VOLUNTEERING

Volunteering with JFS provides diverse, meaningful, and challenging opportunities to those who want to help make our community a healthy, welcoming place to live.

JOIN OUR TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS

JFS offers a wide variety of programing for our clients and volunteers are essential to our work. There are many ways to find a volunteer opportunity to fit your schedule and volunteer ability.

Volunteering provides the opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience while making a direct impact that meets community needs.

 

For more information about how you can help, please contact Florencia Saslavsky:

  1. Email: fsaslavsky@jfsottawa.com
  2. Phone: 613-722-2225 ext. 337
  3. Online: complete the form at the bottom of the page

Thank you to the following community members who donate their time and talent to our agency!

 

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

 

TRANSPORTATION

We have several options for transportation volunteering. Please note that a clean Driver’s Abstract, G license and enhanced car insurance is required to drive clients.

  • Provide transportation to and from appointments to those in need
  • Delivery of Kosher Meals on Wheels
  • Holiday Care Package delivery
  • Miriams Well & Ottawa Kosher Food Bank delivery

 

TELESHALOM

Provide Jewish seniors the opportunity to stay connected and feel safe by connecting with them by phone throughout the week.

 

 

 

STREETSMARTS

Help our city’s community by offering various resources to Ottawa’s downtown unhoused population.

 

 

 

FRIENDLY VISITING

Connect with seniors and combat the feelings of isolation through friendly visits to clients’ homes or outings.

 

 

 

RUSSIAN SPEAKING SENIORS PROGRAM

Get involved with the various programs offered to Jewish Russian/Ukrainian speaking seniors, including ESL.  Volunteering requires set day availability and previous experience in delivery ESL classes.

    • ESL
    • Dance
    • Aerobics
    • Holiday celebrations and more!

ADULT DAY PROGRAM

Help out with Meet & Greet, Lunch service or if you have a special skill you want to share to the group. Awareness of cognitive impairment and a comfort with working with frail seniors is required.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Help set the strategic direction of the agency and raise critical funds. Please reach out to David Dern for more information in volunteering on our Board. David Dern dern@jfsottawa.com 613-722-2225 ext. 325.

 

Become a VOLUNTEER





    Testimonials

    As a daughter residing halfway across the country, it gives me great peace of mind to know that my elderly father has a friend stopping in to see him every now and then.  My father definitely appreciates the conversation and friendly face as he is confined to his room and his own thoughts most of the time. JFS has done a great job of matching my father up with a volunteer that has similar interests and is a great conversationalist.Our entire family is very thankful for volunteers that so freely give their time to make someone's life that much more enjoyable.
    Jane
    Daughter