Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteers are an integral part of the Jewish Federation of Santa Barbara and Jewish Family Service. Throughout the year, we place many volunteers who help to fulfill the community's diverse needs. Volunteer opportunities are vast and varied, and positions can be customized to fit your unique interests and skills.


In keeping with the essence of Jewish responsibility to aid those in need, volunteerism strengthens the Federation’s commitment to tzedaka, “charity and justice,” and furthers our mission of tikkun olam, “healing the world,” and kol Y’israel areyvim zeh lazeh, “all Israel must care for one another.”


By contributing your time and enthusiasm to volunteer for Jewish Family Service, you will not only gain personal gratification from helping others, but you will also leave a lasting positive impact on your community. Volunteering also has Impressive Health Benefits!


From seniors who are young at heart to high school students looking to fulfill their community service requirements, we have a volunteer opportunity that is right for you. Join us!

More Info

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Mike Witt at mwitt@sbjf.org or (805) 957-1115 x103

Volunteer Core Groups include:

  • Volunteer Instructed Programs, Classes & Workshops
  • Event Volunteers
  • Schmooze Crew
  • Special Projects (a wide range)
  • Administrative
  • Volunteer Visitation
  • Committees
  • Docents

Areas in which you might distinguish yourself as a volunteer

Serving at Schmooze Room

Assist at our weekly cafe for seniors held each Tuesday at noon. "Schmooze" with guests or be an extra set of hands helping our chef and other volunteers with food preparation, set-up, clean-up, serving, and other needs.

Office Assistance

At various times our organization requires assistance with tasks such as data entry, online research, and other in-office work. Tasks vary based on the skills, abilities, and interests of the volunteer.

Events & Projects

We value your expertise and skills! Photographers, event planners, attorneys, musicians, kitchen help, greeting guests, Jewish Festival... these are just a few of our needs. You're bound to find something to fit your interests and schedule!