The Atlanta Jewish Education Director Council

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Below you will find a few youth volunteer opportunities:

JF&CS Volunteer Projects – Community & Synagogue Engagement

COLLECTIONS:  (ongoing throughout the year)

Food of the Month Program for JF&CS Kosher Food Pantry which benefits JF&CS clients.  Shelf stable food only -all products must have hechshers or be vegetarian.

Collect toiletry items for JF&CS clients – shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand cream, etc.

Collect items and assemble dental hygiene kits for adults and children who are patients of the Ben Massell Dental Clinic, a division of JF&CS. One per bag – toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss.

Collect new books, toys, games, and coloring books for JF&CS waiting rooms.

Collect games and arts and crafts supplies for adults with Developmental Disabilities living at one of the Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program 24-7 homes.

Collect  art supplies for Art Therapy classes such as Model Magic, stretchy string and beads, markers and drawing paper.

Collect school supplies such as pens, notebooks and dictionaries for Adult Citizenship classes, a program in International Services.

DIRECT TOUCHES:  (ongoing)

Make birthday cards for clients of AVIV Older Adult Services –seniors living independently.

Decorate Bikkur Cholim (get well) cards for patients in local hospitals.


Holidays gifts

Collect gift cards for JF&CS Clients at  Hanukkah.

Collect toys for clients of JF&CS and the Ben Massell Dental Clinic.

Assemble Mishloach Manot baskets to deliver to JF&CS clients at Purim, or Shabbat in a Box (challah, candles, grape juice) anytime during the year.

Passover Food drive – collect kosher for Passover food items for JF&CS clients (March/ April).

To get started with any of these Volunteer Projects contact: Denise Deitchman at 770-677-9300 or

The Amit Program
The Amit Program provides resources and educational support in the community for families of children with learning disabilities and/or developmental disabilities. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, from just being a buddy to sponsoring one of our monthly B’Yachad social programs for teens with and without special needs, to helping develop your own personal mitzvah project such as organizing an event that matches your interest, like a rock concert to benefit Amit. Amit also organizes the Jewish Community for the annual Autism Walk, and would love to have you get your own team together and be a part of TEAM AMIT. Through your volunteer efforts, show others the importance of tolerance and acceptance of those with special needs. You can make a difference in the community and in the lives of other kids. Volunteer with Amit and learn what it really means to be a MENSCH.
For more information contact Karen Paz

Camp Twin Lakes
Camp Twin Lakes is a not-for-profit organization that offers year-round recreational, therapeutic, and educational programs for children facing serious illnesses and other physical, emotional and life challenges.

Program & Activity Assistants

Fall and Spring : Saturdays, 8:30am-6:00pm

Summer: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-6:00pm

Night Activities: 6:00pm-varies

Minimum Age: 12

(Location varies on activity)

Wilderness Works

Wilderness Works is a youth development agency serving homeless and disadvantaged children living primarily in Dekalb and Fulton counties.
• Overnights Friday and Saturday nights, Hanging out with disadvantage children
• Hiking, Dance, Fashion, Photography opportunities to teach
• Under 18
• Volunteer Orientation must be completed
Tony Jones:, Mr.Bill (404) 441-1087
644 Memorial Drive, SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30312

Atlanta Children’s Shelterr

The Atlanta Children’s Shelter provides free, quality day care, emotional support, an educational curriculum for homeless children, and focused social services for their families.
• At least 12 accompanied by an adult till 17 (Age varies for activity)
• Interacting with children in classroom or playground, attend event, chaperone field trip
Check for other opportunities
• Orientation required
Christopher Flowers 404-892-3713 x20 or
607 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308-2226


Edenbrook is an assisted living home which is open to all, celebrates the rich traditions, holiday observances and culture of the Jewish lifestyles – including providing meals that observe Jewish dietary laws.
• No age requirement
• Visiting the sick, make decorations for Jewish holidays, BINGO days, participate in holiday activities
• Anytime during the day
Contact Fred Glusman, 404-843-8857
690 Mount Vernon Hwy NE,
Atlanta, GA 30328


