Alpert Jewish Family And Childrens Service

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 We're Recruiting Great People to Help Local Families!

 

Why volunteer?
“… whosoever preserves a single soul..., scripture ascribes merit to him as though he had preserved a complete world.” Talmud, Sanhedrin 37a

AJFCS has a strong community presence, providing social services in Palm Beach County, since 1973.  We are a nationally accredited, non-sectarian organization that assists more than 5,000 clients each year.  As a nonprofit organization, AJFCS has made a commitment to finding good-fit opportunities for volunteers that recognize the unique talents and skills of adults, baby-boomers and older adults.  As an AJFCS volunteer, you can be part of a team that prides itself in offering compassionate services and outreach to others in need.

 

What’s in it for you?
A great Jewish sage, Rabbi Hillel, taught us “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”

Volunteering can add a great deal to your life and the lives of those you help.  It offers you a chance to become involved in a project or with an organization you really care about, as well as an opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life. Best of all, you have the opportunity to try out something different, make a meaningful contribution to your community, and experience the benefits and gratification derived from helping others.

 

What’s in it for us?
Community groups and organizations greatly benefit from volunteers by gaining a new and valued perspective on their work as well as the precious resource of time.  Even small commitments can have a lasting effect on an organization and the people it represents. Volunteers enhance our capacity to make a difference in the lives of people.

 

What kind of volunteer opportunities are there at AJFCS?
Mentoring 4 Kids
Volunteers function as mentors to children living in a single-parent family, following the loss of a caretaker or parent.  Volunteers are matched with a child 6-14 years old, and receive ongoing training and support from professional staff.

Ambassadors®
As part of a nontraditional volunteer program, older adults and Boomer volunteers are trained to function as liaisons, resource specialists, peer-counselors, and agency envoys in their own gated communities.  By sharing knowledge, through the creation of a “living network of conversation”, Ambassadors® can arrive at ways of solving common problems and supporting their frail neighbors.  This is a non-traditional, grass-roots program that utilizes the unique skills and talents of individual volunteers who wish to be engaged in life-long learning and making a difference in the lives of others.

AmeriCorps
“Paid” volunteers, called “Enhanced Companions” are trained and “matched” with an older adult who needs help with transportation, grocery shopping, and escort to medical appointments and treatments.  This is award- winning program has engaged at least 150 volunteers over the lifespan of the program, conceived in 1993.

Professional volunteers
Retired social workers, nurses and others from the helping professions assist agency staff in providing quality services to clients of the organization.  A careful assessment of the volunteer’s skills and talents are explored and the “best fit” identified, to meet both the volunteer’s and our organization’s programmatic needs.

Fundraising
AJFCS raises substantial funds each year to help operate the services of the agency.  Volunteers participate in helping organize fundraising events and educational outreach programs that assist in developing the financial resources of the organization.

Other volunteer opportunities
The above listed projects are only some of the volunteer opportunities available at AJFCS.  Since AJFCS attempts to engage volunteers who bring their own interests, talents and skills, it would not be possible to list all of the potential ways volunteers can participate in our work..  You have our commitment that we will work hard to see how to find a good-fit position at the agency.  All ideas are welcome.

 

How do I become a volunteer?
AJFCS is an accredited agency and follows national standards. All of our volunteer positions require an application and references. Some of our volunteer positions require different levels of background screening, which takes time.

Please call 561-684-1991 for more information, or request a volunteer application