Volunteer Opportunities During COVID-19

Looking for a way to make a tangible impact during this wild and unpredictable time in history? There are plenty of volunteering opportunities, some for those who feel comfortable safely volunteering in person and some that are entirely virtual or via phone. We’ll update this as we go!

Repair the World Philadelphia mobilizes people to take action grounded in Jewish values to pursue a more just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service. They have an extensive resource for virtual volunteering opportunities here

SNJ Jewish Family & Children’s Service: Jewish Family & Children’s Service will be accepting “drop & go” food donations outside of the Route 70 Family Assistance Program office next Friday, April 3, between 10:00 am– 12:00 pm. The address is 1309 West Route 70, Cherry Hill. JFCS is also managing a “Shop and Drop” food shopping and delivery program staffed by volunteers. The form to enroll can be found on the JFCS website here.

Philabundance: Host or participate in a fun and interactive virtual food drive. Could be a good alternative to a birthday party!

Mitzvah Food Program: Deliver pre-packed bags of food and emergency supplies. Drivers are needed from the Mitzvah Food Pantry sites in Center City, Main Line and Northeast Philadelphia. Deliveries generally take less than two hours. If you have questions and are interested in helping out in April and/or in the future, especially during this time when lifesaving food packages are at risk of not being delivered, please contact Phil Holtje at pholtje@jewishphilly.org, 215-832-0815 or sign up to volunteer here.

KleinLife: 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.

Jewish Relief Agency: Deliver pre-packed boxes of food and emergency supplies to individuals across the region. Visit the JRA website to RSVP for a specific time and sign up for a route or email volunteering@jewishrelief.org.

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia: JFGP is seeking volunteers to make regular friendly phone calls to check in with a local senior citizen in our Jewish community. Fill out this form to be matched with an isolated community member.

South Philly Shtiebel WhatsApp: Support fellow South Philly residents with logistical or errand support by joining the Shtiebel Support WhatsApp Group.

Keneseth Israel: Fundraiser for families in Cheltenham here! 

Broad Street Ministry(BSM) is a community dedicated to alleviating the pains of hunger and homelessness in Philadelphia. Their Breaking Bread program gives nutritious meals to anyone who needs it while also providing a mailing address, clothing, personal care items, and other services for individuals who are underserved. In response to COVID-19, BSM has stopped its volunteer shifts, though they are in need of additional items to provide life-sustaining services to vulnerable populations. You can donate to BSM through their Amazon Wishlist or fundraiser

Bethesda Project: is a local organization addressing homelessness in Center City. They have 14 different locations ranging from emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing, serving over 1,500 men and women every year. While we have suspended on-site volunteering, there are still ways to help out! This includes: Making a meal at home following USDA Guidelines at www.foodsafety.gov/keep-food-safe/4-steps-to-food-safety. Contact Jeffrey Isaacson at jisaacson@bethesdaproject.org, or call 513-280-2236
Project Home: We know that you care as much as we do about how the pandemic is impacting our collective work to end homelessness and alleviate poverty in Philadelphia. We also know that you want to help now more than ever before. Click here for ways you can help immediately while keeping yourself safe.


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