1430 Main St, Waltham, Ma 02451, Usa
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Our mission Jewish Family & Children’s Service cares for individuals and families by providing exceptional human service programs, guided by Jewish traditions of social responsibility, compassion, and respect for all members of the community.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service

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Parkinson's Dance Volunteer

To address the important function of movement, a dance program is offered to people with Parkinson’s and their care partners for the physical benefits and the strategies for symptom management that are offered. We are looking for a responsible, compassionate volunteer to help each week with set up, greeting program participants, and serving refreshments during break.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

CHAI Residential Cooking Volunteer

Cooking volunteers help the JF&CS CHAI Supported Housing program by planning out simple, tasty, and healthy meals to cook and share with 7 to 14 residents and staff at one of the JF&CS supported residences in Greater Boston and the surrounding towns.
  • Weekly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Kids Connection Corner Volunteer

Kids Connection Corner (KCC) provides a fun, recreational, family support program for youth (ages 7-14) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Volunteers will work on a team to provide opportunities for socialization, life skills development, and creative activities for youth while giving family members much-needed time to themselves.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekends

Parkinson's Choral Group Volunteer

To address the important function of voice, a choral program is offered to people with Parkinson’s and their care partners for the physical benefits and the strategies for symptom management that are offered. The Tremble Clefs Choral Group is looking for a responsible, compassionate volunteer to help each week with set up, greeting program participants, and serving refreshments during break.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Family Table Sunday Distribution Volunteer

Family Table provides kosher food to those who need assistance, creating a caring Jewish connection, and empowering people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives. Family Table is looking for responsible, dedicated volunteers to help pack and deliver groceries to families in need.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekends

CHAI Works Group Facilitator

The CHAI Works Day Program creates meaningful and fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities to lead productive and integrated lives in their communities and to increase feelings of self-worth and confidence. The program is looking for compassionate, responsible volunteers with special interests/talents/skills to share with and teach participants.
  • Weekly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays

SHS Administrative Volunteers

Administrative Volunteers assist staff with the day-to-day operations of the program. This includes helping with filing, mailings, calling clients to check in, and assisting with program events. Russian speakers may also be asked to help with translation.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

CHAI Residential Activities Volunteer

The JF&CS CHAI Supported Housing programs offer a range of options for adults with disabilities who want to live as independently as possible while enjoying community involvement and pursuing individual goals. Volunteers plan out an activity to do with residents based on the volunteers’ skills and interests at one of the JF&CS supported residences in Greater Boston and the surrounding towns.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Friendly Visitor Program Volunteer

The Friendly Visitor Program matches volunteers with frail and isolated elders who are living either in their homes or long-term care facilities. Through one-on-one visits the program offers companionship, helps alleviate loneliness, promotes aging with dignity, and for many offers a treasured connection to Judaism.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

HALO Swim and Sing Volunteer

The HALO Swim and Sing program offers therapeutic recreation and socialization for individuals (ages 7-35) with moderate to severe neurological disabilities. The program is looking for dedicated, compassionate volunteers to work one-on-one with individuals during interactive music therapy and then swimming. During music therapy, participants, staff, and volunteers play instruments, sing along, and move around with a certified music therapist.
  • Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekends

CHAI Works Weekly Program Volunteer

The CHAI Works Day Program creates meaningful and fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities to lead productive and integrated lives in their communities and to increase feelings of self-worth and confidence. The program is looking for compassionate, responsible, dedicated volunteers to provide additional support to program staff and develop relationships with participants on a regular, ongoing basis in community settings throughout Greater Boston.
  • Weekly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

CHAI Residential Shabbat Facilitator

We are looking for a responsible, dedicated volunteer to facilitate a Friday night Shabbat candle lighting ceremony (candle lighting, Kiddush, and Motzi) from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in a JF&CS CHAI residence. The ideal candidate will have an interest in helping people with disabilities celebrate their Jewish faith.
  • Monthly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Skill-Based Volunteers

JF&CS needs your expertise! Got a flair for entertaining? Perhaps our event planning team could use your help. Good with numbers? Maybe our fiscal department could use your assistance. Put your accounting, marketing, event planning, artistic, musical, language, or other proficiencies to work.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Family Table Marketplace Volunteer

The Family Table program is looking for responsible, dedicated volunteers to work at the Marketplace one Tuesday and/or Wednesday each month. Volunteers help set up and restock food and assist clients as they sign in, choose their own groceries, and pack their own bags.
  • One-time, Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Committee Volunteer

Joining a committee is a great way to learn about a specific program and become more engaged in the work of the agency. Opportunities range from Board committees and program advisory committees to event committees for our fundraisers.
  • Monthly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Bet Tzedek Legal Services Pro Bono Attorney

Bet Tzedek Legal Services provides free legal information, referral, advocacy, and representation to low-income clients throughout Greater Boston. The program is looking for attorneys experienced in the following types of civil cases: housing; consumer law; government benefits; individual rights; and probate and family law including divorce, domestic abuse, and immigration.
  • One-time, Occasional, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays

Café Hakalah Volunteer

Café Hakalah is a monthly social and cultural gathering of Holocaust survivors. Café Hakalah Volunteers attend the café and assist staff with registration, greeting guests, and serving food. Russian speaking volunteers may also be asked to help with translation.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Memory Café Volunteer

Held on the first Friday of each month, the JF&CS Memory Café offers a welcoming place for people living with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder and their care partners. These intergenerational events feature a guest artist, musician, poet, dancer, or author who shares his or her work and leads the group in a related activity. Volunteers are needed to help set up the room and greet and mingle with everyone gathered at the Café.
  • Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Visiting Moms Volunteer

The Visiting Moms® program is a home-visiting support program staffed by trained and supervised volunteers that provides weekly visits for up to one year. The program is looking for dedicated, compassionate volunteers to visit with parents of newborns in their home one hour weekly until the baby’s first birthday. Candidate must be an experienced mom.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays

Group Opportunities

Help JF&CS clients as part of your group’s social action project, synagogue’s Mitzvah Day, or family’s volunteering. JF&CS has many interesting volunteer opportunities within our various programs. We can work with you to create a custom experience that will be meaningful, rewarding, and fun!
  • One-time, Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Schechter Holocaust Services Holiday Visitor

SHS continues to honor the agency's longstanding commitment to address the needs and concerns of Holocaust survivors and their families as they change over time. The SHS Holiday Visitor program matches volunteers who are the children or grandchildren of Holocaust survivors with Holocaust survivors. Volunteers visit the survivor during the months of Rosh Hashanah, Chanukkah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help Volunteers are a vital part of JF&CS and have an incredible impact in the communities we serve. We hope you will become part of our caring network of more than 2,300 volunteers.
About us For 150 years, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) has focused on a singular, powerful goal – to improve people’s lives. Guided by Jewish values, JF&CS cares for people at all stages of life who seek support, guidance, and a purposeful, independent life. We focus on serving particularly vulnerable populations including children and adults with disabilities or mental illness, new mothers and their infants, older adults living with chronic conditions, and people experiencing financial crisis, hunger, or domestic abuse.
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