Volunteer Programs

Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey

Numerous opportunities for volunteers of all ages to give back to the community and help those in need.

About the Program

We offer different time commitments and locations through volunteering with the many programs Jewish Family Service of Central NJ has to offer. If you are 55+, you can also become an AmeriCorps Volunteer. You can serve in whatever capacity works for your goals and lifestyle.

Unless otherwise indicated, many of our volunteer opportunities take place at the Jewish Family Service of Central NJ Halpern Building, 655 Westfield Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ.


The JFS Charlotte Shak Kosher Food Pantry

Volunteer shifts open from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM, 1:30 PM- 3:30 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and once a month on Sunday mornings from 8:30- 10:30 AM. (The Pantry is closed on Thursday.) The Pantry is located at our office in Elizabeth.

Tomchei Shabbos

A Bi-Monthly Shabbat Food Package Program
Volunteers are needed to pack boxes of food for this program, twice a month. (Flexible Schedule, times may vary). More assistance is needed around different holidays.

The JFS Fruit & Vegetable Garden

*Seasonal- (April-November) If you have a green thumb and enjoy working outdoors, we need volunteers of all ages to organize and maintain our vegetable and fruit garden. Volunteers plant, weed, and harvest the garden at our office in Elizabeth. No skills necessary. Gardening training is provided. All food grown in the garden is used to supplement our Food Pantry Packages.


Be A Friendly Visitor

Seeking volunteers who are willing to provide assistance to Union County clients age 60+, many of whom are frail, isolated, and vulnerable. Volunteers provide companionship, reading mail, arranging medical appointments, providing transportation, lunch time visits, grocery shopping, etc. This can also include a friendly phone call to lend companionship.

Cafe Europa and other Holocaust Survivor Social Programs

Café Europa is a bi-monthly socialization program, where survivors enjoy lunch and entertainment. A variety of programs occur throughout the year for our survivors and volunteer help is always appreciated. Volunteers serve food, engage with the survivors, and participate in assigned duties. Volunteers who can also transport survivors to and from their homes to the JFS office in Elizabeth are also needed. Volunteers are also needed before holidays to make deliveries to home-based Holocaust Survivors.

The Coffee House Program for Those With Alzheimer’s/Dementia

The Coffee House is an in-person socialization program for individuals with Alzheimer’s/dementia that meets three days a week, (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday) 9:30 AM- 3:30 PM, at Temple Sholom, Scotch Plains. Participants enjoy lunch and a monthly concert with their caregivers in a judgement-free environment. Volunteers are needed to help with recreational activities, serve food, engage clients, and handle other duties as assigned.


Reading Buddies Program

Volunteer to read to elementary school students for an hour a week at a school near you. Training will be provided.

Volunteer to Teach at the Plainfield Public Library

Help an adult become a citizen, get a GED, or Learn English as a Second Language. No experience necessary. Training and materials will be provided.


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