Volunteer

Jewish Federation’s Volunteer Center is pleased to provide the following volunteer opportunities for you and your family throughout northern New Jersey. Please get involved and find out how great it feels to make a positive difference in our community!

Jewish Federation Volunteer Opportunities

Bergen Reads

Inspire low level readers in grades K-4 with a love of reading! Read with students in Hackensack or Teaneck schools once a week, October - May. Get more information and sign up today!

Beth Figman  |  bethf@jfnnj.org  |  201-820-3947

Care One at Wayne

Bring your friendly dog and rabies paperwork Wednesday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Volunteers go room to room with pets and visit the residents. Play games with the residents on most Saturdays from 2:30 - 4:00 pm.

Johan Naranjo  |  jnaranjo@care-one.com  |  973-692-9500

Klene Up Krewe @Home

Volunteer on one or two-day home rebuilding projects in the New York and New Jersey area. @Home responds to the rebuilding process post super-storm Sandy. Ideal for parent-teen projects. Bar/Bat Mitzvah project opportunities available. Currently we have no projects planned but we expect to be back to work in spring 2017.

David Goodman  |  david@lbgcpas.com

Pre-teens/teens and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Projects

Repair homes, send signed baseball packages to US troops, visit children with special needs and more! We can provide your pre-teen/teen with many opportunities within northern New Jersey.

Beth Figman  |  bethf@jfnnj.org  |  201-820-3947

Shalom Baby Playgroup

Visit new moms and deliver Shalom Baby welcome bags. Teen volunteers can assist with Shalom Baby play dates during the school year. Shalom Baby welcomes parents and their newborns or newly adopted children, 0-3, into our community!

Sarah David  |  sarahd@jfnnj.org  |  201-820-3902

Women's Volunteer Action Network Knitting Circle

Knit and shmooze at the Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale. No long-term commitment is necessary - you can attend on occasion or regularly. We range from absolute beginner to expert. Many people knit or crochet, others do needlepoint and some just come and schmooze! We welcome donations of useable worsted yarn and/or completed 12”x12” squares in any color and stitch.

December 20,  January 10 and 24; February 14 and 28; March 14 and 28; April 18; May 2 and 16; June 6 and 20  |  10:30 am - 11:30 am  |  685 Westwood Avenue, River Vale

Susan Liebeskind  |  susan.liebeskind@gmail.com  |  Contact Susan to add your name to the monthly reminders.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Center for Food Action

Help end hunger and homelessness in our neighborhoods. Volunteer at various sites throughout Bergen County. Age 16 and up.

Kathy Mikula  |  kmikula@cfanj.org  |  201-529-2029 Ext. 105

CUMAC

Sort and bag food and prepare household items. CUMAC welcomes individuals and groups of up to 20. CUMAC uses up to 30,000 grocery bags each month, to fill with food for their clients. If you have some to spare, please drop off at CUMAC in Paterson.

Stephanie Ames  |  sames@cumacecho.org  |  973-742-5518 ext. 13  |  223 Ellison St, Paterson

Daughters of Miriam / The Gallen Institute

Thrift Store Volunteers Wanted! Donate your time in a retail setting. Assist local residents with their shopping.

Susan Rumpf  |  srumpf@daughtersofmiriamcenter.org  |  973-253-5377  |  In the subject line of the email, please write "Volunteer."

Visit with residents and engage in indoor and outdoor activities! Volunteer positions are tailored to your schedule and available for all age groups.

Joan Kraft  |  jkraft@daughtersofmiriamcenter.org  |  973-253-5303  |  In the subject line of the email, please write "Volunteer."

Hackensack University Medical Center

Improve the hospital experience of older patients visiting, offering feeding assistance and more with the Hospital Elder Life Program. Requires a six-month minimum commitment.

Nadine R. Benoit  |  nadine.benoit@hackensackmeridian.org  |  mobile: 201-937-6682  |  office: 551-996-2542

Holy Name Medical Center

Volunteer at the gift shop, feed patients or provide support services. All programs require a minimum commitment of 75 hours and 6 months of service. We offer a Volunteer Program for adults age 18+, Monday - Friday for four hours, either 8:00 am - 12:00 pm or 12:00 - 4:00 pm. We offer a Junior Volunteer program for high school students age 15+ and in 9th grade, weekdays 4:00 - 6:00 pm and Saturday or Sunday for four hours, either 8:00 am - 12:00 pm or 12:00 - 4:00 pm. The Junior Program is full at this time, but information will be available in April 2017 for the next program, which begins in June.

