About the Jewish Volunteer Center
Your Community Link to Meaningful Projects
Albert Einstein once said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile,” and the Jewish Volunteer Center (JVC) of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation is dedicated to turning this ideal into action.
As the central clearinghouse for volunteerism in Miami’s Jewish community, the JVC matches individuals, families and groups to opportunities for involvement with a wide variety of local nonprofit organizations. Whether you have a lot of time or prefer a one-time project, there are countless ways to serve others – and countless benefits of doing so!
Turn a Holiday into a “Holy Work” Day
While you’re making plans to spend holidays – Jewish and secular – with friends and loved ones, consider also sharing time with people in need. The JVC coordinates volunteer projects that enable you to make the day more special for everyone. Programs include preparing and/or delivering food to the hungry, refurbishing local facilities, and more.
Click here to find out about the Jewish Volunteer Center's Days of Service.
Bring Comfort to the Sick and Elderly
Each year, the JVC and the Jewish Chaplaincy Program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation partner to offer individuals of all ages the opportunity to become “para-chaplains.” The Refuat Ha-Nefesh (Jewish healing) Fellows Program includes hands-on training so that volunteers can learn how to effectively bring comfort, spiritual solace and joy to people in need, at home or in hospital or institutional settings.
Donate Necessary Food and Supplies
The JCS Kosher Food Bank – operated by Jewish Community Services of South Florida, a Federation local partner agency – collects kosher food, school supplies and other essentials year-round to help families struggling during difficult times.
Earn Community Service Hours
If you are looking for a rewarding way to earn community service hours, the JVC is your one-stop source for all things “volunteer.” We have programs for the young and the young at heart – and many that foster intergenerational interaction! Those of Bar and Bat Mitzvah age should be sure to learn about our unique Young Lion of Judah program.
Meet Inspiring People
As you give of yourself, you’ll also receive something special in return: the opportunity to meet some outstanding individuals from across Miami’s Jewish community. In fact, if you know someone whose volunteer efforts are truly noteworthy, you can nominate him or her to be named Jewish Community Hero or Federation Hero of the Year. For the past two years, Federation has joined The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and Jewish communities across the United States and Canada to recognize extraordinary individuals who are helping others through volunteer service.
Search for specific volunteer opportunities in the JVC Volunteer Opportunities database.
Organizations, list your need for volunteers here! Complete and submit our Listing Form so we can add your Jewish nonprofit to our database.
For more information, contact the Jewish Volunteer Center at Volunteer@JewishMiami.org or 786.866.8680.