Breman House
The Breman House provides facilities and services for those elderly and disabled who need long and short term physical, psychological and/or social care, in a manner consistent with Jewish values
• Some of the things to do include friendly visitor, cultural arts, recreational activities, adopt a grandparent, music and “cocktail”, monthly birthday party, Shabbat services, schmooze and sing, special events, wheels club, manicurists, ceramics, challah braiding, simcha club, game night, baking, computer advisors, gardening, bowling, bingo, speak Yiddish or Russian, art therapy.
• Age is under 15 with a group or adult supervision, and 16 and older can come individually or with a group as well.
• Please call Volunteer Services Office: 404-351-8410 ext. 246, or email at
3150 Howell Mill Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30327-2199


Piedmont Park Conservancy
Atlanta’s Piedmont Park is the city’s favorite in-town park for hosting a variety of events and activities.
• Restoring the park which may include mulching, seasonal planting, pine strawing and general
park restoration.
• Ages 5 and up
• Third Saturdays, March-October (9:00 am to noon unless otherwise noted)
November 14, 2009
December 12, 2009
400 Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30306-5104


Foundation for Hospital Art/Operation Lovejoy (on hold)
Since 1984, The Foundation for Hospital Art has been dedicated to softening the hospital environment with colorful paintings, wall murals and ceiling tiles. Participants paint pre-drawn, color-coded designs at PaintFests® held in a variety of settings around the world. The artwork is touched-up and then donated to needy hospitals on behalf of the sponsor.
• Ages 12 and up
• The paintfest times are 9 a.m.-11 a.m. every Saturday (No shorts allowed)
A $5 per person donation is suggested to help cover the cost of art supplies. Please send checks, payable to The Foundation for Hospital Art, to: 120 Stonemist Court, Roswell, GA 30076.
No cash is accepted at Operation Lovejoy.
(770) 645-1717 John Feight


Atlanta Community Food Bank Food for Thought
The Atlanta Community Food Bank fights hunger by engaging, educating and empowering the community. Volunteers are needed to sort, inspect and pack donated food, beverages and health products in the Food Bank’s Product Rescue Center.
• Volunteers ages 8-17 years are welcome with adult supervision.
• Wednesdays 6:00-8:30 (Register online at
(Many opportunities on the website)
• Orientation required
Suzanne Roush E-mail: (404) 892-3333 ext. 1242
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30318


Buckhead Health & Rehabilitation BINGO Night
Join this group of nursing home residents for an entertaining evening at Signature Healthcare of Buckhead playing BINGO and socialize with seniors. This Program is trough Hands On Atlanta (see description)
• Ages: All welcome with adult supervision
54 Peachtree Park Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309


Chastain Memorial Park Conservancy
Restore, Maintain, Enhance, Preserve.
• Restoring the park by raking leaves, removing graffiti, maintaining foot paths and much more.
For a more detailed list, visit:
— Must fill out application form online at


Community Action Center
Community Action Center (CAC) brings together community resources to provide compassionate assistance to persons in need, prevent homelessness and promote self-sufficiency in the Sandy Springs/Dunwoody area.
Email if you are interested in volunteering
Opportunities are numerous and varied. Day and evening hours can be accommodated. Drivers, food pantry workers, thrift shop volunteers and client counselors work regular daytime hours.


Children’s Health Care of Atlanta

CHOA are never out of need of volunteers. There are many ways an individual or a group can get involved. You can:
• Join or create a fundraising group
• Volunteer at a sports event
• Volunteer at a holiday event
• Many other ways to get your community involved
You can go to in order to register for the events you would like to choose.


