Become a Volunteer




Our Volunteer Philosophy
JFS is the place to do good. We engage individuals, groups, teens, and families in meaningful service to the community. Our professional staff is eager to engage new talent to extend our reach and impact. We are dedicated to cultivating volunteerism by providing space for specialized skills and talent that align with our strategic priorities whether you are looking to mentor youth, support older adults, or assist in administrative capacities, JFS is the place to do good. 

You can help make a difference in the life of someone who needs you. For more information, contact Volunteer Engagement at (858) 637-3050 or

Start the volunteer applicaton process online>>

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Volunteers needed for VITA Tax Preparation

As a tax preparation volunteer you will provide invaluable assistance to low-income individuals and families by preparing their taxes for free and connecting them with other Jewish Family Service (JFS) resources when appropriate. You will work one-on-one with clients helping them to navigate the ins and outs of tax preparation. If chosen as a volunteer, our partner, the IRC will provide you with training that results in your certification as a volunteer income tax preparer. This training involves a self-directed online curriculum combined with two days of mandatory classroom training at the IRC office. NO PREVIOUS TAX EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! This is an excellent opportunity to gain skills in tax preparation while providing invaluable help to families and individuals in need of your expertise. JFS is teaming up with IRC to offer a third VITA program location, and we need volunteers at all three sites! 

Application can be found here.




As the number of older San Diegans continues to climb, we are experiencing an urgent need for volunteers who can help them age in the homes and communities they call home. From delivering meals, to making minor home repairs, to driving for people who can’t – you can make a difference in the life of a Holocaust survivor, veteran, or elderly neighbor who needs you. 

When older adults make the tough decision to turn in their keys, it’s the volunteers of On the Go at JFS who help them hold on to their independence by getting them where they need to go. With JFS Foodmobile, volunteers deliver warm meals and wellness checks to support the health of homebound individuals who might otherwise go hungry. Then there’s the JFS Fix-It Service, which deploys a team of volunteers to make the minor home repairs that help prevent falls and keep older adults safe in their homes.

We’d love to talk to you about joining our team of volunteer drivers. 

Let's get to know each other.  
Give our Volunteer Engagement team a call
at (858) 637-3050 or start your volunteer profile online at:>>

Find the opportunity that speaks to you.
(And help us spread the word by downloading and posting these flyers around your office or neighborhood.)

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Serve your community. Make an impact. Grow as a team.

Adopt-A-Route with Foodmobile!

All across San Diego, there are people who depend on Foodmobile. When older adults can no longer get out or cook for themselves like they used to, we show up at their door with a warm meal – and stay for a moment to see how they’re doing. We’d love for you to join us!

Make a difference on your lunchbreak

  • Perfect for Corporate Teams of 8-12 (traveling in pairs)
  • Lunchtime delivery hours, 11:00am to 1:30pm, M-F
  • Monthly commitment, with routes averaging 7-10 stops
  • A car and a few hours a month are all it takes
  • We provide onsite training for participating employees
  • Great opportunity for employers to promote civic responsibility and build employee relationships
Serving the Entire Community Jewish Family Services of San Diego
For more information or to sign up your team, call (858) 637-3050. 
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Service Enterprise CertifiedVolunteer Opportunities Spotlight

Corner Market Volunteer:
The Esther & Bud Fischer Hand Up Food Pantry has opened a new client shopping area, the Corner Market, at our offices in Kearny Mesa. At the Corner Market, clients can shop for their own groceries, including fresh produce, meat, bread, and non-perishables.

Volunteers are needed to assist clients as they shop, answer questions about the shopping process, provide information on healthyprovide choices, and to check out groceries. Apply at >>

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Volunteer Rides & Smiles Driver: On the Go, a program of Jewish Family Service, offers a variety of transportation options to older adults. The On the Go Rides & Smiles® Volunteer Driver provides individual rides for medical appts, shopping needs, visits to a spouse in a nursing home, taking a class, attending religious services & more. Apply at >>

Foodmobile: The JFS Foodmobile program has delivered warm kosher meals to San Diego’s homebound older adults and younger disabled adults for over 40 years. Volunteers are often the only visitors individuals receive and their smiles go a long way. Warm meals and warm smiles are the essence of Foodmobile. In 2011, Mayor Jerry Sanders recognized Foodmobile for its outstanding impact in the community. He declared March 25 Foodmobile Day in San Diego County. 

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Children & Family Activity Hub: The Children & Family Hub provides supervision and programming up to 5 evenings a week, for the children, youth and families in our Safe Parking Program. Volunteers help facilitate in guiding activities that promote a child's ability to learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment. Hub Helpers support families enrolled in the Safe Parking Program by providing the opportunity for children and youth to have up to 2 hours of supervision in a safe and fun environment. The goal is to provide an environment that is of benefit to the children, along with supporting parents with a time to have meetings, complete tasks, attend workshops, or join in structured activities with their children. Start the application process today! >>


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(858) 637-3000

Turk Family Center
8804 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA  92123

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