Make a meaningful difference in the lives of others (and your own!) by volunteering at JVS. Share your skills with the JVS community and help welcome and engage all members of our community. Volunteer involvement ensures JVS can continue to provide many necessary services to our clients.
JVS volunteer opportunities are typically:
- Monday – Friday
- Between 8:30 am-4 pm
- As few or as many hours (as frequently or infrequently) as per a volunteer’s availability
Weekends and extended hours are available by appointment.
For group service opportunities and ideas, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.
Youth Mentoring Program
30% of refugees in the United States who do not have individualized support systems drop out of high school.
Through the Youth Mentor Program, JVS matches refugee youth ages 15-24 with mentors who support them in their academic and vocational goals and help them to thrive. Fill out the Youth Mentor Program Application if interested.
Commitment: Two meetings/month for four months.
35% of lawful permanent residents reported language and/or personal barriers were the primary reason for not pursuing citizenship.
JVS volunteers help refugees overcome those barriers through one-on-one citizenship tutoring, where volunteers help refugees navigate the naturalization process.
Commitment: One session/week for a minimum of three months.
Garden Support – Global Gardens
Nearly 25% of JVS new arrivals have minor to moderate pre-existing health problems related to poor diet and exercise.
JVS Global Gardens provides nutrition education and empowers refugees to grow their own produce – resulting in healthier lifestyles and potential employment opportunities. Volunteers to help prepare the land through pruning, tilling, or clearing brush, as needed.
Commitment: Service opportunities may be one time or recurrent and are available at our garden sites in the Historic Northeast.
Diaper Distribution – Happy Bottoms
1 in 3 American families struggle to provide enough diapers for their babies.
JVS partners with Happy Bottoms to distribute diapers each month to alleviate diaper need, resulting in improved mental/physical health and financial stability of the family.
Commitment: Serve for a two-hour shift on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 8:30 AM and 4 PM; May be one time or recurrent.
Clothing Closet & Warehouse Organization
Approximately 16% of people in Kansas City live in poverty.
Help JVS provide much-needed items to our clients by sorting clothing donations in our clothing closet or household items at our warehouse.
Commitment: Service opportunities may be one time or recurrent, and are available at the JVS main office or warehouse.
Transportation Support – Refugee Rides
Approximately 25% of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled necessary appointments due to lack of transportation.
JVS partners with Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City to provide rides for refugee participants to medical appointments, school meetings, etc.
Commitment: One ride/month for a minimum of three months.