Marie Berthou  |  berthou@holyname.org  |  201-833-3051

iTNNorthJersey - Drivers Needed Today!

iTNNorthJersey, a non-profit membership-based transportation system providing rides in private cars using volunteer drivers. iTNNorthJersey offers arm-through-arm, door-through-door service in Bergen County so their members can continue to participate in their communities. Drivers bring riders to medical appointments, jobs, the hairdresser and social engagements in a safe, reliable and personable manner. Volunteer drivers can provide as little as one ride of their choosing per month.

Mary Lyons-Kim  |  mary.lyonskim@itnnorthjersey.org  |  201-398-6885

Jewish Association for Developmental Disabilities

Bar and Bat Mitzvah projects available.

Varda Hager  |  vhager@j-add.org  |  201-457-0058 Ext. 16

Oradell Health Care Center

Volunteer on an ongoing basis or for a one-time visit. Age 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers complete an application and background check.

Lindsay VandenBeukel  |  lvandenbeukel@oradellhcc.com  |  201-967-0002 Ext. 5311

Prospect Heights Care Center

Engage with residents as an activity helper, bingo helper or beauty salon transporter. Activity Helpers - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, 1:30 - 4:30 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm; Bingo Helpers - Sunday 1:30 - 3:30 pm and Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00 pm; Beauty Salon Transporter - Wednesday 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Denice Nora  |  dnora@prospectheightscare.com  |  201-518-7745

Tomchei Shabbos

Pack and deliver Tomchei Shabbos packages for Shabbat each week to needy families in Bergen County. Bring a sense of normalcy and tranquility into their homes. Advance registration is required for both packers and drivers.

Wednesdays  |  Packing 5:45 pm  |  Delivery 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Bergenfield Warehouse

Sign up to pack  |  Sara Zilberstein  |  stzaunt@aol.com

Sign up to drive  |  Sara Walzman  |  sdwalzman@yahoo.com  |  Ophir Eis  |  ophir.eis@gmail.com

The Valley Hospital

Visit with Jewish patients. Requires formal application and 6-month commitment to a specific weekly obligation. This duty usually takes no more than two hours each week. There are a some open spots particularly on Friday mornings.

Rev. Mason Jenkins  |  mjenkin@valleyhealth.com  |  201-447-8150

Jewish Family and Children's Services of Northern New Jersey

Administrative Support

Assist in organizing day-to-day operations of the agency by providing support in the following areas: special projects, clerical tasks (mailings, clerical and receptionist data entry) and other valued work.

Melanie Lester  |  mlester@jfsnorthjersey.org  |  973-595-0111

Cafe Europa

Set up a kosher lunch, assist with registration, serve, socialize and help clean-up. Cafe Europa is a monthly luncheon for Holocaust survivors to meet and develop warm, supportive friendships.

On-going opportunity on the second Tuesday of the Month  |  11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Melanie Lester  |  mlester@jfsnorthjersey.org  |  973-595-0111

D.A.S.H. Dental Assistance for Survivors of the Holocaust

Volunteer your dental expertise and join the D.A.S.H. program; the only one of its kind in the state of New Jersey that JFSNJ offers to Holocaust survivors. D.A.S.H. dentists offer their services, pro bono, to Holocaust survivors who meet certain eligibility guidelines. D.A.S.H. makes a difference in the lives of the survivors and enables them to live out their lives with the comfort and dignity they deserve.

Alice Blass  |  ablass@jfsnorthjersey.org  |  973-595-0111

Drivers and Escorts

Drivers wanted to accompany seniors to medical appointments.

Melanie Lester  |  mlester@jfsnorthjersey.org  |  973-595-0111

Friendly Visitor Program

Ease loneliness and isolation for seniors. Be a friendly visitor. Training provided.

Melanie Lester  |  mlester@jfsnorthjersey.org  |  973-595-0111

Kosher Meals on Wheels

Deliver kosher meals, one or two days a week in Fair Lawn, Elmwood Park and Wayne. Socialize and facilitate friendly conversations with homebound seniors. All meals are picked up at JFSNJ’s office at 17 - 10 River Road in Fair Lawn.

