Volunteer With JSSA

Giving back to your community is one of the most rewarding things you can do. At JSSA, we have many opportunities for you to help your neighbors manage life’s consequential moments. 
Volunteer Form

Get in touch today to learn how to become a volunteer.

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JSSA’s Aging In Place services, Holocaust Survivor Program, and Hospice program partner with hundreds of volunteers to improve individuals’ lives in Montgomery County, MD, DC, and Northern Virginia. Volunteer interests and skills are matched with the needs of clients, patients, and staff. Individuals and groups of every denomination are welcome.  

Volunteers are onboarded with care and must complete an online application, interview, background check, and training.   

 

Volunteer opportunities include: 

Meal Delivery

Temporarily Full / Commitment: 3 hours per week

Volunteers pick up nourishing kosher meals and deliver them to seniors in Montgomery County who cannot cook for themselves. Meals are picked up in Rockville at 9 AM and delivered Monday through Friday. If you have questions, please call Diane Hays-Earp at dhaysearp@jssa.org or 301-816-2636.

Holiday Basket Delivery

Temporarily Full / Commitment: – 3 hours per event, three times per year

Volunteers deliver packages of food and ritual items at Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and Thanksgiving to individuals and families who could benefit from a little help during the holidays. If you have questions, please call Diane Hays-Earp at dhaysearp@jssa.org or 301-816-2636.

Himmelfarb Mobile University

Currently looking for volunteers to provide virtual and/or pre-recorded classes / Commitment: 6-month commitment –2-3 hours per week when live 

Volunteer instructors help seniors living in residential facilities stay healthy by engaging their minds. Volunteers provide lectures, typically 1 hour in length once a month, 6+ month commitment. All prospective volunteer instructors will need to provide a sample course outline and a 15-30 minute preview with the volunteer coordinator. 

Contact: Nora Morton at nmorton@jssa.org  

Uniper Care

Currently seeking Russian speaking instructors.

Volunteer virtual instructors help JSSA Holocaust survivors stay healthy by engaging their minds in learning through a unique program that brings the classroom into homes through client television sets. Volunteers provide courses that are 30-60 minutes long either weekly or through featured limited series. Requires familiarity with presenting on the Zoom platform. All prospective volunteer instructors will need to provide a sample course outline and a 15-30 minute preview run with a volunteer coordinator. 

Contact: Nora Morton at nmorton@jssa.org. 

Café Europa

On Hold Due to the Pandemic / Commitment: 2x a year on a Thursday, from 9 AM-2 PM. 

Volunteers help serve meals to seniors at a special luncheon held twice a year for Holocaust survivors living in the Washington DC area.

Contact: Nora Morton at nmorton@jssa.org 

Friendly Visiting

Currently seeking Russian-speaking / Commitment: 1 hour weekly for 6+ months

Our volunteer visitors provide social visits for Holocaust Survivors, meal recipients, and other seniors who are socially isolated and would benefit from the interaction. Activities range from looking at photos, reading aloud, playing a card game, going for a walk, or sharing stories over coffee. Currently, all friendly visits are conducted over the phone or virtually. 

 Contact: Nora Morton at nmorton@jssa.org. 

Personal Shopping

Commitment: 1 hour weekly, for 3+ months

Volunteers grocery shop for clients who cannot go to the grocery store on their own. Many seniors who need this assistance live in senior communities with elevators. Volunteers will need to be comfortable entering various communities and riding elevators. 

Contact: Nora Morton at nmorton@jssa.org

Tech Tutoring

On Hold Due to the Pandemic / Commitment: 2-3 visits, 90 minutes each.

Volunteers help seniors learn how to use their electronic devices. Devices may include mobile phones, tablets, and/or computers. Many of our seniors need basic help with learning how to send and receive texts, download apps, open emails, perform internet search functions, etc.  

Contact: Nora Morton at nmorton@jssa.org

Nourish Now

On Hold Due to the Pandemic / Commitment: once per month, 2-3 hours.

Nourish Now is a food recovery warehouse, so clients have access to fresh food and pantry staples. Nourish Now volunteers go to the warehouse once a month to pick up and deliver food to clients. Some clients may need help putting the food away. The Nourish Now warehouse is open Monday through Friday, 11 AM-3 PM.  

Contact: Nora Morton at nmorton@jssa.org 

Collection Drive

Commitment: Occasionally monthly

Volunteers host collection drives based on the current need of clients, advertising with family, friends, and colleagues to collect new, necessary items. They then package collected items into kits and drop them off at our office in Rockville for care managers to distribute to clients.

Contact: Nora Morton at nmorton@jssa.org. 

Hospice

Volunteers offer emotional, spiritual, and social support to people in their last weeks and months of life and their families. Caregiving support volunteers provide companionship, help with shopping, and respite for caregivers to help people living with a life-threatening illness and their families. Volunteers must complete a 3-phase training, consisting of online and in-person training.

Contact: Connie Echeverria at cecheverria@jssa.org 

Office Support

Volunteers help cover the front desk receptionist position as on-call and floater coverage during the lunch hour. Volunteers answer the phone, greet clients, welcome guests, etc. 

Contact: Janyene Glay at jglay@jssa.org. 

Volunteer Form

Complete the below form and submit if you are interested in volunteering at JSSA