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Volunteer FAQs

Who can volunteer?
Everyone is welcome! JBFCS volunteers come from diverse cultures, faiths, races and economic backgrounds—and range in age from teens to seniors. Some programs require volunteers to be at least 21 years old, and some are more flexible.

What about groups?
Groups are great! Whether you're a corporation, school, house of worship, or just a group of friends looking to do something meaningful and fun, we'd love to have your help. You can beautify a backyard, pain a building, host a party, or perform for our clients, just to name a few ideas. Visit our Group Volunteering Opportunities page to find even more ways to take part.


Do you have Student Internships?
Yes, JBFCS offers two types of internships:

  1. Part-time, unpaid volunteer internship opportunities suitable for undergraduate college students. We recommend applying at least two months in advance for an undergraduate internship. Contact Hillary Abrams, 212-632-4689 to get started.
  3. Formal internships/externships and fellowships for graduate students, post-grads and doctoral candidates. Available, through JBFCS' Professional Training program these include:
  • Psychology Interns are full-time, 5th-year doctoral students. Students must apply to the internshp program online through APPIC (Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.) Applications are due each year in the beginning of November (students who applied for the coming 2012-13 internship year submitted their applications last November 2011.)
  • Psychology Externs are part-time, 3rd- or 4th-year doctoral students. Students should apply for an externship by emailing application materials directly to the Psychology Department of their school. Applications for externships are due each year in January (students who applied for the 2012-13 academic year submitted their applications this past January 2012.) 
We do not offer placement for students in Master's programs in psychology or mental health counseling. 

For more information about graduate, post-grad, and doctoral programs, please contact Elizabeth Snipes, Psy. D. 

What volunteer skills are required?
The skills needed vary based on the opportunity. We are always looking for Big Brothers and Sisters, tutors, and clerical volunteers.

Can I volunteer for more than one program?
Yes! As long as you're able to fulfill the commitments you make to us as a volunteer, you can volunteer in as many ways as you like.

Is there a minimum time commitment required? What if I'm only available on certain days, or for a limited period?
Some programs require a specific time commitment. Others are more flexible. We'll help match your availability to our needs.

Volunteer Leadership Engagement (click to enlarge)

What is the application process to become a volunteer?
If your interested in volunteering with JBFCS, please fill out an application needs and a staff person will contact you to discuss your interest.

We require all volunteers to be background checked, and some programs require fingerprinting because our clients include children or other vulnerable populations. 

Please contact with any other questions. 

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