Amy’s Party
Amy’s Holiday Party is a yearly event designed to provide underprivileged children a holiday party they deserve! Over 300 teens are needed to help set up, run and clean up from the party, raise money, donate toys.
Anita Bluestein @ JCC


Humane Society
The Atlanta Humane Society offers the public many opportunities to be a pet shelter volunteer and work one-on-one with the many dogs, cats, and rabbits that call the Society home. The AHS allows loving individuals interested in animal volunteer work in Georgia the ability to care for the animals as well as help the Shelter with hundreds of other tasks that must be completed on a daily basis.
• Orientation required (Check website for dates)
• Opportunities vary (Check website)
981 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318-5562


Atlanta History Center
Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteer Application:
Contact: Carla Phillips


American Cancer Society
The volunteers and staff members of the American Cancer Society empower and mobilize communities to prevent cancer, save lives, and diminish suffering by distinguishing the Society as the organization of choice for meaningful volunteer engagement.
• Fill out application online for further information on ways to volunteer


American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.Volunteers from all walks of life are involved in every aspect of the organization – from the front lines of a disaster to behind-the-scenes office support. Teens are needed as Blood Drive and Donor Center volunteers.
• Go to for the application form. You can fax it or mail it.
Phone: 404-876-3302, Fax: 404-575-3073
Volunteer Services
Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter
1955 Monroe Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30324


Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Volunteers are crucial to the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s success. In addition to donating time to the Garden, they enjoy field trips, participate in workshops and socialize with others
Volunteer Form:
(404) 876-5859
1345 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309


Hospice Atlanta
Visiting Nurse Health System is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people manage their health and recover from illness in the comfort of their own home. Our nurses, therapists and other professionals give patients quality one-on-one care, helping them maintain their independence and, whenever possible, avoid hospital stays.
• If you have a special talent you think could make a difference in our patients’ lives, or for more information about volunteering, contact our Manager of Volunteer Services, Barbara Moore, 404-869-3000 or Volunteer Coordinator Ann Serrie, 404-848-7955.
• Volunteer training and orientation is offered four times a year. Most classes are held at 1244 Park Vista Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, 30319. Please call for more information or to sign up for our next session, 404-869-3000.
Download the Volunteer Application Form and two copies of the Reference Form. Please fax completed forms to 404-869-3099.


Chattahoochee Nature Center
• Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age for most of our ongoing volunteer opportunities. Some exceptions may be made for individuals that will be volunteering with a parent or legal guardian.
• All potential volunteers must fill out and return both the CNC enrollment form and liability waiver. Both these documents are available as a download below.
Please call 770-992-2055 ext. 223 or send an email to
9135 Willeo Road
Roswell, GA 30075


Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Whether you are a sports enthusiast, gala lover-at-heart, cheerleader, or a team captain, we have an event for you! Take a look at our Calendar of Events and see what you can become a part of.
Mr. Scot Rittenbaum
Georgia Chapter
2302 Parklake Drive NE Suite 210
Atlanta, GA, 30345-2896
(404) 325-6973


Epilepsy Foundation of America, GA Chapter
The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia is always looking for volunteers to help with community projects. The following opportunities are now available:
• Health Fair Attendant
• Special Event Committees
• Speakers Bureau
• Advocacy participants
• Office Volunteers
• Event Volunteers
• Support Group Leaders
Please feel free to contact us at (800)527-7105 if you are interested in any of the above volunteer positions.
Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia
6065 Roswell Road #515
Atlanta, GA 30328-4011
Phone: (404) 527-7155


Lupus Foundation of America
The Lupus Foundation of America is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding the cause and cure for lupus as well as providing support to all people effected by lupus.
• Lupus Awareness Day and Advocacy:
• Walk for Lupus
• Drive for Lupus (Join 2009 committee for planning this event)
• Support Group (Join or create a group to reach and serve patients)


National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation, Inc (NKF)., is the major voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.
• All upcoming events in the Atlanta area can be found on their website:
For more information: 770-452-1539


