Make a difference in your community and help us Carry The Light with these virtual and socially-distanced volunteer opportunities.


JRA – Jewish Relief Agency

Maddy Levine-Wolf
Jewish Relief Agency
225 East City Avenue, Suite 210
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-1724
Caring Cards for JRA Recipients
JRA is asking volunteers to bring the sunshine into recipients’ homes at Federation Housing by creating a caring card! Feel free to use supplies that you have at home, like plain or construction paper, crayons, markers, paint, stickers, etc. Once complete, drop your card in the mail and JRA will get it to recipients.
Mail to:
Jewish Relief Agency
225 E City Ave, Suite 210
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Volunteer Packing Shifts
JRA is offering a few volunteer packing shifts in preparation for the monthly Food Distribution. The shifts will include box taping, packing boxes, and assembling Family Friendly bags. Volunteers shifts are limited to 20 individuals to ensure proper social distancing and to follow guidelines set by the City of Philadelphia. Volunteer packing shifts are on a first-come, first-served basis and will fill-up quickly.  To register, click here.

Route Delivery:
If you are interested in delivering food, please register on the website. After a JRA staff member has confirmed a pick-up date and delivery route with you, you are welcome to arrive any time within the window listed. If you are interested in volunteering to deliver boxes of food and toiletry items, we recommend signing up early!

Our Closet

Ricki Eisenstein
Our Closet – Powered by JFCS
2100 Arch Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

While the pop-up shop model is on hold, Our Closet has been busy running a contact-free emergency clothing delivery program for Philadelphians in need. Our Closet needs volunteers to help organize and sort through donations at the warehouse in Springfield. There is a weekly sort every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. To sign up, click here.

There is also a regularly occurring sort between 10am and noon on the first Tuesday of every month. To sign up, click here.


KleinLife Home Delivered Meals program is an essential need for 700 homebound seniors. To help deliver these pre-cooked meals, contact John Eskate, jeskate@kleinlife.org, to coordinate a specific time each Tuesday to pick up and deliver. In the loading dock you will be given gloves, meals packed in freezer bags, and a delivery route. After delivery, emptied freezer bags should be returned to Kleinlife. To volunteer, please contact John Eskate at jeskate@kleinlife.org.

Mitzvah Food Program

Deliver pre-packed bags of food and emergency supplies. Drivers are needed from the Mitzvah Food Pantry sites in Center City, the Main Line and Northeast Philadelphia. Someone will be in touch to schedule your exact pickup time. Deliveries generally take less than two hours. To volunteer, click here.

JFCS – Jewish Family and Children’s Services

Can you make regular friendly phone calls to check in with a local senior citizen in our Jewish community? Fill out the form to be matched with an isolated community member. This service may expand to include the option of helping a senior order groceries online. To volunteer, click here.

HIAS – Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

HIAS PA seeks volunteers to obtain/deliver essential items to families in need during COVID-19.
-Volunteers and donors willing to grocery shop and deliver to a family’s home and/or pay for groceries (once, or on a monthly or less frequent basis).
-Volunteers willing to deliver items in their cars (generally picking up from a partner in Warminster or from our office in Center City and delivering throughout the region). To volunteer, click here. Learn more about HIAS volunteering here.


JCHAI is looking for instructors or passionate individuals to lead Zoom classes for adults with special needs. Zoom classes are currently offered three times per day, five days per week (typically 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., although those times could be altered with enough notice). The classes are on a wide variety of topics and last about 45 minutes. Anyone with expertise or even just a passion for a topic could do a class or series of classes on the subject. It could be a historical topic, a craft, a skill (Yiddish?), just about anything. The volunteers can reach out to Stacy Levitan at stacylevitan@jchai.org to arrange a time to talk about it.
JCHAI is also looking for regularly scheduled phone/Zoom buddies to be matched with JCHAI participants who may be limited in social interaction because of the pandemic. The volunteer could call or Zoom with individuals to chat on a regular basis. Potential volunteers could can reach Stacy Levitan at stacylevitan@jchai.org.

Philly Friendship Circle

Move4Friendship Philly Friendship Walk…With A Twist
Help raise funds and awareness for Philly Friendship Circle! On Nov 8th we’re joining friends across the country for a virtual Run Across America in the morning and then celebrating with local Philly friends with a Community Car Parade in the afternoon. Learn more here.


Download our Mitzvah Menu as a PDF.