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Jewish Volunteer Network

The 2014 Campaign for Jewish Needs is an opportunity to do a mitzvah (good deed) to help those in need. Donate. Volunteer. Change the world.

The Jewish Volunteer Network has many opportunities to volunteer. Here are a sample of some of the types of opportunities you can get involved with:

  • Feeding the Hungry
  • Protecting the Environment
  • Caring for the Sick
  • Education
  • Poverty
  • Special Needs
  • Assisting the Elderly
  • Caring for Animals

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, let us know by emailing We are here to connect you to the causes you care about. We have many opportunities to volunteer in the Cleveland Jewish and general communities. Contact JVN Director Susan Hyman at or 216.593.2887 to find out how JVN can help you find a volunteer opportunity.

Jewish Volunteer Network Task Force Chair:
Amy Wain Garnitz

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Upcoming volunteer opportunities


Feed the Hungry: Produce to People & Community Kitchen

Help fight hunger in Cleveland! Join us for Produce to People, a monthly distribution program to pack, sort and distribute fresh produce to hungry children and families in need. Volunteers are also needed for the Community Kitchen, to prepare lunches that are distributed to local youth centers.

WHERE: Greater Cleveland Food Bank, 15500 S. Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110
WHEN: PRODUCE TO PEOPLE – Thursday, August 21 (3rd Thursday of each month), 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
WHEN: COMMUNITY KITCHEN – Monday-Friday, Various shifts available
REQUIREMENT: Volunteers must be 12 years and older
REGISTER: Register for Produce to People and the Community Kitchen directly through the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Registration deadlines are 1 week prior to event

A Family Mitzvah Opportunity: Annual Community-Wide Cemetery Cleanup

There is no greater mitzvah than honoring those that came before us! Bring your gardening tools and rake, prune and beautify the grounds.

WHERE: Lansing Cemetery, 3933 E. 57th St., Cleveland, OH 44105
WHEN: Sunday, September 14, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
REGISTER: Register now.
Registration deadline is Thursday, September 11

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, contact: Susan Hyman, JVN Director at or 216.593.2887.


Volunteer Resources

See a list of our partner agencies volunteer opportunities on Access Jewish Cleveland

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Volunteer Opportunities Spotlight
Public Education Initiative

PEI pairs caring volunteers with Cleveland Metropolitan School students for one-on-one help with reading skills, learning games, writing and mentoring. PEI provides volunteer training, an on-site coordinator, a structured supplemental reading program, and materials.

For more information on the Public Education Initiative or to find out how you can get involved, call 216.593.2900, ext. 263 or e-mail

Volunteer in Israel

Through our partnerships with grassroots and community-based organizations, we can connect you to a wide variety of volunteer programs in Israel. Whether you’re looking for a short-term opportunity or a more in-depth experience, we’ll help you integrate service with an exploration of Jewish values in Israel.

Learn about volunteer opportunities in Israel for all ages.

Volunteer with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland in Beit Shean

Spend two weeks in our Sister City of Beit Shean. Enjoy the opportunity to get to know the people of Beit Shean through volunteering, develop new friendships and experience the rich culture of Israel. Volunteer opportunities include: Harvesting crops, assisting tourist entrepreneurs, and working on community development. Exact Travel dates TBA but will be in the Winter, 2015.

If you are interested in finding out more please see the 2014 participant blog. The application for winter 2015 program will open in the Fall of 2015. If you would like to be notified when the application is available please email Ilanit Gerblich Kalir at