Volunteer | Shalom Austin

VOLUNTEER

​Serving the Community Together as a Community

Shalom Austin strives to create accessible and meaningful volunteer experiences for all ages and interests that are rooted in tikkun olam (repairing the world), a central tenet of Judaism. By engaging the community in acts of tzedekah (justice) and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness) we as a community can work together toward tikkun olam.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?

Volunteers allow Shalom Austin to fulfill its mission to the Jewish community and the greater Austin community. Bringing light to those dark areas of our world, volunteering at Shalom Austin will impact your life as much as those you serve. 

There are many ways to give back. Whatever your path to developing your influence on Austin’s Jewish community, we can guide you. By investing time, talent, treasure or all three, through Shalom Austin, your gift and involvement will do more good for more people — including you — than you may have thought possible. 

For questions, contacts Joan Maniere at joan.maniere@shalomaustin.org. 

Jewish Family Service food pantry stocked full of donated canned goods.

Support the Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service Food Pantry

We serve the Jewish community and beyond here in Austin. Our ability to offer assistance relies on the support of the Shalom Austin community.  To keep the Food Pantry stocked, donate through our monthly signups, drop food off at the collection basket at the JCC welcome desk, and/or organize a food drive at your job, school, or synagogue. Furthermore, we rely on our volunteers to prepare the bags, make deliveries, and organize food drives.

Learn More and Register for Upcoming Opportunities

Jewish Family Service food pantry stocked full of donated canned goods.

Project Hashra’ah

Project Hashra’ah is an initiative to inspire 4th-6th graders with B’nai Mitzvah project ideas/themes that they can later tie into their Torah parsha in preparation for their B’nai Mitzvah. The children will have exposure to various relevant and meaningful mitzvah projects and tzedakah opportunities throughout the course of the Fall and Spring Semesters. Families can sign-up for one or all- see below for dates and locations!

Times/locations:

Sunday 9/25– Rosh Hashana at The Conservatory

Sunday 10/23– Pack lunches at the Ronald McDonald House

Sunday 11/13– Dog Wash Fundraises for AJK Family Rescue at Health Pet-Seaholm

Learn More and Register for Upcoming Opportunities

Jewish Family Service food pantry stocked full of donated canned goods.

Help Refugees

Our partnership with Austin Jews and Partners for Refugees (AJPR) and Refugee Services of Texas (RST) allows JFS to support refugees in our area. From airport pick-ups to Salaam Neighbors, a program that matches volunteers with refugee families, to clothing drives, we have a variety of ways to get involved. Please visit www.austinjewsandpartners.org to learn more about our volunteer opportunities or contact our Salaam Neighbor’s Coordinator Angelica Gomez.

To get started volunteering with refugees, contact angelica.gomez@shalomaustin.org.

Jewish Family Service food pantry stocked full of donated canned goods.

JFSCouriers 

This program is designed to provide food, donations, and holiday gifts to our JFS clients. It can be a one-time or ongoing commitment.

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Community Connections – Shalom Schmoozers and Patio Pals

Connect to community members through our friendly caller program, Shalom Schmoozers. For in-person visits, we have partnered up with National Council of Jewish Women for Patio Pals. The Patio Pals experience offers an opportunity to form connections with our senior community members. We will match you with a senior adult and you two will determine how often you visit and what you all hope to accomplish from the visits. Covid protocols are expected – such as masking and social distancing. 

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Shalom Austin Shabbat/Holiday Connections

This is an informal community-based Shabbat and holiday programming for seniors led by volunteers. It can be weekly, once a month, or only on specific holidays. Whether the observing of the holiday be in the form of a Jewish text study, songs, food, humor, and/or games, our primary goal is to create meaningful and joyful connections with each other and our traditions.

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Little Helpers: A partnership with Shalom Austin JFS and Generation Serve 

Little Helpers is a program that engages children in volunteerism in the context of gemilut chasadim by offering opportunities in which they volunteer alongside their parents/caregivers. The program is spread out over five consecutive weekly sessions. Each session offers a volunteer engagement opportunity that is accompanied with Jewish concepts/teachings underpinning the activity.

Sundays 10 – 11AM

Session 1 (North Central Austin): September 11- October 9
Session 2 (Westlake): October 23- November 20

To sign up for an upcoming session, click here

 



Group Volunteer Experiences 

Are you looking to volunteer with a group of friends, co-workers, family members, sorority sisters, fraternity brothers, etc.?

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Mitzvah Projects

We can assist you in creating Mitzvah Projects for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, teen youth group, school assignment, sorority or fraternity community service project, and more. Our services include planning, marketing, and assistance with shlepping to ensure that the project is a fun and successful experience for all.

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Join a Committee

Become a leader with Shalom Austin

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You Make Everything We Do Possible

Contribute to the Shalom Austin Annual Campaign and help us make a difference.

I am thankful to have met so many incredible people, who I now call my new friends. The fellow volunteers and staff are always grateful and genuinely happy to see me. I plan to spend many years volunteering with this group. I have been touched by this inviting community.

Dana Shapiro Spaeth

I am thankful to have met so many incredible people, who I now call my new friends. The fellow volunteers and staff are always grateful and genuinely happy to see me. I plan to spend many years volunteering with this group. I have been touched by this inviting community.

Dana Shapio Spaeth

Joan Eisenberg Maniere

Joan Eisenberg Maniere

Volunteer & Community Experience Director

O (512) 735-8129
joan.maniere@shalomaustin.org

 

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