Jewish Family Services of Western New York

Here at JFS, we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities across our departments with various levels of client interaction and a range of time commitments from one-time to long term. 


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Note: Scheduled activities will have a start and end date/time. Other activities have flexible schedules determined at volunteer orientation. 


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Refugee Services (Including Reception & Placement)

JFS has a long history of supporting refugees and asylees as they begin their new lives in the United States. The primary goal in resettlement is to ensure that every new arrival can become economically, socially, and civically integrated into our community.

Specifically, we support housing identification and move-in, initial food and basic-necessity supply, securing their first job, parenting guidance, and securing health care and social support services.

Jewish Community Services

Jewish Community Services offers individuals and families connections to a multitude of Jewish support systems. With the support of the Buffalo Jewish Federation and several others within the Jewish Community, Jewish Community Services supports Jewish individuals and organizations within Western New York such as synagogues, the JCC, Jewish day schools, and other Jewish institutions.

RICH (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Healing)

R.I.C.H. is one of JFS’ signature resources that includes the Survivors of Torture and Trauma Systems Therapy programs. Each are designed to support those who have experienced or been exposed to refugee trauma or political and state-sponsored torture.

Community Education

The Community Education program provides the refugee communities we serve with valuable knowledge and skills to help them obtain success in the United States. 

Career Services

JFS’ Career Services program supports job seekers of all ages and at all stages of their careers, from entry-level to more advanced. Services include assessment and career counseling, job search assistance, employment for individuals with disabilities, and newly resettled refugee employment placement.

The program has developed an extensive employer network to support identifying opportunities based on the job seekers’ interests and skillset. In addition, counseling support is available for those who have experienced a period of unemployment or other unforeseen job loss, which can often impact the job seeker’s self-worth.


Each of our programs at JFS offer exciting internship opportunities! For more information, contact Sierra at!

Career Services

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Career Services Volunteer 1

Community Education

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Driver - Parenting Group Meeting 9 9/29/2023 11/24/2023
ESL Coffee & Conversation 1
Supportive Play Volunteer 22 9/26/2023 12/19/2023

Jewish Community Services

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Jewish Community Services Volunteer 1

Reception and Placement (R&P)

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Cultural Orientation Buddy 1 9/29/2023 9/29/2023
Home Set-Up 1
R&P Bus Training 1
R&P ENL Volunteer 1
R&P IT Volunteer 1
Refugee Services Volunteer 1


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Create Family Support Program Materials 1
Donation drive 1
Grocery delivery 1
Kosher Meals on Wheels 1
Write Letters to Elected Officials 1
Write Letters to Holocaust Survivors 1

Mission Statement

JFS of Western New York empowers people to achieve their unique aspirations by offering culturally responsive and individualized care.