Project Open Hand
Since 1985, Project Open Hand has been providing “meals with love” to people living with serious illnesses and
to seniors. Accompaniment by adults is sometimes required. Volunteers may serve as individuals or form groups for each project
• Kitchen Volunteer: Prepare food to be donated as meals.
• Cooler Bag Packing
Monday – Friday: 6am-8am
• Meal Packaging
Monday – Friday: 9am-7pm
Saturday – Sunday:9am-3pm
• In the Community: Deliver meals to citizens in need around the Atlanta community
Saturday 9am-1pm
Register online:


Ronald McDonald House
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.
• Family Meal Program: Families, individuals, groups, co-workers, classmates, church members and clubs prepare and serve dinner each evening for the guests at our Gatewood Ronald McDonald Houses. Evening Meals, weekend breakfasts and brunches are needed year round. You may provide meals as often as your schedule permits: one time, once a month, once a year as often as you wish.
• The Casserole Club, The Baker’s Club, and The Breakfast Club are other meal preparation opportunities in the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House
• Guest Service Volunteer (Must be 16+): For outgoing individuals who have a warm and pleasant attitude and are interested in helping to provide a more comfortable stay for our families. Responsibilities include: greeting visitors and guests, answering phones, providing family and community tours, checking families in and out and general administrative duties.
• Pop Tab Recycling: Individuals can raise money by collecting pop tabs from any aluminum can.
Kym Benjamin: 404-847-0760
5420 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd.
Atlanta, GA


St. Francis’ Table: Soup Kitchen
Sat. 7am-noon
Ages 12 and up
(Just show up)
48 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr SW, Atlanta, GA


Dunwoody Nature Center
• Flyer Delivery Volunteer – Distribute flyers for special programs and events to area schools and merchants throughout Dunwoody and vicinity.
• Gardeners – Help install and maintain various garden sites, including watering, mulching, weeding, etc.
• Composters – Keep our compost “growing” by watering, turning, and augmenting the pile. We need lots of compost for our gardens!
• HandyPeople – Help with maintenance and improvement of our buildings, displays, and equipment.
• Overnight Camping Guide – teach a camping class and spend the night in the park!
• Displays – help us develop and create new displays.
• Recycling Delivery – transport our recyclables to distribution centers in Dunwoody and at Morgan Falls
• Special Event Assistant – Take a lead role in preparing for and staffing one of our special events:
Registration form:
5343 Roberts Drive
Dunwoody, GA 30338


HeroBox is non-profit organization that provides custom support to our heroes overseas. Our mission is to provide items that deployed American soldiers need and want while they are away from home defending our freedom.
• To find out specific ways you can help, visit
135 Howell Road Suite C
Tyrone, GA 30290


MedShare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of the surplus of medical supplies and equipment to those in need.
To volunteer as an individual or as a group sorting surplus medical supplies, sign up at
3240 Clifton Springs Rd.
Decatur, 30034


Hands On Atlanta
Hands On Atlanta is a non-profit organization that helps individuals, families and corporate and community groups find flexible volunteer opportunities at more than 400 service organizations and schools. Hands On Atlanta volunteers, now 37,000 strong, are at work every day of the year building community and meeting critical needs in schools, parks, senior homes, food banks, pet shelters, low-income neighborhoods and more.Hands On Atlanta currently offers more than 1,000 opportunities to volunteer each month. Volunteers serve individually or with their families, friends or co-workers. Hands On Atlanta volunteers participate in on-going service projects that address critical needs in the following areas:
• Adult Literacy & Education
• AIDS Support Services
• Animal Support
• Arts & Sciences
• Children & Teens
• Computers
• Conservation
• Disability Services
• Family & Women’s Services
• Health & Wellness
• Homelessness/Meal Service
• Painting/Renovation/Repair
• Seniors
To browse upcoming projects by subject or by location, visit:,specialevent
Each volunteer must participate in a 1-hour orientation before registering for volunteer project
600 Means Street, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30318


The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $550 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers.
Suzanne Doan: 678-279-2001
3715 Northside Parkway, Bldg. 400 Ste. 300,
Atlanta, GA 30327