JFS Volunteer Opportunities

Hanukah blend of Roasterie Coffee coming to store shelves, helping JFS Pantry

Enjoy a cup of java and help the Jewish Family Services Food Pantry.

Hanukah may be a few months away, but the Roasterie’s special Hanukah blend of coffee will soon start appearing on store shelves. The Hanukkah Blend is being sold in area grocery stories including Hen House at 117th and Roe and Prairie Village, as well as Hy-Vee and 95th and Antioch and The Fresh Market on 135th Street. A portion of the Hanukkah Blend sales will go to support Jewish Family Services food pantry. This special coffee has a smooth, rich, and full-bodied taste with sweet floral tones and hints of nuttiness in the finish. The Hanukkah Blend was made from coffee beans originating from Brazil and Panama; it is considered a French roast and it’s been certified Kosher by the Vaad HaKashruth of Kansas City. The Hanukkah Blend is available in both auto drip and whole bean and sent any where by ordering online at http://www.theroasterie.com/coffee/cause-blends.


JFS & Whole Foods team up to feed the hungry

Jewish Family Services Food Pantry has been chosen as a beneficiary organization for Whole Foods Market’s Feed4More program now through Jan. 1. Here’s how it works! Customers of the Whole Foods Market at the West 119th and Glenwood Store location (in the Fountains shopping center) who make in-store donations will support the purchase of non-perishable foods to stock the JFS Food Pantry. Items featured include spaghetti, vegetable soup, applesauce, long grain rice, and more. One hundred percent of the funds collected are donated to fighting hunger. So please shop early and often and help support the pantry with a donation.

LINK: http://www.jfskc.org/feed4more-at-whole-foods/


Jewish Employment Services Activities

Jewish Employment Services is here to help members of the Jewish community find jobs.

JES is a partnership of Jewish Family Services and Jewish Vocational Service. JumpStart sessions provide an orientation to all the services JES can provide job seekers. All sessions are free and are held at the Jewish Community Campus, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park, unless otherwise noted.

RSVP for all programs to employment@jfskc.org. Questions? Please call (913) 730-1449.

LINK: http://www.jfskc.org/JES



Jewish Family Services has centralized its volunteer opportunities! JFS recruits new volunteers throughout the year – and we want you to sign up. YOU can make a difference in someone’s life by volunteering as little as once a month. All you need to do is send an email to volunteer@jfskc.org or call (913) 730-1410.

JFS has numerous volunteer opportunities in its various programs and services including older adult programs like JET Express and Help@Home, the food pantry and holiday projects – and work when it fits your schedule. Give just a little and get so much in return.

LINK: http://www.jfskc.org/volunteer/


A program of Jewish Family Services, JET Express provides rides for older adults who no longer drive, taking them to the places they need to go. Whether it’s to the doctor’s office, shopping, to synagogue or church, or to meet a group of friends for a social outing, JET Express is helping older adults stay independent longer, and the volunteers who help them feel like they make a difference in someone’s life.

Because of increased demand, JET needs more drivers. JET Express is looking for new volunteer drivers for the program.  Becoming a volunteer is convenient, flexible and rewarding. Volunteer drivers choose when, where and who they drive. Volunteer drivers choose how often they want to provide rides whether it’s once a month or very week.  Volunteer requirements are minimal: you must be 21, have your own vehicle to drive and hold a valid driver’s license and have current auto insurance coverage. Drivers participate in a short training before they begin driving.

If you’re interested in volunteering for JET Express, please call (913) 730-1410, and use your car to be a star!

LINK: http://www.jfskc.org/recruiting-drivers-for-jet-express/

Food Pantry needs donations & volunteers

Jewish Family Services Food Pantry is open to help meet the ever-growing need for food assistance in Kansas City all year ‘round.  With the demand for food increasing, there is currently an urgent need for several items in the pantry including protein products, especially tuna and peanut butter.

The Pantry has both VAAD-supervised kosher and non-kosher food options. It provides direct food assistance with staples such as grains, dairy, protein, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.  Personal care and household items are also available when possible. 

There are so many great ways to get involved!

•           Financial contributions are always appreciated to help us meet all needs.

•           Donate shelf stable food items, personal care items, and paper goods.

•           Volunteer to help sort food donations, pick up donations from food drives and local grocery stores, organize and staff the pantry, make food deliveries to homebound clients, and assist clients who come to our pantry.

To become a food pantry recipient or donor, call JFS at (913) 327-8250. To volunteer, please call (913) 730-1410. Check with the JFS office for the exact hours the pantry is open.

