Volunteer Application

JFSC has an on-going need for volunteers of all ages, stages and talents. Our volunteer area is always expanding its opportunities and training. As a JFSC volunteer, you can touch the lives of those most in need in our community by working together with our staff to provide innovative and vitally needed services to others.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer positions, please fill out our online Volunteer Application formCall us at 403-287-3510 or e-mail volunteer@jfsc.org

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Safta's Kitchen - Community Organizer Volunteer

Community Organizer Volunteers coordinate group events in their community centred on meal preparation and sharing, and establish connections with neighbours who may be interested in volunteering or participating in Safta's Kitchen.

Community Organizers play an essential role in the success of Safta's Kitchen.

Join us in connecting your community!

We ask that volunteers:

  • be willing to obtain a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search
  • demonstrate a desire to create community and connectedness
  • be organized and responsible
  • have a strong ability to connect with others
  • fluency in English and a second language, and experience mobilizing groups are assets, but not mandatory

Safta's Kitchen - Meal Kit Delivery Volunteer

While we had planned to cook together in community kitchens, COVID-19 has other plans for us! We will be gathering beloved recipes from seniors and delivering meal kits to other seniors who wish to recreate the meal! 

Meal Kit Delivery Volunteers will pick up the meal kits from our office and deliver to seniors' homes. The meal kit will include the recipe, ingredients, a story from the senior who provided the recipe, local resources for seniors, and other fun items such as letters from Calgary's youth.

To deliver food, is to deliver a smile!

We ask that volunteers:

  • be willing to obtain a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search
  • demonstrate a desire to create community and connectedness
  • be organized and responsible
  • have a strong ability to connect with others
  • fluency in English and a second language is an asset, but not mandatory

Safta's Kitchen - Story Capture Volunteer

Story Capture Volunteers interview seniors in their community about their favourite recipes and the stories behind these recipes. These volunteers then can choose a creative way to capture those recipes and stories. This is an intergenerational role, suited well for youth.

Discover the wonderful people in your community!

We ask that volunteers:

  • be willing to obtain a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search
  • demonstrate a desire to create community and connectedness
  • be organized and responsible
  • have a strong ability to connect with others
  • fluency in English and a second language is an asset, but not mandatory

 Memory Care Volunteers

Due to COVID-19, many memory care programs for individuals with dementia have closed.

Memory care programs are essential for the engagement and wellbeing of individuals with dementia, and play a key role in providing respite opportunities for family caregivers of individuals with dementia. JFSC proudly offers in-home memory care programming with the help of our wonderful Memory Care Volunteers.

Memory Care Volunteers engage with individuals experiencing memory loss or dementia (such as Alzheimer's Disease) to deliver brain boosting activities and companionship. Activities are delivered in the client's home on a bi-weekly basis over a 3-hour segment. 

Please join us in delivering this essential support to individuals with dementia and their caregivers!

Volunteers are trained on the Best Friends Approach (Alzheimer Society) and are provided ongoing support, supervision, training and guidance to prepare for their role. Memory Care Volunteers are also provided with a tool kit of activities from our Memory Care Case Manager.

We ask that volunteers:

  • be willing to obtain a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search
  • be willing to obtain First Aid Certification
  • be responsible and patient, possess excellent communication skills, and demonstrate professionalism
  • background in health care, education or social work is an asset, but not mandatory
  • fluency in English and a second language is an asset, but not mandatory

Friendly Visitor - Over the phone

Many seniors in our community experience isolation and loneliness. Friendly Visiting is a meaningful way to give back to the community and make a difference in the life of a senior. Our Friendly Visitor Volunteers explore common interests, share experiences, and build connections with their senior pair. You may also learn something new yourself! 

Please note: Due to COVID-19, our Friendly Visitor Program is now by phone.

Friendly Visitor Volunteers are responsible for calling their senior pair every week for an hour. Friendly Visitor Volunteers receive thorough training in connecting with seniors, and are provided with ongoing support and supervision and from our Friendly Visitor Case Manager.

We ask that volunteers:

  • live in Calgary, AB
  • be willing to obtain a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search
  • be kind and patient, possess excellent communication skills, and demonstrate professionalism
  • background in social work is an asset, but not mandatory
  • fluency in English and a second language is an asset, but not mandatory

Become a trained volunteer with JFSC and be personally matched with a senior in our community!


