Volunteer Opportunities: Refugee Resettlement Program

Many people have been asking, “How can I  help?” We’ve put together a list of opportunities that will really have a significant impact on the lives of our new community members. Please take a look and contact Becca or Paul if you can help us.

We have four families in Madison already, and it now looks like there will be more on the way.With the newest executive order on hold, the State Department is actually picking up the pace of moving refugees to the United States. We need your help to be ready.

Transportation Management Volunteer Lead – help schedule rides and lessons about biking, bussing and walking in Madison


Housing Volunteer Lead – help to find affordable, safe apartments with access to public transportation and services


Employment/Education Volunteer Lead – help our families to find appropriate employment and education for long-term success


Please don’t forget that we still need you to advocate for refugees:

Call your legislators and let them know that you support refugee program and oppose the executive orders banning refugees. Go to www.rcusa.org/advocate-now  for information of how to advocate.

Thank you to everyone working with JSS and the new families and for making them feel welcome.

New Volunteer Opportunities!

Here are some volunteer opportunities working with older adults that JSS really needs right now:

  • Hanging pictures
  • Hanging shelves
  • Fixing a shower
  • Light cleaning
  • Friendly visitors, someone to play some games with, go for a walk
  • Help with organizing paperwork, paying bills
  • Help with figuring out iPhone and downloading pictures
  • Small house repairs

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Paul Borowsky at 608-278-4083 or pborowsky@jssmadison.org
We are currently seeking volunteers in the following areas. Don’t see what you were looking for? Contact us and we will try and find that perfect fit!

Bikur Cholim/Friendly Visitor – Visitors make brief visits, does not have to be on a regular basis but can be when convenient for you.

Youth Volunteering, Youth Group Projects, and B’nai Mitzvah Projects – Come talk to us about doing a Bar or Bat Mitzvah project with Jewish Social Services. There are also opportunities for older youth and youth group to volunteer and contribute to the community, develop new skills, and have fun.
Double your Volunteering Mitzvah – Check with your human resources department to see if your company has a policy of matching employees’ community volunteer hours with a monetary donation to the agency for whom the employee volunteers.
Refugee Resettlement Volunteers – Our Refugee Resettlement program relies heavily on volunteers. For more information, see this list of Refugee Resettlement Volunteer Needs.

Menorah Delivery Volunteers Needed!

Menorah Delivery for Hanukkah – Celebrate the Festival of Lights by bringing some light to seniors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers deliver and set up electric menorahs, return once or twice to “light” the candles and pick up the menorah at the end of the holiday. Have a little visit and share the holiday! The first candle is December 24th, 2016. To sign up, contact Jewish Social Services at 608-278-1808, or at office@jssmadison.org by December 15 or submit a volunteer application listing the names and ages of all participants.