Jewish Federation volunteers share a passion for doing good and a commitment to collective action — and know how good it feels to make a meaningful difference.
To join a Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia committee, please contact Shara Swift at email@example.com.
Volunteer Opportunities Through The Jewish Federation
Help maintain one of Greater Philadelphia’s most sacred treasures, our historic Jewish cemeteries. You can help by cleaning up litter, raking, pruning and weeding. Some data collection opportunities are also available. School and synagogue groups are welcome.
To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.832.0813
Mitzvah Food Program
Volunteers are needed to work shifts our five food pantries, as well as to pack and deliver food packages to low-income households across Greater Philadelphia. Pantry locations: Jewish Community Services Building (Center City); Brodsky Enrichment Center (Main Line); KleinLife (Northeast Philadelphia); Congregation Tifereth Israel of Lower Bucks County (Bucks County); and Beth Sholom Congregation (Elkins Park). Once a year, a community Food Sort is also organized following the High Holiday Food Drive. B’nai Mitzvah projects welcome!
Various Northeast Philadelphia locations
Volunteers are needed to provide older adults living independently in Northeast Philly with home maintenance and repairs; chore services; transportation to medical appointments and grocery shopping; and friendly visits.
Volunteer Opportunities Through Our Community Partners
Abramson Center for Jewish Life
1425 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA 19454
Jewish senior living and geriatric care facility welcomes volunteers of all ages. Opportunities include friendly visitors, librarians, hospice volunteers (training provided) Yiddish Club, games, art projects, and office support. Participate in programs and celebrations enriching resident life.
To volunteer click here or contact email@example.com or 215.371.1816.
Challah for Hunger
Brings people together to bake and sell challah in an effort to raise money and awareness for social justice causes.
To volunteer click here or contact 267.423.4415.
Federation Early Learning Services
Volunteers are needed to work in classrooms assisting teachers with young children, or for office work. Specific tasks are designed to meet volunteers’ skills and the needs of the classroom and center.
To volunteer click here or call 215.676.7550.
Friendship Circle Philadelphia Region
Connects teens and young adults to youth with special needs and their families, offering Jewish and social experiences; developing friendships while participating in creative arts group activities, Jewish holiday celebrations, weekly playdates and more. Fosters the development of a caring, supportive community. Volunteer opportunities exist for adults as well.
2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
“Welcome the stranger” by supporting immigrants and refugees. Volunteers can collect school and housing supplies, help set up a home for a newly-arriving family, make welcome baskets, or spread the word by giving a presentation on the work of HIAS PA to their school or synagogue.
Hosts for Hospitals – In-House Hospitality for Families and Patients
326 Conshohocken State Road, #2, Gladwyne, PA 19035
Provides an opportunity to perform the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim, the bringing of guests. Volunteer hosts provide free lodging for out-of-towners who travel to Philadelphia in association with patients who are receiving care of are hospitals. Guests are responsible for their own food and transportation.
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia (JFCS)
345 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Volunteers for the social services organization JFCS help enrich the lives of those who are vulnerable and in need of help, including older adults, children and people living with disabilities. Opportunities include: helping with art therapy, cooking, celebratory and other programming at the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center; helping with the clothing-assistance program; delivering challahs to hospital patients; “hands-on” service projects through Circle of Hands. B’nai Mitzvah projects welcome!
Jewish Relief Agency
10980 Dutton Road, Philadelphia PA 19154
JRA helps nourish over 6,000 diverse low-income individuals across Greater Philadelphia.
Opportunities for all ages include packing kosher food boxes at JRA’s Food Distribution warehouse and delivering those boxes to clients.
10100 Jamison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116
KleinLife is a hub for our community of active older adults, and there are so many ways to volunteer, including: culinary crew, clerks, data entry, drivers, educators, fundraising, event planning, greeters, accounting, gardening, theater tech and more. Students looking for community service credits or internships are welcome!
The Mitzvah Bowl
A comprehensive website for finding mitzvah projects and volunteer opportunities for Bar/Bat Mitzvah students and high school students looking to fulfill community service hours. Offers reresources for teens and families seeking a way to help other s and make a difference
For more info, click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mizvah Circle Foundation
1561 Gehman Road, Harleysville, PA 19428
Volunteers work alongside staff sorting and organizing donations and assembling essential supplies. The Mitzvah Circle Foundation is a non-faith based organization providing materials support to individuals and families dealing with crisis, poverty, homelessness and serious illness.
Repair the World: Philadelphia
Aims to make service and volunteering an integral part of North American Jewish life. Offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, including on-time and regular opportunities, and social events.
KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116
RSVP Philadelphia brings together volunteers ages 55+ with non-profit agencies to meet community needs, including: tutoring in elementary schools; advocating on behalf of crime victims; providing friendly visits in hospitals and nursing homes; cooking and delivering meals for the homebound; serving as guides for museums, historic sites and cultural centers; providing clerical assistance.