Food Hamper Delivery Volunteer

Food insecurity has significantly increased during COVID-19 and JFSC is committed to helping. We are in need of Food Hamper Delivery Volunteers to deliver food hampers to vulnerable clients' homes across Calgary who are not able to pick up their food hampers from our office. 

*Deliveries to the NW and NE Calgary communities are particularly needed.

Please join us in this essential duty!

We ask that volunteers:

  • possess a valid driver's license
  • have access to a reliable and clean vehicle
  • be willing to obtain a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search

Food Pantry Organizer Volunteer

Food insecurity has significantly increased during COVID-19 and JFSC is committed to helping. We receive fresh food and pantry items weekly and are in need of a volunteer to organize and clean our pantry and fridges so that food items are more easily accessed by staff and volunteers for food hamper deliveries to clients.

Please join us in this essential duty!

We ask that volunteers:

  • be able to lift heavy items
  • have a keen eye for organization
  • be willing to obtain a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search

 

Seasonal

Holiday Gift Delivery Volunteer

Delivering cheer during the holidays is needed now more than ever. JFSC receives generous holiday gifts from Seniors Secret Service for our older clients. Holiday Gift Delivery Volunteers have the rewarding role of delivering gifts to seniors’ homes throughout the City of Calgary. 

We have 16 routes in need of Holiday Gift Delivery Volunteers, which range from 1 to 19 deliveries each.  Routes are organized by community for the convenience of volunteers. Gifts are picked up at our main office (SW Calgary) and then delivered by route.

Come experience the joy of giving!

Please note that delivery dates are dependent on when we receive the gifts from Seniors Secret Service, and it takes us time to organize the gifts by route. We ask that Holiday Gift Delivery Volunteers be flexible with time, though deliveries are typically ready before December 24th. 

We ask that volunteers:

  • be willing to obtain a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search
  • possess a valid driver's license
  • have access to a reliable and clean vehicle with enough space to accommodate gifts
  • be responsible and patient
  • fluency in English and a second language is an asset, but not mandatory

High Holiday Package Delivery Volunteer

JFSC is passionate about providing the Calgary Jewish community with the items they need to celebrate the Jewish Holidays. We are in need of volunteers who will assist with the delivery of packages near holidays like Passover and Hanukkah.

We ask that volunteers:

  • be willing to obtain a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search
  • have access to a reliable vehicle
  • demonstrate a desire to create community and connectedness
  • be organized and responsible
  • have a strong ability to connect with others

 

IMPORTANT: The volunteer opportunities below are currently on hold due to COVID-19.

We are preparing for the day these programs can resume, so if you are interested please submit a Volunteer Application!

Safta's Kitchen - Grocery Aide Volunteer

Safta's Kitchen events involve recreating recipes from seniors' lives in a group format. Some of our senior participants are unable to join in-person and are unable to grocery shop for the items needed to re-create a meal. Grocery Aide Volunteers fill this gap by shopping for the groceries and delivering them to seniors' homes. Grocery Aide Volunteers coordinate with Safta's Kitchen Community Organizer Volunteers to establish who in the community requires their assistance.

To deliver food, is to deliver a smile!

We ask that volunteers:

  • be willing to obtain a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search
  • demonstrate a desire to create community and connectedness
  • be organized and responsible
  • have a strong ability to connect with others
  • fluency in English and a second language is an asset, but not mandatory

Safta's Kitchen - Meal Partner Volunteer

Meal Partner Volunteers join group events in preparing meals and delivering portions to seniors in their community. This is a position for all ages, and would be ideal for family participation. 

Make a difference in the lives of your older neighbours!

We ask that volunteers:

  • be willing to obtain a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search
  • demonstrate a desire to create community and connectedness
  • be organized and responsible
  • have a strong ability to connect with others
  • fluency in English and a second language is an asset, but not mandatory

Shabbat Volunteers

JFSC is looking for volunteers to help at Shabbat Services at one of three senior facilities in Calgary. Volunteers are crucial to the success of these programs as they offer a connection to the community for many seniors. Volunteers have opportunities to lead programs with activities of their choice! Sing, play guitar, and the list goes on.

Volunteer duties include choosing dates for Shabbat (programs begin at 10:30 AM on Fridays). Volunteer will set up the area, welcome guests, entertain, lead prayers, and clean up area when finished.


English Conversation Classes (ECC)
Join a group of ESL learners and speak conversational English with all participants in order to hone and develop the learners’ conversational skills in English. ECC is weekly on Tuesday’s from 12-12:45.