Volunteer Opportunities

American Jewish World Service
The AJWS not only offers grants and technical assistance, but also sends skilled volunteers to work with their project partners, sharing their particular skills and expertise. Their volunteers participate in the physical and practical rebuilding of communities and in the process find their own lives are transformed.

Since 1976 DOROT has worked to improve the quality of life for elders in New York and to bring the generations together in friendship. DOROT mobilizes volunteers to help the frail and homebound elderly. They service about 10,000 seniors and caregivers each year through a volunteer corps of about 8,000, over 2,000 of which are under the age of 18. DOROT offers volunteer programs for schools, synagogues and youth organizations. There are family volunteer opportunities in addition to a diverse menu of teen volunteer projects. Among the activities teens deliver meals and holiday gifts, shop for seniors who are too frail to shop for themselves, train seniors on computer use, and spend time visiting with homebound seniors. Teens meet and interact with other students while fulfilling their school's community service requirement. 

Idealist is a program of Action Without Borders, an agency that connects people, organizations and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Action Without Borders is independent of any government, political ideology or religious creed. Its work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.

Jewish Agency for Israel
The Jewish Agency for Israel has put forward a list of volunteer projects that comprise $85 million of critical unmet needs above and beyond core allocations. 

Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s TOV Volunteer Network 
Started in 1996, TOV links prospective volunteers to volunteer opportunities in the Jewish and larger community to participate in the mitzvah of tikkun olam, the repairing of the world.
Jewish National Fund (JNF)
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) began in 1901 collecting coins in blue boxes to purchase land and return the Jewish people to their homeland. In over 107 years, JNF has evolved into a global environmental leader and become the central address for partnering with the land and people of Israel. JNF has planted 240 million trees; built over 1,000 parks and recreational areas; constructed security roads; educated students around the world about Israel; created new communities so that Jews from around the world would have a place to call home; discovered new means of growing plants under arid conditions, bringing green to the desert; and built over 200 reservoirs and water recycling centers, increasing Israel’s water supply by 10%. Today, JNF is supporting Israel’s newest generation of pioneers by bringing life to the Negev Desert, Israel’s last frontier. A United Nations NGO, JNF sponsors international conferences on desertification, shares afforestation techniques, and funds research on arid land management. JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers. For more information on JNF, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit www.jnf.org.


KEDMA empowers post-high school students studying in yeshivot and seminaries in Israel to run social action campaigns and programs. KEDMA tries to connect yeshiva students to the 'real' Israel through volunteering in chesed projects and to build a network of young Jewish leaders and activists who will initiate similar programs on college campuses. 

Kids For Community

Kids For Community is a free online database that lists New York City volunteer opportunities for children and families. Currently they have over 250 volunteer opportunities that range from starting your own food drive to working with the elderly. 


Founded 21 years ago, Livnot is a unique program designed for young Jewish people to explore themselves, Israel and their Judaism. Through hiking, community service projects, classes and workshops participants are engaged in a dynamic and open environment of self discovery. Livnot courses are known to be fun but intense. 

A Jewish Response to Hunger.  Please consult the website for more information. 

Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center
Blood and platelets are a critical part of cancer treatment for many children and adults. Transfusions help them fight infections, regain strength and recover. Patients frequently require daily transfusions for weeks or months.  Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center has approval from the New York State Department of Health allowing those who are 16 years of age to donate blood. Parental consent is required. No consent is required for anyone who donates blood or platelets and is at least 17 years old. They are open every day including weekends and are conveniently located near public transportation. Free parking in the hospital garage is available for donors. Kosher cookies and juice are available following donation.

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty serves more than 100,000 clients every year in all five boroughs of New York. Met Council provides crisis intervention, counseling, kosher food distribution, career services, housing, furniture, clothing, home care, family violence prevention and home repair services to those in need. They provide many chesed opportunities within all of their departments throughout all five boroughs. Volunteer opportunities include friendly visits to frail seniors, food packaging and distribution and phone calls to the sick. 

National Jewish Coalition for Literacy
The National Jewish Coalition for Literacy is the organized Jewish community's vehicle for mobilizing volunteer tutors and reading partners for at-risk children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Their mission is to bring the skills and the concerns of America's Jews to bear on the scandal of illiteracy by effecting a dramatic increase in the organized Jewish community's involvement in the fight against illiteracy and in the number of Jews involved in that fight.

National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership is an advocate for the expansion of mentoring and a resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives nationwide.

Network for Good
Network for Good is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the Web to help people get more involved in their communities - from volunteering and donating money, to speaking out on issues you care about. 

New York Cares

New York Cares' mission is to unite and enable caring New Yorkers to help people in need and improve our city through volunteer service and creative giving.
OHEL's mission is to protect and strengthen individuals and families by meeting the diverse social service needs of the community through programs of excellence.  Uniquely culturally sensistive to the particular needs of the Jewish population, OHEL serves communities in New York City, the surrounding Boroughs, Northern New Jersey, Southern Florida andworldwide on the web.  OHEL is driven to constantly supersede all professional and regulatory standards.  Leveraging OHEL's experience and reputation, we seek to proactively identify community social challenges by pioneering new programs that elevate the lives of individuals and families every day.

One Family Fund

One Family works to provide assistance to Israeli victims of terror. They provide a vehicle for people to get involved in helping victims of terrorism in Israel who have been left orphaned, maimed, and traumatized by the recent violence. In Israel, they have three offices where volunteers can assist in a variety of tasks from administrative duties to providing direct aid to victims. 

Points of Light Foundation

The Points of Light Foundation, founded in 1990 by former President George Bush, is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes volunteerism. It is the nation's leading advocate for and authority on volunteering. The Foundation was created in an effort to tap the creative energy of the people and its organizations to connect communities and individuals. 
Sharsheret, Hebrew for "chain," is a national not-for-profit organization of cancer survivors dedicated to addressing the unique concerns of young Jewish women facing breast cancer. Sharsheret has developed three core programs in response to the needs of young Jewish women facing breast cancer: The Link Program, a peer support network connecting young women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences; Education and Outreach Programs, including health care symposia addressing the concerns of young women facing breast cancer; and Quality of Life Programs, including the Busy Box for young parents facing breast cancer, Best Face Forward to address the cosmetic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Empower, for single women facing breast cancer, Genetics for Life to focus on concerns and issues relating to hereditary breast cancer, and Embrace, for women living with advanced breast cancer. 

United Jewish Communities

The United Jewish Communities represents 156 Jewish federations, 400 independent communities and 700,000 people across North America. 

Virtual Volunteering Project
An index of links to major regional and nationwide sites in the U.S. and Canada that provide updated lists of volunteer opportunities at various different organizations. 

Volunteers for Israel

Volunteers For Israel is a non-political, non-profit, volunteer organization. It was formed in 1982 through the initiative of General A. Davidi to coordinate volunteers to help alleviate manpower shortages during the war in Lebanon. It provides the Diaspora Jew and other friends of Israel with an opportunity to participate directly in helping Israel.

Volunteer Match

VolunteerMatch is dedicated to helping everyone find a great place to volunteer. 

World Zionist Organization

The Hagshama Department of the World Zionist Organization (WZO) encourages young people to embark on a journey designed to empower participants in an ongoing process, in which the individual develops a sense of belonging and responsibility to the broader community.