Serve Older Adults

Volunteers are the Heart of JFS

DRIVE AN OLDER ADULT

On the Go Rides & SMILES® Volunteer Driver

Provide safe & reliable transportation to older adults ensuring they remain active, healthy, and connected to their community. Easy to use web-based scheduling system and mileage reimbursement and secondary auto insurance provided. Sometime we drive people to the doctor, and sometimes to visit friends. We’re all about helping our neighbors stay connected to the people and places they love most.

Flexible Schedule – give 2 rides per month for minimum of 3 months

  • Must be 25+ years old
  • Must complete background, DMV check, and reference checks
  • San Diego County Regions include North County Inland, Northern San Diego, and Eastern San Diego
  • Secondary insurance and mileage reimbursement
  • You choose who, when, and where you drive

DELIVER MEALS

Foodmobile Driver

Deliver warm meals and a warm smile to homebound older adults and younger disabled adults with the JFS Foodmobile, which has delivered warm kosher meals to San Diego’s homebound older adults and younger disabled adults for over 40 years. We’re all about helping our neighbors stay healthy, independent, and connected.

Service Areas: College/Del Cerro, Hillcrest/North Park, Downtown, Tierrasanta, and La Jolla.

  • Pick up meals in Kearny Mesa
  • Drive solo or bring a friend along
  • Scheduling is flexible; Shifts available Monday – Friday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Minimum 3 month commitment (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly routes available)
  • Must be at least 25, possess your own vehicle, Background check required

VISIT A SOCIAL & WELLNESS CENTER

Various Opportunities

Help create a warm and welcoming environment for participants at our College Avenue or Balboa Avenue Older Adult Centers. There are so many ways to get involved: Help with setup and lunch service, dance and play games, teach workshops, or simply spend time getting to know our community members.

Service Areas: Kearny Mesa, College Avenue

  • One-time or ongoing opportunities available
  • Must be 18 or older, under 18 accompanied by an adult

VISIT AN ISOLATED ADULT

Friendly Visitor

Help an isolated older adult maintain their dignity and independence through companionship, transportation, light housekeeping, paperwork organization, simple meal preparation, grocery shopping, laundry help, and errands.

  • Must be at least 18 years old.  Children can join in volunteering with an adult volunteer.
  • Provide own transportation and clean driving record
  • Enjoy working one-on-one with older adults
  • Complete background, DMV and background check
  • Minimum commitment of one year; schedule to be determined by volunteer and client

HELP WITH HOME REPAIRS

Fix It Volunteer

Provide minor home repairs and safety modifications to improve the safety and quality of life for low-income older adults and their caregiver while learning basic repair skills from a Fix-It Mentor. We operate at no cost to the client and our service is a great step in fall prevention. Most of the repairs we make are small—installing grab bars and smoke detectors, replacing light bulbs—and we’ll train you to do them. And if the job gets too big, our veteran Fixers are ready to jump in and help.

  • Multiple locations throughout San Diego County
  • Provide a minimum of one repair every 3 months
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must provide own transportation, and have experience with minor home repair/modification work
  • We provide tools and mileage reimbursement

Start a Campaign or Donation Drive for JFS

Celebrate a bar or bat mitzvah, birthday, wedding, anniversary, or other milestone by encouraging friends to give to JFS.

Aging Well Means Caring for Yourself on Many Levels

Helping San Diegans age with dignity is one of our main priorities. Services for older adults include Fix It home repair, Foodmobile meal delivery, On the Go transportation, Friendly Visits, and Geriatric Case Management.

Join Us for Lunch

Every day, older adults in our community come together to enjoy good food and conversation at JFS’s Social & Wellness Centers. Each Center offers a stimulating mix of activities, and has an atmosphere all its own.