Packing meals is at 12 pm, Monday through Thursday, and at 11:30 am on Fridays.

Melanie Lester  |  mlester@jfsnorthjersey.org  |  973-595-0111

Adopt-a-Grandparent

Teens 14 and older make weekly calls to homebound seniors, creating an opportunity to improve their quality of life and bridge the generation gap.

Nina Ashurov  |  ninaa@jfsbergen.org  |  201-837-9090, ext. 238

Club ED - Homework Assistance Program

Provide homework help in an after-school program for first through fifth grade students in Fort Lee and Fairview one hour per week, Monday through Friday.

Nina Ashurov  |  ninaa@jfsbergen.org  |  201-837-9090, ext. 238

Disaster Preparedness and Response Program

Prepare emergency kits in advance of a disaster for older adults and individuals with disabilities. Deliver emergency supplies and conduct home checks for those who may be without power and unable to leave their homes. Volunteers 55 years and older ONLY!

Nina Ashurov  |  ninaa@jfsbergen.org  |  201-837-9090, ext. 238

Friendly Visitor Program

Alleviate loneliness and isolation for seniors. Be a friendly visitor. Training provided.

Nina Ashurov  |  ninaa@jfsbergen.org  |  201-837-9090, ext. 238

General Office Help

Prepare mailings, copy documents and process forms. If you have computer or telephone skills, help with data entry or phone calls. It’s satisfying work and keeps Jewish Family Service running smoothly!

Nina Ashurov  |  ninaa@jfsbergen.org  |  201-837-9090, ext. 238

Kosher Meals on Wheels

Deliver kosher meals and create lasting friendships. Our Kosher Meals on Wheels program is a lifeline for seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout Bergen County. Must be 17+ and have a valid driver’s license. On-going opportunity.

Nina Ashurov  |  ninaa@jfsbergen.org  |  201-837-9090, ext. 238

Telephone Reassurance

Picking up the phone and have a one-on-one engaging conversation with a senior to make a difference. Volunteers are trained to understand and appreciate underlying social needs, a sense of dignity and validation for our clients.

Nina Ashurov  |  ninaa@jfsbergen.org  |  201-837-9090, ext. 238

The Jewish Home Family

Activities with Residents

Visit with residents and engage in indoor and outdoor activities.

Assist in our volunteer-run gift shop.

Stacey Orden  |  sorden@jewishhomefamily.org  |  201-518-1175

Jewish Home at Rockleigh

Deliver hot kosher Chanukah meals on December 28 to our local elderly living alone. Pick up the meals at Jewish Home at Rockleigh at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm. Please pick up the meals in our main lobby at 10 Link Drive in Rockleigh. Contact us to indicate your cell number, arrival time, any need for directions and any geographic restrictions.

Stacey Orden  |  sorden@jewishhomefamily.org  |  201-518-1175

Opening Minds through Art

Volunteer to create art with resident artists with dementia on a one-to-one basis. You don’t need artistic skills to participate. Opening Minds through Art is a program that offers a failure-free, enriching experience that promotes both social interaction and dignity.

·        Mondays, 2/6 through 3/27, at Jewish Home at Rockleigh, 9:45 am 
·        Wednesdays, 2/8 through 3/29, at Jewish Home Assisted Living, 9:45 am
·        Thursdays, 2/9 through 3/30, at Gallen Adult Day Center, 1:15 pm

Stacey Orden  |  sorden@jewishhomefamily.org  | 201-518-1175

Guest Speakers Needed 

The month of March is Health and Wellness Month and the Jewish Home University is looking for volunteers to serve as guest speakers on the following Thursdays – March 2, March 23, and March 30. Class begins at 2:30 P.M. in Social Hall 2 at Jewish Home at Rockleigh and your presentation will run 45 minutes in length with a 15 minute question and answer session.

Stacey Orden  |  sorden@jewishhomefamily.org  | 201-518-1175 

Safely@Home, Formerly Bonim Builders

Perform repairs, renovations and home modifications for low-income homeowners, the elderly, the disabled and chronically ill. Volunteer age minimum is 12 years old. Children ages 12-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Age 16 and up may participate independently. Bar/Bat Mitzvah project opportunities available.

Stacey Orden  |  sorden@jewishhomefamily.org  |  201-518-1175