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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
  • Serve meals to seniors
  • Assist with office and clerical work
  • Help in an Early Childhood classroom
  • Coach a youth sports team (baseball, basketball, soccer, etc.)
  • The possibilities go on!

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

Current Volunteer Opportunities

J Day Camps - Counselor in Training (C.I.T.)

Counselor in Training (C.I.T.)
Campers entering grade 10
May 31 – August 11

Our CIT program is the bridge from camper to counselor. CITs receive both hands-on training and guidance from our most senior and experienced staff. CITs participate in pre-camp orientation and ongoing training by our CIT director. CITs have the opportunity to work with a variety of different age groups and camps throughout the summer, gaining experience and skills necessary to become a counselor in future summers. CITs also receive community service hours for school. CITs are required to fill out a staff application (found at and must go through the interview process. There is no fee for the CIT program.

To apply, please complete this form and return to Stephanie Rhea, 314.442.3164.

Used Book Sale

Help us set up and operate the J’s Used Book Sale!

Used Book Sale Preparations: Volunteer markers are needed at Epstein Hebrew Academy (1138 Warson Road, between Olive and Page, minutes from the J) to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the day to help categorize and alphabetize books. Volunteers are trained, and there is no heavy lifting. Full- and part-time shifts available.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Ongoing, 10am – 1pm (set your own time if you are unable to stay all hours)

Fall Used Book Sale: Sunday – Thursday, August 6 – 17, times vary

Volunteer Application
Submit to Stephanie Rhea, Volunteer Coordinator

Labor Day Run

Teens and older
Volunteers are needed to serve as timers, course marshals and transition and aid area assistants. Volunteer as a group or individually.

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Monday, September 4, 6:30-8:30am

Kids' Triathlon

Teens and older
Volunteers are needed to help the young athletes with transitioning, timing of swimming, running, and biking, and other logistical needs.

Registration Form

Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Monday, September 4, 8:30am-2pm

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: Peter Krause, 314-442-3294.

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.

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
Times and dates vary

Shabbat Dinner Volunteers

Be a part of this rewarding experience as you help serve Shabbat meals to seniors. It’s like having a whole group of wonderful grandparents! It will be a meaningful experience for you and an enjoyable one for the seniors. (Adults or children ten years and older with an adult.)

Kitchen J/MEAAA Covenant Place Senior Center Meal Site
Fridays (ongoing), 3:30-4:30pm set up and/or 4:30-6pm serving

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.

After School Programs

Help Children in our After-school Programs.

Our after-school programs are looking for people to help with homework and to share their hobbies with school-age children.

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.

Experiences for Seniors

Create Experiences for Seniors

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

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 almost 2 TONS of fresh produce for the local food pantry.  We have work days on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays starting at 8:00am as well as special projects at various times.

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.

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.

Should your volunteer interests not match well with the J’s needs at the moment, we will be more than happy to connect you with a community program that might better fit your goals. Thank you so much for being part of the J!

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