Looking to Do a Summer Mitzvah? These Organizations Can Use Your Help

A Jewish Relief Agency volunteer at the JRA warehouse helps pack and distribute boxes to food-insecure individuals and families. Courtesy of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

The ideal summer is filled with camp, travel, days by the pool and being out in the sun. Given these packed schedules, it is not a surprise that many direct service organizations experience a summer lull in volunteer engagement.

With a lower number of volunteers, many essential organizations struggle to provide vital resources to the community. While volunteering may not be top-of-mind during summer months, it is the time that hands-on involvement can make the greatest impact.

See below for organizations supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia that are in need of volunteers this summer. Visit jewishphilly.org/summer to learn more about the volunteer opportunities and how to register.

Jewish Relief Agency (JRA)
JRA helps nourish more than 6,000 diverse low-income individuals across Greater Philadelphia. Opportunities for all ages include packing kosher food boxes at JRA’s food distribution warehouse and delivering those boxes to clients.

KleinLife’s Home Delivered Meals program fills an essential need for 700 homebound seniors. Volunteers coordinate a weekly time to deliver precooked meals. In addition to home delivery, KleinLife has volunteer community service opportunities including administrative support, education and facilitation programming, and more.

Mitzvah Food Program
Mitzvah Food Program serves 6,500 individuals per year, distributing choice-based, nutritious food to all who are in need, regardless of race, income, gender, age or religion. Donate, pack and/or help deliver kosher food packages from one of four pantry sites in Greater Philadelphia.

Save the Date!
Fall Cemetery Cleanup at Har Nebo Cemetery (Sept. 17 from 1-3 p.m.)
Honor those at rest by cleaning up Har Nebo, one of our region’s largest and most historic Jewish cemeteries. Volunteer tasks will include raking, picking up trash and clipping overgrown vines. The cleanup will end with a memorial service to honor all of those buried.


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