Jewish Family Service

8487 Ridge Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45236
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Our mission Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati strengthens lives and our community by providing professional social services to families and individuals in times of need.

Jewish Family Service

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Ways to help

Packaging and delivering emergency food boxes to our food pantry clients

  • In-person, Food Packing, Delivery

Making friendly phone calls to homebound/isolated seniors

Make friendly phone calls to homebound/isolated seniors in our community
  • Virtual, Phone Calling

Donating shelf-stable food and/or reusable grocery bags

  • In-person, Delivery

Freedom Driver

Drive individuals to places they might not otherwise be able to go such as the grocery store, doctors appointments, or shopping.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Indoor, Outdoor

Special Events

Assist in special events by collating handouts, decorating, ushering, or greeting guests.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Event support, Indoor, Outdoor

Food Pantry

Assist clients and give them much-appreciated warm attention as they "shop" pantry.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Big & Little

Mentor a child and be a positive adult role model.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays
Ways to help youth thrive

"Big" Mentor

Be a Big... make a difference in the life of a Little from Pleasant Ridge Montessori! You have what it takes to be a Big if you would enjoy serving as a positive role model, supporting and encouraging a child in need, helping a child develop new skills and having fun! Littles are students at Pleasant Ridge Montessori School ages 9-12 who will benefit from the extra support that a consistent, adult friend can provide. Mentoring takes place weekly from September through May on Wednesdays, from 5:00-6:30 pm, with dinner included. As a Big, you will meet with the same child once a week in a group setting. You and your Little will have opportunities to interact one-to-one, with other matched pairs, and with the entire group. We provide a variety of games and activities for you and your Little to learn from and enjoy. We provide mentor training and ongoing support and coaching. Together, we help children reach their potential by connecting them with caring, adult role models who guide them in making positive choices about their future. You have what it takes to be a positive role model to a child-just a few hours a month can make a difference for a lifetime.
  • Education, Emotional, Social Skills
  • Elementary (5-10), Middle School
  • Same One Student
  • Academically at Risk, Enrichment, Low Income Household
  • Community Center
  • Individuals
  • 1 School Year
  • 2 Hours/Week
  • Weekday Afternoons, Weekday Evenings
  • Moderate
How you help These volunteer opportunities offer a chance for you to touch the heart of another through just a one-time smile or through a long-term friendship.
About us Since 1943, Jewish Family Service has played a vital role in responding to the constantly changing challenges and stresses of everyday life experienced by individuals and families in Greater Cincinnati.
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