Impactful Volunteer Opportunities

Patient Navigator for Older Adults

Do you know an older adult who would feel more comfortable going to the doctor if there was someone they trusted to accompany them? Patient Navigators are trained volunteers who accompany older adults to their medical appointments easing the stress of the appointment for both the patient and their families. As a volunteer you help the individual get the information and help that they need. Patient Navigator is a flexible volunteer opportunity that can work with your schedule.

Visit an Isolated Older Adult

JFS Warm Connectors help isolated frail older adults make connections in the community and build relationships with friends, family and neighbors. Examples of weekly visits include writing letters to family, visiting a senior center or spending time with neighbors. Long term commitment required. JFS Warm Connectors reduce social isolation and alleviate loneliness both with regular visits, and by helping their older friend make connections and grow relationships with others.

Mentor 3rd and 4th Graders

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this program is on hold for the 2020/2021 school year. To learn about other opportunities to support children and families in the Metrowest area, please complete the volunteer inquiry form.

The All Stars club supports third graders in English, math, homework and enrichment activities. Volunteers help students understand material and act as a role model and mentor. Math Academy is an academic after-school program for 4th graders focused on basic math concepts. Volunteers help with activities and general support. Interest in the math or science field a plus! Volunteers for both programs are needed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the school year – volunteer one day or both!

Mentor First Generation College Students

Spend some time in the classroom with the students and develop relationships that lead to one on one matches. Mentors help students build social networks that can lead to internship and job opportunities, provide guidance on navigating college and employment experiences, and provide general encouragement and support to their mentees. Courses take place during the day. Mentors are asked to attend three classes per semester.

Help with the Children’s Clothing Closet

The JFS Children’s Clothing Closet provides new and gently used clothing to children in need in the Framingham Public Schools, with a particular focus on helping families who are new to this country. There are two opportunities for volunteering. The first is with our pop-up shopping events. At pop-up events we bring racks of clothes from the Children’s Clothing Closet and families can “shop” for the clothing they need. We use volunteers to help set up the racks and clothing at the school and also to assist while parents and kids shop – keeping the racks and clothes neat, helping parents and kids find and pick things out, etc. We can also use volunteers to help prepare for the pop-up before the event and to help us clean up and pack up when the event is over. These are held throughout the year at different sites in Framingham, usually in the evenings. The second is helping to sort clothes. JFS needs help sorting the clothes that are donated to the Clothing Closet so that we know what inventory we have and can get the clothes ready to distribute to families in need. This is a great volunteer opportunity for small groups and families.

Volunteer with Immigrant Services

3 different opportunities await you working with immigrants in our community. Volunteers needed to help newly arrived refugees adjust to their new life in the United States. Two positions available, one focusing on mentorship and acculturation, the other focusing on pre-employment, i.e. resume building, interview preparation, etc. The third opportunity is working with individuals who are applying for citizenship. Volunteers help screen for eligibility, conduct follow up, and help prepare for the interview.

Development Office Assistance

Provide administrative support to the development department helping in the areas of fundraising and donor recruitment. Help plan for the agency’s annual Seize the Dream gala by recruiting auction items, food providers, and general office support. Good opportunity to gain experience fundraising for a nonprofit organization.

Improve the Health and Wellbeing of Elders

Healthy Aging delivers a primary prevention approach to health and well-being. Volunteer to lead exercise classes, arts and crafts, music groups or help with data collection. Share your special interests with the group.

Start the Application Process

Will you be joining JFS as an intern or Americorps member? Don’t see your program above but ready to start the application process?

Learn More about Volunteering with JFS

Do you have questions about volunteering with JFS? Not quite sure which programs are the best fit? Are you interested in interning at JFS?

For more information about our programs and volunteering with JFS of Metrowest, please contact us today!

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