Volunteer Services

Hundreds of volunteers become heroes every year as they give of their time and open their hearts. Volunteers are mentors, tutors, crocheters and even divisional board members. All volunteer opportunities take place within the 5 boroughs and Westchester unless otherwise noted.

If you are interested in volunteering with us please choose one of the opportunities below or contact us at volunteer@jbfcs.org to explore additional prospects.


Big Brother Big Sister Services: Volunteer Services
Phone: (212) 632-4535
Email: dmindlin@jbfcs.org
All children can benefit from caring, supportive adults in their lives. Having a Big Brother or Big Sister is a great way for a child to spend time with a positive, same-gender role model. JBFCS offers two programs for volunteers to help children become happier and better able to face the challenges of childhood or adolescence:          

Learn about being a volunteer for our Treatment Big Brother Big Sister and Jewish Big Brother Big Sister program here.    

Learn about giving your child a Big Brother or Big Sister here.  

Contact: Dana Mindlin
Clerical Volunteers Services: Volunteer Services
Phone: (212) 632-4535
Email: dmindlin@jbfcs.org
Clerical volunteers work throughout the agency helping with a variety of projects. Tasks include preparing large mailings, data entry, and filing. 

Program Requirements: Computer skills are helpful, but not always required. Requirements vary per assignment. 

Contact: Dana Mindlin
Divisional Board Member Services: Volunteer Services
Phone: (212) 632-4743
Email: hmoore@jbfcs.org
Web: http://www.jbfcs.org/news.php?id=787
Divisional Boards are a lot like program or advisory committees - they have a direct impact on our programs in the community. Its members have scheduled, in-person business meetings, plan/organize/host events or activities, participate in fundraising and advocacy, in addition to having the opportunity to meet and work with staff and clients. Still have questions? Visit our Divisional Board FAQs page or contact us.

Program Requirements: Members must have the time, interest and desire to be on a Divisional Board. All candidates have a preliminary meeting with the Divisional Board Coordinator. 

Contact: Hannah Moore
Group Volunteer Projects Services: Volunteer Services
Phone: (212) 632-4535
Email: dmindlin@jbfcs.org
Web: http://www.jbfcs.org/news.php?id=721
Plant a garden, host a party, sponsor a trip, or organize a toy or clothing drive for our clients! Learn how you can get involved with one of our many group volunteering opportunities

Program Requirements: None. Volunteer commitments vary by project.

Contact: Dana Mindlin
Mentorship Program at Ittleson Services: Volunteer Services
Phone: (212) 632-4535
Email: dmindlin@jbfcs.org
Be a positive role model - become a mentor to a child living in Riverdale. Effect change in your own neighborhood! Put a smile on a child’s face and in your heart.

We carefully connect a child, age 7-13, with a well-matched volunteer. All of the young people living at the Ittleson Residential Treatment Center have little or no family active in their lives, and their relationship with a mentor can greatly impact their growth and development. Friendship is the essence of a relationship between the mentor and mentee, as a volunteer you will have the support necessary to foster this mutually beneficial relationship. JBFCS treats children from all religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Program Requirements: Must be at least 21 years old. Responsible and caring adult who relates well to children.and is able to provide consistency. Commitment of one-year, during which time mentors spend two afternoons a month with a child on a one-on-one basis.

Contact: Dana Mindlin

Undergraduate Internship Program Services: Volunteer Services
Phone: (212) 632-4666
Email: sdepena@jbfcs.org
Undergraduate Internships are available throughout the five boroughs of NYC for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Explore working with individuals with mental illness; adults; and children with developmental and emotional disabilities; and children and adults receiving therapeutic services at JBFCS.

Program Requirements: Undergraduate students must receive school credit and/or stipend in exchange for internship. 

Contact: Shirley DePeña
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