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Volunteer at the J


Helping Hands Are Always Welcome!

With hundreds of programs each year, the J is always looking for volunteers to help fulfill our mission in serving the community. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of activities, including but not limited to:

  • Help us prepare and run a specific event
  • Help in an Early Childhood classroom
  • Coach a youth sports team (baseball, basketball, soccer, etc.)
  • Assist with interest groups in the Adult Day Center
  • The possibilities go on!

If you are interested in donating some of your time to the J please complete the Volunteer Application.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Garden of Eden (Creve Coeur)

The Garden of Eden grows fresh food for the Harvey Korenblatt Jewish Food Pantry from March through November.  It produces more than 2 TONS of fresh produce for the local food pantry.  We have work days on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays starting at 8am as well as special projects at various times.

Apply Online or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164.

Theater Unlimited

Assist teens and young adults with disabilities during show rehearsals. You may assist with staging and choreography; help design props, costumes or set pieces; assist with lighting and run the spotlight; move sets; help with hair and makeup artistry; or so much more!

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
August – December

Used Book Sale

Used Book Receiving Volunteers (All ages)

Volunteer book markers are needed at Midwest Library Services (10 minutes from the J) to work on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. Volunteers are trained and there is no heavy lifting. Several shifts are available.

Midwest Library Services (11443 St. Charles Rock Rd, 63044)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, ongoing 10am-noon

Apply Online or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164.

St. Louis Senior Olympics

The St. Louis Senior Olympics is a Masters-style athletic competition that promotes the health and wellness of men and women by providing them with opportunities to participate in competitive sports and social events. New this year, participant must turn 50 by December 31, 2020.

St. Louis is proud to host one of the most prestigious Senior Games in the country. With the help of 300+ volunteers, more than 1,200 athletes are able to participate in more than 90 events over Labor Day Weekend.

Sign Up Online

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur and various local venues
Friday-Monday, September 4-7 (Labor Day Weekend)
Morning and afternoon shifts available

St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

The Jewish Book Festival needs volunteers beyond the November book festival. Volunteers can help organize for the festival, including help with brochures, hospitality, soliciting raffle items, and more.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Times and dates vary throughout the year

Swim with IN!

The J’s IN Program needs volunteers who could help IN participants transition to and from the pool as well as be in the pool with the participants.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur

Ongoing, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:45-2:30pm

Apply Online or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164.

Early Childhood Center Swim Buddies

Volunteers are needed to enhance children’s experiences in the water.  Are you willing to donate your time to swim with the children in the Early Childhood Centers? Children wear life vests and teachers are in the water as well.
Marilyn Fox Building/Chesterfield Pool

9:45-10:15am with four-year-olds
10:20-10:50am with two-year-olds
11-11:30am with three-year-olds
9:30am with up to one-year-olds
10am with one-year-olds

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur Pool

10-11am with three-year-olds
9:30-10:30am with Pre-K
10-10:45am with three- to four-year-olds

If interested, please fill out the Volunteer Application or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164.

Inclusion Programs

Make a difference in someone’s life.

Help someone with special needs by volunteering for one of our inclusion programs. These include Sunday Friendship, Theatre Unlimited, PEERS, and Buddies at Work and fitness classes. You can make a difference by helping someone make a new friend, learn a new job skill or even help them learn lines for their play.

Various locations. Event dates & times vary.

For more information about the Inclusion program, please contact Shamecka Nichols, 314-442-3295.

Bulk Mail

The J has many bulk mail projects that require sorting, folding and stuffing. These are ongoing projects, without set start and end times.

Apply Online or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164, to be put on the list to be notified when Administrative help is needed.

Youth Theatre

Help others step into the spotlight.

Explore all the facets of theatre with this Youth Theatre opportunity! Learn to:

  • Assist with staging
  • Assist with choreography
  • Help design props/costumes
  • Design and create set and prop pieces
  • Assist with lighting and run spotlight during production
  • Move set pieces during show
  • Help with Hair/Makeup artistry
  • Assist with vocal performance and music
  • And many more backstage areas during the live performance

We need your help with productions and rehearsals! Get first-hand experience with local theatre professionals and receive community service hours (if applicable).  Looks great on a resume and get professionals to write potential references for future jobs!  Volunteer times and dates can be finalized on an individual basis and some rehearsals and performances will be required.

Location: Creve Coeur/Staenberg Family Complex

Rehearsals: Sundays, September 13 – November 22
Tech Rehearsals: December 6, 7, 8
Performances: December 9, 10, 11

Apply Online or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164.

Volunteer Coaches

Become a Mentor and Coach.

We are now accepting volunteer coaches for the season. As a non-profit organization, we rely on volunteer coaches to help run our programs. It is these individuals that make the program successful year after year. Volunteers are needed for flag football, soccer, baseball, and basketball.

Apply Online or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164.

After School Programs

Help Children in our After-school Programs.

Our after-school programs at both J locations are looking for people to help with homework and to share their hobbies with school-age children. Choose your volunteer times from 4-6pm, Monday through Friday during the school year.

Apply Online or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164.

Special Events

Throughout the year, The J hosts many special events – one-day and weekend programs that need extra help (like the Labor Day Run, Special Olympics, or the Turkey Triathlon). You can register now to be notified when those special events need your help as a volunteer.

Apply Online or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164, to be notified when a special event is approaching.

Experiences for Seniors

Create Experiences for Seniors

The Adult Day Center is looking for volunteers to help with group activities, including men’s and women’s groups, gardening, art, and cooking clubs. Here, you can help seniors in the Adult Day Center do the things they love to do.

Apply Online or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164.

Early Childhood Center

The ECC is always happy to have regular readers in the classrooms.  Whether it is once a week, or once a month, volunteers create a relationship with children and teachers in a classroom by regularly reading books and doing activities with the same class throughout the year.

Apply Online or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164.

Family Center

Three days a week, the Family Centers have open play.  Children ages 0-5 and their guardians come to play and be part of the community.  Volunteers are wanted to play and read with the children.

Apply Online or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164.

Foster Independence with the IN Program

Volunteers are wanted to set up and roll model various activities including art projects, gardening, life and social skills games, and more. Set a monthly schedule to help with activities that appeal to you!

Apply Online or contact Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164.

If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Rhea, 314-442-3164.