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Connecting volunteers
with opportunities to help

About Us

JRAid was created as a project of the Jewish Relief Agency in 2011 as a means to provide services to the Jewish community beyond the agency’s monthly food distribution program.

Whether one is unemployed, underemployed, or disabled, gaps in many programs often leave people without the ability to properly care for themselves, their families, and their homes. With fixed or limited income and scarce contact with family, seniors are especially vulnerable. JRAid seeks to ease everyday burdens for low-income families and individuals of all ages so that they can properly care for themselves and their families. Homebound seniors without family nearby may receive friendly phone calls and visits regardless of income. JRAid is the perfect program for those who need a minor service, but don’t know who to call.

What type of services do our volunteers provide?

  • Changing light bulbs and batteries in smoke detectors (This is often a challenge for those who can no longer stand on a stool/chair.)
  • Raking leaves, gardening, and shoveling snow
  • Taking out the trash for a homebound senior
  • Providing transportation to ensure people don’t miss important medical appointments and can get to the store to purchase groceries.
  • Meal preparation for those who can no longer cook for themselves
  • Helping people read and fill out paperwork
  • And everything else you can think of…

For those who need more than the skills of a volunteer, we do provide professional services for minor home repairs and modifications (grab bars, toilet risers, etc.). These services are directly supported by donations from people like you.


For the safety of those we serve, volunteers 18 years of age and older must undergo a background check. Those under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult enrolled in the JRAid program while performing a gig.


Out of respect for both our volunteers and recipient families, proselytization and solicitation of any kind are not permitted.

For more information about JRA and its food program, visit www.jewishrelief.org.

Jewish Relief Agency

JRAid Members

JRAid Co-chairs:

Cara Levinson
Michael Neil

JRAid Staff:

Marianna Salz, Client Services Director
Lynn Berkowitz, Director of Volunteer Engagement

JRA Staff:

Peter Rabinowitz, Executive Director
Julie Roat, Chief of Operations
Lynn Berkowitz, Director of Volunteer Engagement
Marianna Salz, Client Services Director
Cedric Steenberghs, Director of Marketing and Communications
Emma Goldstone, Program Assistant
Ben Alston, Warehouse Manager

JRA Executive Committee:

Daniel Erlbaum, President
Marc Erlbaum
Greg Jaron
Rabbi Menachem Schmidt

JRA Board of Directors:

Arthur Berkowitz
Lorin Decker
Howard Goldstein
Beth Heyman
Robin Katz
Steven Katz
Cara Levinson
Robert Lipstein
Bill Novick
Michael Neil
Dena Parmet
Mark Rabinowitz
Mark Samson
Jon Schwartz
Rachel Schwartz
Mitch Sterling