Volunteer with Us!

Make a difference in our Houston community.

Volunteers are a vital part of how Alexander Jewish Family Service staff supports our clients.  By giving their time, energy and experience, Alexander JFS volunteers provide a helping hand to our staff, isolated seniors and others in our community who may be struggling with difficult circumstances.  Our volunteers make such a difference!

As a Behavioral & Mental Health Services agency, our Volunteers who work directly with Alexander JFS clients need to protect confidentiality and understand the sensitive nature of their volunteer role. These volunteers are required to take specialized HIPAA training annually and to pass a background screening, providing our clients with a sense of safety and security.

If you are currently a volunteer and need to log your hours, please click the button below.

Did You know:
  • Alexander JFS Volunteers donate thousands of hours helping our clients in the community each year
  • Recruiters rank volunteer participation higher than personal presentation when looking at candidates for employment
  • Volunteers report an overall increase in sense of life satisfaction
  • As you volunteer, you will meet new people and hear new perspectives which can help us to build bridges of understanding between generations, ethnicities and lifestyles
  • Volunteering gives you the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than yourself

We Need You to Help

Current Needs

Make a difference with in-person and virtual volunteering.

Alexander JFS is currently opening volunteer opportunities to our full menu of positions. We have both in-person and virtual ways for you to be involved and help.

We are looking for volunteers to make beautiful Shabbat boxes for hospital patients, friendly visitors who are trained to be weekly friends to seniors, all types of supportive assistants to our wonderful Celebration Company, and members of a cadre of drivers and deliverers who can help with special meals, counseling kits and appointments. 

We also love to incorporate your special skills and talents into a volunteer opportunity. The full list of volunteer jobs can be found once you have submitted your volunteer application.  Come join us!

Teen Opportunities

For ages 12 - 18

Alexander JFS provides many opportunities for teens to provide service to their community while learning and living the value of “g’milut chasadim,” acts of loving kindness.

Family to Family

Planting the seeds of family philanthropy

Alexander JFS Family to Family Program gives your family the opportunity to discuss your collective values, the importance of giving, and your personal connections to Alexander JFS through tours and volunteer activities.

General Opportunities

Whatever your skills or talent, Alexander JFS has a place for you and your family.

We are actively working to place volunteers in appropriate positions to best use their skills. Please consider joining us!  

Common Questions about Volunteering

What kind of volunteer activities can a group or family do together?
Can my child or grandchild work as a volunteer for school credit?
Do I need a background check?
If I volunteered with JFS in the past, can I just start up again?  
If I have family visiting, can they volunteer with me?
If I have a background screening from another resource or agency, will you take it?
Why do you need to keep up with the hours I volunteer?

Resources & News

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Stories of
"During Covid-19, volunteers made over 600 greeting cards that were delivered to seniors isolated in local senior living facilities. These cards brought joy and warmth and we will continue this opportunity for the foreseeable future and will include birthday greetings."
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senior adult holding greeting card made by volunteers

Volunteer Now

If you would like to chat with someone about volunteering with Alexander JFS or if you have any questions about our program, please complete this form and our Volunteer Coordinator, Melanie Cole Goldberg, will get back to you. If you are ready to go, please click on the button below to set up your application and profile through our online system.

Hours of Operation

Together We Are Stronger

Thank you to our collaborating partners and sponsors for providing essential resources to make our work possible.