LINK: http://www.jfskc.org/services/lifecrisis/foodpantry



Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City and VCA Animal Hospitals partner to provide pet food for needy families.  Through Jasmine’s Corner at the JFS Food Pantry, donated pet food will be distributed monthly to JFS clients who have pets. You must be a client of JFS in order to receive pet food assistance through the food pantry.

The public is encouraged to donate unopened pet food as well as unused toys and other pet supplies for Jasmine’s Corner.  Donations will be taken at VCA Mission Animal Referral and Emergency, 5914 Johnson Drive in Mission. A special barrel will also be available for donations at the Jewish Community Campus. Financial contributions for the pet food pantry, as well as the food pantry itself, are also welcome. Donations may be made on line at www.jfskc.org.

LINK: http://www.jfskc.org/jasmines-corner-pet-food-pantry/


On Sunday, Jan. 11, Jewish Family Services’ C.H.A.I. program will once again offer its “Driving Risk Awareness for Teens and Parents” workshop from 10-11:45 a.m. at the Jewish Community Campus. This program is open to 9th and 10th grade students and their parents. The class will be facilitated by Susie Hurst, adolescent specialist/C.H.A.I. The workshop is free, but reservations are required; to make a reservation, please contact Hurst at (913) 327-8259 or email her at Susieh@jfskc.org.



The Communitywide Healing Service, under the auspices of the Jewish Community Chaplaincy program housed at Jewish Family Services, will take place Thursday evening, Dec. 11 at Village Shalom, 5500 W. 123rd St., in Overland Park. The service begins at 6:30 p.m. It is open to the entire community regardless of one’s level of observance. Rabbi Jonathan Rudnick, Jewish Community Chaplain, will facilitate the service. Please make reservations for the healing service by calling JFS’ office at (913) 327-8250 or sending an email to healing@jfskc.org.

For more information, contact healing@jfskc.org



Jewish Family Services Help@Home program has expanded its service to those who live in residential-style communities.

The offering, called Help@Home Lite, is based on the popular Help@Home program.   Help@Home Lite was developed to help those who live in co-ops, condominiums, apartments and independent and/or assisted living residences that already have access to a handyman for minor home repairs, but need support with chores such as hanging pictures, changing light bulbs, moving boxes. Help@Home Lite’s services also include computer troubleshooting, home organizing and an annual home safety assessment with a licensed occupational therapist.

The monthly fee for Help@Home Lite ranges $5-$49, depending on household income. In addition, Help@Home Lite members also receive free membership in Johnson County Community College’s Brown & Gold Club, social and educational opportunities, information and referral and care management.

            If you would like to become a Help@Home Lite member, or for more information any JFS older adult program, please contact Dawn Staton at (913) 327-8239 or email her at dstaton@jfskc.org. Those who wish to volunteer for the Help@Home programs can send an email to volunteer@jfskc.org or call (913) 730-1410.

LINK: http://www.jfskc.org/services/older-adult-services/help-at-home/

Jet Express Plus available

Jet Express Plus, an expanded initiative of JFS’ JET Express volunteer driver program, is now available. JET Express Plus offers guaranteed rides for older adults who no longer drive, with the rider only needing to provide one to two days’ notice.  These rides are provided by dedicated JFS staff members, in a comfortable and safe seven-passenger van.

JET Express Plus only offers its service five days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It will also be available on nights and weekends, based upon driver availability. In order to take advantage of JET Express Plus, potential riders must be a member of the JET Express program. To become a member, all a rider has to do is complete an application. Rides cost $10 each way (financial assistance is available); these rides are available to older adults, 65 and older

For more information about the new JET Express Plus service, please contact Dawn Staton, director of Older Adult Initiatives, at (913) 327-8239 or email her at dstaton@jfskc.org.

LINK: http://www.jfskc.org/services/older-adult-services/jet-express-2/

In-home counseling now available

In its continued effort to reach out to older adults, JFS is now offering in-home counseling for older adults who live in Johnson County, Kan. and Jackson County, Mo. Many older adults struggle with the issues they face such as their own failing health or that of a life partner, loneliness or the death of a loved one. They may become isolated and find it difficult to reach out for help, especially if transportation is an issue. JFS is here to help in the comfort of your home at times that are convenient for you. Services provided include:

  • Supportive counseling
  • Tips and information about coping for older adults & caregivers
  • Connections with other helpful resources

Don’t let your financial situation stop you from getting the help you need; this service is offered on a sliding financial scale to any older adult. Call JFS at (816) 333-1172 or email counseling@jfskc.org to get started.

LINK: http://www.jfskc.org/services/mental-health-services/