VIRTUAL: Social Wellness Friendly Match
Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Prior to the novel Coronavirus, the JFS Social Wellness Centers and Aging & Wellness Services provided a robust programming for older adults, such as daily meals, exercise classes, art classes, games, cultural programs, and live entertainment. As a human service agency that works with vulnerable populations, including older adults who are most at-risk, they've mobilized Social Wellness Centers to be online, providing virtual content such as online social gatherings, training, and entertainment. Their staff is continually working to ensure all clients impacted by program adjustments or closures continue to have the support they need.
JFS continues to provide holistic programming through online opportunities. Moreover, JFS staff perform weekly wellness checks with clients, ensuring that their basic and social needs are addressed. But they are missing a key component: socialization. That's where you come in! They are looking for caring volunteers to be matched with an older adult to create a connection through a mutually agreed upon platform - whether it be a friendly phone call, Zoom chat, an email, or written note or card. The goal would be to create a community while we are navigating social distancing and this new normal.
Project Requirements & Important Notes
Connect with your match at least x2/month via email, phone, zoom or written card
Provide follow-up and report feedback to JFS staff
Must adhere to protecting personal identification of their assigned older adult
Must speak clearly and have strong verbal skills
Must be friendly and can work well with our older adult population
Onboarding: Volunteers must sign up here, complete a Volunteer Application, JFS Friendly Match survey, and attend an online orientation and training before getting started.
About Jewish Family Service
Jewish Family Service (JFS) is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego.
About Jewish Family Service of San Diego
8804 Balboa Avenue, SAN DIEGO, CA 92123, US
Jewish Family Service is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego. Our wide range of integrated services Empower Individuals & Families to Move Toward Self-Sufficiency, Support Aging With Dignity, and Foster Community Connection & Engagement throughout San Diego County and the Coachella Valley.
Founded in 1918, we are one of San Diego’s most impactful non-profit human services agencies. Last year, we served more than 39,500 clients, including over 17,000 asylum seekers at the JFS Migrant Family Shelter. Our broad network of staff, volunteers, supporters, and community partners are committed to the pursuit of one shared goal: helping individuals and families in San Diego Move Forward.