General Volunteer Opportunities

NEW VOLUNTEER POSITION: JSS is launching its new refugee mentorship program, Aljirani Madison, and is now seeking volunteers! From the Swahili “jirani – neighbor” and Arabic “aljar – neighbor”, Aljirani Madison is a 6-month long volunteering program that partners community volunteers with a local refugee individual or family to provide a warm welcome, companionship, and practical help. For a full description of the program please see the attached document. For any further information, contact Sam Van Akkeren,

Please note: partnerships will meet digitally for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.

The following are some general volunteer opportunities that are needed on an ongoing basis:

Drivers: Help seniors remain independent by providing rides to medical appointments and other destinations on an as-needed and as-available basis.  Requires copies of proof of insurance and driver’s license, plus a driver’s record check.

Designated Shopper: Providing assistance and companionship by taking clients shopping or running errands helps older adults remain independent. At times, clients may also need someone to pick up groceries or other items for them.

Back-up Volunteer Photographer: Take photos at JSS events which will be used for promotional materials and social media.

Bikur Cholim/Friendly Visitor: Opportunities to visit with people in rehabilitation, hospital, or memory care. These visits can be made when convenient for you.

Computer/ Odd Job Help: Help seniors and others by doing small jobs such as changing light bulbs, fixing a loose hinge, etc. Also, help clients learn to perform basic computer funtions and to use electronic devices such as television and remote controls.

Volunteer at holiday, social events, and Oakwood Shabbats: Help the residents of Oakwood Village welcome Shabbat one Friday per month from 3:30p.m.-4:30p.m. Seat guests, pour wine and juice, and distribute challah, interact with the residents of Oakwood Village and their families.

Please contact Paul Borowsky if interested. Please stay tuned or call Paul at (608) 442-4083 for updates regarding other holiday opportunities including Menorah delivery for Hanukkah.