from home including the location, times and dates for these...
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Librarian

Description: Volunteer will be asked to work in the JFCS Library shelving new books, organizing existing collections and maintaining order on the shelves. Requirements: Volunteer must be comfortable with the JFCS Library system which is not designed using the Dewey Decimal system, but is organized into specific and assigned categories....
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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.
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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.
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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.
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