Volunteer Opportunities

Understanding the work of hospice chaplainsYou can make a lasting difference in someone’s life and have a mutually rewarding experience by volunteering at JSSA.

JSSA matches your interests and skills with the needs of our clients, patients, and staff. We welcome the involvement of individuals and groups of all denominations who want to gain the experience and derive the satisfaction of helping others in need.


Interested in becoming a JSSA volunteer?

Please apply here.

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View upcoming Hospice Volunteer trainings.


Healthy Meal Delivery
Meals on Wheels volunteers pick up nourishing meals and deliver them to seniors in Montgomery County who are unable to cook for themselves.

Nourish Now volunteers pick up food from the Nourish Now food pantry in Rockville and deliver it to the homes of Holocaust survivors and older adults. This volunteer opportunity only requires a commitment of two hours per month, making it ideal for families or for individuals with limited availability.

Holiday Basket Delivery volunteers deliver packages of food and ritual items at Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and Thanksgiving to individuals and families who would otherwise be unable to celebrate the holidays comfortably.

Social Support for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
Friendly Visitor volunteers provide companionship to Holocaust survivors and older adults too frail to leave their homes by themselves. This type of in-person contact is crucial for their well-being. Volunteer activities may include taking clients out for coffee, engaging in conversation at home, or teaching them how to navigate Facebook or Skype in order to connect with family members.

Café Europa volunteers help JSSA coordinate socialization programs for Holocaust survivors. These gatherings are important opportunities for survivors to socialize, share memories, and discuss their unique experiences.

Himmelfarb Mobile University volunteer instructors share their experiences, interests, and talents with residents of retirement communities and nursing homes to keep their minds engaged. Courses cover a wide range of topics, including art, architecture, literature, history, and current events.

Out & About/Going Places volunteers in Maryland and Northern Virginia assist at monthly social club events for individuals with special needs.

Personal Shopper volunteers assist frail older adults with their grocery shopping. Some volunteers accompany clients to the supermarket; others pick up grocery lists and return with full shopping bags. This type of volunteer support allows older adults to remain independent in their own homes.

Hospice and Transitions
Hospice volunteers are integral members of the JSSA Hospice team. After specialized training, volunteers offer emotional, spiritual, and social support to individuals receiving end-of-life care and their families. Volunteers often listen to music, discuss memories, or read aloud to patients and provide much-needed respite for family caregivers.

Transitions volunteers provide companionship to individuals living with life-threatening illnesses by visiting weekly to socialize.

Office Support
Office Support volunteers answer phones, prepare mailings, compile information, and perform other administrative tasks essential to the daily operations of the agency.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at JSSA, please contact Adrienne Ognibene at 301-610-8414 or volunteer@jssa.org.

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