Bikur Chaverim

Jewish Family Service is looking for people who want to make a new friend.

Our Bikur Chaverim program takes its name from Hebrew for “visiting friends.” It is based on the mitzvah of bikur cholim (visiting the sick). The program arranges weekly visits or phone calls for isolated or partially isolated seniors, with a focus on creating lasting relationships built upon shared interests.

Visitor volunteers are paired with new friends, with whom they facilitate conversation in order to share ideas and life experiences. Our goals for our Bikur Chaverim friends are:

  • to make every individual feel alive
  • to give and receive wisdom
  • to share enjoyment and companionship
  • to feel value through each stage of his or her life

Everyone has a need to give and receive, to feel heard and understood. Bikur Chaverim visits bring joy to both friend and volunteer – both parties feel purpose and meaning through being together.

Please contact Fran Dinehart at (504) 831-8475 x134 or email her if you are interested in participating in this program. You will make a friend for life.


Work at Home: Volunteer Opportunity to Help Older Adults
Volunteers are always needed for our Lifeline program. Volunteers call subscribers once a month as a reminder to test the equipment. These calls provide a personal touch, establishing a bridge of communication between JFS and the subscribers.

This is a great opportunity for men or women, especially those who are retired, to volunteer within the community and to help JFS deliver excellent service to those who need assistance.

Contact Kim Nonenmacher, Lifeline Manager, at (504) 831-8475 x128 or email her.

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