Volunteering with Jewish Collaborative Services is a wonderful way to support children, families, and seniors. Our volunteers routinely tell us how much they benefit from the experience. In addition to the fulfillment that comes from giving back, they gain the joy of being part of a warm and caring community.
Flexible Options for Helping Others
Our volunteer programs are flexible, so you can choose your time commitment. We provide training and support, so you’re never on your own. Programs that rely on volunteer assistance are highly varied, giving you many options for helping your neighbors in need.
Volunteers provide respite for families caring for seniors and adults with disabilities, including:
- Regular visits and companionship.
- Recreational activities at home and in the community.
- Help with errands and transportation.
JERI volunteers visit isolated seniors in nursing homes, hospitals and senior housing. In addition to friendly visits and companionship, they may help with:
- Gift delivery during Jewish holidays.
- Weekly Shabbat services at senior living facilities.
The Louis and Goldie Chester Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry in Providence offers kosher chicken, non-perishables and produce for families in need. Volunteers:
- Work in the pantry (Tuesdays & Fridays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm).
- Deliver food to the homebound.
The Kosher Meals on Wheels program is a vital nutrition safety net, bringing kosher meals to homebound seniors and disabled individuals. Volunteers:
- Deliver meals Monday through Friday in Providence, Pawtucket, Cranston, and Warwick.
Part of JCS’s kosher nutrition program, our Kosher Senior Cafés provide nutritious food and companionship for seniors in the community.
- Café are in Providence and Cranston.
- Volunteers help serve meals weekdays at noon.
(formerly the Women’s Association)
The Friends of Jewish Seniors support JCS’s outreach efforts through:
- Membership fees and fundraising, including the Knit Shoppe.
- Volunteer coordination.
“My visits with [a nursing home resident] not only uplift her spirits but they uplift mine as well. We talk about everything and nothing. We have learned from each other. We have cried together and laughed together. When I go to visit her, I know that I need to be able to spend at least an hour so we can catch up. Sometimes, that isn’t even enough time.”