“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Volunteers are crucial to the success of Jewish Family Service. Their expertise, energy and caring, make a difference in the lives of clients.

Giving to others brings its own rewards. All volunteers receive ongoing supervision and training. There are opportunities to volunteer for both short term and ongoing projects.

The following list includes JFS volunteer opportunities:

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program RSVP

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program was established in 1971 and is part of Senior Corps along with the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs. Senior Corp is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over in which you can use the skills and talents you’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within your community.

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Friend Advocate Program

A volunteer program to help elderly people live independently and safely in their own homes; volunteers are matched with seniors to provide companionship and assist them with tasks such as sorting mail, understanding bills and writing checks.

Some clients may require additional advocacy to connect them to health and social service resources in the community.

Volunteers receive training and work together with the Friend Advocate Coordinator.


Food Pantry

Help feed the hungry in the following ways:

  • Stocking The Pantry: Shop, coordinate or participate in food collections.
  • Packing: Boxes are packed once a month by a group of volunteers generally on a Friday morning. Additionally, help is needed to pack the supplemental food bags that are given out at the Agency.
  • Distribution: Volunteers are needed to help deliver food packages to those who cannot come to JFS to pick them up, generally one Sunday morning each month.
  • Selecting and Picking up Food: At the Community Food Bank in Hillside, NJ.

(Schools, community groups or families interested in coordinating a group food or garden project, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at info@jfscentralnj.org)

Kosher Meals on Wheels

Sign up to deliver Kosher Meals on Wheels as a substitute or for a regular route.



Volunteers are needed throughout the year to assist with mailings.

Café Europa

Volunteers are needed to help with our monthly social gathering for Holocaust survivors. Help with setting up and serving refreshments and enjoy interacting with group members.

Urban Community Garden (April to September)

Volunteers of all ages are needed to help with planting, maintaining, and harvesting vegetables. Produce from the garden supplements our Kosher Meals on Wheels and Food Pantry programs.

Gardening is generally done on Fridays. You can join others or come on your own schedule.

Youth Community Service Projects
  • Collecting groceries for our Kosher Food Pantry
  • Gardening in our Urban Community Garde
  • Creating gift baskets with kosher food, household and/or personal grooming item

For more information, please complete this form or call JFS at 908-352-8375