Volunteer Opportunities

Helping people. Changing lives.

There are many ways you can support the Jewish Federation and our South Jersey community. One of those ways is to volunteer your time to help a person and change a life.


What matters most to you? Browse the categories below to find volunteer opportunities, or fill out the Volunteer Interest Form to let us know your availability and areas of interest.


Email jfedvolunteer@jfedsnj.org to volunteer today!



Early Childhood & Children

BookMates Program

The BookMates Program is looking for caring adults to serve as volunteer reading mentors for students in grades K-2. Volunteers read on a one-to-one basis with children in one of 35 participating elementary schools throughout Burlington, Gloucester, and Camden Counties.

Homework, Help & Hugs

Assist children from kindergarten to 6th grade with homework from 4:15-5:30 pm, M-Th.

Teachers' Helpers

Preschool classrooms often require an extra set of hands. Volunteers help with various tasks, depending on the needs of the teacher. Teen volunteers welcome!

PJ Library

Host a play group, staff an informational table in the community, or be a guest reader at a play group or community event. Teen and family volunteers welcome!

Feeding the Hungry

Kosher Food Pantry

Volunteers collect donations, stock the pantry shelves, and deliver food packages to those in need. They also help prepare and deliver food and meals to community members in need for Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and Thanksgiving.

Daily Lunch Program

Volunteers plate meals, serving older adults lunch daily, as well as assist with clean up.

Education & Community Events

Bank of America Arts, Books and Culture Festival

Volunteers with an interest in books or cultural programs are needed to help plan the annual Bank of America Arts, Books and Culture Festival.

Cherry Hill Volvo Jewish Film Festival

Volunteers with an interest in films are needed to help plan the annual Cherry Hill Volvo Jewish Film Festival.

The Esther Raab Holocaust Museum & Goodwin Education Center

Assist with museum tours and classroom programming to teach tolerance and the history of the Holocaust.

“Bite Size” Community-Wide Service Projects

Be a volunteer in action and join us for a variety of “bite size” community-wide service opportunities that take place throughout the year. It’s something you can do in small increments, or even once a year, to make an impact on the community around you. This is a wonderful opportunity for families.

Jewish Holiday Celebrations

Assist with planning and implementing Jewish holiday celebrations throughout the year.

Special Needs

Soups & Sweets Culinary Program

Soups & Sweets is a food service training program designed to provide young adults with special needs an opportunity to gain culinary skills. Volunteers assist the chef wherever necessary.

Special Needs Job Mentors

Mentors help young adults with special needs attain job skills that will lead to successful employment. They assist in building confidence, serve as role models, and help teach good work habits at an assigned worksite.

Special Needs Special Friends

Volunteers bring companionship and friendship to individuals with special needs through visits and phone calls.

Recreational Volunteers

Coach Special Olympics basketball, soccer, and softball teams through our social and recreational program for young adults with special needs.

Teachers at TOPS

Volunteers lead classes in areas such as art, music, and computers at our enrichment day program for young adults with special needs.

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Teen and B’nai Mitzvah Projects

Students participate in hands-on mitzvah projects while learning about our community’s needs. They can deliver food for the holidays, coordinate and participate in food drives, become friendly visitors, facilitate Shabbat services at residential facilities, and share skills and talents with young adults who have special needs and seniors.

Assistance at Lions Gate

Work with seniors in an assisted living and nursing home environment.

Summer Interns – Teen opportunity

Write stories and learn about the newspaper business.

Summer Interns – Teen opportunity

Learn about government relations, Israel advocacy, and other community relations programs.

ACHaD Special Needs Program

Work as a peer facilitator to directly support an individual with special needs in a sports/fitness program, such as basketball, swimming, fitness classes, and sports classes.

Active Adults

Evening Activities at Lions Gate

Help with evening group activities, such as playing bingo. Hours: 6:30-8:00 pm, M-Th.

Friendly Visitors

Volunteers bring friendship and companionship to seniors and homebound adults through home visits and phone calls. This is a one-year commitment, and weekly or bi-weekly visits are recommended.

Group Activities at Lions Gate

Help with daytime group activities, including transporting resident to and from the activity room, set up, and clean up.

Holiday Celebrations

Assist with holiday celebrations by helping with set up, plating, and serving at Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover celebrations for seniors.

Jewish Hospice Respite Care

Help provide respite care to hospice patients at Samaritan Hospice. Volunteers are required to attend 12 hours of classroom training and 3 hours of field training, as well as yearly PPD testing; Rubeola, Rubella, and Varicella titers; and physical clearance from their doctor. This is a one-year commitment.

Jewish Hospice Shabbat Program

Deliver challah, grape juice, and candles to hospice patients or their family to help them celebrate Shabbat. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation at both Samaritan Hospice and JFCS. This is a wonderful opportunity for families.

Kosher Meals-on-Wheels

Volunteers deliver pre-packaged, kosher meals on a weekly basis to homebound and convalescing adults who need some extra assistance.

One-on-One at Lions Gate

Visit with residents at Lions Gate.

Patient Partners

Become a patient advocate and accompany seniors to medical appointments, record medical information from the appointment, help make sense of medical terminology and prescription information, and assist in the communication between doctor and patient.

Shabbat Shalom Visitors

Volunteers bring the warmth and spirit of Shabbat and the joy of Jewish holiday celebrations to residents in senior facilities. Visit with residents and conduct services.


Volunteers provide transportation to medical and other essential appointments, helping individuals who are unable to get around on their own maintain an independent lifestyle.

Trip Volunteers at Lions Gate

Assist staff with residents on trips outside of the building, such as lunch and movie outings.

Veteran-to-Veteran Transportation

Volunteer veterans provide homebound veterans with transportation to medical appointments.

Senior Lunch

Assist with serving lunch to seniors. 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, M-Th.

Domestic Abuse - Project Sarah (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home)

Project SARAH Speakers' Bureau

Volunteers go to various organizations and synagogues to speak on the topic of domestic abuse, following a prepared scripted speech.

Project SARAH Outreach

Volunteers place Project SARAH resource cards at area businesses, medical offices, etc.

Pro Bono Financial Services

Provide free financial advice to victims of domestic abuse. Volunteers must be a professional in the financial field, and be sensitive to and have knowledge about domestic abuse issues.

Pro Bono Legal Services

Provide free legal services to victims of domestic abuse. Volunteers must be an attorney, and be sensitive to and have knowledge about domestic abuse issues.


Administrative & Fundraising Assistance

Volunteers give additional office and fundraising support by helping with mailings, administrative tasks, special events, and engaging with the community to educate and raise funds.

Freelance Writer

Help report on community events.

Library Volunteers

Assist with checking in/out materials with library software, shelve items, call patrons for late items or hold list, help patrons find appropriate materials, and support administrative tasks.

Life Long Learning

Assist with updating and filing medical forms, collating monthly newsletter, and stuffing envelopes.

Art, Cultural & Judaic Program

Assist with editing brochures, labeling and stuffing envelopes, and answering the phones.

Lobby Greeter

Help greet visitors to the JCC facility.

General Contact:  Phone: 856.751.9500, ext. 1117  -  Fax: 856.751.1697  -  jfedvolunteer@jfedsnj.org