JFS MetroWest offers a wide array of meaningful volunteer opportunities. Our volunteer staff will match your interests and talents to community needs to ensure a gratifying experience.
We have opportunities for adult volunteer opportunities, Rachel Coalition volunteer possibilities, mitzvah projects, and the RSVP Center of Essex & Hudson Counties, which is a comprehensive community service organization catering to individuals 55 and over.
There are many benefits to volunteering with JFS of MetroWest. Volunteers make new friends, learn new skills, and bring joy to many of our JFS clients. JFS also offers special recognition events as a thank you for serving.
Money Management volunteers are matched with a homebound older adult in Essex County to visit once a week in their home. Volunteers assist clients with reading mail, filing papers, and paying bills enabling seniors to live independently in their own homes. Volunteers create a budget and track expenses with the client. This program helps ensure that aging residents do not end up in nursing homes or other long term care facilities prematurely.
Friendly Visitors are matched with a homebound older adult to meet with in their home weekly. Volunteers provide conversation, companionship, and socialization opportunities.
Tessie’s Touch brings joy & connection to isolated older adults by matching them with a caring volunteer to do activities and excursions within the community. Tessie’s Touch is an extension of our traditional Friendly Visiting program and allows us to go above and beyond for our seniors.
Reading Buddies engages older adult volunteers in promoting childhood literacy in public schools. Volunteers age 55+ read to the same small group of students each week throughout the school year using a read-aloud format that supplements the school’s regular reading curriculum. Reading Buddies is a one-of-a-kind program that uses volunteers to support children grades k-2 and educators in the classroom.
Listen to Children
The Listen to Children program pairs a warm accepting older adult volunteer with a school aged child on a one-to-one basis. The Child-Listener relationship allows a child to share conversations, joys, experiences and even concerns. Meeting with their Listener allows children to gain important cross-generational perspectives. Listener volunteers meet with a child on the same day and time weekly, usually during the student’s lunch hour or recess, during the school calendar.
Provide fresh meals for our community’s most vulnerable members. Volunteers pick up freshly cooked meals in Livingston and deliver them to homebound older adults and holocaust survivors throughout Essex and Morris Counties.
Medicare Counseling (SHIP)
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free help to Essex County Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health insurance. SHIP is a statewide program administered in Essex County by JFS MetroWest and RSVP. It is funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services with financial assistance through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living.
Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence/Rachel Coalition
Support survivors of domestic violence through the Court Advocate and Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) programs. There are numerous volunteer opportunities including community education and awareness about domestic abuse and/or working directly with victims.